Verizon Heritage - Harbour Town Golf Links course preview

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2007 Verizon HeritageThis week the PGA Tour returns to Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the Verizon Heritage. Jonathan Wright, GCSAA superintendent member, looks for the sun to come out after rain early in the week, providing highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s and winds up to 12 mph, bringing the TifEagle bermudagrass greens overseeded with Poa trivialis to 10.5-11 feet on the stimpmeter.
 
No. 18 is the signature hole at Harbour Town, with one of the most demanding greens on Tour, providing scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Calibogue Sound and a 93-foot lighthouse. However, Wright explains that the course really begins to show its teeth at No. 8 and doesnt let up the rest of the way. Harbour Town is a shot makers course requiring precision off the tee to avoid live oaks, pines and strategically placed bunkers. It features small, challenging and well-guarded greens with subtle breaks. Holes No. 16-18 are open to the ocean and take pretty steady wind.
 
The greens are some of the smallest PGA Tour players will see all season. To put it in perspective, the greens at Augusta National are an average size of 6,300 square feet while the greens at Harbour Town are almost half the size at 3,700 square feet.
 
Harbour Town, which uses reclaimed water for irrigation, is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Celebration/TifSport bermudagrass overseeded with Paragon ryegrass, 0.38'
Fairways - Bermudagrass overseeded with Paragon ryegrass, 0.38'
Greens - TifEagle bermudagrass overseeded with Poa trivialis, 0.13'
Rough - Bermudagrass overseeded with perennial ryegrass - 1'

weather

Weather: The forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday, which give way clearer skies by Thursday. Temperatures are forecast in the high 60s and low 70s. Pleasant weather this time of year in South Carolina.

yardage

Yardage: 6,973 yards. Par-71.

signature hole

Signature hole: No. 18 is no doubt Harbour Towne's signature. It's one of the most photographed holes in all of golf, replete with scenic views of Calibogue Sound and the famous lighthouse. High drama has unfolded at this green, which has undoubtedly seen just as many birdies to win as bogies to lose.


 

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