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Three SC Courses Ranked in “Top 20 American Courses”

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by Matt Ginella, Special Contributor to GolfAdvisor.com

While Ginella has also posted articles on top value courses, hidden gems and buddies trip destinations, the courses on this list — according to Ginella — are the top standalone golf experiences in the country. These are the courses in South Carolina. For the complete list, visit the original article – click here.

16. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island
Architect: Pete Dye
Kiawah Island, S.C.
Green fee: $370
From the fist hole, it’s easy to see why the Ocean Course has been labeled the best match play course in the country. It seems every shot will require thought and offer various forms of strategic choices as you navigate lots of risk, very little reward. I like to say my favorite hole is the 19th, which overlooks the 18th green.

14. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Architect: Mike Strantz
Pawleys Plantation, S.C.
Green fee: $195
The highest ranked course on The Grand Strand looks like it has been there forever. Mike Strantz was an architect, but after playing Caledonia, you’d call him an artist. The approach to the 18th green—which is over water—gives the assembled gallery on the back deck plenty of entertainment. It will give you plenty of anxiety.

12. Harbour Town at Sea Pines Resort
Architect(s): Pete Dye/Jack Niicklaus
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Green fee: $272
This course catapulted the architectural careers of both Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus. Built in 1969, Dye was 44 and Nicklaus was 29 when they collaborated on Dye’s first design to host a PGA Tour event. The original plans didn’t finish along the Calibougie Sound, but after some convincing of local politicians, the avid amateur got one of the best finishing holes in golf.

Matt Ginella is Golf Channel’s resident travel insider. He writes for GolfChannel.com and appears weekly on “Morning Drive.” Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer’s annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary’s College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003.

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