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The only PGA TOUR event in SC, the RBC Heritage has been played on Hilton Head Island since 1969. Its host, the Heritage Classic Foundation, donates Tournament proceeds to charitable organizations in the Lowcountry.

About the Tournament

A Rich History

Today, Hilton Head Island golf courses are known around the world for challenging play and outstanding resort amenities. But in 1969, Hilton Head Island was just a little-known Lowcountry treasure. So when Sea Pines developer Charles Fraser announced a PGA-level tournament would be held at the newly created Harbour Town Golf Links over Thanksgiving weekend, people had their doubts. An unfamiliar course on a little-known island on a holiday weekend? There was no guarantee the big names in golf would be there for the first Heritage Classic.

But when both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus (who had helped legendary golf course designer Pete Dye lay out the course) committed to play, people began to realize the Heritage Classic was going to be something special. Palmer went on to win the inaugural Heritage Classic, his first victory in 14 months, drawing even more press coverage than usual. Commentators and journalists praised Dye’s new links course and soon everyone knew that Hilton Head Island was THE new resort destination.

Since Then, Much Has Changed

The RBC Heritage is now held the week after the Masters, and the original purse of $100,000 ($770,000 in today’s dollars) has jumped to $20 million. The fan base has grown, too, thanks in part to extensive TV coverage by both CBS and The Golf Channel. Each year, more than 100,000 spectators arrive from across the US and around the globe, bringing an estimated $102 million annually to the state. And each year, the RBC Heritage leaderboard features some of the biggest names and brightest stars in the sport.

The RBC Heritage kicks off like no other event on the PGA TOUR. The past champion, Heritage Classic Foundation Board members, volunteers and state dignitaries parade around the Harbour Town Yacht Basin to the sounds of the Citadel's Pipe and Drum band. The past champion is presented with his Captain of Gentlemen Golfers plaque and continues the tradition of using an authentic hickory club to hit a featherie-style golf ball into the Calibogue Sound in unison with a cannon shot. Those shots officially begin the start of Tournament week and are a reenactment of a Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews tradition dating at least to the mid-18th century.

Historical PGA Winners

The First in America

Many historians had believed a golf club outside Yonkers, NY, was the first to import the sport from Scotland in 1886. However, Sea Pines founder Charles Fraser uncovered a ship's manifest from 1786 that noted that "golfer sticks" and "featheries"—a pre-20th century golf ball made from boiled bird feathers and cowhide—had been shipped to residents in South Carolina and Georgia. His findings indicated golf may have arrived at Harleston Green in Charleston a full hundred years before it was played in Yonkers. Fraser honored that Scottish heritage by naming the PGA TOUR event the "Heritage Classic."

While much has changed over the years, the Tournament still maintains the unique Lowcountry hospitality and family-friendly fun that have made the RBC Heritage one of the best stops on the tour for both players and fans.

It’s a heritage we’re honored to uphold.

TOURNAMENT FACTS

Tournament Facts

When

April 10-16, 2023

Purse

$20M

Contributions

$49.1 million has been distributed to those in need throughout South Carolina and Georgia since 1987. In 2022, $1.6 million has been distributed to charitable organizations, the arts, medical institutions and for college scholarships.

Economic Impact

Each year, the RBC Heritage pumps more than $102 million into South Carolina's economy.

Demographics

60% of spectators have an annual income of more than $100,000, average age of spectator is 52, and 59% completed a four-year college degree.

Volunteer Effort

More than 1,400 volunteers work throughout Tournament week.

Attendance

101,290 people attended the RBC Heritage in 2022.

Television

The Golf Channel: Thursday-Friday, 3-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1-3pm

CBS Sports: Saturday-Sunday, 3-6pm

PGA TOUR Radio: Thursday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1-6pm

The RBC Heritage is broadcast in 28 languages to 197 countries outside the US. More than 1 billion households across the world can tune in to see Harbour Town’s famous candy cane striped lighthouse.

Our Sponsors

Visit our sponsorship opportunities portal to inquire about supporting the Tournament.

RBC

RBC Proudly Helping Communities Prosper

Boeing

Boeing Built on Tradition of Innovation

Official Sponsors

Corporate Partners

Expo Sponsors

Patron Package Sponsors

Past Champions

The list of past winners is a veritable who’s who of golf’s greatest players:

1969 Palmer
Palmer 1969
1970 Goalby
Goalby 1970
1971 73 Irwin
Irwin 1971, '73
1972 74 Miller
Miller 1972, '74
1975 Nickaus
Nicklaus 1975
1976 Green
Green 1976
1977 Marsh
Marsh 1977
1978 Green
Green 1978
1979 Watson
Watson 1979
1980 Tewell
Tewell 1980
1981 Rogers
Rogers 1981
1982 Watson
Watson 1982
1984 Faldo
Faldo 1984
1985 Langer
Langer 1985
1987 Love
Love 1987
1983 86 Zoeller
Zoeller 1983, '86
1988 Norman
Norman 1988
1989 Stewart
Stewart 1989
1990 Stewart
Stewart 1990
1991 92 Love
Love 1991, '92
1993 Edwards
Edwards 1993
1994 Irwin
Irwin 1994
1995 Tway
Tway 1995
1996 Roberts
Roberts 1996
1997 Price
Price 1997
1998 Love
Love 1998
1999 Day
Day 1999
2000 Cink
Cink 2000
2001 Cocers
Coceres 2001
2002 Leonard
Leonard 2002
2003 Love
Love 2003
2004 Cink
Cink 2004
2005 Lonard
Lonard 2005
2006 Baddeley
Baddeley 2006
2007 Weekley
Weekley 2007
2008 Weekley
Weekley 2008
2009 Gay
Gay 2009
2010 Furyk
Furyk 2010
2011 Snedeker
Snedeker 2011
2012 Pettersson
Pettersson 2012
2013 Mc Dowell
Mc Dowell 2013
2014 Kuchar
Kuchar 2014
2015 Furyk
Furyk 2015
2016 Grace
Grace 2016
2017 Bryan
Bryan 2017
2018 Kodaira
Kodaira 2018
2019 Pan
Pan 2019
2020 Simpson
Simpson 2020
2021 Cink
Cink 2021

Sustainability at the RBC Heritage

Over the past few years, we've been working hard to make sure the RBC Heritage is one of the most sustainable tournaments on the PGA TOUR. We're seeking to lighten the overall environmental footprint of the event while taking steps to foster nature, conserve resources, and engage and support the local community.

Here are a few of our commitments and achievements—and some of the ways you can get involved and help us in KEEPING IT GREEN!

GEO Certified® Tournament

Reducing Waste

Carbon-Neutral Event

Environmentally Responsible Golf Course Operations

How to Be a Green Patron

Cheers to 50 Years

Fifty tournaments, hundreds of golfers, thousands of fans and millions of cheers! Here’s what a few of our past champions had to say about the Tournament they love to play.

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Join the Friends of the Heritage Program

Join us in painting the town plaid by flying a commemorative flag at your home or office! Plaid Nation is the spirit that makes the RBC Heritage the most unique stop on the PGA TOUR. It represents the community support and economic vitality the RBC Heritage brings to the Lowcountry. With $49.1 million in contributions to local charities since 1987, this is an opportunity to show your plaid spirit and continue the giving tradition.

Make a donation of $250 to the Heritage Classic Foundation and receive a custom plaid flag featuring Sir William Innes.

*Tax receipt available upon request

$49.1M

Charity Impact

$102M

Economic Impact

The Heritage Classic Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to hosting a world-class PGA TOUR event to raise funds for educational and charitable initiatives, enhancing the quality of life in South Carolina.

Championing Charities. Lifting Lives

This is just the beginning of this new initiative, but we appreciate the support of the following individuals who have helped the Heritage Classic Foundation get it off the ground:

Kathy Anderson
Ann Barres
Bill Bartholomew
Maryanne Bastek
Timothy Beisner
Hunter Bendall
Brian Berrigan
Joanna Blondeau
Dudley & Jacque Brewton
Kathy Caliendo
Linda Campanaro
Barbara L Eppinger
Shawn Fowler
David Gasmovic
John Gottlieb

David Harris
Karen Hall (in memory of Jim Hall)
David Horn
Tracey King
Kimberly Klimczak
Ed LaPerche
Wendy Locus
Lauren McClave
Nancy Monroe
Georgia Morell Campbell
Jeffrey Nau
Victor Neeley
Lara Nichols
Susan Nimmer

Eoin O'Driscoll
Maury Ore
Maggie Ornduff
Susan Plummer
Marc Puntereri
Bruce Quinn
Gregory Reed
Lisa Rice
Hope Ritchie
Jason & Lindsey Schiesser
Kelly Schlesner
Bill & Kim Shutts
George Tracy
Kristen Vietze
Karen Warken
Charlie Wilmot
Tim Zwerner

For more information

For more information, please contact Derek Paton, Heritage Classic Foundation, at 843.671.2413 or derek@heritageclassicfoundation.com.

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