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|The Melrose Course at Daufuskie Island Resort boasts beautiful ocean views and a testing Jack Nicklaus design. (Courtesy photo)|
If you're in the mood to mix a little challenge into your "get away from it all" vacation, Hilton Head will test you to the limit. Here's a quick guide to some of the island's toughest tracks.
Harbour Town Golf Links: A Pete Dye-Jack Nicklaus co-design, this 6,973-yard run is known as a course for precision golfers. Its par-4 No. 18, famed for stunning views of the Harbour Town lighthouse, is considered one of the toughest holes in golf.
Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes: Playing to 6,651 yards with a 132 slope rating, the Hills course might seem less daunting than Harbour Town on paper. But according to Kip Bowers of Hilton Head Golf Travel, "This is thought to be the toughest course around."
No. 17 is marked as a No. 4 handicap but might as well be a No. 1. With a dogleg left around a lagoon to a water's-edge green, this hole even managed to trip up Tiger Woods.
"Legend has it that Tiger Woods attempted to drive the green from the 380-yard blue tees during the Rolex Amateurs, only to have his tee shot roll off the front of the green and into the water," Shane Sharpe wrote in a review for HiltonHeadGolf.com.
Melrose Course at Daufuskie Island: Designed by the Golden Bear himself, this 7,081-yard track has a 138 slope rating from the championship tees, one of the highest in Hilton Head. Its No. 18 could test the nerves of the calmest of golfers, as the green sits on a peninsula that juts into the Atlantic.
The Melrose Course is more than just an instrument of torture, however. Golf Digest has ranked it among North America's top 75 tracks.
If you're looking for challenge, look no farther than the No. 17 Arnie signature. Ranked third in the "King's Dream 18," it's a thin strip of dark green fairway abutted on both sides by marshland.
The 17th is just one of the challenges Old Tabby throws at you. Palmer himself put it best: "You better bring your 'A' game."
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