In celebration of the RSM Classic reaching 10 years, here are the Top 10 reasons to attend this year’s tournament. Spectators should also do their best to attend either Thursday or Friday to be afforded the opportunity to see the incredible redesign (by Mark and Davis Love) of the Plantation Course (pictured here) at Sea Island Golf Club. Simply put, the hometown brothers nailed it. Now on to the Top 10 … enjoy!
Just as the late Kasey Kasem used to count down the final Top 10 during his “American Top 40” radio broadcast, we’ve discovered the Top 10 must-do events surrounding this year’s 10th anniversary edition of The RSM Classic, which runs from Nov. 18-24 at the Sea Island Golf Club, on St. Simons Island. The tournament is hosted by St. Simons Island resident and PGA touring pro, Davis Love III.
Everyone may not be a golf fan, but all people love to have a good time, and if they can support some local charities along the way, then all the better. The staff members of the RSM Tournament and Davis Love Foundation, along with community organizations have outdone themselves turning the tournament to a super-sized event people of all ages and interests can enjoy. For more information on any of these events, visit www.rsmclassic.com.
10. The Wiffle Ball Classic.
Fast becoming a favorite event of golfers, their families and fans, the annual battle between PGA Tour pros and their wives, will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Frederica Academy baseball field. Admission is free, and proceeds benefit Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization whose volunteers provide weekend food for elementary schoolchildren whose households are food insecure.
9. Meet the RSM Pros.
If wiffle ball doesn’t strike your fancy, buy a ticket to Meet the Pros, an annual event sponsored by the Rotary of St. Simons Island, and held in the Mizner Ballroom at The Cloister, on Sea Island. Guests can rub elbows with professional golfers, and, at the end of the evening, take part in a Q&A session with the ESPN host Rich Styles and the athletes. Meanwhile, attendees will enjoy an impressive hors d’oeuvres spread, cocktails and camaraderie. Tickets are $100 per person, and include one free good-any-day ticket to the golf tournament. Proceeds will benefit children’s charities in Glynn County. Details and tickets: www.ssirotary.org.
8. Charity Putting Challenge.
This friendly 12-hole putting event, sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System, brings together Special Olympics athletes and members of the local Boys & Girls Club to participate with PGA professionals in a putting competition. Each hole will be custom-designed by teaching pros at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center, and present various challenges with rocks, sand and small branches serving as hazards. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team. The challenge will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 20 on the Driftwood Putting Course at the Sea Island Golf Club. All Wednesday ticket holders are invited.
7. Heroes’ Outpost for military and first responders.
All active and retired members of the military, with proper ID, will be admitted free to the tournament grounds, and will have their own hospitality venue sear the No. 9 green on the Seaside Course. Special tournament pricing is available to veterans, who are neither active nor retired. Heritage Plastics is the military sponsor. The same courtesy being extended to past and present U.S. military personnel will also include area police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other first responders, who will benefit from free admission and access to the hospitality venue near the No. 9 green at Seaside. The Heroes’ Outpost will include complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages, and a premium spot for viewing.
6. List of notable players in field.
One of the best things to do during The RSM Classic is to follow and cheer for local golfers who are participating. As of the date of publication, that includes Jonathan Byrd, Harris English, Brian Harman, Zach Johnson, Patton Kizzire, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Keith Mitchell, JT Poston, Hudson Swafford, Josh Teater and Michael Thompson.
5. Folds of Honor Million Dollar Challenge.
This year, fans have a chance to win $1 million during the Folds of Honor Million Dollar Challenge, presented by Bridgestone. Fans participating have a chance to win the big prize, while raising funds for The Folds of Honor Foundation. Participants will compete in a “closest-to-the-pin” contest, with 13 finalists qualifying for a one-shot challenge round immediately following the third round of The RSM Classic on Nov. 23. The finalist who hits their shot closest to the pin will win a grand prize package, and the hole-in-one is worth $1 million. Participants will receive two shots with a $20 donation to The Folds of Honor Foundation.
4. New Era Saturday Pro-Am.
The Davis Love Foundation and New Era have joined together to host a third pro-am during the tournament because of the overwhelming popularity of the Monday and Wednesday events. The New Era Pro-Am will be played the morning of Nov. 23 on the Tom Fazio-designed course at Frederica Golf Club. Participants will not only get to play in the tournament with a PGA touring pro who has competed in The RSM Classic, but will attend a pre-tournament party at the Frederica Boat House and receive a hospitality package that includes a VIP ticket to The RSM Classic Concert featuring Cole Swindell.
3. Charity Bike Ride on Jekyll Island.
If you want to take a break from walking the course, hop over to Jekyll Island for The RSM Classic Charity Bike Ride, presented by Chick-fil-A. The ride begins at 8:30 a.m Nov. 23, and participants can choose between a 14.5 ride and a 29 mile loop of Jekyll Island. The ride begins and ends at Great Dunes Park. The entry fee is $50 per person until Nov. 22, and $60 for day-of-event registration, and includes a commemorative T-shirt, Chick-Fil-A biscuit, beverages from Coca-Cola and two good-any-day tickets to the RSM Classic. Proceeds will benefit the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation through the Davis Love Foundation.
2. The RSM Classic Concert starring Cole Swindell.
The night of Nov. 23, the McKinnon-St. Simons Airport will be transformed into a concert venue for Cole Swindell, one of the hottest stars on the country music scene, and a favorite Georgia son. In the words of his No. 1 song, Swindell is definitely “worth the whiskey.” Sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System, all seats are general admission, and guests may bring lawn chairs. Tickets are $40 for adults, and $30 for people 17 and younger. A $50 combination ticket is also available, which includes a Saturday grounds ticket for the tournament and admission to the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
1. Charitable impact.
There is golf, and there are parties, concerts and all sorts of fun, but all those activities lead to the same destination, the impact made by The RSM Classic on the Golden Isles community through the charitable efforts of the Davis Love Foundation. RSM Classic Director of Sales John McKenzie said whether people are participating as brand or hospitality sponsors, ticket holders to the tournament and concert, or as donors through the Friends of the Foundation Program, proceeds from The RSM Classic benefit Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia (local), Special Olympics (local and national) and more than 30 additional local and regional charities.
“In nine years, The RSM Classic has generated more than $13 million for local, regional, and national charities that serve children and families in need,” McKenzie said. “The event has also created nearly $100 million in positive economic impact since 2010.”