Bob Gillespie



Summer Time, and the golf living is … cheap? Caledonia, True Blue, two nights for under $300

Posted 5/20/2013 12:45:00 PM

Golf in Myrtle Beach is plentiful and varied – and, occasionally, available for a low price. But the latter is rarely true when it comes to two of the Grand Strand’s most heralded courses, the Mike Strantz-designed Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Plantation.

Unless, that is, it’s summer in South Carolina.

Starting June 3 and running through Sept. 4, Caledonia and True Blue – ranked No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, among GolfWeek magazine’s 2013 “Best Courses You Can Play” in South Carolina – are offering a three-round, two-night package that includes three rounds at the two courses and two nights’ stay at True Blue Resort. The cost: $299 – about what one normally would pay for the golf alone.

The special price is based on quadruple occupancy (four players) of a two-bedroom villa and includes cart, range balls, taxes and resort fees. Players get a round each at the two courses, then get to decide which better deserves a replay.

While both courses were designed by Strantz, the late Mount Pleasant-based architect, each is unique from its sister. Caledonia, Strantz’s first design, features beautiful wetlands and huge live oaks and is located on the site of a former rice plantation turned hunting club. True Blue – the tougher of the two according to most players – evokes the challenges of Pine Valley, the nation’s perennial No. 1-ranked private course, with challenging sand and water hazards.

Besides this year’s GolfWeek rankings, Caledonia has earned spots in Golf Digest’s “Top 25 Courses in South Carolina” and “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,” plus a “Top 100 You Can Play” rating by Golf Magazine. Golf For Women magazine places Caledonia in its “Top 100 Best Courses for Women.”

True Blue also ranks among Golf Digest’s “America’s Greatest 100 Public Golf Courses,” Golf Magazine’s “Top Ten Places To Play” and its “Top 25 Courses in the South.” Golfweek also once named it one of the “Top 100 Courses in America.”

If you’re unfazed by South Carolina summers, this is a perfect opportunity to test yourself on two of the state’s (and nation’s) finest layouts – at a discount. For more information on the package or on the courses, call (800) 483-6800 or go to