TRAVEL & LEISURE GOLF Sea Change Georgia golf star Davis Love III crosses state lines to reinvent one of Hilton Head Island’s classic courses. | By Steven Tingle | 80 | | Spring 2017 PHOTO BY ROB TIPTON COURTESY OF THE SEA PINES RESORT Long before Hilton Head Island, S.C., became synonymous with golf, there was the Ocean Course at Sea Pines. Designed in 1962 by George Cobb, it was the island’s first golf course. And even though it was never the most famous or highest rated, it set the initial bar for golf in the area. Now that bar has been spectacularly raised. Last fall, e Sea Pines Resort unveiled Atlantic Dunes, a complete reconstruction of the resort’s historic Ocean Course. Designed by Georgia gol ng legend Davis Love III and his team at Love Golf Design, Atlantic Dunes is a modern masterpiece that embraces the laid back vibe of the low country. Despite being built on the skeleton of the original Ocean Course, Atlantic Dunes is a brand-new golf experience. The corridors Cobb set down over half a century ago remain largely unchanged, but Love has opened up the greens by modifying mowing lines, removing trees and minimizing some of the more pesky and intrusive lagoons. As the name implies, Atlantic Dunes also places a premium on seaside ambiance. New and restored sand dunes create a visually striking—and strategically challenging—backdrop with fairways framed by crushed coquina shells and native pines and oaks. e result is a course that rewards the risky shot-maker, but does not unfairly punish or exhaust the high handicapper. With the completion of Atlantic Dunes, the resort now o ers 54 holes of world-class golf, including Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point, both by Pete Dye. To top it o , the resort now features two of the most impressive clubhouses anywhere: the Plantation Golf Club, serving Atlantic Dunes and Heron Point; and the new $23 million Harbour Town Clubhouse overlooking the ninth green of Harbour Town Golf Links. e men’s locker room at Harbour Town is an oasis of luxury and amenities, and is a favorite among PGA Tour players. Love, who is a five-time winner of the PGA’s RBC Heritage, played at Harbour Town, has often said Sea Pines is one of his favorite places to play. And now, he’s placed his personal signature on a resort and community that has become an iconic golfing destination. Villa Golf Package $270 per player per night (March-May), 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, S.C., 866.561.8802, seapines.com From top: The 15th hole of the newly bowed Atlantic Dunes at The Sea Pines Resort, designed by Davis Love III; the course’s 9th hole.