#PlaidNation: Hilton Head Island prepares for the 54th playing of the RBC Heritage Classic

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. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit rbcheritage.com.

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Winter Sunsets on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is known to have breathtakingly beautiful sunsets year-round. Finding the perfect spot to watch the sunset is always on visitors’ to-do lists, as it should be! 

Did you know that sunrises and sunsets during the winter months are scientifically proven to be more vivid and beautiful? 

Here’s the Scoop: 

With colder temperatures comes less humidity, generally speaking. When there’s significantly less water vapor in the air, the colors within a sunset are more striking. Water vapor molecules adhere themselves to the naturally produced and man-made particles in the air, causing the light to scatter and become less intense. Therefore, the less water vapor there is, the clearer the view! 

Another factor to consider is Earth’s tilt during this time period. North America’s prime sunset season is during the winter months because of the angle the sun is setting at, which actually makes sunsets last longer.

So, all in all, the combination of shorter days, longer sunsets, and brilliant hues are sure to stop you in your tracks!

Here are some fantastic spots to watch the sunset: 

The Beach

This is the obvious choice. Pick a beach, any beach! Who wouldn’t want to take a walk on the beach during sunset? In Hilton Head’s temperate climate, you’ll be comfortable while admiring the dazzling hues. If you’re a morning person, grab some coffee and head to the beach for sunrise!  

Along Broad Creek

Grab a bite to eat at either Fishcamp on Broad Creek, Up the Creek Pub & Grill, or the Old Oyster Factory for dazzling sunset views over the marsh.

From a Marina

Harbour Town in Sea Pines includes one of the best marinas on Hilton Head where you can find yourself enjoying an evening stroll, a bit of shopping, and a bite to eat. Take a gorgeous photo of the sun setting behind the Harbour Town Lighthouse, and head over for dinner and drinks at The Crazy Crab

Bonus—Speaking of the Crazy Crab, their additional location at Jarvis Creek is a spectacular waterfront dining option known for great seafood and gorgeous sunsets. 


Click here for current sunrise and sunset times.


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Guide to Shopping Local this Holiday Season

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift to place under the tree, or a keepsake to remember your trip to Hilton Head Island, there are plenty of opportunities to shop local this 2021 holiday season!

Holiday Markets & Events:

GULLAH HOLIDAY MARKET

Make sure to RSVP for the 2021 Gullah Holiday Market! Join in on the wonderful celebration of Gullah culture through live music, delicious food, and great shopping. Don’t miss out!

December 4th

11:00am-5:00pm

Lowcountry Celebration Park,

94 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


INDIGO TIE DYE

The Coastal Discovery Museum is hosting an indigo tie dye station at the Farmers Market on December 7th. Experience a piece of the Lowcountry’s history while making a beautiful tie dye creation for yourself or as a holiday gift for a loved one. You may bring your own cotton items to dye for free and/or purchase a cotton t-shirt for $5. No registration required. Learn more about the Coastal Discovery Museum’s other hands-on programs here.

December 7th

9:00am-1:00pm

Hilton Head Farmers Market at Honey Horn,

70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926


HOLIDAY MARKET AT THE SHOPS OF SEA PINES CENTER

Free to attend, there are two chances to enjoy the Holiday Market at the Shops of Sea Pines Center this season. With such a great collection of shops and local vendors, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday gift and leave with lots of sweet and savory treats!

Please keep in mind that there is a gate fee to enter the Sea Pines property.

December 7th & 14th

10:00am-2:00pm

The Shops at Sea Pines Center,

71 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Toys, Souvenirs, & Much More:

HILTON HEAD TOYS

The young and young at heart will have a blast while shopping at either Coligny Plaza or Harbour Town location. Whether you’re in search of the season’s newest toys, or games for a day at the beach, Hilton Head Toys has you covered.

Coligny Plaza Location:

1 N Forest Beach Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC 2998

Harbour Town Location:

147 Lighthouse Rd. #7222, Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


ISLAND TRADING COMPANY

After searching for gifts to give your friends and family this holiday season, don’t forget to treat yourself! This women and men’s boutique is a great place to find quality pieces that’ll get you ready for any upcoming office party or family gathering.

38 Shelter Cove Ln. Ste 125, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

For more great places for holiday shopping, visit our Shopping page!

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Top Outdoor Dining Patios in Hilton Head

This is my second fall season in Hilton Head and in my opinion, this is the best time of the year to visit this beautiful island. The weather is finally under 90 degrees, the humidity has begun to drop and there is a refreshing salty breeze in the air. It is the ideal time to take advantage of the outdoor dining patios at restaurants, coffee shops, and bars located throughout the island.

Here are some of the best patios on Hilton Head where you can enjoy a great culinary experience along with breathtaking views.


Fishcamp on Broad Creek

Fishcamp on Broad Creek is an island staple and a must-stop for tourists when they come to Hilton Head for their family vacations. Even as a local, my husband and I love having a date night at Fishcamp. This restaurant allows you to dine right on the banks of Broad Creek while soaking in an indescribable Lowcountry sunset. The outside bar is perfect to grab a local beer, craft cocktail, or glass of wine with friends for happy hour or while you’re waiting for your table.

Right next door to Fishcamp is Broad Creek Marina. Whether or not you’re a boat enthusiast, it’s fun to catch a glimpse of the local boats docking after being out on the ocean. Fishcamp offers lunch, brunch, and dinner with a variety of dishes the whole family will love.

Carolina Crab Company

Located in Palmetto Bay Marina, Carolina Crab Company is the perfect atmosphere to kick back, enjoy a drink and crack open a crab leg or two! The menu has an array of seafood, burgers, and even light, healthy options for those who are trying to maintain their beach bodies.

The patio at Carolina Crab is also the perfect spot to bring your four-legged friend to enjoy the ambiance along with you.

Also, the Palmetto Bay Marina facilities were just recently fully renovated. The renovations included dock, restrooms, fueling stations, patio areas, and more. So, after dinner take a stroll to the end of the docks where you may be able to see a dolphin or two swim by!

Local Pie

Who doesn’t love pizza?! When I first moved to the area, I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find a pizza place I loved as much as the pizza places up in the northeast. Boy, was I wrong!

Local Pie’s wood-fired pizza is a pizza enthusiast’s dream! With gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, they have options for everyone.

They have two locations, one on Hilton Head and the other in Bluffton. Both locations have patios that provide a low-key, casual atmosphere where you can enjoy some live music, watch a sports game and try some local beers.

#Insider Tip: If you have kids, your server will bring you a ball of dough while you are waiting for your food. Kids love trying out their pizza-making skills!

Old Oyster Factory

The Old Oyster Factory has been around for over 30 years! This family-friendly restaurant is located on the marsh side of Broad Creek. The panoramic views of the marshland landscape, make this patio one of Hilton Head’s finest waterfront dining destinations.

From seafood to steaks, there is plenty of variety on the menu for everyone in the family to enjoy. Of course, you can’t forget to order some freshly cached oysters. Hundreds of fresh oysters are shucked daily at Old Oyster Factory. You can even watch the professionals shuck them over at the Oyster Bar.

The Crazy Crab

This local favorite has two locations on the island: One in Harbour Town located within Sea Pines and the other off of Hwy 278 on the North End of the island.

The Jarvis Creek location has a patio you are going to want to take advantage of to see a picturesque Lowcountry sunset. Also, located on property, is a playground and the largest salt-water fish tank in Hilton Head. These are great ways to keep the young children entertained during dinner. Don’t forget to order the award-winning crab legs, you will not be disappointed.


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Sea Pines Traffic Circle Hilton Head Island

How to Navigate Hilton Head Island’s Sea Pines Circle [A Visitor’s Guide]

I’ve always found traffic circles to be confusing. That wouldn’t be at all surprising if you knew me. My special gift is getting lost. I can get lost in the most familiar places; places I’ve visited over and over. It’s probably one of the reasons I chose the human equivalent of a GPS as my life partner. He and I and our 7-year-old son moved from Michigan to Hilton Head less than 3 months ago, in May 2021. Along with all the usual trials that come with moving to a new place, Hilton Head Island presented a particularly confusing new normal for me, The Sea Pines Circle. For those of you unfamiliar with this “traffic circle” or “round-a-bout”, Sea Pines Circle can be a bit overwhelming. The good news is, with a little guidance and a few quick tips, you’ll be navigating this infrastructural phenomenon like a pro in no time. Understanding this 4-exit exchange is your all-access pass to this amazing Lowcountry destination. So buckle up! 

Sea Pines Traffic Circle Hilton Head Island

For starters, let’s talk traffic circle rules.

  1. When entering the Sea Pines Circle from any of the roads that feed into it, you must do so from the left lane. If you’re in the right lane, you’ll have to turn right when you reach the circle.
  2. You must yield to all traffic in the circle when entering. Drivers in the circle always have the right of way.
  3. Signal when exiting. Traffic will flow more easily through the circle if people waiting to enter know that others are going to exit. 
  4. If you miss your exit, don’t worry. Just take another lap around the circle until you reach your desired destination road. 

Once you’ve mastered the rules of the circle, your options are plentiful. Whether you’re trying to get to the beach, looking for your resort, hoping to enjoy some of the many island activities, or just making a quick grocery run, chances are, you’re going to encounter the Sea Pines Circle. Knowing which exit leads to which destination will be helpful. Let’s break it down.

Grocery Shopping on Hilton Head Island

There are plenty of options for picking up essentials on the island.  Harris Teeter is accessible from the Pope Avenue/Coligny Beach exit.  Looking for Publix? Take the Palmetto Bay Road/Cross Island Parkway exit. Whole Foods and Fresh Market can be reached via William Hilton Parkway (Highway 278), as can Kroger and others. The Piggly Wiggly, where I’m told you can get the BEST fresh, locally caught seafood, is in Coligny Plaza, accessible from the Pope Avenue exit.

Hilton Head Island Beaches

If you’re headed to Coligny Beach, take the Pope Avenue exit toward the south end of the island.  Shipyard Beach Access is reached via William Hilton Parkway, as are Singleton Beach, Folly Field Beach, and Islanders Beach. Shipyard Beach Access is inside the gated community, so be sure you have a pass if you’re planning to go there.

Best Restaurants on Hilton Head

For amazing pizza, try Local Pie, accessible from both the Pope Avenue and 278 exits, or Mellow Mushroom, which can be reached from either the Greenwood Avenue/Sea Pines exit or the Pope Avenue exit.  There are multiple seafood options off every exit. We like The Sea Shack off Pope Avenue, Carolina Crab Company off Palmetto Bay Road, and Nick’s Steak & Seafood off William Hilton Parkway just to name a few. If your kids are hangry and you need something FAST, drive through McDonald’s from the William Hilton Parkway exit, Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Palmetto Bay Road, or Zaxby’s also on William Hilton Parkway.  Hilton Head Diner, a breakfast favorite, is reachable from the William Hilton Parkway exit, and Wild Wing Cafe is a favorite for chicken wing enthusiasts. Get there from the Pope Avenue exit. 

These are just a few of the many fantastic dining options on Hilton Head. Click here for a more complete list of Hilton Head Restaurants.

Sea Pines Traffic Circle Hilton Head Island

Fun Things to do on Hilton Head

If watersports are your thing, exit the circle at Palmetto Bay Road and head to One HHI. There you can enjoy kayaking, jet skiing, and paddleboarding or relax during one of their awesome dolphin cruises. For the more adventurous visitors, head on over to Island Head Watersports, by taking the Palmetto Bay Road exit, for an epic Parasailing experience, or take a drive toward Hilton Head Island Airport off William Hilton Parkway to experience the island from the air on a Hilton Head Helicopter Tour. Take the Sea Pines exit to experience the iconic HHI Lighthouse at Harbourtown.

I’ll admit, with all the options for things to do, I’ve only experienced a few of the amazing island offerings in my 3 short months as a South Carolinian. But suffice it to say, I’m confident there’s something for everyone. I  hope these tips for navigating Sea Pines Circle have been helpful. If I, the perpetually lost, can learn my way around, you can too. But if the thought of driving during the HHI busy season still has you feeling anxious, head on over to Wheelz of Hilton Head to rent bikes for the whole family. With over 60 miles of bike trails, you can easily hang up the car keys for a week and experience Hilton Head from a new perspective.  (editing to add: my colleague and I hopped on a couple of Wheelz bikes and peddled down to The Circle to take some pictures for this article. I hadn’t been on a bike in years, but am happy to report that, despite the blazing HHI summer temperatures, my first experience with the Island on a bike was fantastic. 5 out of 5 stars! Highly recommend it.)

Did you know that you can purchase tickets for many of these activities for up to 60% off through Hilton Head Guest Services? Call 843-612-6917 or fill out the short form below. One of our local experts will guide you through making the absolute most of your time on Hilton Head. Just for filling out the form, you’ll receive our Mini Island Discount Packet, which includes coupons for some of our favorite restaurants and excursions.

National Fishing Month

National Fishing Month

Did you know that July 24th through August 30th is National Fishing Month? The goal of National Fishing Month is to encourage family and friends to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and most importantly, learn how to fish! Fishing is a family-friendly activity that is fun for all ages.

Fishing can serve multiple purposes. The history fishing originated as a necessity for many cultures to survive.  Fish became a staple for many diets around the world. Fishing has now evolved from a calming recreational activity into a professional sport that is broadcasted worldwide for spectators to watch

No matter how much experience you have, fishing can be enjoyable for everyone!

Best Fishing Locations in Hilton Head

With an abundance of freshwater and saltwater fishing locations, Hilton Head, South Carolina is fisherman’s dream location. According to multiple local fisherman, here are the top spots around the island to sit back, cast a line and test out your fishing skills!

  • Jenkins Island Fishing Pier: Located at 43 Jenkins Island Rd, Hilton Head, SC, 29926, the Jenkins Island Fishing Pier extends out into the waters of Skull Creek. The parking is limited in this area so make sure to get there early. Also, be sure to use a restroom prior to arriving since there aren’t any in the vicinity of the pier.
  • Old House Creek Fishing Pier: The closest intersection to the Old House Creek Fishing Pier is Sterling Point Drive and Silver Oak Drive on Hilton Head Island. The pier is approximately 500 feet down from that specific intersection. This location also doesn’t have restrooms available to the public and parking is limited. Old House Creek Fishing pier is especially popular during crabbing season which falls in late April to about mid-May.
  • Jarvis Creek Park: Type 100 Jarvis Park Rd, Hilton Head, SC, 29926 into your maps and it will take you to this breathtaking 53-acre park. The park is located on the north end of the island and has an 11-acre freshwater lake. The lake is stocked year-round with bluegill and largemouth bass. Jarvis Creek Park is ideal for families to fish due to all the amenities it has to offer. The park does however have a catch and release rule. So, make sure you throw back anything you happen to hook that day! 
  • Lake Joe (Sea Pines Forest Preserve): Lake Joe is one of the five lakes located within the Sea Pine Forest Preserve. The lake was named after one of the Sea Pines developers, Joseph B. Fraser. The lake is restricted to children 14 years and younger, however, they must be accompanied by an adult. The lake is stocked with a plethora of smallmouth bass, bluegill sunfish and crappie.
  • Palmetto Dunes Lagoon: Located at 1 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head, SC 29928, almost directly in the middle of the island. Fun fact, the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon is the second-largest man-made, saltwater lagoon in the United States. This lagoon contains multiple species of fish such as black drum, flounder, speckled sea trout, bluefish, and tarpon.
  • C.C Haigh Fishing Pier: The entrance to the C.C Haigh Pier is located off of the William Hilton Parkway (278) across from the Pickney Wildlife Refuge.  The pier itself is 150 feet in length. There is ample space for tourists to share with the local fisherman.

More Fishing Locations Close to Hilton Head

  • Port Royal Sands in Port Royal
  • Lobeco Fishing Pier off Highway 21
  • Old House Creek Fishing Pier on Hilton Head
  • Broad River Fishing Pier near Beaufort
  • Paradise Pier at Hunting Island State Park
  • Camp St. Marys Fishing Pier in Okatie
  • Whale Branch Fishing Pier in Seabrook
  • Daufuskie Island Dock and Float
  • Winbee Fishing Pier near Dale
  • Waterfront Park in Beaufort

Insider Tip #1: In South Carolina, if you are 16 and years and older, even if you are just visiting, you will need to purchase a fishing license. Visit https://www.dnr.sc.gov/legallicense.html for more information.

Insider Tip #2: When fishing in freshwater ponds in the lowcountry, make sure to be aware of your surroundings. You never know what kind of reptile could be lurking!

Insider Tip #3: Checks the tides prior to fishing in Hilton Head. The ideal time to fish is an incoming tide or rising tide. The water coming in from the ocean typically is a cooler temperature and can contain more oxygen which helps the fish to thrive.

Hilton Head Fishing Charters

Some of best fishing can be done offshore via boat. While many tourists may not have access to a boating vessel, Hilton Head has multiple fishing charter companies to utilize while you are on vacation. Whether you are an experienced angler or just starting out your fishing journey, each charter can be customized to all different styles of fishing. Cruise the intracoastal waterways catching all kinds of species from cobia, sea bass, trout and possibly even a shark or two!

Did you know that you can purchase tickets for many of these activities for up to 60% off through Hilton Head Guest Services? Call (843) 341-2370 or fill out the short form below. One of our local experts will guide you through making the absolute most of your time on Hilton Head. Just for filling out the form, you’ll receive our Mini Island Discount Packet, which includes coupons for some of our favorite restaurants and excursions.