This year’s RBC Heritage will take place Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Jordan Spieth overcame a crowded Sunday leaderboard, ultimately defeating Patrick Cantlay in a playoff in 2022, and is expected to return to defend his title again this year. Below we will provide a golf betting guide for the 2023 contest, which will include RBC Heritage odds as soon as they are posted by top sportsbooks.
Scottie Scheffler and new Masters champion Jon Rahm are the RBC Heritage odds favorites. Scheffler was +800 and Rahm was +850 Monday morning.
RBC Heritage odds
Updated RBC Heritage odds have been posted by top sportsbooks. View 2023 RBC Heritage betting odds and click to bet below.
The field for the 2023 RBC Heritage will be officially announced on Friday, April 7. Until then, here are the odds for John Haslbauer’s projected favorites a month out from the event.
- Patrick Cantlay +800
- Jordan Spieth +1000
- Collin Morikawa +1400
- Matt Fitzpatrick +1600
- Shane Lowry +1800
Harbour Town Golf Links
Harbour Town GL is your quintessential short, target golf course, embodying all of Pete Dye’s most famous characteristics with pesky green-side bunkering and an emphasis on positional tee shots. It penalizes players who attempt to overpower with the driver.
Technically, water looms in play on all 18 holes to add an extra emphasis on driving accuracy. But, the water doesn’t threaten as persistently as a course like PGA National. Even still, it’s a claustrophobic course that requires players to stay in control of their golf ball off the tee. Trees line it and will often stymie players who run off the fairway into forced punch outs and layups.
The average driving distance at Harbour Town GL is about 15 yards under the TOUR average, showing that players will often take less than driver. That ensures they have set correct angles for approach shots.
How It Breaks Down
Harbour Town is a short course by PGA TOUR standards, playing at about 7,100 yards as a par 71 with three par 5s and an added par 4 compared to the typical par-72 set up. Of the par 4s, seven holes play under 450 yards, making Par-4 Scoring: 400-450 a crucial stat.
The par 3s have plenty of bite, as all four set up at 190 yards or longer. The 14th hole is one of my favorite par 3s on TOUR. Listed at 194 yards, it features a threatening water hazard on the right of the green, with the green sloping left to funnel conservative bailouts into a tricky green-side pot-bunker. That makes par saves nearly impossible. Track this hole down the closing stretch to see how aggressively players approach to take on this flag.
The average green size at Harbour Town is 3,700 square feet, the second smallest on TOUR behind only Pebble Beach. That makes for a particular emphasis on approach play, with players only hitting greens in regulation at a 58% clip (TOUR average: 66%). It also calls for an added emphasis on SG: ARG, and Scrambling.
Traits And Recent Notable Facts
Comparing Harbour Town with all other yearly PGA TOUR courses, it rates out bottom three in average driving distance and OTT difficulty. With the emphasis on setting up your second shots from the fairway, players can’t truly separate from the field with driver alone. So many forced layups makes a good opportunity to buy low on some of the weaker drivers.
The rough at Harbour Town is relatively non-existent. So, there is little penalty for slight run-offs past the fairway or chip shots from just off the green, as long as players avoid the bunkers and are not blocked out from the trees.
The greens have typically played as pure Bermuda. However, in 2021 they were overseeded with Poa to withstand a cold and wet winter, so it may be worth monitoring if they will overseed once again in 2022. I don’t expect a notable difference either way.
The 2020 RBC Heritage, won by Webb Simpson at -22, was a bit of an anomaly from a course conditions standpoint. Due to COVID rescheduling, the event played in June. Public golf rounds from March through June beat up the course, changing the dynamics.
HARBOUR TOWN COURSE SPECS
- Yards: 7,121
- Par: 71 (4x 3’s / 11x 4’s / 3x 5’s)
- Greens: Bermuda overseeded with Poa (Average speed)
- Green Size: 3,700 sq. ft. (Tiny)
- Fairway Width: 34 yards (Average)
- Rough: 0.75″ Rye overseed (Light)
- Architect: Pete Dye
- Historic Cut Line: +1 to +3
- Comp Courses: Waialae CC, Sedgefield CC, Sea Island Resort, Colonial CC, TPC Sawgrass, TPC River Highlands, Stadium Course, El Camaleon, Pebble Beach
- Hole-by-hole Breakdown:
RBC HERITAGE ODDS: BETTING TRENDS
There have been a handful of longshot winners here, but the mid range has proven to be the sweet spot at the RBC Heritage, with six of the last 10 winners coming from the 18-1 to 40-1 odds range. Whether long or short odds, there is a clear trend of accurate, shorter hitters who’ve gone on to win the RBC Heritage.
Here are consensus pre-tournament outright odds for the last 10 winners of the RBC Heritage.
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How To Bet RBC Heritage
When online sportsbooks set the RBC Heritage odds, bettors are going to notice several of the PGA Tour’s big names and several former major winners. If you’re looking to make an outright winner bet, consider how the player is performing this season and previous performances on the Harbour Town Golf Links. Are you going with the hot golfer with several top-10 finishes or the one who is overdue for a win? The latter scenario could mean longer odds and a bigger potential payout.
However, like the majority of PGA Tour events, spending hours analyzing which golfers have the best shot of winning the RBC Heritage, is optional. Expect to see odds for top-five finishes along with individual hole props and round finishing position. Sportsbooks will finalize the event betting menu as the event draws closer. Even though it will not be as detailed as what is offered for Masters betting, golf bettors will have no shortage of options.