SEA PINES OF HILTON HEAD, MORE THAN JUST A LIGHTHOUSE

DSC05759 Mistwood entrance 1 DSDSC05785 Jim McWethy with coat of arms page DSDSC05809 McWethy's dining room 1 DS  MCWETHY’S TAVERN IS OPEN YEAR ROUND, at the Mistwood Golf Club, even when the course is closed. McWethy’s is a great mix of golf flavor and fine dining. The word is spreading and tables are filling fast every day. So why not come out and see the now completed Mistwood Golf Club and dine at McWethy’s Tavern, you don’t need to be a golfer to enjoy McWethy’s. Mcwethystavern.com or call (815)-254-7001 for reservations. ______________________________________________________________________

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THE GOG BLOG at Sea Pines in Hilton Head from the top of the Lighthouse. By Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy

If you watch golf, especially the week after the Masters Tournament has been played, you will see one of the great landmarks in golf.

Once you have seen the famed lighthouse that sits behind the 18th green at Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines, you will never forget it.

Once you have been in it, and gone all the way to the top, and taken a walk around the deck, the history of it sticks with you even more from that point on.

There are golfers who strive to make a great score on the last hole at Harbour Town, just to make par or better on the lighthouse hole. PGA Tour players usually are trying to make birdie there to win the Heritage and earn a nice new red jacket the week after trying to get a green jacket.

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The lighthouse stands tall at Sea Pines.

The lighthouse itself is some 70+ feet tall, if you go inside it you can see how high you are climbing, but the footage signs on the walls.

Inside the light are not one but two gift shops. One on the ground floor and one more at the top of the lighthouse. You can walk outside from the lighthouse and around the upper deck walk walkway. The view is very good.

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The new clubhouse at Sea Pines, is one both the PGA Tour players and the guests and homeowners will enjoy.

The views at Sea Pines are getting better due to a 65+ million dollar renovation project that is currently on-going. It starts right at the clubhouse which is brand new and outstanding.

The tour players had really soured on the old clubhouse, but should love the new one, complete with a new large locker room and players lounge that overlooks the 9th green.

While the clubhouse is great, the renovation did not stop there. The “Wall of Champions” has been redone outside the clubhouse. Need more, well there is a new beach club with both a pool and a view of the waterway. Sea Pines Plantation (all developments are plantations on Hilton Head Island) does have more than golf course.

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The 9th hole on Harbour Town Golf Links, looks great even on a rainy day.

Harbour Town gets the TV time but the other courses are well worth the time to play.

Architect Pete Dye who along with Jack Nicklaus created Harbour Town, has just wrapped up work on Herron Point his second course at the resort. Dye was recently recalled to update the course he designed years ago.

Currently Davis Love III and his brother Mark are working on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines originally done by Mark McCumber. Harbour Town itself was closed after Jim Furyk won the RBC Heritage in 2015, and course saw the greens get re-grassed and other improvements made. It will be in great condition for the tournament that is just under 30 days away.

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Renovation crews took the day off due to the rain of the day, but work continues here on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines. It should reopen in late September.

The new clubhouse at the Ocean Course and also serves the Herron Point course is another part of the major upgrades at Sea Pines.

Even with all of the upgrades not complete at Sea Pines. Various media publications are bestowing awards on the resort.

Best new clubhouse of the year, golf course of the year, winner of best golf destination of the year, and others.

If you haven’t been to Hilton Head, it’s time to go, if you have been on the island but it’s been a while. Well its’ time to return. Besides golf there is plenty to do at Sea Pines and around the island. The British Open Restaurant is another great place to eat and enjoy a golf related atmosphere, especially during the Open Championship week in July.

For more information on Sea Pines and all it now has to offer visit Seapines.com or you can call (800)-SEAPINES. For groups or packages call Chris Beck (843)-842-1488 or email Chris at cbeck@seapines.com.

For more on Hilton Head Island see, Hiltonheadgolfisland.com It’s time to visit the Low Country of South Carolina.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.