Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert



Great par 3s in the Upstate

Posted 12/20/2010 1:57:00 PM

They might be shortest holes in terms of yardage, but par 3s often provide the most drama on the golf course. From a once-in-a-lifetime ace to a score-busting quadruple bogey or worse, par 3s can make or break a round of golf.

Here are a few of my favorite par 3s in the Upstate of South Carolina: 

2nd Hole at Verdae Greens — This 200-yard hole is a challenge in its own right, but the fact that it comes at the very beginning of the round makes it even tougher. Water stretches all the way from the tee to the front of the green, which makes the long hole even more intimidating. 

6th Hole at River Falls Golf Club — While it’s the shortest hole on the course at only 133 yards from the tips, the 6th at River Falls is much more harder than it appears. Any lapse in accuracy, and your shot is most likely to find the tall grass just off the right of the green, or the creek that runs to the left and behind. 

17th Hole at Walker Course of Clemson University — If you’ve kept up with my blog, you probably already know that my heart lies with the Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina. However, even I have to admit that the 17th hole at Clemson is very definition of a signature hole. Instantly memorable with the sand traps and green forming a Tiger Paw, the hole is as difficult as it is beautiful.

Play plantation-style golf at Edisto Island

Posted 12/20/2010 1:51:00 PM

The Plantation Course on Edisto Island is one of the most aptly named courses on the South Carolina coast. Carved out amidst the beautifully natural scenery of Edisto, the Plantation Course immediately makes golfers feel at home.

The Tom Jackson-designed course sits in the middle of the island, surrounded by the protected lands, wildlife and beaches that have made Edisto a popular vacation spot for families who return year after year. In fact, Edisto’s tight-knit community, combined with the lack of commercialism, make the entire experience even more special.

With water coming into play on 12 holes and fairways that demand accuracy, the course is as challenging as any other course you’ll find on the coast. But it also is enjoyable for players at all levels. In fact, Jackson did a wonderful job of creating a course that vacationers would want to play each year for a week or two at a time.

Speaking of vacations, planning a golf vacation to Edisto is even more convenient with the recently built Plantation Villas. These 4 bedroom/4 bath villas are next to the golf course, as well as two restaurants and the beach, making it ideal for those who want to simply park the car and enjoy their vacation. 

Click here for more information on the Plantation Course and its great “Stay and Play” packages.

Hole of the week — A special hole, a special walk

Posted 12/20/2010 1:20:00 PM

It is no secret that Harbour Town Golf Links is one of the finest golf courses in the country. In fact, the Hilton Head Island course is routinely ranked as a top course in every golf publication imaginable. However, the fact that it is also one of the few annual PGA Tournament courses open for public play is what makes it truly special.

When you mention the 18th hole at Harbour Town, several things come to mind — the iconic view down the fairway, the famous striped lighthouse towering over the green, the Calibogue Sound, the world’s best golfers making that final round walk.

The narrow fairway, the precarious approach, and the wind off the water have made for more than a few dramatic finishes at the Heritage. It is known as one of the toughest finishing holes on the PGA Tour. To thousands of average golfers a year, though, the design elements of the 18th are less important than simply playing the hole, because it allows them that rare opportunity to walk in the footsteps of golf’s greatest players, while playing one of golf’s greatest holes. 

Click here to make your own memory.

South Carolina is a great place to visit, golf and live

Posted 12/14/2010 12:16:00 PM

Over the past two decades, South Carolina has become one of the most popular retirement destinations in the country. From the beautiful mountains in the Upstate to the lakefront communities and famous coastal destinations, the entire state has welcomed new residents from all over the country. In addition to the great climate, these retirees have consistently cited the quality and variety of golf available in the state as a major factor in their retirement decision.

Golfweek certainly agrees.

In their recent rankings of the best Residential Golf Courses in the country, Golfweek included six South Carolina golf courses in their Top 100. They included:

Long Cove Club — Hilton Head Island; designed by Pete Dye.

Kiawah Island Cassique Course — Kiawah Island; designed by Tom Watson.

Spring Island Old Tabby Links Course — Okatie; designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay.

Golf Club at Briar’s Creek — John’s Island; designed by Rees Jones.

Kiawah Island River Course — Kiawah Island; designed by Tom Fazio.

Colleton River Plantation — Bluffton; designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Great winter deals at Palmetto Dunes

Posted 12/14/2010 12:10:00 PM

If you’re looking to spend some time in a golfing paradise this winter, Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island is a great place to consider. With three world-class courses by Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Arthur Hills, along with a picture-perfect family resort setting, there’s a reason why Palmetto Dunes was named the No. 1 Family Resort in the U.S. and Canada by Travel and Leisure magazine.

This winter, Palmetto Dunes is an even more enticing destination with the following deals:

Multi-Round Play — Good through Jan. 28; golfers get two rounds on their choice of all three courses for $70/per round, or three rounds for $66/per round; for guests staying at the resort, the price drops to $61/per round for two rounds, or $57 for three.

Unlimited Play — Golfers get 30 days of unlimited play on all three courses; in January, the cost is only $630 for a single, or $1,050 for a couple; unlike many unlimited play deals, this one includes cart fee.

PD Golf Academy Package — Golfers looking to tighten up their game over the winter can attend the PD Golf Academy between Jan. 1 and April 1 for only $206 per golfer/per night; the package includes: 4 days/3 nights accommodations, 2 days of customized instruction at the Golf Academy, computerized club-fitting, and discounts throughout the resort.

For more information about these great deals, click here or call (866) 380-1778.