Berkeley Hall Club recently announced the launch of the private club’s golf course enhancement and drainage improvement project. “Berkeley Hall is committed to providing a premier golf course experience,” said Adrian Morris, general manager and COO of Berkeley Hall Club. “The project will further upgrade our golf course playability, signifying an important investment in our community, one that will help us remain one of the premier golf communities in the Southeast.”

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resortoffers some of the best golf on Hilton Head Island. Now it also offers the island's best custom club-fitting experience.

That's because Chris Wycoff, after running the island's most successful custom club-fitting business at his Golf Etc. store, has moved his SwingFit operation to Palmetto Dunes and the Robert Trent Jones Ocean Course clubhouse. Wycoff didn't move his entire retail operation, of course, but he set up a covered hitting bay at the end of the range and a shop underneath the clubhouse where he has thousands of components on hand to build clubs for both resort guests and residents.

Sea Pines Resort has received the inaugural Editors' Choice Award from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” category. Other notable properties on the list included Pebble Beach Resorts, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Keswick Hall & Golf Club. Sea Pines’ iconic Harbour Town Golf Links also was recently ranked No. 2 in Golfweek's "Best Places You Can Play State-by-State" in South Carolina. The Inn & Club at Harbour Town — its 60-room boutique hotel — is currently rated No. 5 in Conde Nast Traveler's "Best Hotels in the U.S."

Branden Grace has had his share of big moments. He believes winning the RBC Heritage is his biggest, by far. The 27-year-old South African had won 10 times overseas, finished in the top five last year in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, and went 5-0 for the International team at the Presidents Cup. In the final round of the 2016 RBC Heritage, he shot a 5-under 66 to overtake Luke Donald for his first title on the PGA Tour.

Andrew OrischakHilton Head Island junior golfer Andrew Orischak was one of 54 participants to compete in the 2016 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club presented by Electrolux April 21-23 in Graniteville. Recognized as one of the premier junior players in the world, Orischak was invited to participate in the prestigious event that attracts many of the game’s top-ranked junior golfers from around the globe on an annual basis.

faldoThe Faldo Series, the global circuit of junior events created by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo, has appointed the International Junior Golf Academy as its official golf academy partner. Rory McIlroy and fellow multiple Major champion and World No. 1 Tseng Ya-ni are among past winners on the Faldo Series, which was founded in 1996 and is supported by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Recognized as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the annual circuit features thousands of young golfers competing in 40 tournaments in over 30 countries across Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North and South America.


PHOTO: From left, Caylen Green, Paul Caruso, Mike Davis, Daniel Deneen. Sitting: Juliana Vega.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of Monthly’s yearlong 30th anniversary celebration, we are highlighting 30 years of different industries in each issue. This month, we feature the golf courses that helped shape Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry.

Corbitt and Ferree inducted into local golf hall of fame

It should have come as no surprise when the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame announced it was inducting Cary Corbitt and Karen Ferree. It wasn’t a matter of if, just when.

Corbitt, vice president of sports and operations at Sea Pines Resort, and former Long Cove head pro and now amateur golfer Karen Ferree were both instrumental in establishing the Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association and the local chapter of the Carolinas PGA in the early 1980s.

CADDYNo, not those guys. The caddies. And Bluffton’s Mark Carens is proof of what a good caddy can do.

The great champions of the game of golf become revered for their athleticism, held up in a pantheon of the sports finest, their names becoming synonymous with the very concept of excellence.