Golf Vacation in South Carolina

By:Bob Gillespie

Date:1/16/2013


Anyone who has golf-vacationed in South Carolina knows the possibilities range from all-you-can-play smorgasbords in Myrt​le Beach to high-end coastal resorts such as Hilton H​ead’s Sea Pines, Kiawah ​Island and Isle of Palms​’ Wild Dunes. I’ve tried them all and, depending on your priorities, there’s a deal perfect for anyone, in any price range.

Recently, though, I found a relatively undiscovered “package” that combines luxurious, relaxing accommodations with easily accessible golf – and is just minutes from America’s No. 1 tourist city, Cha​rleston.

Call it the “do-it-yourself” golf deal: Patriots Poin​t Links combined with The ​Cottages on Charleston Harbor, both a quick jaunt across the Arthur Ravenel Bridge from Charleston in Mount Ple​asant.

I’ve played Patriots Point, a spiffy 1990 Willard Byrd design, several times in the past. It’s a fun, challenging layout with a signature three-hole finish that features some of the city’s most expansive views of Fort Sumter and the harbor – not to mention shot- daunting sea breezes.

But who knew those same idyllic late-afternoon scenes also could be enjoyed while sipping a glass of red wine and listening to the waters lapping the shore, seated in a rocking chair on the screened porch of one of 10 harbor-front Cottages?

Brad Parker, recently named general manager at Patriots Point Links, gets it. “There’s a synergy between The Cottages and Patriots Point,” he says. “You’ve got it all in this area: the golf course, the park (including the retired World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and ​a naval museum), the Charleston shopping – at a fraction of the cost downtown.”

What makes it special, though, are The Cottages. Completed in 1998-99, the metal-roofed units – nine are two-bedroom, three-bath bungalows with views of the harbor, while the 10th is one-bedroom, two-bath – are a giant step up from a hotel room. With heart-of-pine floors, full kitchen, large living room, master suite and second bedroom, each Cottage can be a home-away-from-home getaway for one or two couples.

Add three flat-screen TVs, a gas fireplace and even a porch hammock in each Cottage, and you might not want to leave the premises. But then there’s Patriots Point, literally two minutes away.

The Cottages do offer golf deals, but only weekdays; weddings and corporate gatherings make up most of their largely booked-up weekend business. “We have a ton of weddings,” says Christa Polinski, operations manager for The Cottages, “(but) we don’t get a lot of people coming specifically for golf.”

That could, and should, change, says Patriots Point head professional Mike Owens. “Ninety-five percent of people who stay in The Cottages and play, come back,” he says. “It’s a special deal.”

The golf course also does weddings in its outdoor pavilion overlooking the harbor. “We book a lot of golfing bachelor parties – the groom plays free,” Owens says. In addition to Patriots Point Links, other courses – RiverTowne Country Club, Dunes ​West, Charleston Natio​nal – are nearby.

If you can’t resist going into Charleston, you can drive or, better yet, take a water taxi to downtown from Patriots Point’s marina (across a parking lot from The Cottages). Too, Mount Pleasant can be a nice alternative to the tourist crowds, and can even compete in the “foodie” department. On a recent visit, we ate Asian fusion at Eurasia and seafood dishes at Cart​er’s Kitchen, owned and operated by renowned Ch​ef Robert Carter. If you want to do your own cooking, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are – you guessed it – minutes away.

The Cottages’ current weekday stay-and-play package runs $189 per person per night (including golf, breakfast, lunch at the course, a sleeve of balls and bottled water); Polinski says she’d like to get the price down – to, say, $130-$150 – to build traffic. Golf alone at Patriots Point is $55 (“we need to get that lower, too,” she says), though extra rounds are free.

If you have the flexibility of visiting weekdays, and enjoy a relaxed, upscale bed-and-breakfast experience with your golf, The Cottages and Patriots Point Links are ready when you are. Call (843) 849-2300 or toll-free (866) 901-2688, or go to www.thecottagesoncharlestonharb​or.com.

Related Content

Top South Carolina Grand Strand Golf Courses
The people have spoken - those who play golf on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, that is - and the edition of the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider’s “Hot List” includes a couple of old favorites, but also a pair of newcomers, among the area’s top five.
ACSP Golf Courses in South Carolina
Look no further than South Carolina - which boasts 26 courses holding Audubon Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses certification - for your avian-friendly golfing getaway. It’s a great mixture of caring for nature and a golf course’s surroundings.
​South Carolina Golf Courses Certified by Audubon as Sanctuaries for Birds, Wildlife
When you tee off at Oldfield Golf Club near Hilton Head Island, you’ll see beautiful lowcountry vistas filled with all sorts of wildlife.
Top South Carolina Golf Courses
Talk about a sweet “bucket list” for players. Read about the top South Carolina courses you can play, and the top state courses in Modern and Classic categories. There are no shortages of golf resorts and clubs you can enjoy throughout the State.
Golf in South Carolina
Need a break? Love to golf? Besides a great course, you want a place with good food, accommodations and off-course entertainment. So where better to escape than South Carolina? According to Golf Digest, almost nowhere tops the Palmetto State.
Darius Rucker’s Favorite South Carolina Golf Courses
Darius Rucker plays a lot of golf. A founding member of the band Hootie and the Blowfish, he regularly tours the country, but despite having played golf all over the world, Rucker still says it’s hard to beat South Carolina for golf options.

You might also like:

Wild Water & Wheels
Coast

Surfside Beach

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
This 16-acre state-of-the-art amusement park is filled with over 33 exciting rides, including high speed flumes, a wipeout wave pool, waterfalls, a complete kids water pl ...
Golf Club Of South Carolina At Crickentree
Midlands

Blythewood

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
The Golf Club of South Carolina designed by Ken Killian is known for its stunning topography, meandering streams, soaring hardwoods, scenic 17-acre lake, and manicured ti ...
Indian Trail Golf Course
Midlands

Batesburg

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
This course has several sand bunkers incorporated throughout its design, and water hazards come into play on nine holes. The signature hole is #14, a scenic, 336-yard, pa ...
Mid Carolina Club
Midlands

Prosperity

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
The fairways are relatively tight, and ponds and lakes come into play on seven holes. This course's most difficult hole is #10, a 430-yard, par 4, requiring a tee shot up ...
Cheraw State Park Golf Course
Midlands

Cheraw

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
Cheraw State Park Golf Course has been called "the best kept secret in South Carolina." The course is one of just 40 in the country to earn Golf Digest's highest honor as ...
Cokesbury Hills Golf Course
Midlands

Hodges

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
This relatively flat and short nine-hole course is an easy and enjoyable walk. With generous fairways and small fast greens, this course will provide a challenge for golf ...