Value" in South Carolina Golf Announced for 2016
Scoops the Pool In Best Value Awards
Release, March 20, 2016
Beach is the leading destination in the first ranking of best value
golf in the state according to the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings
Panel. Of four categories judged best bang for the buck by the panel's
125 members, Beach courses feature in three of the most favored.
Panel executive director Michael Whitaker says the results reflect
"value for money." "It's not about the cheapest golf," he says. "It's
about recognizing facilities that present golfers with the best quality
of product-to-price ratio. We are certainly blessed to live so close
to the kind of golf that so many people travel from other states and
other countries for the chance to play."
Legends Golf and Resort was a clear winner in the Best Public
Group Value category. With three courses on site and access to
another two, an expansive floodlit practice facility, on-site accommodation
and its own pub in addition to the clubhouse, The Legends is enormously
popular with daily and extended stay golfers.
else can you have the option of playing three different courses -
and styles - all under the same 'roof,'" says panel member Glen Hough
from Charleston. "A great way to get 36 holes in a day in summer and
still make it to dinner. They have good rates as well."
panelists also cited the fact that the price of every round on a Legends
course includes breakfast, lunch and two drinks. Pete Shumway from
McCormick points out that the pricing and packaging is all the more
appealing because of the "excellent quality golf courses." The on-site
courses are the Heathland, Moorland and Parkland. Off site, Legends
golfers have access to The Heritage Club on Pawleys Island and Oyster
Bay Golf Links just across the border in North Carolina.
The 18th hole
at Caledonia Golf and Fish requires an approach across water to
a green that stretches 40 yards.
the Best Public Club Value category, Caledonia Golf
and Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club - two courses that operate
under one entity - dominated. The sister courses were designed by
the same architect, the late Mike Strantz, and while they sit either
side of one road they are remarkably different in character and offer
what panelist Mitch Laurence of Conway calls "the best low country
golf course experience you can have." His preference of the two is
Caledonia: "Relative to rates at other top-rated courses nationally,
this is still the one course I'd play, or tell friends to play…"
Gavrich from Pawleys Island is another Caledonia fan. "For those who
can't get enough of Caledonia, an annual membership is about $2,000
(and they throw in True Blue as well)," he says. "But even if you
have to pay $100-plus per round a few times a year, it is well worth
it to see the restrained side of Mike Strantz, despite the few excesses
like the 40-yard long green on No. 18. The course is always in excellent
condition, despite its popularity and heavy play."
Members Club at Grande Dunes and The Reserve Club at Pawleys Island
featured in the Best Private Group Value category. As part
of the McConnell Golf offering in South Carolina along with
Musgrove Mill Golf Club in the Upstate, they are among 13 private
courses that members have access to with the bulk in North Carolina.
major exception to Myrtle Beach's command of best value golf was Orangeburg
Country Club in the Midlands, voted Best Private Club Value.
Spartanburg's Tony Hill says Orangeburg is a "great country club that
would be untouchable in a big city. Best upscale club value in the
state." Joshua Malone from Mt. Pleasant says: "The consistent condition
of this course coupled with the fees make it an unbelievable value."
Private Club Value - Orangeburg
Best Private Group Value - McConnell
Public Club Value - Caledonia
and True Blue
Best Public Group Value - Legends
Golf and Resort
more information on the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel
contact its Executive Director, Michael Whitaker, via email