Hammock Coast Golf Scores Perfect Fall Escape
By Kimberly Duncan
#8 Green at Caledonia Plantation
By any measure, the cooler weather of Fall is a better-than-fine time for a seaside getaway. Crowds are thinning. Temperatures are more pleasant. Humidity drops. Skies dawn bluer. Hammock naps are more restful. Most locals will tell you this is their favorite time of year. Golf aficionados will tell you it’s the time of year that’s downright perfect. And it is.
Everyone knows Grand Strand beaches are a leading attraction for the Palmetto State. The southern end of the Grand Strand – including broad, beautiful beaches, five tidal rivers, a thousand creeks and the region’s rich store of history – is also without compare. Nonetheless – surprising as it may seem – it is the age-old game of golf that is the area’s number one year-round attraction. Golf, golf and more golf generates more tourism revenue than any other recreational activity in South Carolina.
Once experienced, avid golfers who taste this slice of paradise – known as SC’s Hammock Coast – are humbled by the prospects for a perfect golf vacation. The Hammock Coast is a finger shaped peninsula that stretches from the port city of Georgetown north toward Myrtle Beach to the fishing village of Murrells Inlet. In this piece that’s part of the greater Grand Strand Area (and one of the world’s most famous beach resorts), there is a collection of award-winning courses to rival any in America.
A collection of roughly a dozen professional layouts in this neck of the woods is known as The Waccamaw Golf Trail. Comprised of some of America’s most awarded courses, it’s a collection worth notice. Golf Magazine just unveiled its biennial list of the country’s “Top 100 You Can Play Courses” – a ranking of the nation’s best public-access courses – and two local layouts made the cut. As we say down South: “That ain’t for nothing.”
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club were included in the most recent prestigious line-up. Many, if not all, of the other Waccamaw Trail courses have received multiple rankings of honor in previous high-status listings. One more current example? The Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association (MBAGCOA) recently announced the Litchfield Country Club as their 2016 Golf Course of the Year.
Litchfield Country Club, #2
There are more details about each course well worth sharing. Google the courses we mentioned or short-cut (and expand!) your research and head to WaccamawGolfTrail.com. You can also call 888.293.7385.
Whether for golf or other extraordinary diversions like fine shopping and dining, historic attractions, fishing, sunning, beach-combing and long afternoon naps, there’s no better time or place than Autumn on SC’s Hammock Coast. For information about anything and everything the area has in store, accommodations to activities, visit www.HammockCoastSC.com. Pull out your calendar, get the plan started and launch anticipation for the Best. Vacation. Ever.