Stay and Play In the Carolinas

The Carolinas are host to some of the best places for golf getaways, whether its with our families or our best girlfriends. In February’s Ladies’ Latest newsletter, we asked readers to share their favorite golf getaway spots in North Carolina and South Carolina. What makes them so great? Are they hidden gems, big resorts, affordable places, convenient for travel? What makes it an ideal location – great golf, great beaches, non-golf activities? Below are a few of the submissions.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island, SC – Nancy, Southport, NC

Caledonia G&FC is located just south of Myrtle Beach in beautiful, laid back Pawleys Island. Caledonia is consistently included in “must-play” lists year after year in golf publications like Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and the Golf Channel. Driving in to Caledonia G&FC is an experience in and of itself, with the centuries-old live oaks, amazing azalea bushes and flower beds, and the drive up to the beautiful clubhouse. The clubhouse overlooks the marshes and waterways of the Hammock Coast Lowcountry (seen above) and offers a beautiful view for an after-round cocktail. You can make a trip out of it by playing its sister course, another Mike Strantz design, True Blue Golf Club right down the road. Find out more about booking your next getaway here.

Etowah Valley Golf & Resort – Pam, Conover, NC

Etowah Valley G&R is located where the Great Smoky Mountains weave through the Southern Blue Ridge, just west of Hendersonville and south west of Asheville, NC. The resort boasts a 27-hole mountain golf course, with lodging, restaurants, tennis, and a heated swimming pool. Fairways wind like ribbons along rolling valleys with awe-inspiring mountain views. Guests can stay on-site in hotels, lodges or cottages during all seasons and make a quick trip to Hendersonville or Asheville for more entertainment if desired. Rates are very affordable for the whole group and there is plenty to do and golf to be played without ever leaving the resort. Book this getaway and learn more about Etowah Valley G&R here.

Tobacco Road Golf Club, Sanford, NC – Pam, Conover, NC

There is a popular saying among people familiar with Tobacco Road GC that you either love it or you hate it – but most people love it. Either way, after leaving the course you have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Tobacco Road is unlike any course you have ever played before. It is ranked as the #50 of the top 100 golf courses in the world by Golf Course Architecture and it is certainly unique. Tobacco Road was built on land tended by weather-worn hands of tobacco farmers, later shaped and moved through mining and sand excavation before finally being crafted and molded by an artist’s imagination and the revolutionary eye of Mike Strantz. It is located just north of Pinehurst, NC in the Sandhills – and it lives up to that region. It is hard to describe the incredible landscape and twists and turns of the course, so you’ll want to check out this flyover view for yourself. If you’re up for the challenge (and you are!), book your next getaway at the course nobody can stop talking about.

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort, Wilmington, NC – Diane, SC

Located in beautiful and relaxing Wilmington, NC, Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is home to an 18-hole championship layout that incorporates wooded hills, rolling dunes, undulating valleys and plenty of water in play from estuaries of the neighboring Cape Fear River. The course hosts many tight doglegs and narrow fairways, prompting accuracy off the tee lest you find yourself in the pine straw or a tough lie. Guests can stay on-site at the Beau Rivage clubhouse that features the majestic old-south feel of elegance. Make it a weekend by booking tee times in the morning and heading to any of the nearby beaches in the afternoon. This would be an ideal location year-round, but we think your Spring might need a little pick-me-up. Find out more and book your next getaway here. Diane and her group of 30 ladies go each year and rave about the customer service. Full breakfast is included each day and a room for 2 nights and 3 days of golf will cost you less than $300 (rates subject to change).

Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC – Julie, Pinehurst, NC

Everyone recognizes the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, a fixture behind the 18th green at Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage tournament for many years. Playing Harbour Town is on almost every golfer’s bucket list, but along with the iconic course, there are two other courses at the resort that are just as incredible. The Heron Point course was designed by legendary architect Pete Dye and is regularly heralded as one of Golf Digest‘s “Best Places to Play”. The Atlantic Dunes course by Davis Love III was named the National Golf Course Owners Association’s “National Course of the Year,” and boasts a true seaside feel with natural sand dunes and thousands of indigenous plants. Hilton Head Island is one of the best places on the planet for a golf vacation and the Sea Pines Resort is not to be missed. Learn more about booking your next getaway here. Julie loves to get away with her best girlfriends to the coast and experience the beach along with fantastic golf.

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