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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - DES­TI­NA­TIONS -

But at a whop­ping $240 plus $50 caddy fee plus $50 tip — the greens fee is $100 less if you tee off af­ter noon — a lot of play­ers, if they are hon­est with them­selves, will put their clubs in the trunk feel­ing they have just had a very un­re­mark­able golf ex­pe­ri­ence. Then again, Flub­ber and I are un­re­mark­able golfers, but we left feel­ing a lit­tle hol­low. Mike did a lot more talk­ing than cad­dy­ing, do­ing a great sell on why Tour play­ers love bring­ing their fam­i­lies to Hil­ton Head: the bike paths, hik­ing trails, clean beaches, wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties and 350 ten­nis courts, and it was wel­come in­for­ma­tion, but he sel­dom strayed far from the rear bumper of the cart, where he rode while com­ment­ing on real es­tate prices. For some who are go­ing to make the trip from Man­i­toba to Hil­ton Head it only makes sense to play Har­bour Town. It is a PGA Tour sta­ple af­ter all, and there is the Light­house hole. Other than that... meh. There are dozens of cour­ses to choose from which are just as en­joy­able and a lot less ex­pen­sive. Har­bour Town is nice, but it’s Har­bour Town. It ain’t Peb­ble Beach or the Old Course. You might want to play it. Once. At the re­duced rate. This is what you want to do. Play the Pal­metto Dunes cour­ses. Start with the Robert Trent Jones lay­out. It will cost less than $100 if you play late-morn­ing or af­ter­noon and you don’t need to shell out $50 plus tip for a caddy who doesn’t know if there are any strip clubs on the is­land. In fact, play it twice, it’s bet­ter the sec­ond time around. It has one of the coolest par-fives you’ll ever see, the 550-yard 10th, where the green over­looks the mighty At­lantic and a mis­club could put your ball in the Gulf Stream, where it will even­tu­ally be swept to Morocco and sold as a giant pearl. NHL leg­end Mark Messier owns a few prop­er­ties to the left of the 13th hole. Hook a shot over the canal and onto his deck and he will fire a puck back at you, the lo­cal lore has it. The head golf in­struc­tor at Pal­metto Dunes is a dude named Doug Weaver. He’s in his late 50s, has a swing as smooth as sin­gle malt and hits it light years. Weaver was named South Carolina’s sec­ond-best golf in­struc­tor in a 2015 edi­tion of Golf Di­gest. He’s played a hand­ful of pro tours and his 15 min­utes came in 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill Coun­try Club near Rochester, N.Y. Dur­ing the sec­ond round, four play­ers aced the 167-yard sixth hole — Weaver, Jerry Pate, Nick Price and Mark Wiebe. A group photo of the four made the front page of hun­dreds of sports sec­tions the next day. Cur­tis Strange won the tour­na­ment for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year with a two-un­der 278 to­tal. Weaver shot 20-over 300 and fin­ished tied for 69th with John Daly. They each made US$4,099. Weaver is a heck of a teacher. He was even able to help Flub­ber, and Flub­ber is nick­named Flub­ber be­cause he used to flub a lot of shots. No more. Flub­ber

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