A sprawling Hilton Head playground
60 Rooms / 1 Suite
With 5,000 acres of pristine coastal expanse surrounding The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, there's little reason to stay inside. Part of The Sea Pines Resort (a mixed-use hotel and residential community), the Hilton Head inn offers five miles of picturesque private beach, 15 miles of bicycle trails, an equestrian center, 23 tennis courts, a 605-acre forest preserve, tons of on-the-water activities (yoga paddleboarding, cruises, waterskiing, etc.) and much more. However, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is probably best known for its three golf courses — Heron Point by Pete Dye, the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter hosts the PGA Tour’s annual RBC Heritage tournament in April, usually the week after the Masters.
As 2015 RBC Heritage champ Jim Furyk would probably attest, the scene around Sea Pines is one of the finest on the PGA Tour. Even beyond the ceremonial cannon firing during the practice round or the traditional plaid jacket donned by the event winner, though, the place simply has an air befitting of the links. And now, thanks to a jolt of renewed life given to some of the resort’s golf facilities — the all-new Harbour Town Clubhouse, which sits about a five-minute walk from your room, features oil paintings of past winners and has a men’s locker room so pristine that it will make a guy with a 36 handicap feel like Jordan Spieth; the recently opened Plantation Golf Club equally impresses with a spacious changing area, exposed brick near the pro shop and a sense of Lowcountry chicness oozing between every slab of hardwood on the 4,500-square-foot porch — Sea Pines’ greens can dazzle all year long.
With a full list of activities that have nothing to do with birdies and bogeys, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town is unquestionably the place to bring the family. The Hilton Head hotel provides planned kiddie outings — spooky nighttime ghost stories in the forest preserve, sand dollar painting in the beachside craft cove and group fishing excursions — as well as regular attractions for all ages — concerts underneath the towering Liberty Oak near the marina, a memorable dinner at one of the property’s impressive new eateries (we’re still debating whether Live Oak’s rémoulade-topped grouper or Links’ bison burger was more scrumptious) or trips up to the top of the iconic red-and-white-striped lighthouse.
Then there’s that beach — be sure to make use of the Inn’s complimentary beach concierge service that will not only set up towels, chairs and umbrellas on the sand for you, but will happily transport you between the water and hotel as well. Of course, with all the offerings at the just-debuted Sea Pines Beach Club — the attraction has a retail shop, grab-and-go Surfside Market, Ocean Lounge and spectacular seafood eatery Coast — we’re not sure that you’ll ever want to leave.
At the end of an activity-filled day, the boutique hotel is a welcome respite. The understated, elegant décor draws on the nearby waters for inspiration. Pale teal and cream linens, pillows, draperies and carpeting brighten up things around the bed. Bathrooms feature granite vanities, glass-enclosed showers and Molton Brown toiletries. Many rooms also provide a balcony more than big enough for two people to comfortably look down at other guests frolicking in the pool or gaze off into the natural wonderment of the greens at Harbour Town Golf Links. At the Inn, it always comes back to the fairways and the fabulous outdoors.