#plaidnation: A Home Viewer's Guide To The RBC Heritage
When you start seeing more plaid than usual around Hilton Head Island, it means the PGA TOUR is in full swing. It is time for the annual RBC Heritage presented by Boeing from April 12-19 at Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort. It’s the stop on the TOUR where once a year we get to go all out and showcase the best of what the Lowcountry has to offer.
A limited number of spectators are allowed back this year for the 53rd edition of the tournament and you can purchase tickets today. While we’re excited for fans to come back, we know some regular guests won’t be able to take part in the festivities this spring. That’s why we’ve put together this home viewer’s guide for Plaid Nation, no matter how or where you watch the 2021 RBC Heritage.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HERITAGE
When the first PGA tournament was held on Hilton Head Island in 1969, golf in the Lowcountry was relatively unknown and certainly didn’t have the prestige and international reputation that it has today. The first tournament was held at Harbour Town Golf Links over Thanksgiving weekend and it gained immediate credibility when two of the top names in golf, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, both agreed to play. Nicklaus was familiar with the course already, the first course he ever designed alongside legendary golf architect Pete Dye. Palmer went on to win the first tournament, at that time simply known as the Heritage Classic. From here, the legendary lore of this masterpiece on the PGA TOUR just keeps growing.
Some of the top golfers in the world have won the RBC Heritage including Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III (who won it five times), Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, and Tom Watson. More than just a game, this event brings more than $102 million into the South Carolina economy. Through the charitable actions of The Heritage Classic Foundation, $1.2 million was distributed to charitable organizations in 2020.
GET YOUR PLAID ON
While we don’t know who will win the tournament this year, one thing we know for sure is that on Sunday, April 18, a smiling golfer will don a brand new jacket with the distinctive tartan of the RBC Heritage. The tartan plaid was known as Hilton Champion until 2000 when the name changed to Heritage Classic.
But you don’t have to be the best among 132 professional golfers to don the Heritage Classic tartan. Saturday, April 17 is Plaid Nation Day, your own chance to wear and to show your RBC Heritage pride.
Watching from home? Why not find some plaid in your own wardrobe and feel part of the action and look cool in the process.
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