April 2007

Not A Golfer? Not a Problem!

Author: Becca Dupps Edwards

Mark Twain defined golf as “a good walk spoiled.” I disagree. It’s a good and very long walk spoiled.

When it comes to the sport, I have to be honest with myself… and anyone unfortunate enough to play with me. I do not have a knack for knickers, and a long drive means packing the whole family up to see Uncle Marty in Miami—during the summer, with both dogs.

Yet with spring in full swing and the 39th annual Verizon Heritage golf tournament approaching, that little, seemingly-innocent, seemingly hit-able ball taunts me to take a stance, find a grip and “let it rip”—as if this time I might tee off and send it, rather than a large chunk of dirt, flying down the fairway.

I’ll divot not this year. I’m throwing in my Titleist towel. I’m going to embrace my freedom from golf, because April in Hilton Head offers several other reasons to get out and get going, none of which involve yelling, “Fore!”

“April is considered by many as having the year’s best weather,” said Mike Overton of Outside Hilton Head. “It is ideal for enjoying the waterways—kayaking, sailing, fishing—hiking, biking, or just plain enjoying the Lowcountry.”

Overton encourages people to get supersaturated on the great outdoors by providing an array of water activities and excursions. From a two-tour with a trained interpretative naturalist to a nighttime full-moon paddle to fishing in backwater holes even flats boats cannot access, Outside Hilton Head takes coastal kayaking to a whole new level. The outfitter even offers the “Ultimate Lowcountry Day”—a private, fully-customized adventure that, depending on the group, includes crabbing, dolphin watching, water games, hiking, historic trips to Daufuskie or Bluffton, searching for ancient Native American artifacts, or relaxing on a peaceful beach or sandbar.

Athletes may also try their backhand April 20-22 at the 3rd annual David M. Carmines Tennis Tournament, a level-four adult and level-three junior USTA sanctioned event, benefiting the David M. Carmines Foundation, the American Cancer Association, and the Island Recreation Association’s Scholarship Fund. According to tournament organizer, Cameron Everett, “Players should attend this event to have fun playing tennis, to maintain and increase their USTA points and to support a fun local event.”

“Whether you are a player or a spectator, this tournament means a great deal to the tennis community and it is important to support it on an island which has more tennis courts per square mile than any place in the nation,” Everett added.

Artists also have an outlet in April. “Hilton Head is blessed with a wonderful arts community,” said Dan Castro, president of the Hilton Head Choral Society. “All facets of art are represented, but musical arts are soaring with our Symphony Orchestra, Choral Society and Dance Theatre. The quality of the local musical arts is on par with medium to large cities, totally unexpected in a resort community.”

On the 13th and 14th of month, the Hilton Head Choral Society will celebrate music in America with “Americana, Songs from the Heartland.” Incorporating music for choir, brass, and organ, the Masterworks concert will feature renowned American choral composer Randall Stroope’s American Rhapsody and Mack Wilberg’s stirring Four American Folk Hymns.

Equally entertaining, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina will present Fiddler on the Roof April 25-May 27. Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, this timeless tale is told with a talented cast of over 30 actors, stunning costumes, and a spectacular set. “It’s going to be fabulous,” said director Casey Colgan. “It’s a comedy, drama, song and dance all rolled into one.”

In addition, the Arts Center has added the ArtStart program for children ages 2-5. According to Terry Bergeron of the Arts Center, these classes are designed to help children develop fine motor skills and encourage creativity through the visual arts. “Students will learn color and shape recognition, how to use art tools, and a variety of other concepts while expressing themselves using an array of media and methods,” she explained.

With all these activities and more, having fun this April on Hilton Head Island is par for the course—even if you’re not a golfer.

For more information about these and other special events and opportunities in April, check out the following web sites:


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