IF THE FIELD FOR THIS YEAR'S PLAYERS AMATEUR SEEMS ESPECIALLY TOUGH, THAT'S BECAUSE IT TENDS TO HAPPEN IN ODD YEARS — BETTER KNOWN IN AMATEUR GOLF CIRCLES AS WALKER CUP YEARS.

The world's best amateurs will tee up in the Lowcountry for the 16th consecutive year when the Players Amateur moves to Berkeley Hall Club’s North Course for the first time from July 9-12, and with Walker Cup invitations likely hanging in the balance, the competition should be as steamy as a South Carolina summer.

“Three all,” booms the man’s voice, still as loud and clear as it was years ago when he presided over the biggest tennis matches of the day.

Norm Chryst is not chairing this contest, however; he is serving in the match tiebreaker.

Wearing his hat backwards, a black polo and Rogers Cup shorts, Chryst tosses the ball, rocks back and leaps forward to strike a flat first serve.

One take on the greatest holes Hilton Head and Bluffton have to offer

This list isn’t right. It isn’t wrong. It’s just an opinion, and you know what they say about opinions. Everyone has one.

At the very least, here are 18 fantastic holes to play in the area, either for their design or the views from them. There are another 18 in the area that are equally good, and another and another. With more than 30 public and private courses lining one of the most beautiful places on earth, that’s 540 holes of golf and not a bad one among them. Really. Not one.

The Lowcountry has a well-deserved reputation as a premier golf destination with stunningly beautiful courses and talented local players. With the help of golf programs at area high schools, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding communities are sure to maintain that reputation for years to come.

Chris Cuneo has been around the University of South Carolina Beaufort golf programs long enough to see the ups and downs, though, to be fair, the downs hardly qualify as such.

LOWCOUNTRY GOLF HALL OF FAME RECOGNIZES THOSE WHO PUT — AND KEEP — HILTON HEAD ATOP GOLFERS’ FAVORITE DESTINATIONS

For decades, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the rest of Beaufort County have been golf destinations, drawing thousands of players a year to private and public courses and communities made famous by the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, movies such as “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and poll results that list Hilton Head as the favorite location for PGA Tour players. 

Since 1969, when swashbuckling Arnold Palmer mesmerized television viewers with one of his patented final-round charges on Harbour Town Golf Links to win the inaugural Heritage Classic (as it was then called), the Sea Pines Resort has topped the charts as a must-play golf destination. Myriad honors from top golf publications have followed year after year, but no one would ever accuse the Lowcountry legend of resting on its laurels.

NO MATTER HOW OTHERS MIGHT UP THE GAME, THE AREA STAYS ON TOP

Ask anyone about Hilton Head Island, and the first or second thing out of his or her mouth likely will be our outstanding golf opportunities.

It has been that way for nearly 50 years, thanks to a gutsy move from a brilliant developer.

11TH ANNUAL HILTON HEAD HARBOR WAHOO SHOOTOUT GIVES LOCAL ANGLERS A GOOD REASON TO GAS UP AND HEAD TO BLUE WATER

When I was asked to write about wahoo and the upcoming 11th annual Hilton Head Harbor Wahoo Shootout, my imagination went into overdrive. I do a lot of fishing for just about every species that swims, but if I had to choose one — and only one — fish to go after for the rest of my days, wahoo would be that fish.

bowling-lowcJody Vermilyea remembers the last time bowling in the Lowcountry truly hit the big time. He was a 13-year-old in the crowd in 1988 when ESPN came to town to broadcast the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Carolina Classic live from Main Street Lanes on Hilton Head Island.

“It was so exciting to see a game I loved getting that kind of excitement in my own backyard,” Vermilyea said.

Advertisement

Browse the Digital Edition

Hilton Head Magazine
Advertisement

Weather

Hilton Head Island United States Partly Cloudy (night), 36 °F
Current Conditions
Sunrise: 7:18 am   |   Sunset: 5:21 pm
99%     7.0 mph     34.710 bar
Forecast
Sun Low: 38 °F High: 60 °F
Mon Low: 57 °F High: 66 °F
Tue Low: 58 °F High: 71 °F
Wed Low: 59 °F High: 67 °F
Thu Low: 55 °F High: 61 °F
Fri Low: 55 °F High: 66 °F
Sat Low: 56 °F High: 64 °F
Sun Low: 53 °F High: 63 °F
Mon Low: 53 °F High: 62 °F
Tue Low: 48 °F High: 57 °F