The RBC Heritage may not be on the sports radar right now but preparations for the 2017 event have begun in earnest.

Tournament director Steve Wilmot stopped by the News19 studio to talk about what is going on in terms of preparing for the 2017 RBC Heritage.

Wilmot says Hurricane Matthew's damage in the Lowcountry was felt on Hilton Head Island as nearly 300 trees at the Harbour Town Golf Links were lost and many of the docks on the 18th hole were also damaged by the storm. But trees are being brought in to replace the ones which were lost and the docks should be fixed in time for the spring season.

The very first winner of the RBC Heritage in 1969 was the late Arnold Palmer. Wilmot says Palmer has to be credited with putting that tournament on the map.

Sponsor-wise, Wilmot says the tournament is on very good footing as RBC and Boeing have agreed to extensions.