TREND-SETTING HYBRID OF GOLF AND CROQUET FINDS A NEW HOME AT THE SEA PINES RESORT

You’ve heard of golf. You’ve heard about croquet. But what about golf croquet?

You may not have heard of it, but The Sea Pines Resort is setting the trend for this up-and coming sport, offering the game up as the newest activity in the resort’s ever-expanding roster of family-friendly activities.

ON THE PGA TOUR CIRCUIT, JEFF MAGGERT WAS A TRUE STAR, WINNING THREE TOURNAMENTS AND MORE THAN $20 MILLION ON THE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE MAJOR PROFESSIONAL TOUR.

This year, Maggert is emerging as a superstar on the Champions Tour. He has won four tournaments on the senior leg for those 50 or older, including two majors at the Regions Tradition and the Senior U.S. Open.

 

If you’re going to play high school sports in Beaufort County, you better be ready to be drug tested.

It’s a weird thing to say and a crazy concept to comprehend for many parents and student advocates around the county, but starting this fall, student athletes will be randomly tested at all Beaufort County high schools.

Dan SantorumAt a recent speaking engagement in Canada, Dan Santorum passed along a bit of advice that might come as a surprise given his lengthy list of accolades.

“Never apply for an award,” Santorum told the crowd, “because you’ll never be disappointed, and if you do get an award it will be a pleasant surprise.”

As the fall approaches, so does the promise of crisp, Lowcountry evenings under Friday night lights. For some area football teams, a new season means a new era. For others, it’s a chance to keep building from an already firm foundation.

Last season started and ended with some turbulence as Bluffton High School saw its first game go to forfeiture and Hilton Head Christian Academy said goodbye to its head coach. But local football coaches feel only excitement and hope as the first days of practice and first steps onto the field creep closer and closer.

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.