From Greenville I head down to the Pawleys Island, SC, area for a few days at Pawleys Plantation, where I own a vacation condo. The Jack Nicklaus course there is in just about its best shape ever. The course is getting a lot of play from visiting foursomes but it is holding up well. (The firm greens do not show many pitch marks). But I still believe that it is the toughest layout among the 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, especially now that the owners, National Golf Management, appear to be letting the Bermuda roughs pinch in even further on the fairways.
My southern visit ends with a tour of DeBordieu Colony with Troi Kaz, one of that golf community's real estate mavens. DeBordieu is one of the most under-appreciated golf communities in the southeast. Its Pete Dye golf course is not as crazy wild as some of his other layouts, and it would be fun to play a few times a week, unless the ocean winds blow hard on the long and difficult 18th hole. The community's private beach is one of the few inside any gated golf community on the coast. Homes at DeBordieu facing the ocean are, of course, valued into the millions, but you can also find a few attractive three-bedroom single-family homes –- no condos in Debby Doo, as the locals refer to it –- priced under $500,000. In between are some excellent choices within a bicycle ride of the ocean. The Dye course was recently renovated, and I am looking forward to seeing the improvements.
If would like me to look at anything in particular in these fine golf communities or check out another one along the way, please contact me and I will do my best.