Dana RaderThe Sea Pines Resort’s newest golf instructor, Dana Rader, has been named one of the “50 Best Teachers in America” by Golf Digest. She is one of only four women to make the prestigious list.

The honor comes just months after Rader was formally inducted into the LPGA’s Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame — the highest honor bestowed to teaching and club pros, awarded for extraordinary service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.

The 2018 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is a little less than six months away, but tickets are already on sale, and, if you buy now, you might be able to save a little money.

The only annual PGA Tour tournament held in the Palmetto State, next year’s RBC Heritage runs from April 9-15 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island.

Bluffton native Bryson Nimmer was named the ACC Men’s Golfer of the Month for September.

The Clemson star and Hilton Head Christian Academy graduate had three top 10 finishes in national tournaments last month and has climbed to No. 9 in Golfweek’s national individual rankings.

One of the area’s best annual charity golf tournaments and an exciting new one are just around the corner.

The 14th annual Mortgage Network Tee Off Fore The Arts tournament is Oct. 25 at Wexford Golf & Tennis Club and will also feature a mixed doubles round robin tennis event. Participants will enjoy an awards reception and silent auction after play. Golf entries are $350 per player, and tennis entries are $175. Sign sponsor rates are $100 for golf signage and $50 for tennis signage. For more information, call Lyn Kaplan at 843-686-3945, ext. 210.

Hilton Head Island’s Will Miles finished seventh at the 111th Southern Amateur Championship from July 19-22 in Pinehurst, N.C.

Miles, a standout at the University of South Carolina, was tied for third and one off the lead heading into the final round of the prestigious event.

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GOLF IS SIMPLE ENOUGH A CHILD CAN LEARN IT, BUT COMPLEX ENOUGH FOR A LIFETIME OF STUDY.

On a steamy summer evening at Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club in Bluffton, about a dozen parents gathered around Nick Dunham to learn how to help their kids succeed on the links and in other walks of life. Their children were participating in a six-week course on golf and life skills, presented by The First Tee of the Lowcountry.

First TeeChristopher Gaeta isn’t from Hilton Head Island, but the Lowcountry has earned an elevated place in his heart.

The 17-year-old New Jersey native comes to the island several times a year to visit family and work with golf instructor Rick Barry. He also spends part of his time on the island volunteering at The First Tee of the Lowcountry.

The world’s best amateur golfers come from every corner of the globe to converge on Bluffton’s Berkeley Hall Club each July for the Players Amateur, but a pair of home-grown players have high hopes of earning spots in next year’s RBC Heritage.

Bluffton’s Bryson Nimmer and Hilton Head Island’s Will Miles will be among the talent-laden field for the third consecutive year, and after strong performances the past two summers, both are daring to dream about winning the prestigious event and earning an invitation to tee it up with the pros at Harbour Town Golf Links next April.

Golf Tips for Beginners1

Golf pros know: Golf can seem terribly complicated to beginners. So many rules, so many different kinds of clubs. And then there's the lingo: birdies, bogeys, bump-and-runs. Golf pros and instructors speak this language every day, but also know it's a language that can scare prospective golfers off before they ever pick up a club.