Where to stay
With so much choice in such diverse destinations deciding where to stay can be difficult, particularly for first time travellers to the area.
The first thing to say is that our East coast destinations are all close together so make a great location for a golf trail. Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Charleston, Kiawah and Hilton Head all fall within a stretch of South Carolina coastline that you could drive in less than five hours. Sawgrass is just over three hours south of Hilton Head in North Florida so an East coast multiple destination golf holiday can be a very enticing proposition with plenty of great golf and not too much driving.
Deciding which of our East coast destinations would suit you for a one stop stay is part taste, part budget. The cheapest accommodation and golf can be found in the Myrtle Beach area, it is also the most commercial area with plenty to see and do, a vast number of restaurants and bars to choose from and over 80 championship golf courses within an hours drive of the centre.
Pawleys Island is just 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach but a world away in character. Much quieter but with plenty of fine dining options and some of the very best golf courses in South Carolina and rates are very reasonable.
Historic Charleston is one of the most visited cities in the US but it is also an excellent golf destination with a choice of downtown hotels or island resorts it hs a lot to offer. Because of it’s status, Charleston is expensive when compared to our other South Carolina destinations.
Kiawah Island Resort is situated just south of Charleston and is a premier golf resort with reasonably priced villas or the mega expensive 5 Diamond Sanctuary hotel as accommodation options. Golf is expensive, especially if you want to play the world famous Ocean Course.
Hilton Head is a quite unique holiday island with plenty to see and do including some great golf but it shies away from commercialism with no billboards or signs above tree height apart from a handful of ocean front hotels. As such it feels very natural and unspoilt. Rates are more expensive than Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, but cheaper than Charleston and Kiawah.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds on Lake Oconee in Georgia boasts five top class golf courses so is a great stay and play destination. It is just 90 minutes from Atlanta Airport so easily accessible by direct flight from the UK. Also, it is within 4 to 5 hours drive of all of our East Coast destinations so would make a great add on for guests flying into Atlanta and looking for a 2 centre holiday.
Sawgrass is famous for one thing, the TPC Stadium Course, home of the Players Championship on the PGA Tour. The onsite Marriott hotel offers upscale accommodation while golf is quite expensive as you would expect, about the same as Kiawah.
Scottsdale in Arizona is a quite different proposition from our other destinations. Apart from being the other side of the United States, it has a desert climate so a much dryer heat, but it does get much hotter. Scottsdale itself feels like it has literally just been built from the ground up. Everything looks and feels new, symbols of south west native american art are everywhere, it is a quite unique experience.
We love the desert style golf courses. As a change from the low country feel of our East coast destinations it offers a completely different golf experience. Rates in season can be expensive but if you don’t mind the searing summer heat you can get some bargains then.