The RBC Heritage, known for much of its history as the Heritage Classic, is a PGA Tour FedEx Cup event, first played in 1969. The venue has been the Harbour Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Harbour Town course, which frequently appears on several "Best Courses" lists, was designed by famed golf course architect Pete Dye, with assistance from Jack Nicklaus. In 1972, the first two rounds were played on both the Harbour Town Golf Links and the Ocean course at Sea Pines, with the final two rounds at Harbour Town.
From 1987 through 2010, it was sponsored either by MCI or its eventual purchaser, Verizon. In 2011, the tournament operated without a title sponsor. The Royal Bank of Canada will sponsor The Heritage from 2012 until 2016. It is currently organized by The Heritage Classic Foundation.