TRAVEL SPOTLIGHT: SOUTH CAROLINA
It’s a real travel hotpsot for golf. South Carolina gives golfers the chance to tee off on some of the world’s top trophy courses. A must do trip for all golf enthusiasts, South Carolina is the number one US golf destination and dominated Golf Digest magazine’s list of the ‘100 Top Public Golf Courses’ in 2013 with an impressive 11 courses on the list.
With 380 beautiful courses from the mountains to the sea, ‘The Golf Capital of the South’ offers something for everyone providing a challenging game in spectacular settings.
The Grand Strand on South Carolina’s stunning coast is seen as the Palmetto state’s home of golf with over 100 courses including the world famous Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. Upstate, although less well known, attracts those after more dramatic scenery with a mountain golf region traversing dramatic hills, scenic lakes and roaring mountain streams.
With courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Davis Love III and two of the ‘Top 50 Women Friendly Courses in America,’ South Carolina features some of the world’s greatest golf courses and hosts some of the most prestigious tournaments. Because South Carolina’s best golf courses are open to the public, you play where the pros play in the Palmetto State.
South Carolina offers these top picks:
The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island
This is South Carolina’s most well known course, located just twenty miles from Charleston. A small, exclusive island resort, it boasts spectacular views of the ocean with more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere.
May River Golf Club
Located at Palmetto Bluff this course prides itself of its wide, inviting fairways that wind past ancient oaks and the state’s namesake palmetto trees. This course allows players to experience the game in its purest state, reveling in the sights and sounds of a remarkable natural habitat.
Harbour Town Golf Links
This legendary course located on Hilton Head pushes players to the max. The PGA TOUR golf course places a premium on finesse, imagination and shot-making rather than strength. Players will find themselves up against a collection of par-threes ranking among the worlds finest and a par-four 18th hole considered one of the toughest in the world. This course is definitely not for the faint hearted.