Following the Masters on the PGA Tour schedule is a bit like following Chris Rock on stage.
But the Heritage at Harbour Town is the perfect week-after, a time for players and everyone else to idle down after the Masters.
Hilton Head Island runs, naturally enough, on island time. Roads are canopied by live oaks dripping Spanish moss. Calibogue Sound frames one side of the island, the Atlantic takes the other side.
Making the short drive from where I’m staying to Harbour Town this morning, I spied three alligators sunning themselves on lagoon banks. They’re as familiar here as sundresses on the weekend.
The Heritage starts softly, players chit-chatting on the practice green and practice tee. Once in a while, you can see a Tour player with his family taking a bike ride around Sea Pines, where the tournament is based.
By the weekend, the crowds will swell, the noise will increase and the party will be on.
At just the right time.