Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Best Of The Southeast
Didn't make it to the Masters? It's ok, we have the next best thing.
Sea Pines/Hilton Head
The Golf: Anyone who watches golf on television is familiar with Hilton Head’s Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus Harbor Town Course and the iconic striped lighthouse behind the 18th green. The 1969 toughie has hosted the Verizon Heritage Classic since it first opened. What viewers don’t see are the resort’s two other courses: the Ocean Course (the first ever layout in Hilton Head) redesigned by Mark McCumber in 1995 and Heron Point by Pete Dye, formerly Sea Marsh.
Accommodations: Guests can choose between three accommodation options, including the 60-room Inn at Harbor Town, one- to four- bedroom private villas and rental homes ranging from one to seven bedrooms.
Golf School: Golf Academy of Hilton Head Island at Sea Pines. For more information visit golfacademy.net.
Diversions: It’d be hard not to take advantage of the Stan Smith-run Sea Pines Racquet Club, one of the nation’s best tennis facilities. It features 23 clay courts.
Distance to Augusta National Golf Club: 185 Miles
The Golf: Kiawah boasts five golf courses, including Pete Dye’s Ocean Course, home of the 2012 PGA Championship. Recently instituting a “walking only” policy before noon, The Ocean features panoramic views of the Atlantic on every hole—and challenging conditions on nearly every shot. Kiawah’s other four championship layouts were designed by a quartet of standout architects, including Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus.
Accommodations: Options abound as guests can stay at either the Five Diamond seaside Sanctuary Hotel (reminiscent of a 19th century mansion), one- to four-bedroom villas and three- to eight-bedroom homes.
Golf School: The Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center is located at the Turtle Point course and offers an indoor/outdoor teaching experience.
Diversions: Kiawah features the “Second Best Tennis Resort in the U.S.” as ranked by Tennis Magazine.
Distance to Augusta National Golf Club: 201 Miles
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