(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort – host of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing held on its famed Harbour Town Golf Links – has begun construction of its Pete Dye Room in the Harbour Town Clubhouse.
Scheduled to open in February 2018, the multi-media exhibit will explore the close relationship between Dye’s incredible career as the preeminent course designer of the modern era and rise to prominence of his celebrated creation, Harbour Town Golf Links. Golfweek’s Brad Klein calls Harbour Town “one of the most innovative and revolutionary designs in the history of golf architecture.” Dye is also the architect of the resort’s acclaimed Heron Point layout.
“Harbour Town made my career,” says Dye. That was almost 50 years ago when the iconic 18 opened to much fanfare and just in time for a nascent PGA TOUR tournament called the Heritage Classic. Swashbuckling Arnold Palmer staged one of his patented final round charges for the inaugural victory, christening the Lowcountry destination as a “must visit” locale for all golfers.
The Pete Dye Room will celebrate the life and work of the World Golf Hall of Fame member, showcasing some of his other influential designs as well as how he inspired the sport. Two larger-scale elements will feature the machinery integral to plying his trade: a Smithco bunker rake for shaping golf greens and a life-size image of Dye using a transit – a surveying device used by course architects. Both will offer exciting photo opportunities.
Three videos will explore the heart of Dye’s work. In one, professional players and friends will talk about their favorite Dye holes and courses. Another will relive the magic of the most famous shots on his greatest holes. Finally, a mini-documentary will explore his creation of Harbour Town Golf Links and how Dye’s process as a builder revolutionized golf course design and play.
Other elements in the exhibit include an exceptional sand table interactive further exploring how Dye designed and built holes, a surveying interactive using a transit to view a course under construction, a cut-out model of a putting green, and many iconic images and stories of Dye and the people he has influenced in his storied career. Dye’s numerous trophies and awards will be prominently displayed and will provide a testament to his place in golf and golf course design.
“We’re thrilled to honor the life and work of the great Pete Dye in our Harbour Town Clubhouse,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports & Operations. “The stewardship of Pete Dye’s seminal design is important to us and his longtime contributions to Sea Pines, Hilton Head, and the golf world at large are immeasurable.”
About The Sea Pines Resort
Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.
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One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dye’s classic Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. The property has recently gone through extensive redevelopment with its Sea Pines Beach Club and Plantation Golf Club both opening in 2014. The new 44,000-square-foot Harbour Town Clubhouse opened in March 2015.
Guests may choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.