Hilton Head Island was awarded the first International Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year award from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. The award recognizes high performance and commitment across three core areas of sustainability: nature, resources and people.

Callawassie Island recently announced a five-year partnership with the Big East Conference to host the Ladies’ and Men’s Golf Championships. Callawassie is known for its private, award-winning, championship 27-hole Tom Fazio-designed course. It has hosted the Big East Men’s Championships for the past three years, and 2017 will be its second year hosting the Ladies’ Championships.

Golf fans can get tickets to the 2017 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing at special advanced ticket pricing through March 31. The cost of each ticket option increases $20 on April 1. The PGA Tour event takes place April 10-16 at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Each year, the event pumps more than $96 million into South Carolina's economy.

The portrait of the 48th RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing champion, Branden Grace, has been unveiled to sports and history enthusiasts of South Carolina at the Art League Gallery in the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The original oil painting of Grace was painted by esteemed artist West Fraser.

Nine International Junior Golf Academy students officially committed to collegiate golf teams recently as they signed a National Letter of Intent during a ceremony at The Beach House on Hilton Head Island.

cocacolaCoca-Cola Consolidated recently signed a five-year extension as the official non-alcoholic beverage provider of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Coca-Cola products have been served at the Heritage since the PGA Tour event debuted in 1969 at Harbour Town Golf Links, 48 years ago.

Hurricane Matthew did a number on many local golf courses. Here is a look at which courses are open as of Oct. 28. This list is subject to change; contact each course directly for the most up-to-date information.

Old Tabby Links at Spring Island has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Jay Gratton, director of golf course maintenance, led the effort to maintain the sanctuary status on the course.

PGA Tour Superstore recently announced it has signed a lease to open a Bluffton location in April. Bluffton represents the company’s third store in South Carolina. The two other locations are in Myrtle Beach. The store will be an anchor in the new shopping center being built at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Burnt Church Road.

hhChristian GirlsHilton Head Christian Academy recently won the Class 3-A SCISA girls golf championship at Orangeburg Country Club. It is the second straight year the Eagles have brought the state title back to Hilton Head.