Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The party's over!

Harbour Town Lighthouse at the Heritage Classic 2011The Heritage is over, hopefully not for the last time. It was a great finish to the always fun party that happens to be in the middle of a golf tournament. Rumors abound, about sponsors for next year but there is nothing yet concrete. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that some company will step up, meanwhile here are some images from Heritage 2011.

PS - The PGA does not allow pictures on the19th Hole at the Heritage Classic, Hilton Head Island course.

Harbour Town Golf Links 18th Fairway

Sunset at Quarterdeck in Harbour Town, Sea Pines

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sunrise Easter Services for April 24, 2011

While this week has The Heritage, we certainly don’t want to forget that it is also Easter Week. You can’t miss that there are many churches on Hilton Head. One of the things Charles Fraser did when developing Sea Pines was to donate land to different faiths and that is why there are a string of churches on Pope Avenue and South Forest Beach.
There are churches for most any faith, a synagogue and meeting places for the spiritual minded. But if you are looking for an outside Sunrise Service for this Sunday here are some place and faiths that will be having them.
At 6:30AM
St. Andrew by The Sea United Methodist
Coligny Beach
Baptist Church Hilton Head Island – Beach in front of Marriott Grande Ocean Resort
First Presbyterian Church of
Hilton Head IslandJarvis Creek Park (North End of Island)
Hilton Head Presbyterian Church
Driessen Beach Park

Community Church – Dolphin Head Recreation Area Hilton Head Plantation
At 7:30AM
Local pastors and PGA Player Aaron Baddeley
will speak on the 18th green of Harbour Town – seats available in the bleachers and skyboxes.
The list will be updated as we hear of other outdoor services.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Heritage!!!

Heritage 2011 Opening Ceremony
What can one say about The Heritage, the social event of the year? While it is of course great golf, that is only part of the experience at least from the perspective of someone who has gone to about 18 of them in the last 20 years of living here. Living on an island that has about 37,000 permanent residents it is a time when we open our doors to the world and invite them in and say “What cocktail do you want with that golf”. It is catching up with friends you only have because of the tournament but for one week out of the year you are great friends!
Started as much as a marketing ploy to promote the not yet finished Sea Pines Resort in 1969, Charles Fraser really got something put together with a wing and a prayer. The volunteers helped and are the heart and soul of The Heritage as were islanders who invited players over for dinner and parties just like they had always been old friends. Of course, over the years some of the winners certainly helped gain notoriety for the tournament (such as Arnold Palmer Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Tom Watson and the late Payne Stewart and also Davis Love III who has won it five times.) When the tournament moved to the week after the pressure cooker that is known as The Masters, our tournament was the Anti-Masters, a time for the players to relax with their families or to enjoy drinks with the fans at the Quarterdeck after their round.
For the past 43 years whatever names the tournament has gone under from Sea Pines Heritage Classic to MCI to World Com to Verizon, for everyone that has been here for any length of time, it has always just been The Heritage. This year’s purse will be $5.7 million and the winner will take home $1,026,000 while local charities have benefited from more than $20 million since 1987. That’s great for a tournament that is still trying to pin down a sponsor for 2012 and keep up the tradition going for another 43 years. And we need to, as the economic impact to the Lowcountry and the state of SC is more than $81 million.
The Heritage this year looks to be again another fantastic time – we look to have “Chamber of CommerceJim Furyk hitting the ceremonial opening shot kind of weather” with average temperatures of 77 for the highs and lows around 64 -pretty darn perfect. And that brings us to another subject – clothes, as the Heritage is a great place for people watching. Everything from little bitty sundresses and high heels (not the easiest to navigate the course in) to garish golf pants, but a lot of people know to dress for comfort as you are walking and standing all day and use lots of sunscreen. Most of all, it seems to be a time to reunite with old friends or make new ones for the day, oh and have a cocktail or two with them. A friend of mine from Canada thinks it is the greatest golf tournament “because spectators go on and off the course and it isn’t just about great golf but a good time too”. We have a saying here “Who invited the golfers to our cocktail party” and it holds true as you are watching golf, you also setting up where to mFuryk with the Standerd Bearers for the Canon at opening ceremony for the 2011 Heritageeet next, whether it is a hospitality tent, a sponsors villa or ending up at the Quarterdeck for sunset.
The opening ceremonies were yesterday and the pictures attached show Jim Furyk hitting the ceremonial shot into the Calibogue Sound along with all the pomp and circumstance that went along with it. Follow along this week as we give quick updates from The Heritage.