Originally Posted by apeyros
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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!!!