Outside, the snow flurries were falling, the temperature was in the mid-20s with the wind/chill in the mid-teens. Perfect golf weather!! Unless you actually wanted to PLAY the game. If you wanted to talk about it though, the conditions were as ripe as a Phil Mickelson putt in Scottsdale (except for that lip-out for a 59).
A perfect non-storm? Absolutely. While my golf-crazed brethren were scooting around the Lowcountry’s luscious layouts in 62-degree bliss, I’ve been in the second best place on earth to be talking golf, the consumer golf shows in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Cleveland the last three weeks. My partner Barry Fleming, Executive Director of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and pros from around the Island have been swapping golf stories with thousands of snow-bound golf lovers who can’t wait to start playing whenever they want.
We were not surprised at the stories we heard, some from the many folks who’d been to Hilton Head and loved the golf here in past years, but hadn’t been lately. Some who said the economy had kept them away, or other family commitments, or visits to other South Carolina locales. But they were universal in their excitement that Hilton Head Island was back (not that we’d ever left) and top-of-mind when they were considering where to play in the coming months. Many had already booked their next golf getaway for this spring or summer. Many more now have the Golf Island on their radar and are excited about how welcoming our island can be for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Boy are they in for a pleasant surprise! Because for all the gorgeous visuals we offered them, even a drawing for a free Island golf vacation at Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island golf is like Augusta National, even more spectacular in person. Our road show continues in Columbus (February 22-24) and finishes in Toronto (March 1-3). Those folks can’t wait to play, anywhere, and we can’t wait to make more friends of the Island and meet those who don’t need to be reminded what a great golf experience we have here.
But if you need to be- or want to check in on the latest great golf packages available, visit www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com. And those of you in our coming road show cities—come on out and say hello. It’s always delightful on our Island.