How to enjoy the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament on Hilton Head
RBC Heritage Golf Tournament - Hints from A "Local"
When: April 15-21, 2013
Where: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, SC
Who: Everyone and Anyone
Tickets: Various packages are available - including one day passes may be purchased at the Sea Pines Welcome Center or the Harbour Town Club House
Who to Contact: RBC Heritage
Contact Information: http://www.rbcheritage.com/tickets
THE Event of the Year on Hilton Head
From its inception in November of 1969, to the present day, The Heritage Golf Tournament is the premier event for Hilton Head. Featuring the best golf players in the world, The Heritage is played on the Pete Dye designed Harbour Town Golf Links. Not surprisingly, Arnold Palmer won the first tournament with a total purse of $100,000 and his share was $20,000. In 2012, the total purse was $5.7 million!
GET YOUR PLAID ON
What in the world does this mean? The winner of the tournament is presented his very own plaid jacket - certainly just as fashionable as that green colored one. You'll see plaid with polka-dots, plaid with stripes, and enough long green pants with pink flamingos to make you think Lily Pulitzer dressed the fellows herself. Even the pros get into the action! Look for Sir Willie McInnis - a real incarnation of the logo that can be seen throughout the tournament.
WHAT IT'S REALLY ABOUT
Though the tournament is all about golf, the challenges of the course, and winning - the Hilton Head community wins as well. With the mission in 1986 to initially update, upgrade, and maintain the Harbour Town Course as well as to create a minimum $1 million purse, the Heritage Classic Foundation committed itself to supporting the local citizens through local charities. Any proceeds that are left over after the tournament are donated to local charities. Last year alone, they donated $1.5 million to 60 different organizations.
Local Tips - How to enjoy the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament on Hilton Head
GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE! - this is not only a golf tournament but a party for residents and visitors alike! It's always easier to get tickets before getting to the course and this year there are some terrific packages as well as DAILY passes!
How to get there - Be sure to take the Cross Island Parkway - it's well worth the $1.25 toll, avoids all the local traffic and takes you right down Palmetto Bay Road to the Sea Pines gate!
Bring a Chair!: This beautiful course is spread out and though there are bleachers it's a nice idea to come early and plant yourself under one of the beautiful moss-draped oaks in the shade with a breeze blowing across Calibogue Sound.
DON'T BRING YOUR CELL PHONE - This obviously should go without saying and they stopped collecting them last year but come to enjoy some amazing golf, the beauty of Hilton Head and take a day off-I realize this sounds amazing coming from a Realtor since we usually suffer withdrawal symptoms without them, but nope, I don't bring mine. Can't take pictures of the players during the tournament anyway.
Bring BUG REPELLENT: I realize that I probably shouldn't make a big deal about this BUT it's better to be safe than sorry. This time of year we can have what we lovingly call 'no see ums' - kind of like teeny tiny gnats that are most annoying. Some folks seem to be immune to being bitten but if you tend to attract the lone insect for miles around, pick up one of those stretchy wrist bands that have the bug repellent or spray yourself well.
Bring sun screen - our sun is strong at this time of year and people forget that the breezes may lull you into a false sense of security. Also, be sure to cover the backs of your legs and knees; this is where my husband always gets burned. For those folks who have not a lot of hair coverage - you know who you are - it's a great time to buy a cap and memento of your time at Harbour Town!
Parking: All parking is free. Remember, you will NOT be able to drive into Sea Pines and then drive down to the course. They have a terrific system, where after you come through the Sea Pines gate, you will be directed to one of the parking lots and driven in air-conditioned comfort to the drop off down by the Harbour Town shopping area. The trolley also runs this week which is also a fun way to take everything in.
Food: The ticket includes access to the grounds and the course but there are food trucks throughout the course with reasonably priced options of everything from hot dogs to pulled pork sandwiches, chips and soda. The 19th hole, sponsored by Michelob, is also a great place to unwind and if the pro had a good round, you can run out and perhaps you'll get an autograph! (they are more likely to sign a child's card) Beer and wine are also offered so be sure to bring an ID.