Work begins to combat erosion at SC's Harbour Town

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The owner of South Carolina's only golf course on the PGA tour is working to combat erosion that's threatening to send Harbour Town's most famous green into the ocean.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports Sunday that work has started near the 18th green of Harbour Town Golf Links.

The operations director at Sea Pines Resort says a wall of rocks will help divert wave energy from the course's edge and allow engineers to rebuild the marsh buffer. Cary Corbitt says a golfer could walk off the green onto land 10 years ago, but now there's a 6-foot drop.

The project is expected to cost $500,000.

The 18th green, and the famous red & white striped lighthouse behind it, has become an iconic golf image for the annual Heritage tournament.

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