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Sports Illustrated Golf Group Ranks Caledonia Among The Best Courses in the South

07/23/2012

Sports Illustrated Golf Group's Travelin’ Joe Passov has assembled his list of the nation’s best summer destinations, and a Myrtle Beach golf favorite is near the top of list.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
, a consensus top 100 public course in America, was ranked the third best summer destination in the South by Passov, trailing only courses that will host major championships in the next two years.

Passov, Golf Magazine’s longtime travel guru, said of Caledonia: “The late Mike Strantz was an artist with a bulldozer and at Caledonia, he created a layout worthy of a museum exhibit. Gnarled live oaks frame the rippled fairways and the course winds along the Waccamaw River for much of its journey. Caledonia measures just 6,526 yards from the tips, but they’re replete with wetlands, vast waste bunkers and contoured greens, which explains the sturdy slope of 140. The superb closer is a 383-yard, par-4 that edges the river and old rice fields, with a green fronted by water and backdropped by the Antebellum-style clubhouse.”


One of the most popular Myrtle Beach golf courses since its 1994 opening, Caledonia has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek. The only Southern courses Passov ranked above it were Pinehurst No. 2 and Kiawah’s Ocean Course, layouts that cost more than twice the amount of money to play.


Passov, who has played more than 1,500 courses in 25 countries, ranked Caledonia ahead of layouts such as the Greenbrier, home of last week’s PGA Tour stop, Harbour Town Golf Links, and every course in Florida.


Passov ranked the top 10 summer destinations in each region as part of the project.


Golf Magazine ranked Caledonia No. 28 on its most recent
list of America’s Top 100 You Can Play. It was joined on that prestigious list by the Dunes Club and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort.
 



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