I've been lurking around this forum doing some research. Here are some places I'm considering:
1.) RTJ Trail in Alabama.
This is our first choice, but with $64 greens fees (tack on $16 for carts), we'd have a hard time squeezing in 4 rounds and staying within our budget. Are there other good value public courses in Alabama that we should consider? Maybe instead of playing solely RTJ coures we can mix it up to save a bit?
2.) Myrtle Beach
I know Myrtle Beach is this golf mecca. I've never been there before, but I've heard mixed reviews. It seems like there are some good tracks and others that are really run down. Looking at websites online, the area just screams "tourist-trap" to me for some reason. That and I just get the feeling that it will be awfully crowded and I'll have to put up with 5 hour rounds, especially since we're traveling during peak season. I'd prefer somewhere quiet and scenic; however, with so many top ranked public courses in one area I can't ignore it. Seems like the best values would come with staying for an extended period (as in 3 nights or more). On the positive side, unlike RTJ the course density is greater which would minimize drive time and money spent on gas. Thoughts?
Home of golf and all, but outside of the Pinehurst Resort courses and Pine Hills, how are the other courses? It seems like I can get a 3 night 4 round package for 350 or so, which would be perfect. However, this obviously won't include the ritzy courses. Which courses here provide the best value? I like the fact that it's a historic area and it offers some tranquility and great scenery.
4.) Santee, SC
Seems like there are some solid courses here for very cheap. Would any of these courses be memorable, or is this merely a destination where one goes for quantity over quality? I would hate to drive for over 10 hours only to play tracks that I can play here in NE Ohio in the summer.
5.) Williamsburg, VA
Looks like there are some nice courses here. One of the nice things about VA is it is closer to home. It is a bit further north than the other areas I'm considering so I'm not sure if weather will be an issue (seems like averages during April are in the low 70s so I'm guessing not). Any experience with golf in this area?
So, if you had $500 dollars to spend on golf + lodging in late April and you were looking to get in at least 4 rounds of golf over a 3 day period where would you go?