Going to the RBC Heritage? Here’s the need to know info

It’s Heritage weekend in South Carolina and the PGA Tour has come to town, or at least to within driving distance.  As the only PGA tour event in South Carolina and a guaranteed party, this is an event that is perfect for a weekend getaway for Grand Strand residents. If you decide to take the 3.5 hour drive to Hilton Head for the weekend, you’ll want to know some quick facts. Here’s the list.

Bring a comfortable pair of shoes. You are going to walk, a lot. The course is 7101 yards, and with the extra steps you’ll take, to follow a single round with a single golfer requires around a 4 mile walk.

You might need your umbrella this weekend. The forecast for Saturday is showers through early afternoon and then a chance of showers in the afternoon on Sunday.

Tee times for Saturday are slated to begin at 8:30am for those players that make the cut. Play will last until around 6pm and then you’ll want to head over to the Heritage lawn for a free concert. Sunday begins at 7:30am with a church service on the 18th green followed by an 8:30am tee time.

You’ll want to catch players teeing off from the first tee, but after a couple of groups go through, head out on the course and follow the group of your choice. But, once you get to the area around holes 16 and 17, you’ll find that this is where the real party happens. CBS has moved away from this area for the first time leaving more corporate parties and a much bigger area to gather.

One of the biggest groups of the week and the place that you are most likely to see fellow South Carolinians is the group with Tommy “2-Gloves” Gainey. Gainey is from Darlington, South Carolina and the crowd following him will be filled with his family and friends, along with plenty of people sporting their Gamecock and Clemson Tiger apparel. Interestingly enough, this weekend, the two groups will come together to cheer for one of their own.

The course is a Pete Dye design, built in 1969 and redesigned in 2011. With a Par of 71 and a 75.6 rating, the slope is 147. The fairways and rough are Bermuda grass, the greens are TifEagle Bermuda grass. Holes 17 and 18 provide a spectacular view along Calibogue Sound.

These are a few of the basics. You’ll need to attend this tournament several years to discover all of the hidden tips. But, if you were looking for the Cliff Notes, they would be to arrive early, plan to walk a lot, have fun and whatever you do, don’t ever yell the words “Get in the Hole!!”.

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