Ron Green Sr.: At the RBC Heritage, the party rages until the last putt

​Troy Merritt hits off the 18th tee during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on April 20, 2003.

There is a gentleman whose job during the MCI Heritage Classic is to hold up the “Quiet Please” sign on the 16th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links where the fairway brushes against the 10th fairway.

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Mike Purkey: 5 courses to play if you’re on Hilton Head Island for the RBC Heritage

The green on the par-5 10th hole at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s Robert Trent Jones Course sits next to the Atlantic Ocean. Photo courtesy of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

There’s a good reason why PGA Tour players list Hilton Head Island as one of their favorite stops each year. The slow-down vibe, the abundance of good restaurants and plenty to do for the families means that the RBC Heritage gets a quality field every year. Not to mention that the players think Harbour Town Golf Links is one of the best courses they play all year.

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What you need to know about Harbour Town Golf Links, the site of the RBC Heritage

The 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links features views of the Calibogue Sound and Sea Pines Resort’s famous lighthouse. Photo courtesy of The Sea Pines Resort / Rob Tipton.

In the aftermath of the Masters, the eyes of the golfing world turn to Hilton Head Island this week for the RBC Heritage.

Harbour Town Golf Links, designed by renowned architect Pete Dye and design consultant Jack Nicklaus, opened in 1969 and has hosted the RBC Heritage every year since. The event marks the PGA Tour’s lone stop in South Carolina and the first of four in the Carolinas this year.

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Pat James: I feel Jordan Spieth’s pain. I was haunted by the Grove Park Inn’s 5th hole.

Leading up to this week’s Masters, let’s take a minute to look back on Jordan Spieth’s quadruple bogey on the 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Club last year.

In that moment, Spieth, who was on the verge of becoming just the fourth player to win back-to-back Masters, looked like any other golfer melting under the pressure of a hole gone horribly wrong.

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Mike Purkey: 5 courses to play if you’re in Augusta for the Masters

Champions Retreat Golf Club features three nine-hole layouts designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Pictured here is the No. 8 hole on the Nicklaus-designed Bluff Nine. Courtesy of Champions Retreat Golf Club.

Golfers of all stripes and abilities will flock to Augusta, Ga., this week to pay homage to the world’s best players at the Masters, held at one of the game’s shrines, Augusta National Golf Club.

Being that golf is infectious, it’s no surprise that some Masters watchers would like to play a little golf of their own either before or after trekking through azalea-lined Amen Corner each day.

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How Hurricane Matthew helped transform this Myrtle Beach course

The clubhouse at Aberdeen Country Club underwent significant changes, including the addition of a new sports bar-style restaurant, after Hurricane Matthew. Courtesy of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

When Hurricane Matthew made landfall along Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand in October, several golf courses sustained damage. However, all but one reopened within a month of the storm.

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