Work began on Monday morning for a makeover of the Harbour Town Lighthouse in honor of the 50th playing of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing PGA Tour golf tournament, which is scheduled for April 9-15 at Sea Pines’ Harbour Town Golf Links.
As part of the hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of the tournament that began in 1969, the red stripes of the red-and white-striped lighthouse that rises over Harbour Town Yacht Basin and the 18th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links are going to be covered with a temporary adhesive vinyl sporting the tournament’s Heritage plaid pattern.
“So, instead of red and white, it’s going to be plaid and white,” said Al Kennikell, owner of Savannah’s Kennikell Group, the company that printed the plaid pattern on the vinyl.
The work is expected to be finished by Thursday, said Jeremy Conner, owner of Who Did That Inc., the Charlotte company hired to install the vinyl coating.
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Conner said his company has covered a lot of things over the years, including water towers, but it has never attempted a lighthouse. “And, as far as we could tell,” he said, “nobody’s ever done a lighthouse before.”
On Feb. 18, the public is invited to attend the official unveiling of the lighthouse during a “Countdown to 50” celebration around the yacht basin and its Liberty Oak area that will be hosted by the Heritage Classic Foundation.
The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at outdoor stands hosted by Sea Pines Resort. The band Muddycreek will provide live music, and a portion of the lawn in Harbour Town will be reserved for tournament volunteers.
The lighthouse also will offer free admission for the day, courtesy of the Heritage Classic Foundation, and RBC Heritage mascot, Sir William Innes, will be available for photo opportunities. Lowcountry Radio Group will host live remotes, and tournament tickets and merchandise will be for sale.
For non-residents of Sea Pines, the standard plantation gate fee will apply. Parking will be limited in Harbour Town, so event parking will be just inside the main gates of Sea Pines, and participants will be shuttled into Harbour Town.
The event marks the beginning of the 50-day countdown to the start of this year’s tournament.
Jay Karr: 843-706-8150