April 2007

Editor's Note - April

Author: Maggie Washo

April on Hilton Head Island is synonymous with golf. In just a few days thousands of visitors will descend upon our little Island to watch the pros battle it out on the famed Harbourtown Golf Links. Whether you are a fan of golf or not, it is still fun to get out and see everyone at the tournament. When I say “everyone” I mean all of your friends, neighbors and business associates who are all basking in the gorgeous April weather as well.

What you may not be aware of is the altruism connected with the Verizon Heritage. The economic windfall from the tournament is obvious- especially to all the local shop owners, golf courses and restaurateurs. But behind all of the fanfare, tourism related revenue and famous golf faces is The Heritage Foundation, the charitable organization behind the tournament. The tournament was started to raise money for charity. Last year they donated 1.9 million dollars to local charities. For more behind the scenes scoop on Hilton Head’s biggest event, read our interview with Tournament Director Steve Wilmot on page 26.

For those of you who don’t know the difference between a birdie and a bogey- don’t dismay. There are still plenty of April activities in which you can partake. Kayaking, tennis, the beach and theater to name a few. Be sure to take in some examples on page 52. If shopping and art is your hobby, mark your calendar for the Coastal Discovery’s Museum’s Art Market the last weekend in April (page 46). Over 80 artists will have their pieces on display – everything from jewelry and paintings to photography and pottery.

I hope you enjoy our April issue- see you at the tournament!

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