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The Sea Pines Resort reaps rewards

Accolades and awards cite resort, golf, staff

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Sept. 18, 2023) The Sea Pines Resort has won three recent awards, solidifying its position as one of the finest golf destinations in the world.

First, the Resort has been named one of the "Top 100 Resorts in the World" by GOLF Magazine, one of only 28 domestic resorts to receive this recognition. This award recognizes the resort's dedication to providing an unparalleled stay-and-play experience. 

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Second, Tim Cooke, Director of Instruction at The Sea Pines Resort’s Golf Learning Center, has been named one of GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers in America" for 2024-2025. This distinction reaffirms the resort's commitment to fostering excellence in golf education. 

“Being named one of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers is humbling,” Cooke said. “The Sea Pines Resort provides an incredible environment for teaching, allowing me to share my passion for golf and help players of all levels improve their games.”

Third, Harbour Town Golf Links has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Walking Courses in America" by Golf Pass, a Golf Channel brand. The editors based their decision on course quality and walkability, saying, “The resort's ability to provide not only exceptional playing conditions but also an immersive and scenic walking experience is a testament to its holistic approach to golf.”  

“We are truly honored to receive these esteemed awards that reflect the hard work, passion and commitment of our entire team,” said John Farrell, Director of Sports Operations. “The Sea Pines Resort has always strived to offer an overall golf experience that is second to none, and these awards inspire us to continue raising the bar and providing golfers with unforgettable moments on our courses.”

On an island where golf is king, Harbour Town Golf Links is true royalty. Joined by the highly acclaimed Heron Point by Pete Dye and award-winning Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, The Sea Pines Resort features a world-class experience unmatched on the Carolina coastline. 

The trio is currently ranked as the top three “Best Courses You Can Play” on Hilton Head Island (Golfweek). Atlantic Dunes also was selected as 2017 Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association. Harbour Town Golf Links is perennially ranked No. 1 among, “Top Courses You Can Play” in the state of South Carolina. All three courses have achieved designation as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

For more information about The Sea Pines Resort and its award-winning offerings, please visit

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About The Sea Pines Resort

Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 20 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.  Guests can 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.

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Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations