Bob Gillespie



America’s Best Resorts: Golfweek tags five S.C. destinations in Top 100

Posted 12/1/2012 12:00:00 PM

Golfweek magazine annually names its rating panelists’ top 100 selections for both golf resorts and golf communities, and just as regularly, South Carolina courses are well-represented in both rankings. And 2013 is no exception.

For tourists seeking a full-service golf resort, five of S.C.’s best not only made this year’s Top 100; all five were rated among the list’s 29 best, topped by Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, site of 2012’s PGA Championship, the first men’s major held in the state.

The 1991 Pete Dye design, set hard against the Atlantic Ocean with views of the beach and surf on a majority of the holes, comes in at No. 9. How good is that? The Ocean Course sits between No. 8 Spyglass Hill (Pebble Beach, Calif.) and TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) – heady company indeed.

Not far behind at No. 12 is Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links, which in 1970 was one of Dye’s first course designs in collaboration with Jack Nicklaus and annually hosts the RBC Heritage, the state’s PGA Tour stop.

Rounding out South Carolina’s list members are No. 21 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawleys Island (designed by the late Mike Strantz of Mount Pleasant in 1994), No. 25 May River Course at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton (Nicklaus, 2004) and No. 27 The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach’s second-oldest golf course (Robert Trent Jones, 1949).

Heading Golfweek’s resorts list is No. 1 Pacific Dunes, one of four courses near Bandon, Ore. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pinehurst No. 2, Old Macdonald (another Bandon course) and Whistling Straits (Straits Course) in Kohler, Wis., round out the top five. To view the complete rankings, click here.

Golfweek’s Top 100 Golf Communities includes seven South Carolina sites. Topping the list at No. 19 is Hilton Head’s Long Cove, another Pete Dye design. Also ranked are No. 26 Cassique (Kiawah Island Club, Tom Watson), No. 58 Spring Island’s Old Tabby Links (Okatie, Arnold Palmer-Ed Seay), No. 66 Briar’s Creek (Johns Island, Rees Jones), No. 76 Colleton River (Bluffton, Nicklaus), No. 79 The Cliffs Keowee Vineyards (Sunset, Tom Fazio) and No. 80 The River Club (Kiawah Island Club, Fazio).

Tom Doak’s Rock Creek Cattle Company (Deer Lodge, Mon.) heads the communities ratings. To view complete rankings, click here.