Ask Travelin Joe: Myrtle Beach and Louisville
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My foursome will be in Myrtle Beach in mid-June and we'd like to play five days -- 36 holes per day. We're thinking the Legends Moorland and Heathland courses, Barefoot Resort's Love and Dye courses, and Tiger's Eye/Leopard's Chase. What others do you recommend?
Dump Legends' Heathland for the Parkland layout, then get a double dose of Mike Strantz at Caledonia (843-237- 3675, fishclub.com) and True Blue (843-235-0900, fishclub.com). You can do both for $167 total.
Finally, try Barefoot's Fazio course ($105; 843-390-3200, barefootgolf.com) and Tidewater ($129; 843-249-3829, tidewatergolf.com), both among the best in town.
(Read Travelin Joe's Guide to Myrtle Beach for more information.)
I'm traveling to Louisville in early June. I'm a 9-ish handicapper looking for a well groomed, challenging, reasonably priced course. I have all day to play, so I don't mind extra travel time -- anything inside an hour.
It's a slam dunk to drive 57 miles to Larry Bird's old hometown of French Lick, Indiana, and the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort ($85-$115; 888-936-9360, frenchlick.com). This site of the 1924 PGA Championship features a superb collection of greens and flat-bottom bunkers that were recently restored by Lee Schmidt. Tough par-3s and one of the wildest greens Ross ever designed (No. 8) make it worth the journey.