Bob Gillespie



Play where the pros play: Sea Pines offers “RBC Heritage Experience Package”

Posted 4/5/2012 9:49:00 AM

South Carolina’s official opening of the spring golf season begins April 12-15 when the RBC Heritage, the state’s lone annual PGA Tour stop, kicks off at Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links, rated the PGA Tour players’ second-favorite course in a survey by GolfWeek magazine.

Thousands will watch the world’s best players, led by defending champion Brandt Snedeker, tackle the 1969 Pete Dye-Jack Nicklaus design, with its iconic 18th hole featuring the waters of Calibogue Sound and the famed red-and-white-striped lighthouse as a backdrop. For most visitors, watching the professionals play the tight, marsh-and-tree-lined Hilton Head Island layout with its tiny greens is as good as it gets.

For a few weekend golfers, though, there now is something even better. Sea Pines is offering a “RBC Heritage Experience Package” that will be as close to playing “inside the ropes” in the Heritage as a non-professional can enjoy.

The package, priced for high season (through May 20 and Sept. 24-Nov. 3, $1,210) and low season (May 21-Sept. 23 and Nov. 26-March 17, 2013, $1,080; both are for one golfer per room), offers a two-night stay at the luxurious Inn at Harbour Town, which overlooks the golf course’s first tee, and a round of golf on Harbour Town with a walking caddie. Included are breakfast each morning, lunch during the golf round, access to the practice area with a custom player’s name plate and complimentary range balls; an hour of professional instruction prior to the round; VIP locker room privileges; and even a first-tee introduction.

Players can bring along additional non-playing guests at no charge. In addition, players get a 10 percent pro shop discount on merchandise, 10 percent off on food and beverages at all Sea Pines restaurants, and use of The Fitness Center. A gift bag includes golf balls, tees, sunscreen, visor or hat, golf shirt, towel, divot tool, yardage book and bag tag, plus a commemorative Pete Dye coffee table book.

“Our RBC Heritage Experience Package provides a true ‘inside the ropes’ PGA TOUR feel for our guests,” says Cary Corbitt, Sea Pines’ director of sports division. “The RBC Heritage is our pinnacle event, and now golfers can test their skills and nerve against Harbour Town and the genius of Pete Dye while staying at one of the premier resort hotels in the world.”

Sea Pines also offers two other courses: Heron Point by Pete Dye, the architect’s reworking of the resort’s former third course, and Ocean Course, the island’s first golf course. Both feature wetlands, live oaks and devilish greens, while the Ocean Course has a beachfront hole built along a dune ridge.

For information or to book the RBC Heritage Experience package, click here or call (866) 561-8802.