November News and Notes

Moss Creek reopens South Course
Moss Creek Golf Club unveiled its renovated South Course Sept. 29. All greens were cored out and rebuilt to United States Golf Association specifications and grassed with Champion. All fairways were killed and regrassed with Celebration Bermuda. The No. 3 green was shifted 15 feet to the right to avoid the shade of an oak tree. A new bunker was placed on No. 7 where an oak tree once stood. The green on No. 16 was reshaped to preserve another oak tree. Some of the slopes were softened to allow for the faster speed Champion offers. The course closed May 7 for renovations.

Arnold Palmer to introduce renovated Old Tabby Links
Golf icon Arnold Palmer is coming to Spring Island on Nov. 1 to unveil the renovated Old Tabby Links golf course. The Arnold Palmer Design Company first introduced the course in 1993 and has finished its restoration project. Palmer will be on site to tour the finished product and field questions from those in attendance. The project included a new irrigation system, regrassing of the greens and enhancements to restore the natural character of the course, which has been closed since March 12.  

Bear Creek names new head pro
There is a new head professional at Bear Creek Golf Club inside of Hilton Head Plantation. Brett Heisler took over Oct. 1 at the private course designed by Rees Jones. Heisler had worked at Colleton River Plantation since 2007. Before coming to the area, the University of Wisconsin graduate worked at courses in Wisconsin and California.

Heritage Classic Foundation elects new members, seeks volunteers
The Heritage Classic Foundation has elected two new members to its board, which oversees the operations and charitable giving of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. The new members are Ray Angell of Hilton Head Island and Cary Kelly of Beaufort. The 45th RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will be played April 15-21, 2013, at Harbour Town Golf Links inside of Sea Pines Resort. The tournament is currently looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Bonnie Hunt at 843-671-2448 or email bonnie@heritageclassicfoundation.com.

GOLF magazine honors Harbour Town
The famed 18th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links was showcased in GOLF magazine’s recent “Best 18 Holes” feature, a collection of famous golf holes posted online at Golf.com. The iconic Pete Dye design is honored along with other famous holes, such as the dramatic cliff-to-cliff par-3 16th hole of Cypress Point, No. 17 of the Old Course at St. Andrews and the 18th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links along Carmel Bay. Harbour Town, home to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, has been given numerous honors by numerous publications and was recently ranked No. 2 in a poll of PGA Tour players on the favorite courses they play.

Palmetto Dunes unveils new smartphone app
Golfers at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort can now keep score and more with their smartphone through the new Palmetto Dunes Golf application, available for free on both iPhone and Android platforms. The app lets golfers track their score digitally and share it on Facebook. It also offers live leaderboards, provides GPS yardage markers and allows users to book times directly from their phone. The app also provides tips and information for the resort’s three courses and grants access to special offers from the pro shop. There is also an option to direct dial the resort’s restaurants to pre-order before finishing a round.

Golfweek honors Darius Rucker Intercollegiate
Golfweek magazine ranked the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate No. 6 on its list of 2012’s strongest fields in women’s college golf. The inaugural event took place March 1-4 at Long Cove Club and featured South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Central Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, USC-Beaufort, Coastal Carolina, Notre Dame, Texas Christian, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. Next year, Arizona State, Louisiana State and Auburn are joining the field. Rucker, USC and Long Cove Club have an agreement to host the event through 2016.

Callawassie to host charity tournament
The 12th annual Friends of Callawassie charity golf tournament will take place at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 on Callawassie Island. The cost of the two-person event is $135 per player and the field is limited to the first 60 team entries. Friends of Callawassie has raised more than $360,000 for more than 80 local charities. For more information, call 843-987-2161 or go online to www.callawassieisland.com.

Big Break Greenbrier features Savannah resident
Savannah resident Mark Silvers is attempting to realize his lifelong dream of playing on the PGA Tour. The 25-year-old University of South Carolina graduate is one of 12 contestants on the Golf Channel’s popular reality competition, Big Break Greenbrier. Silvers accumulated more than 15 wins on various mini-tours in 2011 and had several top 10 finishes and one win on the NGA Pro Series Tour in 2012. The show is being produced at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. The 12 golfers on the show will compete in various golf-related skills challenges, with the ultimate winner receiving their “Big Break” – an exemption to the 2013 Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour, cash and other prizes. The show airs each Tuesday at 9 p.m. on the Golf Channel.

 

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