Thursday, April 12, 2018

2018 RBC Heritage - 50 Years of PGA Golf in Lowcountry

The Lighthouse at Harbour Town is plaid for the 50th Heritage
Over the past 50 years the Professional Golf Association has visited Hilton Head Island in spring, resulting in traditions that are now a part of golf history. The RBC Heritage presented by Boeing is the only PGA event in South Carolina, and while sponsor names have changed over the years, the Heritage slogan remains. The lighthouse at Harbour Town has been wrapped in their trademark plaid pattern for all to see, and the field of players will include many past champions returning to support the heritage of golf in the Lowcountry.

I was also present at the 30th Year of the Heritage!
The blueprint for success at the RBC Heritage calls for controlled golf shots to navigate the live oaks that surround the golf links where par is a score of 71. PGA Tour pros that are known for power and long tee shots are handcuffed by the twisting layout at Harbour Town, placing a premium on a strategic short game to set up short putts for birdie. In 2017 fans could see that Hurricane Matthew had taken a toll on many of the trees in the Sea Pines Resort, but the challenge of playing the course remains similar to 50 years ago.

The Heritage always involves lots of traditions
To say that the RBC Heritage tournament is a festive social occasion for many is very true, but the 2018 winner will earn a $1 million payday. Whether one is standing along the 18th fairway, or simply viewing the scenery on TV, it is easy to see why this special Lowcountry vista doesn’t get old after 50 years. For those that attend every year it’s almost like an extra holiday weekend, celebrating life while tipping the tartan cap towards the lifestyle of golf.

To view the entire feature article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries about the RBC Heritage click 20172016 - 20152014 - 2013

To view past blog entries about the PGA Championship click on 2017 - 2012

To view past blog entries from the BMW Charity click on 2016 2015 - 2014

To view past blog entries from The Masters click on 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2009 

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