Follow the contrails or geese flying south to the Virginias and Carolinas. Here is a tiny “shoulder season” sampling of great golf travel there.
In Virginia –Colonial Williamsburg heralds the history buff with facts on plaques at every turn. Stay at Kingsmill Resort and Spa to play the Plantation and River courses or the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, with the first island green in America. The King’s Arm Tavern serves an authentic colonial dining experience. Visualize the early politicos and hear their cries. As for this Couple of Travelers, give us golf or give us spa…
A Wintergreen Resort and Spa day begins with fresh Blue Ridge Mountain air. Descend to the valley passing herds of deer. Play 27 holes of picturesque golf and enjoy brunch overlooking the Stoney Creek course. Climb back up the mountain to play Devil’s Knob or zip line, tube and spa. Sample a winery and brewery; catch a sunset view at an overlook pass then toast to Walton Mountain at The Edge next to the ski tow. Good night John Boy!
Roanoke is the star city of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a free trolley or the ’67 Checker airbus -part limo, part 50’s diner and a cabbie with historical trivia questions. It’s a bit of cash cab without the prizes. On Smith Mountain Lake play a round at The Westlake Course and enjoy live blue grass music on Saturday night at the Blue Ridge Vineyard.
The Salamander Resort & Spa caters to equestrians. Bring your horse or ride one of theirs. Two beautiful Percheron horses power a carriage ride through the main streets of Middleburg. It’s a dinner and a show from the cooking studio window seats at Harriman’s restaurant. Virginia is for lovers but everyone loves the Spa Experience. Exclusive tee times may be arranged at the nearby private Creighton Farms Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course.
In West (By God) Virginia rooms at The Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in WWVA are furnished with a dreamy fireplace, soft robes and slippers. The driving range at the Spiedel Golf Club merges with the ski lift. Add the Palmer and RTJ Sr. courses for 54 great holes.
The Greenbrier America’s Resort in White Sulfur Springs encapsulates the spirit of elegance and splendor from the most luxurious breakfast to the Champagne Toast & Waltz at 10pm in the Casino. Check out the secret bunker tour below the resort and stay out of the sand bunkers on the three award winning courses thankfully reopened after flood damage.
The Stonewall Resort has an Adirondack inspired lodge perched on a mountain beside a 2600-acre lake. The peaceful evening cruise is included in the room rates. The signature Palmer Golf Course meanders through a mosaic of woodlands, unspoiled wetlands and altitude adjustments.
Cheat Lake in Morgantown, home of The West Virginia State University, is the centerpiece for the affordable Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa with the Mountainview and Lakeview course, which is a parkland gem with a little roller coaster golf.
The wilder coaster golf rides are reserved at the Resort at Glade Springs’ in Daniels. With three golf courses, equestrian center, bowling and whitewater rafting, all West Virginia sports are covered. Glade’s Italian Grill and Bar is Mama Mia good!
In South Carolina, three courses, the Fazio, Arthur Hills and Jones make Palmetto Dunes Ocean Front Resort in Hilton Head a haven for golfers. Families or friends bunk comfortably in the village of rental homes and enjoy tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining, shopping, and a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
Myrtle Beach delivers big golf and beach bangs for small budgets with around 100 area courses including Claude Pardue’s Mystical Golf that will cast a good spell on players, from The Wizard to The Witch and Man-o-War. The grand Strand offers amusements for kids and adult entertainment in between tons of t-shirt shops along the seashore.
In North Carolina Pinehurst is our “American Home of Golf” where the iconic Putter Boy and Payne Stewart’s fist pumping statues beckon photo ops. Nine courses give members and visitors a variety of golf thrills, the most famous being No. 2, caddie required. The Carolina Hotel halls are decked with photos and memorabilia galore. Live music plays on the porch of the Ryder Cup bar after the bagpiper steals the show before sunset. Close to the quintessential Pinehurst Village, you’ll want to tarry at the 14th hole of the Talamore Resort “New Course.” This is Llama land honoring the former pack animal caddies. Celebrating its 25th year, it has been renovated by Shapemasters. Also worth the trip is the wacky Tobacco Road Golf Course.
The Olde English District is steeped in history beginning with Camden, home of the famed Steeple Chase at the Springdale Race Course. Camden Country Club is a track by the tracks as the train blows through between holes 10 and 11 several times a day. There is no track housing on this Donald Ross course.
The Cheraw State Park Golf course is nestled in piney woods along the shore of Lake Juniper while Fuzzy Zoeller’s Edgewater Golf Club, is set back in a wooded area adjacent to the Catawba River, Bruce Brodsky’s first design.
The Outer Banks is where thoroughbred Spanish Mustangs roam on the warm sound beaches. Wild Horse Adventures take you there. The wild cool Atlantic waves roar on the eastern strip. Sanderling Resort accommodates those who want their ducks in a row or decide as you go with both a sunrise and sunset view. For a great B&B, check out Advice 5cents close to the Boardwalk which skirts through a maritime forest over the shore with wildlife leading to shops and restaurants. Kitty Hawk is where the Wright Brothers first took flight. Fly your ball into the fog-laden fairways of Nags Head Golf Links, Kilmarlic on the mainland or Currituck Golf by Rees. Fresh seafood is out of this world in the Outer Banks.