**UPDATE: The 2020 RBC Heritage Golf Tournament has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.
As spring approaches with its breezy sunshine, so does the 52nd annual RBC Heritage Golf Classic! Whether you’re a golf addict, outdoor adventurer, wine aficionado, or just looking for family-centered fun, the RBC tournament never fails to deliver a spectacular week of events in Hilton Head.
In 1969, Arnold Palmer’s win at the very first RBC Heritage tournament solidified Hilton Head as a nationally acclaimed professional golf destination. Since then, the competition has hosted hundreds of players and “crowned” dozens—by donning them in the traditional red plaid blazer that has become so iconic to this event. Past winners include renowned players such as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Johnny Miller, and Payne Stewart. This year, four previous champions have already committed to playing—Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker—in an effort to earn another plaid jacket. If you want to learn more about the history of the RBC Heritage Golf Classic, check out last year’s post on the event!
Last year’s tournament was exciting, and resulted in awarding the championship to the first Taiwanese player to earn a PGA tour title in history and the 13th international player to win the RBC Heritage. You can find statistics and learn more information about Pan by visiting the PGA’s official website.
The Lowcountry is home to some of the best championship golf courses in the nation. The RBC tournament, held at the nationally-acclaimed Harbour Town Golf Links, is an event televised and viewed by millions of people worldwide. The tournament kicks off with opening ceremonies—complete with cannonfire, bagpipes, and a parade! The parade begins at the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town and ends at the 18th fairway, where the ceremony will be held, marking the beginning of the RBC Heritage Golf Classic. Day two allows professional players to conduct practice rounds on the green, while the simultaneous “Coca-Cola Youth Day” commences to provide competition opportunities and family-friendly events for children 15 and under. Bring your kids or grandkids to putt alongside PGA pros and earn some swag to commemorate the occasion! The night concludes with a family movie on the Heritage lawn—the perfect way to recover from an eventful day.
The competitive rounds of golf begin Wednesday. Excellent vantage points, local artisan food vendors, and beverage stands are scattered in abundance throughout the tournament grounds. The competition ramps up Saturday during the third round, and it’s on this day that fans “Get Their Plaid On” by wearing the iconic red plaid to show their spirit for RBC Heritage. The day is filled with contests and opportunities for fans to win merchandise and tickets to next year’s event. The final day of the tournament begins with a sunrise Sunday service at the Liberty Oak stage followed by the final round. Trophies will be presented after the last swing, and a new RBC Heritage champion will earn their plaid blazer.
It’s really easy to make a weekend out of the tournament’s penultimate and final rounds. If you’re looking for places to stay, additional things to do in Hilton Head, or great places to eat when away from the tournament lawn, be sure to check out our other blog posts highlighting the area!
For tickets, event history and more information, go to www.rbcheritage.com.