By COLEMAN MCDOWELL | Sports Illustrated
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- For just a moment, Matt Bova felt what it's like to be Tiger Woods.
After being introduced to a huge roar when he reached the ninth green -- his 18th -- at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, Bova, a 26-year-old assistant pro at nearby Haig Point Golf Club, curled in a 16-foot putt for birdie. An even louder roar followed, just like Tiger.
"It was real exciting because they had just announced me, I'm a local guy and there's a bunch of Haig Point members here," the 5-foot-9, 145 pound Bova. "Just hearing the roar was real exciting."
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April 8, 2013, Daufuskie Island, S.C. – Last April, Matt Bova watched from outside the ropes with his fiancée as the professional golfers at the RBC Heritage tackled narrow Harbour Town Golf Links. This year, however, Bova will be playing along side the more notable professionals from April 18-21 after the 26-year-old assistant professional from nearby Haig Point Golf Club earned the lone spot in a 44-for-1 Carolinas PGA Section qualifier in late March.
“This is the high moment for me; a dream come true,” said Bova, who played college golf at small Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. “I was hitting the ball well going in, so I thought if I could putt well I might have a good chance.”
As it turned out, his early 1-over-par 73 on a windy day at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C., stood up by a shot.
“I didn’t have any expectations, but I thought 72 would be a good score with the tough conditions,” said Bova, who was grouped with two other regional club professionals who shot 77 and 81. “I was in the first group, so I had to sit and watch for more than two hours. I didn’t know if my score would hold up, but the scores kept coming in higher and higher. That 73 was equal to about a 68 or 69 on a normal day.”
The key to his good round was that he played the four par 5s in 5 under par and needed to make nothing more than a 3-foot putt for birdie or eagle on any of those holes. His magical moment came on the 500-yard 10th hole when his 240-yard approach shot hit the flagstick and stopped two feet away, setting Bova up for a tap-in eagle and some positive momentum after making the turn at 2 over.
Bova hadn’t even planned on entering the qualifier until a Haig Point member hounded him as the entry deadline drew near. “He kept saying how cool it would be if I would make it,” recalled Bova.
“I talked with him about three or four times and I told him he needed to do it,” said Dr. Charlie Fowler, a retired physician from Greenville, S.C., who moved to Haig Point full time in 2004. “He said he hadn’t been playing much but I told him to get the heck out there. He could do it.”
But Bova doesn’t have visions of grandeur that this will change his career in golf unless the unthinkable were to happen.
He is in his third year as an assistant at the private Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, situated on the other side of the Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head. He lives in Hilton Head and commutes to work each day by ferry. It’s the only way to reach the tiny island because there is no bridge. And once on the other side, there are no cars.
The 400 members at Haig Point get around the community streets on personal golf carts. And they boast of having a challenging and award-winning Rees Jones signature course to play every day. The course is also home to the annual Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational each October.
“This is the hardest course I’ve ever played,” says Bova, a slender 5-9, 145-pounder who works on his game about twice a week. “I don’t play the tips here anymore because it just kicks my butt. But playing here will prepare me for Harbour Town, and I’ll be thrilled to represent Haig Point that week.”
With an average drive of just 260 yards, he knows that he is not cut out for a playing career, even though he tasted success by being a two-time All-American and playing in the NCAA Division III National Championship for four consecutive years. In 2009, his Methodist College team won the team title and Bova placed fourth individually. He also has a low competitive round of 66 from playing back in his hometown of Bloomington, Ill.
He is trying to stay grounded, even if he allows the occasional dreamy moments of doing something spectacular during the tournament. Bova plans on working his regular hours in the Haig Point pro shop on Tuesday and Wednesday of tournament week, where he’ll be checking in members and making sure everything runs smoothly for a big RBC outing.
“I’m always worried about work first because this is my job,” says Bova. “I never had aspirations to play professionally; I wanted to have a steady paycheck. I know how good you have to be to make it at the next level. But, who knows?
“There couldn’t be a better golf course for me to play than Harbour Town (which is set up at a relatively short 7,101 yards). It will be somewhat long for me, but not as bad as many of the other courses they play. Harbour Town is all about hitting to certain spots and getting angles to get to the hole locations.”
Bova has never played with a “name” professional, but he admires former top-ranked player Luke Donald, another relatively short hitter who attended Northwestern University and is an honorary member at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill., where Bova worked as an intern in 2008 and assistant golf professional in 2011.
“We are extremely proud of Matt and his accomplishment. We wish him the best at the Heritage and know he will represent Haig Point as a true golf professional.” says Randall Page, Haig Point Club and Community Association general manager.
As expected, Bova is full of nervous energy already.
“I’ve already had a great time with this and it hasn’t even started yet,” he says. “I hope I can represent the Section well. I hope I don’t embarrass myself when I get on the first tee. I don’t want to top it.”
He also has something else even bigger to be nervous about two weeks after the tournament.
He’ll be getting married to his high school sweetheart Danele Woods on May 4th.
About Haig Point
Haig Point is a charming sea island community just off the coast of South Carolina, between Hilton Head and Savannah, Ga. There is no bridge, so the island is accessible only by a private ferry system originating from Hilton Head Island.
Residents and guests drive electric carts to the eclectic points of interest in and around the community, including the historic Haig Point Lighthouse (built in 1873), Strachan Mansion and the tabby ruins of 19th century slave quarters. The community is also home to a stunning Rees Jones Signature golf course. Amenities at Haig Point Club also include a full-service tennis center, equestrian center, two restaurants and a community park. For more information about the island or real estate opportunities, call (800) 686-3441, or visit www.HaigPoint.com.
February 21, 2013, Daufuskie Island, S.C. – Haig Point Golf Club, located on Daufuskie Island, again has received recognition as one of the “Best in State” by Golf Digest for 2013-14, according to a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 panelists released this month. Designed by renowned architect Rees Jones and opened in 1986, Haig Point, was rated No. 19 in South Carolina.
“I’ve never seen a property quite like Haig Point, with such a pristine setting and all the elements to create a great golf course,” said Jones, who also has called the par-5 14th hole one of his favorite architectural designs. “It has the ocean, the sound, the marshes, fantastic vegetation – I knew when I first saw it we could build a world-class golf course.”
The panel made its evaluations based on seven criteria: shot value, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience. The course also has been included in lists for “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” and “Top 100 In The World.”
“We are pleased that our signature Rees Jones golf course here at Haig Point has stood the test of time and continues to be recognized as one of the best in the state and one of the best in the United States,” Jason Cherry, director of golf, said. “This golf course is challenging and beautifully blends with the natural setting amongst the tall oaks and pines, and the protected marshlands. It never grows old.”
The golf course debuted at #28 in the country by Golf Digest and 68th in the world by Golf Magazine when it opened. It was re-modeled by the Jones in 2007.
In a fitting tribute to its architect, Haig Point Golf Club has been host to the Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational, hosted by the University of South Carolina, for the past five years. The course stretches to 7,380 yards from the championship tees and carries a stiff 147 slope rating (average is 113).
The top-rated course in the state was the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Yeamans Hall Club (Hanahan) and Harbour Town Golf Links (Hilton Head Island) were Nos. 2 and 3.
Haig Point is a place where golf carts are used as the normal means of transportation. Haig Point’s 400-plus members are as diverse as the land itself, and many have international backgrounds. Rich in natural beauty, Haig Point embraces southern family living, is respectful of its rich history and offers endless recreational opportunities.
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Talk about coincidences. Ten days ago I played the 50th-ranked Haig Point Signature Course with the Top 50’s southern correspondent, Dave Henson, and just now I ran into the course’s designer, Rees Jones, at the Ryder Cup. Rees was surrounded by his usual security detail (Knights Templar with USGA handicaps of 3 or lower), but he always seems to have time for me. Anyway, I told him that Haig Point had recently jumped to No. 50 after languishing for some years in the lower 200s.
Rees Jones and his bodyguards posed with a fan this afternoon at the Ryder Cup in Medinah, Ill. (John Garrity)
“So low?” he asked.
“Well,” I replied, “I had to deduct a hundred points for the hazards.”
He frowned. Rees apparently takes great pride in his sprawling bunkers, meandering marshes and laconic lagoons.
“No,” I said, “I mean the hazards to health. The last time I played Haig Point, I tore a rotator cuff.”
True story. A decade ago, while playing the Daufuskie Island gem with some other Sports Illustrated staffers, I shrieked and fell to my knees beside the fifteenth green. The other members of my foursome dove for cover, thinking that I had caught sniper fire. The truth was only a little less dramatic. I had started walking toward the green while pulling my putter out of a bag strapped to the cart, when — rippppp! — the putter grip caught between other clubs, practically yanking my arm out of its socket. The pain was so intense that I flopped around like a fish before missing a practically-gimmee thirty-footer for par. I managed to finish the round, but I didn’t play again until I had completed two months of rehab with wands, pulleys, and colorful elastic bands. To this day, I can’t reach for a restaurant check with my left arm.
“To add insult to injury,” I told Rees, “my boss, Jim Herre, promptly aced your seventeenth hole, the long par-3 over the marsh.”
“That’s quite a hole-in-one,” he said. “Jim can be proud of that one.”
The Haig Point Signature Course is still dangerous — but only to your score. (John Garrity)
Anyway, Henson and I found the current version of Haig Point to be far less dangerous than I remembered. The entire back nine, in fact, is about as memorable as any non-links course in the Top 50. The take-as-much-as-you-dare drive over water on the par-4 tenth sets the tone, and Jones keeps topping himself. The closing holes take full advantage of the marshes and narrow beach, making me think of 41st-ranked Whispering Pines — not because of inherent similarities, but simply because the holes are so charismatic.
So, by the authority vested in me by me, I rescind my hundred-point deduction and restore Haig Point to the Top 50. Congratulations, Rees, and thank you, Haig Point and former USGA exec Craig Smith, for the kind invite.
Top 50 on TV: Nothing this week, but the Ryder Cup will be pursued on the 51st-ranked Course 3 at Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Ill. It’s a Tom Bendelow design, updated in 2003 by — who else? — Rees Jones.
Haig Point Club – Love at First Glance
By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos by David Vier... DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC – Haig Point Club is one of those “know it when you see it” types of places.... Sometimes you just know something’s going to be great from a first glance. You see Disneyland? You know it’s going to be fun. You... Read More
Haig Point Club the Only South Carolina Tennis Facility Recognized for Positive Statement About the Game from the U.S. Tennis Association Technical Committee
July 27, 2012, Daufuskie Island, S.C. – Haig Point Club’s tennis facility is one of seven facilities to earn the 2012 Outstanding Tennis Facility Award from the U.S. Tennis Association. It is also the only facility in South Carolina to earn the award. The award will be presented Sept. 2 at the Association’s semi-annual meeting in New York City.
Established in 1981, the award seeks to recognize facilities on the basis of the quality of court areas and surface, court enclosures and lighting, accessories and amenities, and environmentally sound maintenance.
Haig Point earned distinction in the private club category along with four other clubs. Two were chosen as public facilities. The Association’s Technical Committee, headed by Karl Hedrick, made the selections.
“We are thrilled to receive this national recognition for our facility and our members,” said Ron Gwyn, director of tennis at Haig Point Club for the past 16 years. “We have developed a special tennis program here and people are taking notice.”
Teams from Haig Point have competed in the State Tournament in each of the last three years. Twice in the last three years, Haig Point has had teams advance to regional competition. And Gwyn recently received the 2012 Tester of the Year Award for the Southern Division from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA).
The USPTA has more than 15,000 members and offers the most comprehensive continuing education program within the tennis industry. It was founded in 1927 with the goal of promoting the game and strives to raise the standards of the profession. For more information, visit www.uspta.com <http://www.uspta.com> or call (800) 877-8248.
The defending tournament champion Kennesaw State University Owls will lead the pack this year at the 2012 Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational men's golf tournament. The tournament will be held on October 1-2 at Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C. The event will have 36 holes of play on Monday (Oct. 1) and 18 holes on Tuesday (Oct. 2), totaling 54 holes by the end of competition.
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On the northeaster tip of Daufuskie Island sits a National Landmark. The historic Haig Point Lighthouse was built in 1873, making it nearly 140 years old, and it has the history to show.
Now, this 140-year-old lighthouse is in threat of being destroyed to due a recent increase in beach erosion. The lighthouse sits about 30 feet from the shoreline, which is about 30 feet closer than it was just three years ago. In order to save this historic landmark, the community is banding together.
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Thanks to the Haig Point Club for sharing this story of its senior resident:
"It's hard to be humble when you're Dutch."
So says the bumper sticker on the front of one of many individually owned golf carts that career around Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, where cars are not allowed, save for maintenance and construction vehicles.
That golf cart belongs to Dr. Barth Hoogstraten, a resident of the private club and community on the eastern half of the island. Haig Point is a half-hour's journey by boat from its neighbor, the much more bustling Hilton Head Island. But visiting Daufuskie and Haig Point, one would think it a world away, populated by proud, fascinating people like Dr. Hoogstraten.
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- April 25, 2012
Time has caught up with a historic beacon at the northeastern tip of Daufuskie Island.
For nearly 140 years, the Haig Point Lighthouse has withstood nor'easters, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, guiding ships to safe passage and welcoming visitors.
In recent years, however, beach erosion has threatened to wash the historic landmark into Calibogue Sound. The community now is trying to fend off further erosion to save the lighthouse.
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April 5, 2012, Daufuskie Island, S.C. –
Haig Point Golf Club was featured on The Grill Room, a golf program on Sirius/XM radio, on the weekend of April 14-15. Personality interviews showcased the award-winning Club and the lifestyle of Daufuskie Island, itself, which is located off the coast of Hilton Head, S.C.
One Pete Dye gem has replaced another of the master architect's work as the best golf course in South Carolina in balloting by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel.
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Golf Resort, which will play host to the PGA Championship this summer, moved to No. 1 in the state rankings by the thinnest of margins, edging The Sea Pine Resort's Harbour Town Golf Links for the top spot.
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Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island offers an array of dining options to its members and guests. From dining at the club to personalized private events, Haig Point is well diversified when it comes to dining services.
Haig Point’s Rees Jones Signature Course has put Daufuskie Island golf on the map. The course, designed and restored by Rees Jones in 2007, has appeared multiple times in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” and also earned a position in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 in the World.” The originality factor of the course comes from alternate tee and hole selections that accommodate every golfer’s game, no matter what skill level. Haig Point is known for golf, but also offers a variety of other recreational activities for members and guests to enjoy.
October 4, 2011, Daufuskie Island, S.C. – Kennesaw State shot a remarkable team score of 1-over 289 today to erase an eleven shot deficit and defend their title at the 4th Annual Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational at Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C. The Owls 54-hole total of 30-over 894 was four shots better than the University of South Carolina (898). Wake Forest University and Iowa State finished tied for fourth (900) with Liberty rounding out the top five (906).
“Our kids just hung in there, and fortunately, a lot of our guys played well today,” Kennesaw State head golf coach Jay Moseley said. “To have four guys shoot 73, or better, today on this challenging golf course is just amazing. This was a great win for our guys.”
This was Kennesaw State’s first win of the season after ninth and eleventh place finishes in their first two matches this fall.
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NAMED AFTER FAVORITE RESTAURANT
By Michael Rardon/USTA Southern
The small island of Daufuskie lies just a mile off the South Carolina coast near Hilton Head Island and is only accessible by boat. There are almost no cars on the small island and it has very few residents. But if your USTA League team arrives on Daufuskie Island to play a match and sees a golf cart with a bumper sticker about the Marshside Mamas … beware.
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Impressive Lineup of Teams Set for Golf Tournament on Rees Jones Signature Course on Daufuskie Island; Three Defending Conference Team Champions to Compete
June 9, 2011, Daufuskie Island, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Gamecocks have been announced today by officials at Haig Point as the host school for the 4th Annual Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational Golf Tournament scheduled for October 2-4, 2011 on Daufuskie Island, S.C. Michigan State hosted the tournament the first three years of the event and the Spartans will return to be part of this year’s full field of 13 teams.
“We always look forward to coming to Haig Point and competing on their world-class layout on the Rees Jones Signature course,” said Bill McDonald, head golf coach of the University of South Carolina. “We have a tremendous lineup of teams and it will be a battle for the championship this fall. The golf course does not allow you to let up on any hole. It’s a shot makers course where good shots are rewarded and bad shots are penalized. I know all the teams anticipate a great challenge for 54 holes.”
Nine different conferences will be represented in the Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational and will include defending conference championship squads from UNC-Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association), Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun) and Liberty University (Big South). The rest of the field is composed of Charleston Southern (Big South); Georgia State (Colonial); Iowa State (Big 12); Jacksonville University (Atlantic Sun); South Florida (Big East); Tennessee-Chattanooga (Southern Conference); Wake Forest (Atlantic Coast Conference); and Winthrop University (Big South).
Haig Point's signature golf course, which debuted at 28th in the country by Golf Digest and 68th in the world by Golf Magazine when it first opened 22 years ago, recently underwent a $5.5 million renovation and restoration overseen by Rees Jones. The renovations earned the Rees Jones Signature Course as the third “Best Remodel” from Golf Digest in 2007. The par 72 course measures 7,380 yards.
“The event gives people in the Hilton Head area a great opportunity to see some of the best college golfers in the country,” said Jason Cherry, director of golf at Haig Point. “It’s great to see how much this tournament has grown in just a couple years and this fall we’ll see perhaps our most competitive field yet. With those teams, on this course, in this idyllic setting, we look forward to seeing what team comes out on top.”
While the Gamecocks are hosting this year’s event, they have also made themselves right at home at one of the fastest growing collegiate golf tournaments in the country. South Carolina won the tournament the first two years, including a dominant victory by 37 strokes in 2009. Last year, Kennesaw State won the title in a playoff against Liberty University.
Individually, the Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational will see a strong roster of players vying for medalist honors. Liberty’s Robert Karlsson of Sweden has won Big South Golfer of the Year award the past two seasons and was one of eight collegiate golfers named to the 2011 European Palmer Cup team. Past Palmer Cup participants have included current PGA TOUR stars Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Luke Donald, Ben Curtis, Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker.
South Carolina boasts a young, but talented team. Current freshman Caulder Moore finished 20th in the recent Southeastern Conference Golf Championship, and fellow freshman Blaine Woodruff led the Gamecocks in stroke average this season. Plus, another freshman, Logan Harrell, won the 96th Carolinas Amateur in 2010, widely considered to be one of the most prestigious regional amateur events in the country.
Teams will play a practice round on Sunday, October 2, followed by 36 holes of competition on October 3, and the final 18 holes on October 4. All three days of competition are open to area golf fans, and Haig Point is offering complimentary ferry travel and tournament admittance.
Renowned golf course architect Rees Jones will also come to Haig Point to visit with the teams during a special pre-tournament dinner ceremony on October 1.
For more information about Haig Point and the 4th Annual Rees Jones Invitational, visit www.HaigPoint.com.
About Haig Point
Haig Point is located on Daufuskie Island and is a charming sea island, private club and community located just off the coast of South Carolina, between Hilton Head and Savannah, Georgia. Haig Point is only accessible by a private ferry system originating on Hilton Head Island. Haig Point is home to the historic Strachan Mansion, Calibogue Club, Lighthouse, Tabby Ruins and the stunning Rees Jones Signature Golf Course. The island amenities also include a full-service Tennis Center, Equestrian Center and a community park. For more information about the island, or real estate opportunities, call (800) 686-3441, or visit www.HaigPoint.com.
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By: Justin Jarrett
The Marshside Mamas had no such close calls in bringing home Daufuskie Island's first senior state title. They swept all three courts in their semifinal and final matches Monday to finish off an undefeated season, an impressive feat for a team that moved up from the adult 2.5 division to the senior 3.0 division this year.
"We really didn't think much about it," co-captain Linda Blanchette said. "We thought we would have fun this year, because it was a bit stressful last year, and then we just kept winning and winning. Then it was even more stressful."
The division winners qualified for the sectional tournament to be played in Mobile, Ala., in August. Read More Here
By SAM McDOWELL
...A pair of those teams helped a local club make history. Haig Point Tennis Center
, located on Daufuskie Island
, has qualified two teams for the state championships for the first time. The Marshside Mamas will compete for the 3.0 women's title, while the Daufuskie Divas will try to win the women's 3.5 division.
"We only have four women's doubles teams at Haig Point, so to qualify two of them for (state) is very impressive," said Ron Gwyn, director of tennis at Haig Point and coach of both teams. "The ladies have worked very hard to get to this point and are now looking forward to the challenge of bringing home a championship, or maybe two." Read More Here
By Josh McCann
Rare tabby ruins on Daufuskie Island
were saved from imminent collapse Wednesday when Bartlett Tree Experts barged over a 45-ton crane to remove trees whose roots had cracked the fragile, historic structures. Read More Here
Paul deVere figured he was in for a treat.
It was 1986, and Haig Point's developers were planning an outlandish feat -- moving an entire, historic, 7,500-square-foot mansion by barge 100 miles from St. Simons Island, Ga., to Daufuskie Island
to serve as the focal point of their new private club. Read More Here
Golf has become very popular in recent years. Who does not know Tiger Woods? Almost everybody in this planet knows what golf is. If given the chance, they would al love to play but sadly not everybody can because golf courses in their areas are too expensive. Not only that, you will also need your clubs and all the necessary things in order for you to play. Luckily, there are courses that have great packages and discounts that it allows even those that cannot normally play, be able to play. There are many places where you can go to play golf but you should seriously consider going to Haig Point to take advantage of the golf vacation packages there. They have a world class course so you can be sure that it is top notch.
Golf is a game that almost everyone can most definitely enjoy. It is not just for the young like basketball or football. Neither is it for the old only. It is both for the young and old. However, it is not only a game but it also exercise for many. There are those who do not have time to go to the gym or jog around their neighborhood.
The state of South Carolina is blessed with a fairly rare geographical feature that separates it -- or, more accurately, parts of it -- from the rest of the country. They're called barrier islands, and they make certain communities in South Carolina a little bit separate from the mainland.
It doesn't matter if you live in rain-filled Seattle or sunny San Francisco; the rocky seascape of Maine or the white sands and beaches of South Carolina's Grand Strand, there's just something about the lifestyle of a peaceful coastal community.
It's one thing to vacation on the edge of the Earth, but to settle in for the long haul, knowing that every morning will be greeted by miles of rolling ocean and periwinkle skies -- there's a near-magical attraction to that thought on the part of most of America.
So you're looking to move to South Carolina, and you know you want to live on the links. In fact, you chose South Carolina specifically because it provides some of the best coastal golf communities in the United States.
But of the many such places, how can you figure out which one is the right one for you