I had the privilege in my “day job” a few weeks back to follow Tiger, Phil and US Open Champ Graeme McDowell as they were paired together at Doral. But what promised to be a matchup of great champions turned into something far less. In fact, you probably remember Tiger’s snipe-hook-topped drive that went less than 100 yards, which now means we can all claim we’ve hit a shot just like Tiger Woods!
But I digress. When the trio was struggling around par as they made the turn, I remarked to a couple of the other reporters watching that if these guys didn’t improve, the Doral folks were going to ask them to pay the resort-player rate for the back nine, because they were playing like—well, you know.
The next day, I asked what the resort rate was at Doral and was told it was $375 to play the famed Blue Monster if you were staying there, but that cost could be more easily explained away if you booked rounds on the other marvelous Doral courses. Dollar-cost-averaging meets great golf!
It’s the same here in the Lowcountry. Our version of Doral, the fabulous Harbour Town Golf Links, can be a pricey item, but when bundled in a package with another Pete Dye classic, his redesigned Heron Point, and the traditional Ocean Course, the cost of that round at Harbour Town seems much more affordable. And you get three completely different golf experiences within the same proximity within Sea Pines on the south end of the Island.
Sea Pines isn’t the only great “bundle of golf” you can create in the Hilton Head area. The Heritage Golf Group operates the 54 holes at Port Royal, the 36 holes at Palmetto Hall, the 27 holes at Shipyard and the 18 at Oyster Reef, all with very differing styles of play, and bundling will save you a bundle. Palmetto Dunes has the same idea with its 3 courses. The Country Club of Hilton Head and Golden Bear at Indigo Run do deals together on the island as do Eagle’s Pointe and Crescent Pointe off the island. Even the stand-alone courses will help you put your own package together if you’re looking for different styles and price ranges together. You can find out more by logging onto www.lgcoagolfpassbook.com.
All you have to do is ask, which, fortunately for Tiger, Phil and Graeme, only meant for autographs at Doral.