International Junior Golf Academy students had a special treat recently when former world No. 1 Sir Nick Faldo visited the academy and gave students a private golf clinic. The three-time Masters champion (1989, 1990 and 1996) and three-time Open champion (1987, 1990 and 1992) also won the Sea Pines Heritage (now the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing) during his career. In total, he has won six major championships and three other PGA Tour events.
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Beaufort County golf facility leaders gathered to celebrate their ongoing commitment and collective effort to advance sustainable practices. The group’s 2016 collaboration was honored by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators and received the first-ever International Sustainable Golf Destination Award 2017. Leaders from The Sea Pines Resort, Old South Golf Links, The Legends at Parris Island, Moss Creek Golf Club and Oyster Reef Golf Club were present to swap tips, share their successes and renew their commitments to document and measure their efforts using golf’s eco-label for sustainability, GEO Certified.
Callawassie Island hosted the 2017 Big East Women’s Golf Championship on April 20-23. Six schools competing in the tournament included Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Xavier. Callawassie Island also hosts the Big East Men’s Golf Championship each year. The club recently extended its relationship with the Big East through 2022.
Japanese student starts with four English words, ends with school address
International students are nothing new to the International Junior Golf Academy in Bluffton. The school welcomes students from around the world every year — IJGA, the oldest independent junior golf academy in the country, has students from 28 countries.
But for the students themselves, there is nothing ordinary about it.
German student uses competitve edge to get ahead in golf and life
Hanna Kiefer came to Hilton Head Island from Germany two years ago with three goals in mind. She wanted to improve her English, her golf game and win a scholarship.
Thanks to some hard work at Hilton Head Prep, where she’s a senior, and at the Junior Players Golf Academy, she quickly achieved two of those goals in her first year.
When the star on the marquee of the three courses at The Sea Pines Resort shines as brightly as does Harbour Town Golf Links, the two other layouts there must be exceptional on their own merits to share in the spotlight.
After all, Harbour Town is not only a coveted “bucket list” course for amateurs seeking to pad respective resumes of top courses played, the Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus co-design is even gushed over by the game’s best practitioners.
It’s becoming difficult not to notice a new golf powerhouse in the area: Brown Golf.
It bought its first course, the struggling Pinecrest Golf Course, in March 2011. Just six years later, Brown Golf owns or operates 30 golf courses in four states, including six in Bluffton and two on Hilton Head Island.
“I’ve been in the golf business since 1978,” CEO John Brown said. “I was a golf professional, then manger, then general manager. I was working for Troon Golf out of Scottsdale when I decided to start my own company.”
FIRST TEE’S NEW GOLF CAMPUS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The word most often heard around First Tee of the Lowcountry’s new golf campus on Hilton Head Island isn’t “fore.”
That’s a referance to the core values the nonprofit organization teaches its young players. “Really, what the First Tee is about is instilling life-changing values in youth through the game of golf,” says executive director Brady Boyd.
GOLF COURSES GET WHAT THEY CRAVE MOST: LIGHT AND AIR FLOW
No one was injured. That was the best part of Hurricane Matthew as it blew through the Lowcountry in early October.
But the storm did leave a heck of a mess. There wasn’t a square foot anywhere that wasn’t covered with branches, leaves or sea grass. In every direction, a tree was blown over, snapped off or lodged in someone’s roof. In all, 2.5 million cubic yards of debris were hauled from Hilton Head Island alone, an amount that would fill up Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium five times over.
Bluffton is about the lose one of the area’s standout courses. Not anytime soon, but the time is still coming. The course doesn’t have the fame of Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links, but locals sure know about this hidden gem. Need a reminder? Does Hilton Head National ring any bells? Oh yeah, the course without any development on it. Even Palmetto Bluff can’t say that.