Got plans to attend the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing April 9-15 at Harbour Town? Here’s what’s new:
▪ General parking will return this year to the Honey Horn tract, 70 Honey Horn Drive on the north end of Hilton Head. That site was unavailable last year since it was used to process about 3 million cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Buses shuttle fans to Harbour Town from the parking lot, at the home of the Coastal Discovery Museum.
▪ Presenting sponsor Boeing definitely plans to continue the tradition of a flyover during the tournament in one of its planes produced in North Charleston. Mike Zavada, vice president of business operations of Boeing Commercial Airlines, said company officials are 90 percent certain the flyover down the 18th fairway will be performed by a brand new 787-10 owned by Singapore Airlines. It should be completed days before the popular event here, Zavada said. It is the newest version of the 787, and totally produced in South Carolina. This plane would be the third delivered to Singapore Airlines, Zavada said. He called the popular flyover one of the best brand placements on the PGA Tour.
▪ A Craft Beer Garden will be new this year at the 15th hole.
▪ A Youth Zone with activities for children will be added this year in the vicinity of the 17th green and 18th tee.
▪ Watch for Heritage sponsors to join the “Cheers to 50 Years” Heritage anniversary campaign. It could include special packaging of Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch products, two sponsors that have been with the tournament since the beginning, tournament director Steve Wilmot said.
▪ The tournament is reaching out to the Charleston market this year with a new semi-private Charleston Club Skybox on the 18th hole. Cost is $195 per ticket, per day, including access to the grounds and the skybox. A daily lunch buffet and full bar services are included. Sea Fox Boats and Empire Sports Management are the club’s presenting sponsors.
Looking ahead to next year
Dates for the 2019 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing have been announced.
The 51st edition of the PGA Tour event will come to the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island April 15-21, 2019.
The final round will be played on Easter Sunday.
Wilmot said it is unusual to get date confirmation a year ahead, but said it came from the PGA Tour office.
He said he asked for it in advance, hoping the information could help the school district and local businesses and families make plans.