HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Hilton Head is the smallest market to host a PGA Tour event, so the entire community becomes involved in the RBC Heritage.
Several non-profit organizations work the tournament for someone else’s benefits, including the WTOC Community Heroes selling concessions behind the 15th green.
There are a lot of places at Harbour Town this week to see golf. There are even a few where you will find shade, but there is only one where you can get the Island Rec Center’s famous Barbecue Dog.
“BBQ sandwich, hot dogs, and over the years, you get bored, so you start making up things. We did chilI cheese, so we came up with a BBQ dog. It’s on our menu. It’s delicious,” said Joe Cain, Island Red Center, Special Events Director.
The pulled pork-topped hot dog is the most popular item at one of the most popular concession stands at the RBC Heritage - all of which are operated by a different local non-profit organization.
“The money raised here goes to our scholarship fund. so if you can’t afford to put your child in soccer or in after school or summer camp, the money raised from this and our festivals offsets those costs.”
Different volunteer groups and Rec Center staff man the tent behind the 15th green every day.
"Today is our senior group. We’re associated with the senior center, so we have the senior volunteers here.
All of the WTOC Community Champions selling snacks at No, 15 are at the Lowcountry’s biggest event to help some of its smallest residents.
“We say no child is denied recreation. We like to say we build communities, so the Heritage is a community. You’ve got a lot of people who come here to visit, up from Hilton Head, Beaufort, Savannah. Just having some fun serving up beer, soda, hot dogs. You can’t go wrong.”
The Island Rec Center has been in that location behind #15 for 26 years. They only introduced the BBQ Dog seven years ago.