For great residential golf course communities, it`s finer down in Carolina
Released on = July 25, 2007, 12:04 pm
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = The Carolinas\' best golf course communities. Real estate feature stories at GolfCourseRealty.com
Press Release Body = By Tim McDonald, National Golf Editor, Golf Publisher Syndications
If you\'re looking to purchase a home (or have a second home) in a place where the golf justifies your mortgage payments, North Carolina and South Carolina offer up some of the country\'s best golf course communities.
Here are GolfCourseRealty.com\'s top picks:
1) Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers, N.C.: High up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, Wade Hampton has long been a haven for second homes. It still is, but more and more people are deciding the area is worthy of full-time living, with its deep forests, cascading waterfalls and plethora of outdoor activities.
The Tom Fazio-designed course, opened in 1998, sits about 3,500 feet above sea level. Elevation changes run to 110 feet. The houses around the perimeter - including Fazio\'s - look down on the course from their lofty perches.
2) Old Tabby Links, Spring Island, S.C.: If you\'re looking for splendid isolation in a pristine, almost primeval coastal setting, you won\'t do much better than this remote Hilton Head-area community, reachable by a bridge over the marsh from thickly forested Calawassie Island.
Old Tabby is awash in history. The ruins of the old plantation house are only yards away from the clubhouse. Walls made of tabby - oyster shells mixed with sand, lyme and water - still stand as a reminder of the days when men could still be slaves.
The design by Arnold Palmer and his associate Ed Seay enhances the setting. It\'s 7,004 yards, and every hole hits you with a different scenario.
3) Colleton River, Bluffton, S.C.: Set amid the unspoiled riverfront and salt marshes of the Colleton River Plantation between Hilton Head and Beaufort, this is the only private golf community to boast courses by both Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye.
The Nicklaus, which came first, made Golf Digest\'s list of best new courses when it opened in 1992.
4) Long Cove Club, Hilton Head Island, S.C.: The non-golfers at this small private enclave stay busy boating, kayaking, fishing, playing tennis or just lolling on the beaches. The golfers treat the Pete Dye course like a sort of Mecca.
\"Nobody would intelligently pick the noblest courses without having played Long Cove,\" golf historian Charles Price wrote.
In 2002, when the course turned 20, Dye oversaw a $1.6 million renovation. Greens were rebuilt, a new irrigation system was installed and new tee boxes pushed the course to more than 7,000 yards. As at other great courses, walking is encouraged.
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July 25, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.