HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA | On the road into the Harbour Town Golf Links – appropriately named Lighthouse Lane – a series of banners honoring the champions of the RBC Heritage through the years greets visitors.
Images of Nicklaus, Watson, Miller, Norman, Faldo, Langer, Stewart, Love and others flutter in the breeze, reminders of the moments and memories that have transpired on the edge of the Calibogue Sound over the previous 50 years.
In so many ways, the RBC Heritage is all that the Masters is not.
The Masters is the greatest golf tournament in the world, enormous in scope and impact, framed by budding dogwoods and the most instantly recognizable stage in the game.
The Heritage, as the locals call it, is small, unassuming and quaint by modern PGA Tour standards. Spanish moss, alligators and bicycle riders are part of the scene. Spectators aren’t called patrons. Most of them are called tourists.
And it is the perfect event in the perfect place for the week after the Masters.
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