Friday, May 18, 2007
Living The Game
St. James Plantation, Southport, N.C.
St. James is home to four courses, including the year-old Reserve Course, built by Nicklaus Design and ranked by the North Carolina Golf Panel as the Best New Golf Course in the state. That’s no surprise, as shot values are high, strategy comes into play on seemingly every shot and numerous risk/reward design elements challenge golfers to weigh the consequences of their decisions.
Southport has been ranked one of the “Best Places to Retire” by Rand McNally, and despite the occasional autumn hurricane threat and hot summer months, it’s not hard to see why this “Norman Rockwell fishing village” attracts folks who want to spend the latter part of their lives here.
Located 25 miles north of the South Carolina border on the Intracoastal Waterway (roughly halfway between Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C.), Southport is modest in size (2,600 full-time residents) but close to major coastal centers and the amenities they boast. It’s also a safe place, meriting one of the lowest crime rates in the Carolinas.
If the downtown resembles a movie set, that’s because a number of major motion pictures (Crimes of the Heart and Summer Catch, to name a few) have been filmed in town.
For more information about St. James Plantation, call (800) 245-3871 or visit www.stjamesplantation.com.
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