Cheers to 50 Years: The Heritage
A little history
In 1969 Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus worked together to design the famous RBC Heritage golf tournament. For the last 50 years, the PGA tour has traveled the short distance from Augusta to Hilton Head Island following the conclusion of The Masters.
Each year The Harbour Town Golf Links and the Hilton Head community begins it’s transformation, weeks leading up to “Heritage.” Like most towns before hosting a tournament, the preparation starts with the grand stands being set up, the landscaping gets perfectly manicured, and residents put their houses up for rent.
The iconic candy cane lighthouse of Harbour Town is one thing that makes this course stand out from the rest. This year the lighthouse wasn’t touched up with its traditional red and white paint, but instead a classic plaid wrap to represent the celebration of 50 years.
For 50 years, players and fans have traveled to the lowcountry of South Carolina and contributed to a not-for-profit tournament that has been helping people in need all across the states of South Carolina and Georgia. The late Arnold Palmer was the tournament’s first champion back in 1969 and was followed by many popular names of golf over the next 5 decades. The defending champion this year is Wesley Bryan. Bryan received his first tour title at Harbour Town in 2017.
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If you’re heading to Hilton Head for the tournament or just in general here are a few restaurants & shops you should make sure to hit up!
The Big Bamboo Cafe – Great live music and dancing
The Salty Dog Cafe – One of the most famous places on the island. Don’t forget your souvenir T-Shirt! You know, the original “Instagram or it didn’t happen” was the “Buy a t-shirt or you weren’t there.”
Skull Creek Boathouse – Local seafood with a beautiful view.
Coast, Oceanfront Dining – The bottom floor to the beautiful, Sea Pines Beach Club! We had my sister’s bridesmaid luncheon here and sat outside looking at the ocean, enjoying some Hogwash Rosé. Follow up lunch with a walk on the beach. Makes for a perfect afternoon!
Shelter Cove also has a lot of great boutique shops. Pop in to Fab’rik or Spartina 449 for awesome gifts and a little something for yourself to remember the trip by!
Last but certainly not least, The Tanger Outlets. There are so many stores that the outlets are split in 2. PS- Stop at Los Jalapeños for some queso to fuel your shopping venture. Its delicious!