4 Reasons To Hit Up the RBC Heritage This Week
The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing returns this week, with another installment of Hilton Head Island’s biggest party-that-also-happens-to-be-a-golf-tournament.
This yearly tradition of day drinking and people-watching offers so much to see and do both on and off the course. Even if you’re not a golf fan, it’s still worth stopping by to sip a few cocktails, walk the beautiful fairways of Harbour Town Golf Links and hob nob on Hilton Head.
If you’re on the fence, here are a few reasons why you should check out this year’s Heritage.
Courtesy of Tony Carneavale.
While it’s sometimes easy to forget amid all the celebration, there is some awesome golf being played at the Heritage. The field always has a few heavyweights, like 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett, who will be hitting Harbour Town this week.
And while the play is competitive, the thrill of the Heritage for golf fans is seeing their favorite players a little more relaxed. It being the week after The Masters and Harbour Town Golf Links being one of the top courses players actually enjoy playing, it’s a chance for the pros to unwind a little bit and have some fun.
We mentioned that it was a party. And what’s a party without music?
All throughout The Sea Pines Resort, Heritage Week will mean a ton of great live acts from every point of the spectrum. For such a small island, Hilton Head has a great music scene, and all week long you can check out bands like the Motown and soul-infused Deas-Guyz, the legendary singer-songwriter Gregg Russell and even Hilton Head’s resident Southern Stomp band, Cranford Hollow.
“Heritage is one of the biggest shows we play all year,” said Cranford Hollow Frontman John Cranford. “As we tour more and more hometown shows are something that's really cherished and anticipated by all of us in the band. Those shows below the lighthouse have become an awesome tradition we like to pull out all the stops for and this year is gonna be a big one.”
THE PINUP GIRLS
New to this year’s RBC Heritage will be the legendary Hilton Head Ice Cream PinUp Girls. Formed by the owners of Hilton Head Ice Cream as part of a non-profit fundraising effort called Cars Against Cancer, the PinUp Girls have since taken on a life of their own while still staying true to the fundraising mission. The throwback flair of these retro glam beauties have become mainstays of Hilton Head Island events, but this year marks their RBC Heritage debut.
“We’re going to have the ’61 International Ice Cream Truck parked right there on 18 and Pin-Up Girls in plaid running around taking pictures,” said Hilton Head Ice Cream Founder Derek Delay.
Between the house parties that pop up at every step along the course, the Skyboxes and private tents along the 18th fairway and the sponsored parties all over Sea Pines, you’re never far from a cold drink. However, if you haven’t scored an invite to any of those, there is always the concession stands.
And among concession stands, the best bar none can be found between the 1st and 9th fairways by the merchandise tent. Besides benefitting the Hilton Head Firefighters’ Association, you’ll find the lowest prices at this tent as well as “The best mimosas in Harbour Town,” according to Firefighter Tony Carneavale.