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Harbour Town vs. TPC Sawgrass Stadium


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#1 TW33

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 11:36 PM

Which would you guys recommend if you could only pay one (while considering value as part of the equation as well).

I'm getting a military discount at both, which makes TPC $280 (plus the mandatory forecaddie at a minimum, which brings the cost to nearly $350) while Harbour Town is only $195.

Sawgrass has been one of my favorite courses since I played it on Tiger Woods 1998 on my parents PC, but $350+ just seems so steep.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 12:12 AM

Why type of PC did the folks have?

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 01:45 AM

View PostOutBackHack, on 06 October 2017 - 12:12 AM, said:

Why type of PC did the folks have?

very relevant question- it was a Dell.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 05:57 AM

I would vote TPC Sawgrass.
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:06 AM

Harbour Town is pretty, Sawgrass is a lot less so.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:12 AM

I typed up a fairly significant critique of both but that’s just not being helpful. Instead I’ll just say this, I think Harbour Town is an objectively mediocre at best golf course with a wonderful closing hole. Replace that hole with one like the other 17 and it costs $35 on Golfnow during high season.

Go with the TPC unless the money really hurts. It is a much better value even at nearly twice the cost when you consider not just the course (significantly better than HT) but also the overall experience.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:33 AM

View PostTW33, on 05 October 2017 - 11:36 PM, said:

Which would you guys recommend if you could only pay one (while considering value as part of the equation as well).

I'm getting a military discount at both, which makes TPC $280 (plus the mandatory forecaddie at a minimum, which brings the cost to nearly $350) while Harbour Town is only $195.

Sawgrass has been one of my favorite courses since I played it on Tiger Woods 1998 on my parents PC, but $350+ just seems so steep.

Sawgrass all day every day!!!  This is one of those courses that when you finish, you would happily pay again for another trip around.  I played it a lot of years ago when like you, cost was an object.  Actually, we played both HT and TPC the same trip and TPC was well worth the cost.  We own a place in HH and I probably play HT once every 4 years and every time I ask myself why.  The course is nice, but not worth the $$ in my opinion.

Edited by HackerDave, 06 October 2017 - 06:36 AM.


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:13 AM

agreed with all above- I think I'll go with Sawgrass.  Really excited about playing the new #12 too.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:01 AM

View PostTW33, on 06 October 2017 - 08:13 AM, said:

agreed with all above- I think I'll go with Sawgrass.  Really excited about playing the new #12 too.

I recommend the Commodore 64 for the ultimate experience.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:33 AM

View PostTW33, on 06 October 2017 - 01:45 AM, said:

View PostOutBackHack, on 06 October 2017 - 12:12 AM, said:

Why type of PC did the folks have?

very relevant question- it was a Dell.


If it was an HP I'd say go TPC but since you experienced on a Dell you might be let down with what you see in person.....


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:45 AM

View Posteagles1, on 06 October 2017 - 09:01 AM, said:

View PostTW33, on 06 October 2017 - 08:13 AM, said:

agreed with all above- I think I'll go with Sawgrass.  Really excited about playing the new #12 too.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:04 PM

View PostTW33, on 05 October 2017 - 11:36 PM, said:

Which would you guys recommend if you could only pay one (while considering value as part of the equation as well).

I'm getting a military discount at both, which makes TPC $280 (plus the mandatory forecaddie at a minimum, which brings the cost to nearly $350) while Harbour Town is only $195.

Sawgrass has been one of my favorite courses since I played it on Tiger Woods 1998 on my parents PC, but $350+ just seems so steep.

Harbour Town will have the same mandatory Forecaddie or Caddie fee.  Harbour Town is yearly cart path only, so take that into account.  Walking the course is better IMO.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:18 PM

+1 on Sawgrass.

I have played both, and Sawgrass would be my choice again...if I had to pick only one. I payed a little over $100 for twilight rate, on a day they were starting everyone on the back nine first, so I was guaranteed to play 17. We weren't allowed to play the back tees (Players was in 3 weeks), and I was surprised how easy the course was from the next box forwards....compared to what I was expecting.

HT was good too....just not as memorable an experience IMO. Also...playing HT is like playing in the hallway in your house....its tight off the tee.
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:47 PM

If you are in the area play the Ocean course at Kiawah instead. Always thought HT had a mandatory forecaddie too....given the choice I'd go OC...TPC then HT.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 01:34 AM

View Posttjblue, on 06 October 2017 - 11:47 PM, said:

If you are in the area play the Ocean course at Kiawah instead. Always thought HT had a mandatory forecaddie too....given the choice I'd go OC...TPC then HT.

yes heading up to Kiawah and playing TOC twice in January.  Very excited about it.


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:49 AM

View Postaz2au, on 06 October 2017 - 06:12 AM, said:

I typed up a fairly significant critique of both but thatís just not being helpful. Instead Iíll just say this, I think Harbour Town is an objectively mediocre at best golf course with a wonderful closing hole. Replace that hole with one like the other 17 and it costs $35 on Golfnow during high season.

Go with the TPC unless the money really hurts. It is a much better value even at nearly twice the cost when you consider not just the course (significantly better than HT) but also the overall experience.

#18 at harbor town sucks. I thought it was one of the worst holes on the course.

What makes it the best? The ocean on the left side of the hole? The light house in the background? lol

It was one of the easiest pars of the day. Driver - PW. Boring. Didn't have to place a drive, shape an iron shot, or nothing. Complete snooze fest golf hole.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:04 AM

Well, I don’t think it is exceptional or anything but it is solid. You have the option of laying up short or playing to the right for a shorter shot. If you lay up dead on the approach is significantly tougher while the tee shot is significantly easier. The opposite is true if you play right. Green is designed for the prevailing wind.

I don’t care even a little bit about the lighthouse or the ocean but you’ll find plenty who do. It is better than 13 or so of the other holes due to options alone.

Again, I think it is an overall mediocre at best golf course.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:32 AM

14-18 at HT are pretty awesome, but many holes are pretty forgettable.  They might have the finest collection of par 3's on a single course, but TPC is more enjoyable.  As somebody said above, it's REALLY tight off the tee.  If you are driving the ball well, you will enjoy your day.  If you are even a little bit off, plan on punching out a LOT.  Hitting the fairway isn't enough.  You have to hit the right side of the fairway or you have a tree blocking your angle to the green.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 02:13 PM

My vote would be TPC, then OC, the HT.  Better yet, fly into Jax and do all three (plus Savannah Harbor). Jax is approximately 2.5 hrs from HH/Sav which is approximately 2.5 hrs from Kiawah.  TPC is the best course hands down (plus there is just something special about playing a course that you see the world's best play every year); I don't think the OC would be nearly as highly respected if it wasn't on the ocean (plus the round takes forever if you are not the first group of the day).  The closing 4 holes on both courses are as good as any.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 05:26 PM

Having played both. My vote is for TPC Sawgrass.


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 06:56 PM

TPC Sawgrass but depends on your tastes and skill level (and how straight you are off tee).   If you are a super-straight driver and relatively low handicap and like trees, you might like HT more.  Otherwise, TPC Sawgrass.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:54 AM

I'll not try to deter you from playin one over the other but I will say overall Harbourtown was not the most memorable course for me and I just played it less than a month ago. For the money if that's a concern I'd do TPC Sawgrass if I had the choice solely between the two. I'm not saying don't play Harbourtown as anytime you have a chance to play a notable golf course you should as you might love it. Tough choice. Ocean course, however, was amazing. Should have listened to my caddy there...decent birdie chance turned double bogey heh. Wind can be brutal!
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:15 PM

like the others has said HT is a pretty mediocre course with holes that finish along the water. I don't think it worth anything close to what they charge for it.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:24 PM

Me personally i would do Harbour town first, just love that course.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 07:31 PM

The whole experience at TPC Sawgrass is pretty cool and the course is hard but a lot of fun. Iíd vote for Sawgrass, hopefully the new greens have settled in a bit because they were concrete in April of this year.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:08 PM

played HT  12 years ago. No caddie required then. Would play Sawgrass first
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:36 PM

+1 TPC Sawgrass  Such a memorable Dye course that I got to play a handful of times living in Jacksonville.  There's a couple ocean courses in Ponte Vedra that are good value too if you can get on or get an invite from one of the locals.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:27 AM

I think HT has the best set of Par 3's around, but as other's have mentioned, if you aren't driving the ball straight at HT you're in for a LONG day.  I live in Hilton Head and belong to a private Club so I get to play HT at a decent rate, but I'm not sure I'd pay 200.00 to play it (maybe once if I was on vacation and never played it before). Personally, I like May River out in Bluffton (off island) better than Harbour Town, but it's not easy for a non-local to get on unless you belong to a Club and have your Head Pro call ahead of time.
I get down to TPC almost every year to play and it's a great course, but I think they are a bit overpriced as well.  
Can't go wrong with either really.  It's always fun to play courses that the Pro's play.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:10 AM

View PostT-MAC, on 13 October 2017 - 09:27 AM, said:

I think HT has the best set of Par 3's around, but as other's have mentioned, if you aren't driving the ball straight at HT you're in for a LONG day.  I live in Hilton Head and belong to a private Club so I get to play HT at a decent rate, but I'm not sure I'd pay 200.00 to play it (maybe once if I was on vacation and never played it before). Personally, I like May River out in Bluffton (off island) better than Harbour Town, but it's not easy for a non-local to get on unless you belong to a Club and have your Head Pro call ahead of time.
I get down to TPC almost every year to play and it's a great course, but I think they are a bit overpriced as well.  
Can't go wrong with either really.  It's always fun to play courses that the Pro's play.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 01:05 PM

Full disclosure: I haven't played HT, but I have played Sawgrass and I had to pay full rate for it ($495 + forecaddie)

That said, I think I would find it difficult to top my experience at Sawgrass. Loved it, and hope I am able to do it again someday. Not that I wouldn't want to play HT too.

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