Play or Watch: A Glimpse into Hilton Head’s Robust Tournament Schedule

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With over 30 championship courses complemented by pristine beaches and world-class restaurants, it should come as no surprise Hilton Head Golf Island is a top tournament destination.

Every April, The Sea Pines Resort hosts the PGA TOUR’s only South Carolina event, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, at Harbour Town Golf Links. This may be Hilton Head’s most well-known event – it’s been a Lowcountry tradition for nearly 50 years – but “Golf Island” also hosts a variety of other professional, amateur and junior tournaments throughout the year.

In February, The Sea Pines Resort and South Carolina Junior Golf Association hosted The Sea Pines Junior Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links and new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. The prestigious annual event attracted some of the nation’s top junior talent.  

On Sunday, September 10, the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes will host the Hilton Head Golf Invitational in support of Special Olympics. Open to singles, couples and foursomes, the event includes an afternoon scramble, evening cocktail reception and variety of other activities, all in support of Special Olympics. For more information, or to register, click here.

The oceanfront Robert Trent Jones Course is known for its open, inviting layout and challenging yet fair play. Named one of Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” for 2017, it is an ideal track for charity tournaments as it appeals to players of all abilities.

Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island will host the Cat Island Ladies Classic on October 29 – November 2. The National Women’s Golf Association (NWGA) event is open to professionals and amateurs with a handicap index of less than eight and will bring some of the country’s best female golfers to Beaufort. The NWGA is the second largest women’s professional golf organization in the United States, second only to the LPGA / LPGA Symetra Tour.

As part of the event, Lady Island Country Club will host a Pro-Am Pairings Party and Dinner on October 29 followed by the NWGA / EggLand’s Best Pro-Am and Player & Sponsor Appreciated Dinner on October 30. For more information, or to register, click here.

Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island is a player-friendly layout that rewards good shots. Although a selection of elevated greens appear daunting, overall the course is an enjoyable fair test. Located on a 400+ acre barrier island, Sanctuary Golf Club encapsulates Lowcountry golf with statuesque oak trees draped in Spanish moss and splendid views of Port Royal Sound throughout.

Whether you’re drawn to Hilton Head as a spectator or player, be sure to set some time aside to explore all this remarkable island has to offer.