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PGA Tour Players Enjoy Family Time at the RBC Heritage

By: David Wood


The RBC Heritage appears to be the perfect remedy for PGA Tour decompression after the nerve-rattling Masters in Augusta. Given their nomadic lifestyles, many players make the Hilton Head Island tournament - held on Pete Dye's iconic Harbour Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort - an annual spring family vacation.

17th Hole at Harbour Town Golf Links

On Wednesday, with temperatures in the mid-70s and blue skies above, players were almost ebullient when asked why this event is such a popular stop. "This is one of the tour's top events because of Sea Pines Resort," said Brandt Snedeker as he walked to the 10th tee in the Wednesday pro-am. "It's such a relaxing atmosphere. We all rent homes here for our families, go bike riding and to the beach. It's a great place to unwind."

Luke Donald concurred, "This place has such a great feel as it's a family-oriented event."

"It's a chilled-out environment and great social atmosphere," said Graeme McDowell, who'd rented a house on the beach for family and friends. "We'll be enjoying some great seafood this week."

The resort offers "on-campus" lodging of more than 300 villas and 100 rental homes in addition to the Inn at Harbor Town - its boutique hotel. Plus, with 23 clay tennis courts, family eco-adventures, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, and five miles of unspoiled beaches, there are tons of things to do while dad is trying to accrue FedEx Cup points.

"Civilian" guests have the opportunity for RBC Heritage experience as well. For example, one can tee it up on Sea Pines' excellent Heron Point by Pete Dye or its Ocean Course in the morning, catch the tournament action in the afternoon, and then enjoy sunset cocktails and dinner at the Harbour Town Yacht Basin - a lively gathering spot for players and attendees.

Perhaps Ernie Els sums it up best, saying "I wish we had more of these types of events after majors."

For more information about The Sea Pines Resort visit www.seapines.com.