The South’s Best of 2022 is officially out, and it looks like the Lowcountry and neighboring City of Savannah have officially won over the hearts of those at Southern Living as well as their readers. With fourteen categories in total, South Carolina captures the “winningest state” title, earning the number one ranking in five divisions. Four out of the five are located right here in the Lowcountry:
The South’s Best Beach Town: Hilton Head Island, SC
The South’s Best Small Town: Beaufort, SC
The South’s Best City: Charleston, SC
The South’s Best Brewery: Palmetto Brewing Company (Charleston, SC)
We’re also excited to see the South’s Best Bakery, Back in the Day Bakery, is located in the lovely, Savannah, GA, which was also the runner up to the South’s Best City!
You can’t deny the charming allure of these destinations, and Southern Living has written fantastic accounts that’ll make you want to pack a bag and visit! After winning the South’s Best Beach Town in 2019, Hilton Head Island has reclaimed its rightful title once again. There’s something to be said about a place where pristine, near-perfect beaches are just the starting point as to why it’s considered the best beach town.
The article sings Hilton Head’s praises in detail, stating that the island’s Gullah roots, environmental mindfulness, and delicious local fare are just some of the many factors that have shaped the island into the flouring coastal community that it is today. With a heavy nod to the surrounding waterways—be it oysters, beautiful views, or boats and watersports—the article includes comments from locals who have never taken the island’s splendor for granted.
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Each year, for one week in April, Hilton Head Island becomes #PlaidNation as golf fans from across the globe flock to the Lowcountry to watch some of golf’s greats battle it out at Harbour Town Golf Links. Welcome to The RBC Heritage Classic.
Dating back to 1969, the RBC Heritage is the only PGA Tour event played in South Carolina, and its host, the Heritage Classic Foundation, supports charitable organizations across the Lowcountry. Since 1987, the Foundations has donated $47.5M to nonprofits in South Carolina and Georgia.
Golf legends like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart, Nick Faldo, and Davis Love III have donned the tartan jacket, victorious. In recent years, the trophy has been lifted by the likes of Wesley Bryan, Satoshi Kodaira, C.T. Pan, Webb Simpson, and Stewart Cink. Cink will be back in 2022 to defend his title, and the RBC Heritage leaderboard is sure to feature some of the biggest names in golf.
The RBC Heritage kick-off is unlike any other PGA Tour tournament opening. This year, defending champion Stewart Cink will gather with Heritage Classic Foundation Board members, volunteers, and state dignitaries as they parade around the Harbour Town Yacht Basin to the sound of the Citadel’s Pipe and Drum band. At the opening ceremony, the past champion is presented with his Captain of Gentlemen Golfers plaque and will continue the tradition of hitting a featherie-style golf ball into the Calibogue Sound with an authentic hickory golf club in unison with a cannon shot. This opening ceremony, a reenactment of a Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews tradition dating back to the mid-18th century, signals the official start of Tournament week on Hilton Head.
If you’re planning to be a spectator at the 54th playing of the RBC Heritage Classic, here are a few things you may want to know.
Monday, April 11, 2022
The course is closed to spectators.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Opening Ceremonies begin on the 18th green at Noon.
Practice rounds commence at players’ discretions. No advance tee times will be available.
Coca-Cola Youth Day Putting Contest | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | practice green | Children 15 and under are invited to putt alongside the pros.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
RBC Heritage Pro-Am begins at 7:00 am with players starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
Thursday, April 14, 2022
First Round starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
Morning tee times 7:20 am – 9:00 am
Afternoon start times 11:50 am – 1:30 pm.
Friday, April 15, 2022
Second Round starting on the 1st and 10th tees.
Morning tee times 7:20 am – 9:00 am
Afternoon tee times 11:50 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2022
Third round starting times 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.
#PlaidNation Games on the Heritage Lawn 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Sunday, April 17, 2022
7:30 am Sunrise Easter Service featuring local ministers, music, and nondenominational prayer will take place at 7:30 am at Liberty Oak.
Final round start times: 8:30 am – 1:30pm
Trophy presentation, 18th green, immediately following close of play.
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Congratulations are in order for Hilton Head Island’s very own, Coligny Beach! Listed on Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the United States, Coligny Beach is the only South Carolina beach that made the cut, beating out several well-known beaches on Hawaii and along Florida’s coastline.
Already an island favorite, Coligny Beach is easy to access with convenient, free parking and plenty of places to lock up your bike—that is, unless you’re going on a relaxing beach bike ride! Steps away from some of Hilton Head’s best shopping and dining, the beach is also within minutes of the Lowcountry Celebration Park, the island’s newest hotspot for festivals, seasonal events, and live entertainment.
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