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Oyster Reef’s

Lagerhead Tavern A 19th Hole like No Other BY RISA WILLIAMS MCMILLAN • PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

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While Hilton Head Island golf courses are known for their award winning designs, meticulous grooming, and sweeping fairways and views, not many can boast a unique restaurant that flaunts a comfortable atmosphere, a 19th hole with many refreshing options, and an award winning chef and menu to boot. Lagerhead Tavern, located inside Hilton Head Plantation’s Oyster Reef Clubhouse, is raising the bar to new heights as it establishes itself as a competitive dining option open to the public. Many locals might see it as a favorite watering hole due to their amazing Happy Hour and Early Bird drink and food specials, but with its new extended hours and hand crafted dinner menu, it is redefining the role of the 19th hole. Owned locally by the Heritage Golf Group, the Lagerhead Tavern was renamed and redesigned two years ago. The name was a creative marriage between the much esteemed Loggerhead turtle and of course their bar staple, lager beers. Christopher Wylie, a marketing and hospitality major from Cincinnati took over as clubhouse manager at the beginning of the year and has implemented new menus, specials and a focus on personalized service. Whereas it used to be a place to get a sandwich after golf, it is now a restaurant with multiple dining options and varied menus. “All we have to do is get people in here once and they come back for more.” It is not hard to see the reality behind his words after taking in the setting and enjoying a meal. The relaxed indoor dining room is replete with soothing sea-tones while the bar and the ample patio overlook the driving range where balls are flying high. “We are actually more casual than we probably look. Locals are welcome to bike in for a bite in their shorts and sandals,” said Christopher. The menus, of which there are many, were designed by head Chef Eric Seaglund to compliment his southern lowcountry style cooking with a Louisiana flare. Chef Eric went to Culinary School in Michigan before working for Charley’s Crab, a seafood chain out of Detroit. He moved to Hilton Head in 1999 when the chain opened up a spot on the Island which he ran for 6 years during which time he received numerous “Best of” awards. In 2015, Eric joined up with the Heritage Golf Group which owns Oyster Reef and 2 other local golf courses. He now oversees each of the restaurants at the different golf courses. ‘It’s very challenging running 3 entities but I love it,” explained Eric. “It’s a different part of the food business that I have never seen before.”

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