The National Golf Course Association awarded Rivertowne "Course of the Year" this year. It was designed by Arnold Palmer himself, and is another option with water views for golfers (hey, it’s Charleston). The course sports 13 holes on the creek or river... so when you lose your ball in a water hazard, at least it will be a pretty view. Check out more views at the nearby Boone Hall, which was the spot for the wedding of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
If you want a “you against nature” kind of experience, then Bulls Bay is your course. No houses abutting the fairways, no tennis courts, no swimming pools -- it’s just you, real links play, and the wind blowing off the Atlantic Ocean. And if you don’t play well, you can just blame the stiff breeze coming off the surf.
Built on a former rice plantation, the entrance alone is enough to get you humming the theme to Gone with the Wind (sure, that was cotton, but you see where we’re going with this). It has an oak alley drive -- the Lowcountry plantation “driveway” where live oak trees form a canopy overhead -- that is worthy of every picture you try to take of it. What lies at the end is one of the top 100 public golf courses in America, featuring an antebellum-style clubhouse with views of the old plantation rice fields and the 18th green. Oh, there's also the Steve Dresser Golf Academy. You know, so you can quit embarrassing yourself during your "game."
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Stephanie Burt is a contributor for Thrillist and other publications, and has trouble hitting a golf ball off a tee but excels at driving a golf cart. You can find her musings at @beehivesteph, or listen to her weekly podcast about the culinary scene in the South, The Southern Fork.