Whether you are looking for a vacation rental or permanent relocation, Hilton Head Island offers some of the most exclusive beachfront properties in all of the Carolinas. Despite having more than 20 championship golf courses and over 250 restaurants to choose from, residents and vacationers will never feel crowded here. The entire island offers an unprecedented level of serenity and a true feeling of escape.
One of the most famous attractions in all of Hilton Head is Harbour Town Light. This beautiful red and white lighthouse has become the unofficial symbol of Hilton Head Island, and you’ve likely seen it on a number of souvenirs. It has also become famous for making an appearance on television every year during the Heritage Golf Tournament, which is a PGA Tour event that is held at the Harbour Town Golf Links. It is famously noted that Jack Nicholas assisted in the design of the course.
The Harbour Town Golf Links has also been a featured course on the popular Tiger Woods video game series. When playing the course in those games, the Harbour Town Lighthouse can be seen standing in the background. The signature 18th hole is famous for its extremely narrow fairway. The best strategy for this hole is for golfers to aim their tee shot directly at the lighthouse in the background.
The lighthouse is located in the Harbour Town Marina, which is part of the Sea Pines vacation rental community. Visitors to the marina can shop at a number of unique and interesting shops, or watch all of the impressive boats come and go.
Unlike so many of the lighthouses up north, Harbour Town Light is open to the public. In exchange for a very small donation, visitors can climb all 114 steps to the top of the octagon shaped, red and white striped lighthouse. During their climb to the top, they will be entertained by walking through a museum that details the storied history of this iconic lighthouse.
The tour starts with a brief history of Hilton Head Island that covers the early settlers and the island’s importance in the Civil War. As visitors climb higher, they will learn about Charles Fraser, who designed Sea Pines, Harbour Town, the golf course, and the lighthouse. Many years ago, he had a compelling vision for what Hilton Head Island could be, and his work has produced one of the most intimate harbor communities anywhere.
The tour also highlights each of the lighthouses on Hilton Head Island, but clearly emphasizes the importance of the 90-foot Harbour Town Light. Its construction was privately funded by developers of the Sea Pines community, which is extremely rare. It is not an official navigation lighthouse, however it is still vitally important in helping boaters find their way back to Harbour Town. The lighthouse was completed in 1970.
After the tour profiles a few more local lighthouses, visitors will arrive at the top of the lighthouse where they can make use of the observation deck or look around in one of the most unique gift shops in all of the Carolinas. From the observation deck, visitors will have a beautiful view of the marina and golf course. Inside the gift shop, they will be able to purchase a number of exclusive souvenirs that represent some of the nicest collections in Hilton Head.
Whether you are passionate about golf, a lighthouse enthusiast, or just someone who enjoys pretty views, Harbour Town Light on Hilton Head Island is an attraction you absolutely much check out! For an extremely minimal price, you can read about history, see one of the most beautiful views in all of the Carolinas, and shop at a number of interesting stores. Everyone should make a point to visit Harbour Town.