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Destination: Charleston

On one hand, there is the rest of the South, embroiled in an eternal struggle to sell its historical wares in the competitive market of eco-tourism. On the other hand, there is Charleston.

Sure, downtown Savannah delights many a visitor with Mr. Oglethorpe's well planned wards, and St. Augustine holds many keys to our country's past, but only Charleston has the power to do battle with the historic towns of New England and the mid-Atlantic.

A city of nearly 100,000 people, Charleston was once the fifth largest city in the fledgling United States, as well as the most hated civic symbol of the South by the Union army. Not surprisingly, the Civil War began in Charleston as the first shots were fired upon Ft. Sumter in 1861.

No city in the United States has persevered through more natural (and unnatural setbacks). The fire of 1861, the havoc inflicted by the British during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and hurricane Hugo all come to mind, and that is not even an exhaustive list.

"Charles Town," as it was originally founded in 1670, was named after King Charles II, and to this day, not much has changed about the city's quaint downtown. Perhaps no city in the United States has maintained more of its original structures and character than Charleston.

True, a flurry of modern residential and commercial developments have sprung up around Charleston, and it's beautiful island communities. The downside of such growth comes in the form of traffic, pollution, and aesthetic compromise, but the upside comes in the form of golf courses, and darn good ones at that.

While Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head may be the main golfing destinations in the Palmetto State, Charleston also possesses it's own rich golfing culture.

The home of golf in the United States is a hotly debated topic, but Charleston can actually lay claim to the nation's first golf course and golf club - Harleston Green and the South Carolina Golf Club, both of which were established in 1786.

Unlike golfing in Myrtle Beach, golfing in Charleston is fathomable, and flat out relaxing. Despite it's popularity as a travel destination, the old town plays host to a limited number of golf courses, most which sport designer names and are not afraid to charge accordingly. Some golfers may view this as a drawback; others may view it as charming and manageable. If you do not want to deny yourself one of the true golfing pleasures in life, please choose the later viewpoint.

Unlike golfing in Hilton Head, golfing in Charleston is distinctly Southern. You can go Hilton Head and literally not run into someone from the South, much less South Carolina. But Charleston attracts its own, as Southerners and Northerners alike are drawn to the purity and challenge of true Lowcountry golf.

"Charleston is one of the most popular destinations on the Eastern Seaboard and while the Myrtle Beach area gets all the attention from the golf world, the Charleston area boasts some fantastic golf," says Scott Martin, co-author of The Insiders' Guide to Golf in the Carolinas. "Charleston is a great place for couples, especially if one of the two isn't a golfer."

Getting to Charleston


Charleston International Airport has daily flights from most major airlines. If you are driving to Charleston, take I-26 east off of I-95. Interstate 95 runs north and south along the East Coast through Miami, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. If you are coming from west of Charleston you will have to take several highways through the Western Carolinas until you reach the coast. If you are coming from the north and enjoy a scenic view try highway 17 along the Carolina Coast through Myrtle Beach.

Charleston FAQ


What islands are considered part of Charleston?
Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, John's Island, James Island, Sullivan Island and isle of Palms are all considered part of Charleston and are home to some of the best golf courses in the city.

Where can I find coastal golf near Charleston?
The Kiawah Island Resort is home to Pete Dye's Ocean Course which is regarded as one of the most beautiful and difficult courses in the Carolinas. Also, Wild Dunes Resort is located on the Isle of Palms and features Tom Fazio's Harbor and Links Courses.

What are the golf options like inland?
Nearly as good as on the beach. In Mt. Pleasant, Crowfield Plantation is one of Charleston's premier golf courses. Its hardwood-lined fairways and marshland make Crowfield challenging and charming. Kept in immaculate condition, the Bob Spence-designed course looks like it did when it opened in 1989.

What else is there to do in Charleston?
After South Carolina succeed from the Union in 1860, the Civil War's first battle took place at Fort Sumter. In nearby Charleston Harbor, today Fort Sumter is home to a monument and museum that provide context as well as tours and artifacts that help explain the conflict that began the Civil War.

What about dining in Charleston?
Charleston's restaurants and local cuisine have been favorably reviewed in several culinary magazines, including Gourmet, Food & Wine and Saveur. A wide variety of styles are available -- from casual Southern fare to the finest renditions of the world's great cuisine. Many local specialties are derived from fresh-off-the-boat seafood and locally grown produce. The perennial Lowcountry favorites are not to be missed: shrimp and grits, roasted oysters and Frogmore Stew.

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Courses

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Course City Rates from
Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor
Tee Times
Mount Pleasant $40
RiverTowne Country Club
Tee Times
Mt Pleasant $45
Pine Forest Country Club
Tee Times
Summerville $12
Legend Oaks Golf Club
Tee Times
Summerville $15
Pines Course at Lady's Island Country Club
Tee Times
Beaufort $10
Cypress Point Par-3
Tee Times
Goose Creek $8
Dogwood Hills Country Club
Tee Times
Walterboro $15
Charleston Municipal Golf Course
Tee Times
Charleston $10 - $22
Burn Kill Course at Golf Club At Wescott Plantation
Tee Times
Summerville $18
Berkeley Country Club
Tee Times
Moncks Corner $13
Osprey Point at Kiawah Island Resort Kiawah Island $100 - $250
Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club
Tee Times
Charleston $37 - $42
Oak Point at Kiawah Island Resort Kiawah Island $50 - $100
Cougar Point at Kiawah Island Resort Kiawah Island $100 - $250
Ocean at Kiawah Island Resort Kiawah Island $350
Crowfield Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Goose Creek $22
Sergeant Jasper Country Club
Tee Times
Ridgeland $10
Oak Forest Course at Golf Club At Wescott Plantation
Tee Times
Summerville $18
Charleston National Country Club
Tee Times
Mount Pleasant $24
Black Robin Course at Golf Club At Wescott Plantation
Tee Times
Summerville $18
Turtle Point at Kiawah Island Resort Kiawah Island $150 - $250
Crooked Oaks Course at Seabrook Island Resort Johns Island $105 - $160
Golf Club At Briar's Creek Johns Island $150
Links at Stono Ferry Hollywood $56 - $77
Country Club of Charleston Charleston less than $50
Cassique Course at Kiawah Island Club Johns Island $110
Harbor Course at Wild Dunes Resort Isle of Palms $50 - $100
Cotton Dike at Dataw Island Club Saint Helena Island $50 - $100
Links Course at Wild Dunes Resort Isle of Palms $100 - $250
Cherokee Plantation Yemassee $0
Yeamans Hall Club Hanahan $50 - $100
Snee Farm Country Club Mount Pleasant less than $50
Beresford Creek Course at Daniel Island Club Charleston $105
Plantation Course at Edisto Edisto Beach less than $50
Brays Island Plantation Sheldon less than $50
Summerville Country Club Summerville $15 - $35
Oaks Golf & Country Club Goose Creek less than $50
Morgan River at Dataw Island Club Saint Helena Island $50 - $100
Redbank Plantation Golf Course Charleston less than $50
River Course at Kiawah Island Club Kiawah Island N/A
Ocean Winds Course at Seabrook Island Resort Johns Island $105 - $160
Coosaw Creek Country Club North Charleston $39.99 - $54.99
Wrenwoods Golf Club Charleston less than $50
Ralston Creek Course at Daniel Island Club Charleston $105
Bulls Bay Golf Club Awendaw $85
Dunes West Golf Club Mount Pleasant $37 - $78
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