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Real golfers know play­ing in the fall is where it’s at. Com­fort­able tem­per­a­tures, lit­tle or no hu­mid­ity, the col­ors of au­tumn, plus the like­li­hood of smaller crowds af­ter the bustling tourist months is ap­peal­ing to those want­ing to get as many rounds in as pos­si­ble be­fore stow­ing the clubs for win­ter. This sam­pling of cour­ses rang­ing from Myr­tle Beach, South Carolina’s Low­coun­try, Vir­ginia’s Hunt Coun­try, up­state New York, North­ern Michigan and South­ern Mis­souri of­fer de­signs from Pete Dye, Jack Nick­laus, Tom Fazio and other top ar­chi­tects. Grab your fa­vorite golf sweater and tee it up!

Pound Ridge Golf Club


Opened in 2008 to crit­i­cal ac­claim, Pound Ridge is roughly an hour from Man­hat­tan and just min­utes from the fi­nan­cial and busi­ness hubs of Green­wich, Stam­ford and Nor­walk, Conn. The only Pete Dye de­sign in New York, Pound Ridge is hewn from 172 acres of mag­nif­i­cent cliffs, streams and wooded hills. Those used to play­ing on Ber­muda grass will rel­ish the course’s bent­grass greens, fair­ways and tees. Stay and play pack­ages are of­fered with the lux­ury Dela­mar Green­wich Har­bor.

The Sea Pines Re­sort


One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Re­sort is home to Pete Dye’s clas­sic Har­bour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Her­itage), Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The leg­endary Low­coun­try des­ti­na­tion now en­ters the up­per ech­e­lon of the world’s finest golf re­sorts via re­cent multi-mil­lion dol- lar in­vest­ments in its golf, ac­com­mo­da­tions and ameni­ties in­clud­ing the spec­tac­u­lar new Har­bour Town Club­house. Sim­ply put, the best has got­ten even bet­ter. The re­sort of­fers a full range of golf pack­age op­tions.

Keswick Hall & Golf Club

Few re­sort des­ti­na­tions com­bine lux­ury, history and spec­tac­u­lar vis­tas as does Keswick Hall & Golf Club in cen­tral Vir­ginia’s “Hunt Coun­try.” Si­t­u­ated on 600 acres at the foot of the scenic Blue Ridge Moun­tains just out­side Char­lottesville, its new Pete Dye-de­signed golf course, Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club, is a “must play” and the sig­na­ture amenity to re­sort’s 48-room five-star inn and club. Its ar­ray of stay-and-play pack­ages is ideal to see what the fuss is all about.

Mys­ti­cal Golf


Mys­ti­cal Golf – owner and op­er­a­tor of The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wiz­ard cour­ses – is ac­claimed as the “best 54 holes of golf in Myr­tle Beach” and is widely known as the ul­ti­mate “golf buddy” trip des­ti­na­tion as the re­sult of its ex­cel­lent stay-and-play pack­ages. Mys­ti­cal Golf’s three lay­outs are high­lighted by won­der­fully fun el­e­ments in­clud­ing the only back-to-back is­land greens in the game (Man-O-War), a front nine of dra­matic holes weav­ing through se­cluded swamp­land teem­ing with wildlife (The Witch), and a splen­did lay­out rem­i­nis­cent of Scot­land and Ire­land’s clas­sic cour­ses com­plete with au­then­tic sod-faced bunker­ing and castle-style club­house (The Wiz­ard).

By JD La­torre

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