Golf Vacations in the Carolinas
North and South Carolina represent the de facto capital of the golf vacation world, with the largest number and widest variety of golf resorts in the country. Myrtle Beach alone has over 100 courses along its "Grand Strand."
There are great deals to be had for golf lovers of all skill and budget levels. Check out the Carolina Golf Travel Guide
to plan your next trip.
If you start in Charlotte, head east to Pinehurst
and the Sandhills area first. If money's no obstacle, stay and play at the Pinehurst Resort where you can tackle the famed #2 course.
Head further east to the North Carolina coast and you will hit the Outer Banks
with its 6 championship courses. Then start winding your way down the Atlantic coastline into South Carolina and you'll arrive at the north end of the Grand Strand
. You won't go more than a few miles between courses and you'll find several resorts with 3 or 4 courses on the same property. A true golfer's dream.
More golf havens await further south in Charleston
, starting on the Isle of Palms at the Wild Dunes Resort then on the other side of the historic city on Kiawah Island
. Last but not least is the home of island golf, Hilton Head
I've played Talamore, Mid South, Legacy and Tobacco Road. I've also played Tot Hill Farm, but to me that doesn't count since it is further away from the resort. Tobacco Road is the most unique course I've ever played and is one of those you'll love or hate, but try it out at least once!
I haven't played here yet, but if you like the Banks, try it out and send me a review.
I've played here several times and barely scratched the surface of these courses. Over 100 of them! King's North is an Arnold Palmer course and one of three at Myrtle Beach National. It has several signature holes, including the par 5 "Gambler" shown above." I've also had a good time at Wild Wing Plantation (4 courses), Ocean Ridge's Big Cats (3 courses), and the Pearl (2 courses).
Wild Dunes is my favorite resort and I've played the Harbor Course many times (the Links Course is tougher and more expensive). It winds amongst beautiful Charleston homes and lagoons, then finishes along the Intracoastal Waterway. Patriots' Point is also a nice spot right on Charleston Harbor.
Secluded and exclusive, Kiawah is home to some of South Carolina's finest courses, including the famed Ocean Course, which hosted the '91 Ryder Cup and will host the 2012 PGA Championship.
Known on tour for Harbor Town Golf Links and the lighthouse that guards the 18th green, Hilton Head Island is similar to Kiawah, but larger, with over 30 courses on just 42 square miles.