The countdown is on to the 46th annual RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. It’s set for April 14-20, 2014 on Hilton Head Island and tickets are on sale now. More than 100,000 people attend the RBC Heritage each year!
It all began back on Thanksgiving weekend in 1969 when Sea Pines designer Charles Fraser gave the first tournament on the newly created Harbour Town Golf Links a twist. He called it the “Heritage Classic,” and the best in the game came. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were among the first to commit. The course has changed over the years since that humble beginning, moving to the week after the Masters in April. The purse also moved from the original $100,000 to $5.8 million (the winner’s share $1,044,000). Media coverage grew over the years as well, with CBS and The Golf Channel blocking out 15 hours of live coverage last year.
Previous tournament champions include some of the most distinguished players in golf history, like Jack Nicklaus, Bernhard Langer, Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Tom Watson, Davis Love III, and the late Payne Stewart.
Harbour Town Golf Links is now recognized as one of America’s top courses. It is also repeatedly selected as a favorite by PGA Tour professionals.
Here are some additional facts about the Heritage Golf Tournament you may not know…
- The highest score recorded by a Heritage winner was 283 by Arnold Palmer in 1969.
- The lowest score recorded by a Heritage winner was 264 by Brian Gay in 2009.
- Since the RBC Heritage first teed off in 1969, the only golfers who have won a major and haven’t played at Harbour Town are Paul Lawrie and Ian Woosnam.
- Combined, RBC Heritage champions have won 69 major tournaments.
- The RBC Heritage purse is eight times greater than it was in 1988.
- Davis Love III is the tournament’s only five-time winner. He holds the longest current streak of consecutive appearances at the RBC Heritage.
If you’re ready to purchase your tickets to the Heritage Golf Tournament, there are several options. The Doc’s BBQ Club 15 is new this year, featuring access to a private entertainment venue on the 15th green from Thursday to Sunday. It includes one practice round ticket for Monday to Wednesday and one ticket per day for Thursday through Sunday. You can also enjoy access to the Clubhouse and tournament grounds on all seven days. Priced at $375, that includes a daily buffet. Practice round tickets start at $35 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and daily tickets are $50 for Thursday and Sunday through March 31 and $60 per day for Friday and Saturday. Prices will increase by $20 per ticket starting April 1st so it’s best to buy early. Click here for more package options.
As you start planning your trip, we invite you to reserve your stay with us at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn Bed and Breakfast in Savannah, Georgia. Stay for the tournament or choose to spend a few extra days in Georgia’s oldest city. Our Inn is nestled in the heart of Savannah’s historic district on Oglethorpe Square, with an exclusive location that is just steps away from all the attractions Savannah has to offer. We offer 16 richly appointed suites with decorative fireplaces and several rooms with private balconies overlooking the courtyard garden. Click here to view our Savannah bed and breakfast accommodations!
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