It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and once again it’s time for the RBC Heritage! And while visitors from around the world come for the event, I think those of us lucky enough to live here might enjoy it the most. It feels like a local celebration that just happens to have several thousand guests.

Part of the Heritage celebration each year is the arrival of a shiny new spring after a mild winter. This year, the winter might be remembered as unusually cold (yes, we had SNOW), and yet most of our visitors say that a whole winter on Hilton Head Island is like a week in October where they came from.

This year’s Heritage is an anniversary that they’re calling 50 Years of Experience, and that can’t help but remind me of my own experiences here.

Arnold Palmer at the first Heritage.

Arnold Palmer at the first Heritage.

I was a kid living in nearby Ridgeland when Arnold Palmer sank the first winning Heritage putt in 1969. The Harbour Town Lighthouse was topped-out just in time to be looking over Palmer’s shoulder. The “skin” wasn’t even on the lighthouse tower yet. (Click here to see a video of Arnie’s winning putt.)

A few years later I went to work on the construction crew that built much of Harbour Town before Mary Ann and I decided to start our own firm almost 40 years ago. What a lot of building we’ve done since then. All of us. Just being a part of it seems like something to treasure, because Hilton Head Island turned out pretty well.

So Mary Ann and I certainly feel the celebration. We are fortunate that our work brought us so many long-lasting relationships.

And we’re fortunate in still another way – this story is not all in the past. We still meet folks and help them build their dreams all the time. If you’ve been thinking about building or improving, give us a call at 843-681-2600 and let’s talk over what you’d like to do. Or check out our website at where you’ll find all sorts of ideas, floor plans, and customer testimonials.

At Tom Peeples Builder, our own heritage is the finest in craftsmanship, service, and integrity. We still work hard to live up to our motto: “We Make Building a Pleasure.”