SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH CAROLINA

NOTHING CAN BE FINER!

South Carolina-the epitome of the American Deep South, confederate country, once the land of plantations and colonial mansions. One of the original 13 colonies settled by the English in 1670, it is bordered on the north by…surprise, surprise…North Carolina with Georgia on its western boundary, whilst to the east lies the Atlantic Ocean offering almost 200 miles of sublime coastline.

The Blue Ridge Mountains frame the north of the state, whereas the coastal lowlands are dominated by salt marshes, barrier islands and intriguing, derserted inlets just waiting to be explored. It is on many of these barrier islands that modern golf architects, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, and Tom Fazio to name but a few,  have taken advantage of the terrific terrain to fashion some of the premier courses in the world.

South Carolina is a quintessential southern state renowned for its fascinating and colorful history, elegant architecture, relaxed pace of life and above all its good old fashioned hospitality.

CHARLESTON

Charleston, South Carolina’s largest city, famed for its southern charm and aristocratic old world character, is a true Southern Belle. Voted as the most romantic city in the world by the Conde Nast Travelers magazine in 2015. Take a horse drawn carriage through the narrow, cobbled streets, saunter around the city’s broad boulevards on a balmy evening and you do not have to imagine colonial mansions, neat pastel-washed town houses as they are all around. For real!

Charleston boasts a plethora of magnificent courses, whilst a mere 25 miles to the south lies Kiawah Island with its 7 courses including the world famous Ocean Course, venue of the 1991 Ryder Cup matches and the 2012 U.S. P.G.A. Championship won by Rory McIlroy.

Yes siree! If Rhett Butler were to ever patch things up with Scarlet, he would definitely take her to Charleston for at least a long weekend…with clubs in tow!

HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Hilton Head exudes a sophisticated vibe, with pristine beaches and manicured greens. The first bridge to the island was built in 1956, since then Hilton Head has blossomed into one of America’s most fashionable holiday playgrounds. Golfers can sate their golfing fix at any of the islands 30 courses, including the famous Harbour Town Links. With over 200 restaurants Hilton Head is also a gourmet’s paradise offering a feast of cuisines; French, Italian, Mexican, Greek, Asian, not to mention stupendous steak houses purveying the best prime beef to satisfy the most voracious of appetites.

MYRTLE BEACH

Myrtle Beach, famous for its Grand Strand, a sixty mile swathe of sun-kissed sand, with over 120 courses it proclaims itself as the golf capital of the world, a claim that St. Andrews would no doubt dispute. However, it wins hands down in term of sheer volume, if not quality. Even Tiger Woods called it a golfing mecca.

With such an abundance of superlative courses, it presents the pleasant problem of which courses to play. Among the top courses is the distinguished Dunes Golf & Beach Club, the interestingly named Caladonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawley’s Plantation, the Legends Resort and the Barefoot Resort with its four courses. In addition, there are a multitude of lesser known layouts, most of which could be described as “Hidden Gems” except the Americans definitely know about them.

If you thought choosing your golfing venue was tough, just wait until you need to decide where to dine, with over 1,500 eateries offering every type of cuisine vying for your custom. To the north of the resort there is “Restaurant Row” a mile long strip of restaurants and bars, whilst to the south, be sure to visit Murrells Inlet where you will find a cornucopia of excellent fish and seafood establishments.

Myrtle Beach is the American version of Benidorm, but on a much grander scale and with a plentiful supply of glorious golf. It’s loud, proud and brash, but without the larger louts! 

The combination of 120 easily reachable courses, perfect weather and vast array of accommodation, make this part of South Carolina an irresistible choice for millions of golfers each year. Better still, Myrtle Beach offers far greater value for money than many of its American competitors.

South Carolina’s connection with golf can be traced back as far as 1743, when it is reported that a consignment of golf balls and clubs arrived from Scotland. The South Carolina Golf Club, reputedly America’s first course, opened in 1786. Today South Carolina boasts more than 350 courses.

Back in the 19th century much of the economy thrived on rice production, so much so, that rice was called “Carolina Gold”. The era of rice demised after the American Civil War, today golf is the new Carolina Gold!

Imagine yourself playing under clear blue skies, between towering Carolina pines and palmetto trees or along verdant green fairways bordered by the azure Atlantic. This is golf South Carolina style, an experience never forgotten!

NOTHING CAN BE FINER!