Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lowcountry Living: RBC Heritage

Last week, I finally had a chance to take Mike to one of the events that I most vividly remember from my childhood. It's one of the reasons I fell in love with South Carolina and the "Lowcountry" lifestyle. I first went to the Heritage PGA golf tournament exactly 20 years ago in 1996, and since then, have been back for many Heritage weeks.
My parents and I just fell in love with Hilton Head Island, and it always lined up perfectly with spring break in New England. Now, we have Thanksgiving in Harbour Town each year, so Mike's been to Hilton Head and even played Harbour Town Golf Links with me, but tournament week is a whole other ballgame.
When I was offered tickets from work, we decided to take advantage and make a mini vacation out of it. Friday and Saturday could not have been more different days. We actually went shopping on Thursday before we left to buy new rain jackets because the forecast looked so bad. While we were super lucky that it never rained, it also never got above 60 degrees, feeling like 50. The wind was whipping! I guess it worked out well for us because there was no where there and we got to follow Jason Day, Bill Haas, and Brandt Snedeker with virtually no crowds.
Even our favorite restaurant in South Beach, The Salty Dog, only had a 10 minute wait - crazy! Mike and I shared hush puppies, shrimp toast (here's my copycat recipe), and seafood pasta.
We stayed at the Omni Hilton Head and were super impressed with the amenities and rooms. Plus it was cool that a bunch of the golfers were staying there, too. We woke up Saturday to a drastically different day.  There wasn't a cloud in the sky!
70 degrees and sunny was the perfect combination for my first sunburn of the year - haha!  We got there early, and the crowds definitely started pouring in by lunchtime.
We had lunch in the clubhouse and even stopped at The Cinnamon Bear for the second time in one weekend - Friday was for hot coffee and Saturday was for ice cream - what a difference.
I love The Heritage: the field of golfers is great, Harbour Town is one my favorite golf courses to play, and the mimosas are always delicious!

19 comments:

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

OMG all of that food looks AMAZING! And I don't even like seafood! Ha! Your resort looked gorgeous too! Glad you guys had a blast! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

what a fun weekend! glad the weather turned out to be perfection!

xoxo cheshire kat

Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five} said...

This is one golf tournament that I would love to go to! Looks like y'all had a great time & those hush puppies? Yum!

coastalkelder.com said...

I've always wanted to go to the Heritage! It looks like a fun weekend. We stay in Palmetto Dunes each year, and I believe the Omni is nearby. We love eating at the bistro in Shelter Cove and The Old Oyster Factory on the marsh :)

Jacquelyn @ The Lowcountry Mama said...

I loove the Salty Dog.. and I love Hilton Head. We have only been when it's super crowded but I'm curious to see it in the off season.

Ryan Smith said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend and enjoyed some delicious food! Believe it or not, I've never been to Heritage, which is crazy since I grew up in the nearby area. I must make it happen one year.

Jen said...

This looks like so much fun! I love Hilton Head, it's such a pretty place!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

That looks like an awesome weekend away! Great food, eventually great weather, and one of your favorite places!

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

I've heard so many good things about Hilton Head and would love to visit one day! Glad the weather cooperated!

Missy said...

Looks like such a fun time! I have never been to hilton head, it is on the list!

Robyn Proctor Hinkle said...

What a fun weekend! This has made me really hungry for seafood.

Heather A. said...

The Heritage is always one of my favorite weekends every year! I'm surprised I didn't see you because we were following the same group on Friday! So glad the sun came out on Saturday/Sunday though! Your pictures from the Salty Dog look so good- they're making me hungry right now! :)

xo Heather
Sweet Tea Jubilee

Emily said...

I've always wanted to go to Hilton Head. The Omni resort looks so pretty on the water. Sounds like a fun little trip despite the low temps.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

That hotel room is awesome! So special that you got to take Mike to an event like that.

Liz Jo said...

Definitely a great way to spend a weekend and remember.

This looks like such a fun weekend full of beautiful weather despite bad weather potentially happening and good food!

liz @ j for joiner

Carly Blogs Here said...

This looks like such a fun weekend and so cool to have Mike experience something you remember so well from your childhood. I love Hilton Head and wish we were going this summer!

Tiffany Hoard said...

I've never been to the Heritage and have always wanted to go! Looks like y'all had a blast! And I'm gonna need to make that shrimp toast!!! Noms!!

Elle Sees said...

what a great memory--and one you've gotten to have often! such a fun experience--i'm not a golfer but i would appreciate the people and the sights...and the food! hehe. have a great weekend!

Lisa C said...

Hush puppies, I'm so jealous!

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