Below is the ultimate itinerary for 72 hours and 72 holes in the Holy City by the Sea and Tee:
Morning: Explore Charleston's top must-see spots in a single leisurely morning stroll starting at the majestic White Point Gardens, historic Battery and Rainbow Row, and ending at Waterfront Park. Stop for brunch at Virginia's on King for their famed Southern specialty- Shrimp and Grit Benedict with Creole Hollandaise. It's as dangerously delicious as it sounds.
Afternoon GOLF: Journey a quick five minutes across the Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge to Mount Pleasant to sharpen your skills at Patriot's Point Links, nestled on the edge of Charleston Harbor. Offering players spectacular views of Shem Creek, Fort Sumter and the downtown skyline, Patriot's Point is a favorite among golfers of all handicaps.
Evening: Take a pedicab to Charleston's newly renovated art hotel, The Vendue, for the best view & craft cocktail the city has to offer. After reminiscing on your stellar golf shots from earlier, head downstairs to the Drawing Room Restaurant for an unforgettable dinner featuring dishes that are just as gorgeous as they are delectable. Order the Foie Gras with Brandied Fruit & fresh catch of the day such as the Seared Tilefish and prepare to be amazed.
Morning: Begin the day with a morning horse-drawn carriage tour around America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens at Middleton Place. A National Historic Landmark, the property has remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years and today brings to life the sights and sounds of a true Lowcountry rice plantation.
Afternoon GOLF: Escape downtown to Charleston's barrier island Resort, Wild Dunes Resort for a round of golf on either of the resort's two Tom Fazio designed courses, The Harbor Course or The Links Course. Offering distinct challenges for distinguished golfers as well as forgiveness and fun for novices, Wild Dunes Resort's 36 holes are home to some of the most beautiful fairways in the Lowcountry. Both courses also feature massive dunes, marshes and bunkers situated along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Evening: Unwind off the links with a delicious dinner at Wild Dunes Resort's Sea Island Grill, tucked inside the Boardwalk Inn. Featuring local and regional fare creatively prepared with seasonally changing menus, the Sea Island Grill offers upscale yet casual dining in an intimate setting. Diners are treated to a view of the Boardwalk Inn's posh pool with mouthwatering dinner options such as Atlantic Grouper with Pickled Crawfish, Collard & Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and New England Scallops with Carolina Pepper Relish.
Morning: Spend the morning moseying down King Street for the best in shopping, including a number of charming boutiques teeming with quintessential southern charm. Venture to The Old City Market, open seven days a week and home to scores of talented artisans selling authentic Charleston gifts and collectibles.
Afternoon GOLF: Journey to Kiawah Island Golf Resort which claims 90 holes of competitive play on five different championship courses including Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Oak Point and host site for the 2012 PGA Championship, The Ocean Course. A Pete Dye design and home to more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, The Ocean Course promises players panoramic views in addition to tricky tests of skill.
Evening: Enjoy a post-round sunset celebration at Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Ryder Cup Bar & Restaurant, offering floor to ceiling views of the surrounding Ocean Course. Sip a signature cocktail and reminisce about the day's unforgettable round before indulging in an entrée such as their heavenly Crab Cakes with Old Bay Remoulade or Pork and Broccoli Rabe Sliders.
For reservations or more information on these packages and others available in the area, please visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444. For more information, visit explorecharleston.com