Bob Gillespie



England swings: British newspaper writer profiles South Carolina’s coastal golf

Posted 5/20/2012 12:51:00 PM

Adam Ruck, a golf/travel reporter for Great Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, likes golf in South Carolina, and he wants other Brits to enjoy it too.

In his recent article, Ruck traveled the length of South Carolina’s coast – starting in Myrtle Beach at the annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Pro-Am, and working his way through Charleston before concluding at Hilton Head – enjoying great golf and often (unintentionally) hilarious adventures off the course. From Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues, home to the post-Hootie party, to his discovery that the word “shag” means something quite different in the South than in the UK, the result is a delightful look at how our English cousins view our state.

Ruck started out partying in Myrtle Beach with the locals as well as golf’s “bad boy,” John Daly, an annual player in the Hootie event. Then he follows the PGA Tour players as they “take their hangovers 150 miles down the South Carolina coast for a PGA Tour event among the holiday homes and tall sea pines of Hilton Head Island, perhaps having broken their journey at Charleston for a crafty practice round beside the ocean at Kiawah, which will host this year’s U.S. PGA Championship in the sticky heat of the low-country (sic) August.”

Ruck hits Myrtle Beach’s Martin’s Golf & Tennis Superstore to “stock up on ammo (golf balls),” plays Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course and Kiawah’s Ocean Course, enjoys “the best dinner I have ever consumed in America” at the Charleston Grill, and concludes his visit with a round at Harbour Town’s younger sister at Sea Pines Resort, Heron Point By Pete Dye.

“‘It’s a Pete Dye course,’ said the starter, ‘so I guess you know what you’re in for,’” Ruck writes. “‘See what you think.’ What I think is, Heron Point is an enjoyable walk and if you hit the ball straight, you won’t find it too difficult at all. If you don’t, Pete Dye’s waste bunkers, lakes and other traps will swallow you up, and the beer drinkers in the rocking chairs on the porches overlooking the course will reap a rich harvest of your golf balls, as they did mine.”

The article is not merely a view of how the rest of the world sees South Carolina, but also a solid guide for U.S. and even instate golfers who haven’t seen all the coast has to offer. To read the entire article, click here.