This is a big week in the Golden Isles, and not just for golf fans.
For the fans, this week may be the biggest. It is the one time a year they can see their favorite PGA Tour players gathered right here in their own backyard for a tournament that over the past seven years has gained steam and become an important early tournament in the tour’s annual battle for the FedEx Cup. With major tournament winners and hometown heroes competing against each other at Sea Island Golf Club, this week’s RSM Classic is one not to miss for the golf fan.
For people whose interest in golf may not be as great, the RSM Classic is still a big weekend.
People come in from all over the region to go to the tournament, meaning a nice fall boost for tourism and the businesses that rely on a steady stream of visitors. Restaurants, shops and other businesses, especially on St. Simons Island, are sure to have a good week.
A few more people may decide to visit after seeing the tournament broadcast on national cable television through the Golf Channel. Throughout most of this week, its cameras will show beautiful images of our little slice of the Georgia Coast that will go along way in spreading the word about the unique vacation opportunities available here.
Folks at the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau, Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and Brunswick-Glynn County Development Authority know this well. The tournament is an opportunity for them to show off some of the high points of the Golden Isles to potential visitors and employers who are considering a new location.
But the best thing happening this weekend has absolutely nothing to do with golf. Through the Friends of Davis Love Foundation and Birdies Fore Love charities, millions of dollars have been donated to local organizations over the years. Along with the RSM US Foundation, more than $2 million went to 72 charities here and in communities where RSM employees live and work. Since the tournament began, more than $7 million has been raised, much of it going to help at-risk youth who are hungry, need housing and health care and need to stay on track in their education.
This is sure to be a big week for golf fans, tourists, businesses and young people in the Golden Isles, and we are happy to have the RSM Classic in town this week to make it all happen.