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A new way to do the Charleston: Wild Dunes Resort

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With its history, vast array of restaurants and stellar golf courses, you don’t really need a new reason to visit the Charleston, South Carolina, area.  But on a recent visit, I found Wild Dunes Resort, which adds to my list of good things to be found in the Palmetto state.

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort is located 30 minutes from historic downtown Charleston. Occupying 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise, Wild Dunes offers a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and the Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. The resort offers a full spectrum of amenities and activities like tennis, fitness center, spa and a raft of quality eating establishments.

Of course, for golfers the main attraction is the two courses at the resort. The original course is the Links Course. Notable for being Tom Fazio’s first design as a solo practitioner, the Links Course was a sensation from the moment it opened, almost immediately. In the blink of an eye, Fazio’s links track was featured on national magazine covers, was hosting USGA championships and had earned a spot among the top courses in the world.

Visually stunning, Wild Dunes Links Course (par Par 72/ 6709 yds.) is characterized by the look, in true links fashion, as if it was revealed rather than created. The four-hole stretch starting at the par-4 10th, is routed into primary and secondary dunes that are perfectly integrated into the landscape, much like the “new classic” courses that are sprouting up all over the place (think Streamsong and Sand Valley).  But the best is saved for last, as the 17th and 18th give an oceanside golf experience that is as good as any you will find in the United States.

Wild Dunes Harbor Course

The second course at Wild Dunes is the Harbor Course. Also designed by Tom Fazio, he says it is one of his favorites and for that reason alone golf course connoisseurs will want to have a go at it.  The course is a true southern beauty, with many holes bordered by the Intercoastal Waterway. That water comes into play early and often on the Harbor Course; although it is not long at par-70/6,359 yds and has the generous fairways that are a Fazio signature, it is almost vindictive how it can punish bad shots and bad decisions. Bring caution, a good short game, and plenty of ammo.

Both courses are in excellent condition and the temperatures and the prices are reasonable, especially if you visit in the late winter months.

While the golf is great and the amenities are good, what I like most about Wild Dunes is the people. The hospitality and service on and off the course are first class, with a warmth that is hard to find in most destinations but standard procedure in South Carolina. On and off the course, Wild Dunes provides a golf experience that is one of the best values in America. Y’all come!

For more information, visit Wild Dunes’ website

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Williams has a reputation as a savvy broadcaster, and as an incisive interviewer and writer. An avid golfer himself, Williams has covered the game of golf and the golf lifestyle including courses, restaurants, travel and sports marketing for publications all over the world. He is currently working with a wide range of outlets in traditional and electronic media, and has produced and hosted “Sticks and Stones” on the Fox Radio network, a critically acclaimed show that combined coverage of the golf world with interviews of the Washington power elite. His work on Newschannel8’s “Capital Golf Weekly” and “SportsTalk” have established him as one of the area’s most trusted sources for golf reporting. Williams has also made numerous radio appearances on “The John Thompson Show,” and a host of other local productions. He is a sought-after speaker and panel moderator, he has recently launched a new partnership with The O Team to create original golf-themed programming and events. Williams is a member of the United States Golf Association and the Golf Writers Association of America.

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Hidden Gem of the Day: WildHorse Golf Club in Gothenburg, Nebraska

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member Gizmogolf, who takes us to WildHorse Golf Club in Gothenburg, Nebraska. In Gizmogolf’s description of the course, he singles out the fast greens as being the main attraction for a visit to this track.

“Nearly as good as Sand Hills.  Less isolated just off I-80.  Best greens you’ll ever play–lightning fast.”

According to WildHorse Golf Club’s website, walking 18 holes during the week will set you back $51.50, while the rate rises to $61.50 should you want to play on the weekend.

@ericpeytongolf

@MellissaTeaches

@ericpeytongolf

Check out the full forum thread here, and submit your Hidden Gem.

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Hidden Gem of the Day: Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member gvogel, who takes us to Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine. A Walter Travis designed course, Cape Arundel is a short links-style track, and gvogel has a good rationale as to why this place is well worth a visit.

“Cape Arundel in Kennebunkport ME is $50 before May 18 or after October 2. I would think that after October 2, this Walter Travis course would be a hidden gem. I haven’t played it, but many Presidents have. That’s good enough for me.”

Gvogel isn’t the only member who thinks this course is a hidden gem either, with fellow GolfWRX member runningdog stating

“The course is well worth the price of admission. It’s short but tight and tough.”

According to Cape Arundel Golf Club’s website, 18 holes from October-May will set you back $50, while to play after 4 pm ‘in-season’ it costs $55.

@hochsteindesign

@Capearundelgc

@searle_turf

Check out the full forum thread here, and submit your Hidden Gem.

 

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Hidden Gem of the Day: Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, California

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member ChanceMan, who takes us to Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, California. Yocha Dehe measures over 7,300 yards and according to ChanceMan it’s a “beautiful and interesting course”, while fellow GolfWRX member theboypinoy backs up that claim saying

“Probably my favorite course in the Sacramento area. Love playing there.”

According to Yocha Dehe Golf Club’s website, the rates for 18 holes on both weekday’s and weekends start at $39, but can rise significantly so make sure to keep an eye on Yocha Dehe’s online booking section should you want to play here.

@yochadehe

@UCD_MensGolf

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