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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hallo guys!
Back here to get the insider`s information! My second passion(after skiing) is golf and I know that the US are one of the best places to enjoy the game.
So I want to ask you where exactly I must go. My priorities are knee deep pow, continuous steeps... ouch sorry...: ..a good golf resort with as many world class golf courses as possible right at the door. Price isn`t actually a concern but what is is the diversity, length and beauty of the courses.

My personal opinion is that Doral is just what I need but I have to say that your advice is very appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 19
Myrtle Beach South Carolina is a great option.
post #3 of 19
I'll have to second Myrle Beach. With over 100 courses within the 60 miles of the Grand Strand, you'll find plenty of quality, scenic tracks. Throw in great nightlife, family activities, a variety of accommodations and the ocean, and you got the makings of a great vacation. For current course conditions and lots of advice, go to www.myrtlebeachgolftalk.com
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by apeyros View Post
Hallo guys!
Back here to get the insider`s information! My second passion(after skiing) is golf and I know that the US are one of the best places to enjoy the game.
So I want to ask you where exactly I must go. My priorities are knee deep pow, continuous steeps... ouch sorry...: ..a good golf resort with as many world class golf courses as possible right at the door. Price isn`t actually a concern but what is is the diversity, length and beauty of the courses.

My personal opinion is that Doral is just what I need but I have to say that your advice is very appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
The coast from Myrtle Beach SC to Jacksonville Fla is a great stretch for playing top 100 courses. Grand Strand area (North Myrtle Beach south to Georgetown (30 mi stretch)) has 100-150 courses. Many beautiful tracks. Lots of great restaurants.

100 mi south in Charleston you can play the resort courses at Kiawah Island.The new Sanctuary is a 5 star resort that caters to a world wide clientele, top drawer amenities. Sr PGA is at the Ocean Course at Kiawah this week (Dye course) -- play after that and you'll play one of the toughest, most scenic courses in the world ( Ryder Cup in '91). Also have the Player and Nicklaus courses on the island. Other area courses by Palmer (Rivertowne) and courses at Wild Dunes are worth the visit.

70 mi further south is Hilton Head Island, SC. Harbour Town GC hosts the PGA tour stop for the Heritage Classic. Another top 100 course. Other courses on island at Sea Pines, Long Cove (Nicklaus) Palmetto Dunes etc wind through old plantations, marshes and beach dunes.

80 mi further south from HH is Sea Island, Ga , home of the Cloister, a wonderful beachfront 5 star resort. Home of Davis Love III, Cloister courses are first rate and ranked in top 100. Neighboring St Simons Island is home to scenic, marsh and wooded courses. At the Cloister you can golf, shoot skeet, ride horses, relax on the beach, use the spa or just eat on the meal plan.

Moving 100 mi further south from Sea Island you come to Jacksonville, Fla, there are many area courses that are wonderful to play. Ponte Vedra is about 15 mi south of the city and is home of the PGA Tour. The TPC course at Sawgrass hosted the Players Championship last week (won by Mickelson), was renovated this past year and open to the public. Stay at the Marriott Sawgrass and get reduced rates for the TPC and the Valley Course (played Sr. PGA Qualifying tournament there). Great venues and a wonderful location. Also could stay at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Golf Club. This is a 5 star resort right on the beach. Tennis, golf (two courses - Ocean and Lagoon) spa, health club, great food and close to the golf Hall of Fame courses in St Augustine (30 mi)

Go on the web and look up Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Litchfield Beach, Charleston, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head Island all in SC. Sea Island, the Cloister, St Simons Island in Ga. Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Ponte Vedra Inn, TPC at Sawgrass, World Golf Hall of Fame all in Fla.

This 350 mi length of the SE coast is sort of like having all the slopes of Tahoe, Park City(and adjacent LCC and BCC) and Summitt County all in a row !! I-95 runs the whole way and you can cover it in a car in about 6-7hrs. If you are obsessed with chasing the little white ball, you can find it here.

A little lengthy but I'm a bit passionate about the sport also !!! Two ways of life - skiing and golf - not bad!!!
post #5 of 19
Dominican Republic.
post #6 of 19
Myrtle Beach has great golf courses but horrible nightlife (unless you're an 18 yr old kid). I'd look into the Hilton Head or Kiawah SC areas.

Also, if price isn't a concern, why not check out Pebble Beach/Monterrey or Bandon Dunes in Oregon?
post #7 of 19
Pinehurst NC has some very nice courses.
post #8 of 19
I hear St Andrews in Scottland is an awesome course
post #9 of 19
Was just down there in Myrtle Beach. There are tons of courses, many places to stay and such. Only thing is it's a bit how should I say kitchy Americana style in some ways. Not really a high high end from what I can tell (although that was as much a function of where we chose to play). Lots of roadside restaurants, bars, stores and things. Seemingly 100s of golf courses. People are very nice on the whole.

It's a nice beach and a place you could take the family too. Something for everyone, although I've just scratched the surface (my first trip)
post #10 of 19
I'll agree with Rapid, the SE coast from Myrtle Beach, SC to Jacksonville provides a diversity of golf, ranging from reasonably priced to extremely expensive, with a range of quality. I'm an infrequent golfer, but as a 15 year resident of Jacksonville I can give you an overview of the Jacksonville area.

1.) Sea Island, Georgia is about one hour (about 65 miles, not 100 miles) from the Jacksonville airport. Five star accomodations (The Cloisters) and three phenomenal golf courses, one oceanside, two inland. The Seaside course is in the Golf Digest top 75 courses "that you can play". I went there for a conference several years ago. Great rooms, phenomenal spa (according to my wife); my credit card had a seizure. Expect to spend big bucks.

2. Amelia Island, Florida is about 30 minutes from the Jacksonville Airport. A step down in luxury and price from Sea Island, but still very nice. They have three courses on the property: Ocean, Marsh and Long Point. The Ocean has several holes along the Atlantic. I've never played Long Point, but some of my friends say it's among the best in the Jacksonville area. Also, nearby is the Ritz (used to host a senior tour event) and two very reasonably priced daily fee courses (Northampton and Osprey Cove which is just over the border in Georgia).

3. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL is about 15 miles SE of downtown Jacksonville, and is considered part of suburban Jacksonville. The Ponte Vedra Inn is similar to Amelia Island in price and quality. They have oceanside lodging and two golf courses. The Ocean Course has two holes across Ponte Vedra Boulevard from the ocean, and the original "island green". It was renovated about seven or eight years ago, and, in my opinion, ruined. The second course, the Lagoon Course, is an executive course. About three or four miles south on highway A1A is the TPC Sawgrass, home of "The Players" (yes, it's no longer 'The Players Championship', just 'The Players'). There are two courses, the Stadium Course and the Valley Course. Unless you're a member I believe you have to stay at the Sawgrass Marriot to play the Stadium Course. I've played it twice: one time I attended a conference at the Marriot, the other time they were running a resident special (still cost $275). There are several other courses on A1A that are private clubs.

4. World Golf Village is about 25 minutes south of Jacksonville. They have two courses, the Slammer and Squire (designed by Snead and Sarazen), and the King and Bear (you can probably figure that one out). They used to host a senior tour event. Both are nice, though I prefer the King and Bear. They are always running specials and the lodging, while ordinary, is not particularly expensive. There are also several daily-fee courses in the area that are quite nice.

5. Palm Coast is about one hour south of Jacksonville. I've never played there, but several of my friends own property there. They have several (five, I think) courses, many with holes along the ocean. One of them hosts a senior tour event. These could be played in conjunction with some Jacksonville courses or Orlando (Disney has several nice courses), which is one and one-half hours from Palm Coast. LPGA National is Daytona Beach is thirty minutes from Palm Coast, and is rumored to be a gem.

If you want any more info I'm always happy to answer questions about my adopted hometown.
post #11 of 19
I'll second (or third, or fourth, or fifth...) the Myrtle Beach vote for straight up diversity. There's a lot of great golf in that area, though as mentioned it's a bit touristy (see: 100,000 iron-on tee shirt shops).

If you're looking for a bit more than just world class golf (not to discount the world-class golf), I'd suggest Charleston, SC. It's a beautiful city -- easy access, lots of great courses within an easy drive:
25-miles to the aforementioned Kiawah Island where my dad's marshalling at the Sr. PGA champ this week.
10-15 miles to Isle of Palms where the Wild Dunes courses are across the street.
10 miles to Dunes West

If you've got a wife to deal with Chas-town's got a bunch of distractions for her -- beautiful old buildings, world-class shopping, all kinds of historic plantions, etc. Perfect way to keep her off your back (umm, I mean keep her happy) so you can get out every day...

A bunch of great golf in the area -- in fact, I'm heading down next week to visit my parents, check out the Spolleto Arts festival, play a bunch of golf, and generally pretend I'm less poor than I am (We'll worry about the CC bills when I get back). If you've got a year before leaving (or plan on leaving w/in 2 weeks) I'd suggest planning to hit the Spolletto festival -- fantastic music all week long... I wake up early, play 18, go to the beach, take a nap, then it's off to a show at night... not a bad way to spend a week.
post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
Oh guys, thank you very much!!! So many great recommendations and so many great places to go, thanks once again!

And one more question. What is the nearest international airport to say Myrtle Beach? Or how can I get there in other words?
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by apeyros View Post
Oh guys, thank you very much!!! So many great recommendations and so many great places to go, thanks once again!

And one more question. What is the nearest international airport to say Myrtle Beach? Or how can I get there in other words?

Charlotte NC and Atlanta Ga are int'l. Both have connections to Myrtle Beach. Choose Charlotte if possible - much easier to get through, 30-45 min flight to Myrtle Beach and flights are usually on time -- Atlanta is a big Delta hub, Charlotte is US Air hub.

Hit 'em straight !!!
post #14 of 19
spirit airlines flies in direct to MYR from several cities (BOS, NYC, DC to name a few). It is nice to be able to just drive a few miles to the beach from there. Driving was a bit confusing though - get a car with GPS and a good map - roads are a little confusing (why two route 17s?)

Spirit has now started tormenting me with airfare specials. $39 from Boston over this weekend ... two hours non-stop - can't resist much longer!
post #15 of 19
Another option is to fly into Wilmington, NC. It's a much less crowed airport and just a 50 minute ride from MB.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks a bunch! I gonna divot`em out! xD
post #17 of 19

Money really not an object?

Pebble Beach/Carmel/Santa Cruz = Pebble Beach, Spyglass, Spanish Bay, and Pasatiempo. That's 4 of top 100 you can play. Play Pebble with a caddy, and it's as close to skiing Cham with a guide as you can get on a golf course...
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Dino View Post
Pebble Beach/Carmel/Santa Cruz = Pebble Beach, Spyglass, Spanish Bay, and Pasatiempo. That's 4 of top 100 you can play. Play Pebble with a caddy, and it's as close to skiing Cham with a guide as you can get on a golf course...

Don't forget Poppy Hills. It's about the only thing in CA I miss.
Steve
post #19 of 19
I know this is a late post but IMHO Whistler BC is the only place for you. July would be perfect, ski in the am, golf in the pm. Sunset sometime around 10pm.
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