Tales — not reviews — from the search forthe Deep South’s hidden gems, at around 50 bucks per round.
Pinehurst’s tremendous golf courses lure the visitor into 36-hole days, but the real fun around Pinehurst lies in the area’s small pleasures, like a late night of crushing inadvisable 5-irons at Donald Ross’ 100-year-old fireplace.
It’s difficult to imagine any day at Pinehurst ending without a quiet table and a cold drink. Purposefully or not, PBC only delivers half of that.
In Louisiana, where austerity trumped public investment for more than a decade, a small town and a renowned golf course are withering together.
Fairhope, Ala., was founded in 1894 as a socialist utopia. It’s since moved away from that ideology, which is unfortunate for its municipal golf course, which needs a redistribution of width.
Alabama’s Gulf Coast is full of monolithic, unremarkable courses that do not stand out from one another. Timber Creek does nothing to disturb that monotony.
Highland Park is, finally, a golf course that everyone in Birmingham can be proud of.
Somehow, in an era when the Internet has uncovered all of golf’s secrets, the Fields GC in La Grange, Ga., remains a true hidden gem. That seems destined to change.
For the past decade, casino revenue in Mississippi has fallen nearly every year. The golf courses made possible by the gaming boom haven’t escaped that decline.
I knew I couldn’t say anything about this place that hadn’t been said before. But maybe I could see it differently than most visitors get to see it.
Unassuming and sneaky tough, Osceola Municipal in Pensacola, Fla., is a must-play in an area where golf is typically take-it-or-leave-it.
Look, it’s not gonna change your life. But it’s also not gonna cost you $90.
Rudimentary design and underwhelming conditions hold East Potomac back, but there is something special about this place. And there’s reason to hope that change might be coming.
It’s marketed as “The Augusta You Can Play.” But Dancing Rabbit Golf Club’s Azaleas course lacks Augusta’s strategic challenges. At best, it’s an Augusta knockoff.
It’s not a Donald Ross design. But it’s not to be overlooked, either.
This municipal course in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood is a representation of the whole city post-Katrina: it’s not perfect, but it’s back, and it’s wonderful, and that alone is amazing.
A course that asks you questions without beating you up when you screw up the answers.
Today, Tunica County’s poverty rate is 27 percent, more than twice the national average. But gambling brought a number of infrastructure improvements, at least. And the golf course.
Eleven dollars to hit a golf ball for an hour and a half and to burn enough calories for a guilt-free beer that night. You could do worse.
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