Be Playful on the Golf Greens!

April is a great time to have fun on the golf course and on the sidelines at the RBC Heritage.

By Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

1. Play golf.

The word “play” means to entertain yourself and to have fun. There’s no better way to do that than to get engaged in the game of golf. Golf is a leisure sport as well as a recreational sport, which means that — if played correctly with a physically relaxed form and low expectations — you will refresh and revitalize yourself.

2. Take a free lesson every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

I perform trick shots and share golf coaching information in a hands-on, interactive instruction style. You will learn that golf is not an easy game, but it is a game of ease. Volunteer for a lesson and enjoy a chance to win a prize.

3. Watch Wesley Bryan and Dustin Johnson at the 50th Annual RBC Heritage Classic on April 9-15.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be full of activities where you can be amazed at their talent and interact with Wesley and Dustin while collecting autographs. Believe it or not, Wesley Bryan, the defending champion, and Dustin Johnson, the #1 player in the world, both went to the same high school here in South Carolina. According to my friend and fellow golf coach George Bryan, Wesley’s father and coach, these two golfers are playful on and off the course.

Coach Bryan shares these observations about Wesley and Dustin:

  • They both believe golf is just a game.
  • They do not concern themselves about the perfect swing.
  • They are imaginative and creative using the fundamentals of the game.
  • They enjoy the pressure and allow it to make them better.
  • They handle extreme setbacks by knowing how to move forward.
  • They play the next shot without allowing the previous shots to affect them.
  • They have total control over their golf memories.

4. Buy RBC Heritage tickets by calling 843-671-2448.

There is so much to do at the RBC Heritage and so much that only happens one week a year. Buying tickets will contribute to the $38 million that has been distributed to people in need throughout the Lowcountry since 1987.

5. Attend the RBC Heritage Breakfast.

Listen to eight-time PGA Tour Winner KJ Choi talk about his life of faith and golf on Tuesday, April 10 from 7 to 9 a.m. at The Marriott in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Call (843) 290-3744 for tickets.

6. Play with the pro and learn as you go.

Spend time on the course with me, the 2017 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year. You can play a championship golf course while sharpening your golf skills. Playing the game reveals the truth. I can save you strokes! Call (843) 338-9598 to set up a tee time.

Have fun on the course in April. Don’t forget to wear a hat and to apply sunscreen. I’ll see you out on the green!

A former PGA Tour pro and member of the local Golf Hall of Fame Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?,” a free clinic and demonstration, every Monday at 4 p.m. (843) 785-1138, (800) 827-3006 or palmettodunes.com.