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SANDHILLS OF NORTH CAROLINA There may not be a better road trip for golfers that want to experience

pure golf than the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area known as The Sandhills. Central Virginians can access the area by car in about four hours meaning golf on the first and last day—a nice road trip bonus. Spring and fall are the peak seasons here but summer golf in the Sandhills is a great opportunity for golfers to play courses that may normally be a little steep in price. Places like Pine Needles, Tobacco Road and National Golf Club offer some great deals in the summer. The whole Sandhills area is gearing up for the 2014 U.S. Opens that will be played at the world renowned #2 on back to back weeks. Now is a great time to visit the area or make reservations if attending the U.S. Open is on the to-do list. FEATURE COURSES: Tobacco Road, Pine Needles, Mid-Pines, Nation- al Golf Club, Pinehurst Resort, Dormie Club, Talamore and Mid-South.


Pinehurst No. 1


Everyone from central Virginia knows about the great skiing at Snowshoe in West Virginia. What they might not know is Snowshoe is home to a re- ally nice Gary Player designed golf course which has been ranked as one of the top courses in the state by both GOLFWEEK and GOLF Magazine. The Raven Golf Club offers views that are stunning and the course can hold its own against many of the best mountain courses anywhere. Snowshoe is running

a special that starts at $79 per person per night which includes golf, accommo- dations, and breakfast. There are over 2000 rooms on-site offering visitors a wide-variety of options both at the bottom of the mountain and on top. The cool part about this trip are all the things available to do after the round of golf, including a zip-line that goes through the center of downtown.


WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA If gas prices continue to climb, this historic area filled

with top level golf could be a great option for a day trip or weekend getaway. Top resorts like Kingsmill and the Golden Horseshoe offer multiple choices in terms of golf. Public golf in Williamsburg includes many in the Traditional Golf Properties portfolio: Royal New Kent, Stonehouse, and Brickshire. Williamsburg National of- fers 36-holes of championship golf. The newest course to open in the area is the Rees Jones masterpiece Viniterra, which is really just east of Richmond. The whole devel- opment is very upscale and includes a working winery on-site.


21 Virginia Golf Report • Spring 2013 • Traditional Club at Royal New Kent Links at Stono Ferry


One of the most unique and beautiful regions to play is the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The options are limitless, from the gateway to the lowcountry-Santee, to the beautiful island of Hilton Head. Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head has some incred- ible stay and play packages while The Links at Stono Ferry in the Charleston area sits on a setting along the Intracoastal waters and salt marshes.


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