Save cash by playing a resorts non-PGA Tour course


Harbour Town Golf Links and Sea Pines Resort holds a light (no pun intended) above the rest of Hilton Head's golf offerings. That's what happens when you host a PGA Tour event for decades and have an 18th hole as pretty as can be, especially if you're watching from a place where even in April cold-and-rainy is more common than warm-and-sunny.

Everyone covets a round at Harbour Town, but it's one of a handful of courses in America that hosts a big-time event and charges accordingly, while there's great golf at the same resort for a discount – this comes on the Sea Pines Resort's Ocean course.

Click here for my recent feature on some of the best second-fiddle courses at PGA Tour venues in America , where you can save cash and play great golf – you just don't get to hit the exact same shots you saw played by the pros on TV.

My personal favorite deal is the Irish course at Whistling Straits, a PGA Championship and future Ryder Cup venue. Pete Dye was given enough dirt to built two faux links courses on the coast of Lake Michigan, and the Irish has a few holes, like the par-3 13th, 'Blind Man's Bluff' that's my favorite par 3 at the resort even though it's not on the lake. You don't need PGA Championship purse cash to play it. In fact, you can play this course free in the afternoon if you're on Destination Kohler package and played the the Straits course in the morning.