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So I surprised my son with a trip south to the golf capital of America. He had no idea we were going there. I told him we were visiting my Uncle out in NY for the weekend for some golf. He got his clubs ready and packed lightly for the weekend. When he was sleeping, I packed a week’s worth of clothes to cover the trip as well as bathing suits and beach goodies. We headed out Sat morning and as we drove past NY he started to ask where we were going. I played dumb and said change of plans… something had come up and we were doing something different for the weekend. By the time the sun had gone down, we were in North Carolina and stopped for the night. Booked a nice Wyndham Hotel in Wilson, NC that was very clean, had a super friendly staff and gave us a great place to sleep for the night. He wondered if we were visiting my Aunt who also lived in NC but I kept changing the subject and offered up no answer. We packed up and head out in the morning. Drove a couple hours down some long stretches of crazy back wood fields, towns and barren land. All of a sudden a Golf course popped out of nowhere. As we pulled into the parking lot he got big eyes and said we are golfing here? In NC? I said kinda… this is SC and yes we are golfing here. Played a place called Crown Park. Was a decent place. Some greens had some issues recovering from the winter but we had a blast playing as it was 78* and we were not in New England! We saw so much wildlife out there we thought we were playing through a zoo. Wild turkeys, swan, geese, ducks, turtles, black squirrels and a couple of cranes. We both had a blast with the golf and the animals. When we were done we headed out and shortly were down in Myrtle Beach. I couldn’t hide the signs so he knew where we were. He was so excited and it got better as we headed to the beach when he saw the huge hotel we were staying in right on the beach! We pull into the Ocean Reef Resort and start to unload the car. Check in and off to our room. Nice room with all we need in it and then I go over and open the balcony door. WOW! What a view! Up on the 12th floor overlooking the beach. I took a couple of pics, we changed into our swim gear and went to explore the pools. They had a huge outdoor pool, a lazy river, some smaller pools and 5 Jacuzzis. This place is NICE! We had the breakfast buffet every day and it was a great spread. Anything and everything you could want. After eating we load up and head on out to Blackmoor. It is a Gary Player course and it was very nice. Real tight and interwound into a neighborhood where you were in backyards and between driveways all over the place. It was in great shape and we enjoyed it. We did dinner and breakfast and then off to the next course. We played Arrowhead, a Raymond Floyd course. They had 3 9 hole setups and they stuck us on the hardest one. It was a beautiful course but the score card didn’t show all the holes and they had a lot of water on the 3rd 9 hole setup. We then played the 1st 9 hole setup and enjoyed it much more. Didn’t try the 2nd 9 hole setup but I think it was in between the others. For our last round, we headed over to Arcadian Shores. This was our favorite out of all 4 courses. It was in beautiful shape and was pretty challenging but they did have the holes on the card and that does help when you haven’t played somewhere before. They have alligators here and we saw 3 of them. My son thought that was the coolest thing. Overall this was the best vacation I have ever had. Everyday was sunny and in between 78* - 82*... couldn't have asked for a better week! My son totally enjoyed it and we did pretty good golfing. I won 2, he won 1 and we tied the other round. I would definitely recommend any of the courses we played and also the Ocean Reef Resort as a place to stay… especially if you have kids. He loved that place. Shout out to @DaveP043 for offering up some suggestions for places to stay and eat on the way down there. Thanks Dave!
I'm looking for some course recommendations in the Cape Elizabeth/South Portland area. My family has decided to take a trip in mid-August to Cape Elizabeth and I'm thinking I might be able to get away one morning for a round. This might be the only chance I'll ever play golf in Maine, so I'd like it to be a quality course, but not crazy expensive or anything. I'd also prefer something that's not like an hour away if possible. Most of the courses I've looked at in the area so far are all private, with the exception of Sable Oaks. I'm also open to meet up with TST members in the area to play, too, if anyone is interested.
Catalonia is said to be one of the best places overseas to play golf. When is the best time to go and what resort would you all recommend? Just looking for advice really as I want to escape come spring time.