Five prime places to watch the 2013 RBC Heritage on Hilton Head

It’s somewhat irresistible to plan your Hilton Head golf vacation to coincide with the RBC Heritage golf tournament the week of April 15. Think of it: pick up some great swing visuals in the morning from PGA TOUR pros, then dash off for an afternoon round at one of the dozens of designer golf courses on the island.

Here’s what I suggest for packing in the best views of the pros, the course, the spectators and the gorgeous Hilton Head Island scenery. The good thing is there isn’t a bad spot on the course and it’s a cinch the walk the entire 18.

1. Check out this year’s new Heritage Lawn that extends from the 16th green to the 18th fairway. It’s a perfect vantage point to stroll along to watch approach shots on the par-4 16th, the tricky par-3 17th hole right into the prevailing winds of Calibogue Sound, and along the fairway of the final hole that runs along the Sound that’s packed with risk-reward. Just ask Brian Davis about 2010. A two-stroke penalty on the 18th handed the tournament to Jim Furyk. The Heritage Lawn also has a Jumbotron to watch all of the action on the course and concessions so you can nibble and sip your way through the action.

2. Speaking of social, planners have added a social media hub, too. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce is hosting the new Social Media Lounge next to the 17th green. Duck in and share photos, recharge your cell phone and use iPads to search travel info and post on social media platforms. It’s all for free. You also can snap some fun photos using golf and RBC swag to share with all your Facebook friends. Will they be a little envious? Yeah, we think so.

3. The 15th green. That’s one of my favorite places to watch all of the above–golf, people and the nature that makes Harbour Town Golf Links unlike anywhere else on the planet. Check out this video of Kip Henley nudging an alligator away last year so golfer Brian Gay could make a great chip shot, given the circumstances.

4. The 10th fairway. This is the must-be-seen place for locals. You also can spin on your heel and watch golfers come up the 16th hole. We’re a very friendly lot, so get right in there and mingle. You can get some tips on local haunts others don’t know about.

5. The 13th and 14th holes. These are among my favorite holes on the course to play, so I like to see how the pros handle Alice Dye’s diabolical Mickey Mouse ears-shaped, railroad-tie-lined bunker that nestles up to the 13th green and the wickedly tricky par 3 14th that seems to have a golf-ball magnet in the water on the right.

That’s where I plan to watch the 2013 RBC Heritage April 15-21. What are your plans?

To find out more about the tournament, go to www.rbcheritage.com. Come join us. It’s the Hilton Head Island event of the year.