Golf enthusiasts from the Lowcountry and outside of obtained their 1st appear at Congaree Golfing Club as the study course hosted the PGA Tour’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
The tour scheduled the a single-time celebration in Jasper County soon after this year’s RBC Canadian Open up was canceled mainly because of COVID-19.
Some fans were being supporting distinct golfers as they watched them apply at the driving array in planning for the to start with round Thursday.
Paige Simms stood guiding the ropes as her boyfriend Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton got ready for his third tour start of the calendar year. The couple met at his home system, Berkeley Hall, in which Simms experienced been functioning at the exercise center.
“We had been jointly all through university, so I went to all of his higher education situations and when he turned professional I determined to preserve likely on the highway with him and delight in observing him participate in golf,” she said.
Simms, a Michigan indigenous, mentioned she used to engage in golfing when she was younger but gave it up when she moved to South Carolina.
“I stated no more golf for me and then I made the decision to date a golfer,” she mentioned with a laugh.
Simms mentioned the Nimmer household “absolutely loves” observing Bryson perform, primarily when a event is in his backyard.
“When you travel and go someplace else, it feels like you are in a tournament and heading through the motions, but when it’s in your have yard, you happen to be sleeping in your own property and then you happen to be likely to the golf training course,” she stated. “It’s much more cozy and I assume Bryson feels additional at ease with it currently being in his backyard.”
Craig Hines of Woodstock, Ga., viewed as his sons received completely ready to caddie for Vince Whaley and Roberto Castro.
“The system is totally lovely,” Hines said. “It’s unique. All the fairways are just excellent and it appears to be like like no one particular has ever performed the class just before.”
John Schwartz of Hilton Head Island was finding ready to walk with his pals to see the 18th environmentally friendly.
“I arrived out today because this is a brand name-new course and it really is got a very good review,” he reported. “I had some mates who wished to go.”
Schwartz claimed he did not start off actively playing golf right up until he graduated from regulation faculty.
“I was dwelling in Denver, 30 many years outdated, and I picked up the sport mainly because my buddies were enjoying,” he said.
Gary Welsh of Bluffton walked the class with his wife Barbara through the to start with spherical.
“As non-public as it is, it is definitely tough to get out listed here, so we determined we needed to arrive see the system,” he mentioned. “It’s also exciting to come see the gamers engage in, to see how a great deal unique their game is than ours.”
Welsh stated the system has an “interesting layout with a good deal of difficulties.” He said he and his spouse equally play golfing, and they agree the system would be quite complicated to participate in.
“There are as well several compelled carries out right here,” he mentioned. “This indicates you have to strike the ball around the marsh, in excess of the trap and there’s no spot to land brief. You are compelled to have it all the way to the environmentally friendly or else, you are either in the sand or the water. That is what can make it hard.”