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|Hilton Head National puts golfers out there with nature. (Courtesy of Hilton Head National)|
Though definitely tamer and less commercial than its neighbor Myrtle Beach, the Hilton Head area can also be a playground for the single man on a golfing outing with his buddies.
With more than 20 golf courses, Hilton Head is one of the Southeast's premier golf destinations. It also boasts great restaurants, some of the region's finest barbecue and impressive music venues such as The Jazz Corner.
Throw in the island's two adult clubs, and Hilton Head all of the sudden starts to seem like the ideal place for bachelors in pursuit of top rate golf and entertainment. Below are a few tips on what to do both on and off the course.
Hampton Hall Country Club: This golf course is one of the few that actually has some purchase on the claim "challenging for all levels." Pete Dye designed it, but the course is more conservative than many of his other endeavors.
"... this is an understated, links-like layout with wide and generous fairways, artful bunkering and traditional, though challenging, green complexes," Tim McDonald wrote in a recent TravelGolf.com review. "The result is an exceptional layout, wide and inviting but subtly challenging."
Golden Bear Golf Club: Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear was considered one of the best courses on the island when it opened in 1992. It has gotten over the conditioning problems that forced it to put down temporary greens two years ago and is back to its old self.
Hilton Head National: One of the first things that stands out about this course is that the fairways are surrounded by natural area, not houses.
"Trees and wetlands, not houses and condos, border Hilton Head National's fairways and greens ... It's nice to be out there on occasion with just yourself and nature," Jeffrey A. Rendall wrote in a review for HiltonHeadGolf.com.
Alexander's: Located on a lagoon in Palmetto dunes, the menu at Alexander's features seafood, steaks, lamb, veal and more than 100 wines. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m.
Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Que: This is one of the best barbecue joints in the area, according to Tim McDonald.
"I pulled into Jim 'N Nick's and got me a mess of chicken and baked beans and whoooee, it was SOMETHING," said McDonald. "In fact, on my hunt for great barbecue joints, this is one of the best I've found."
It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Main Street Lanes: Still have energy to burn after a day on the golf course? Dust of your bowling shoes at Main Street Lanes.
The Jazz Corner: Opened in 1999, the Jazz Corner has nightly shows featuring local, regional and international musicians. It also has a restaurant specializing in eclectic American cuisine such as fresh pineapple salmon for $23.
Thee Diamond Club: One of the two strip clubs on the island, Thee Diamond Club is open from 7 p.m. until whenever Monday to Saturday and 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sundays. Drinks start at around $6.
September 6, 2006
Finding a golf course to play in the Sarasota/Bradenton area 45 miles south of Tampa is easy. World-ranked beaches, European-style boutique shopping and al fresco dining, and a fantastic circus museum are just a few of the choices available for off-course entertainment.
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