One of my favorite, non-major/big tourney courses played all year, Harbour Town is a Pete Dye designed masterpiece that features wonderful, seaside scenery and challenges the golfer to work their way around the course with precision.

It’s not a surprise that Boo Weekley has won twice here as he’s one of the best iron players in the game, and measuring an extremely narrow 6,973 yards (par 71), accuracy is at a premium.  Harbour Town is not a bomber’s paradise by any means.  The greens aren’t conventionally shaped, creating some challenging approach shots and the fairways pinch on many holes, creating very small landing zones where distance control is a must to find the fairway.

The best holes on the course are no. 14, a medium-length par 3 with water and overhanging trees and no. 18, which has one of the largest landing zones for your drive on tour, but at the same time, is exposed to the elements and can be an unpredictably vicious or a guaranteed birdie.  Plus, on no. 18, you get the view of the signature landmark of Harbour Town…the candy-cane striped lighthouse that sits on the beach.

Harbour Town is a really cool course and proves that you don’t need to have a course stretch 7,500 yards to be challenging.  I wish more designers would take this concept to heart, but then again, it’s nice seeing a truly unique place like Harbour Town have it’s place on the PGA Tour rota.