Star Power: 5 Golfers, 5 Destinations

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Star Power: 5 Golfers, 5 Destinations

March 30, 2008

The Goal: To collect as many Best Places To Play stars as possible in 4 days

Myrtle Beach

In Myrtle Beach, it seems every third driveway is a golf course that's on somebody's top-10 list, because, well, it's true. Like the underpromising and overdelivering Little Pigs BBQ on Highway 17, Myrtle Beach gets the main mission right: It's the golf, stupid.Read Article >>

Southern Alabama

One of the best things about a golf trip that starts in Mobile and ends in Gulf Shores, Ala., is the variety. You get Mobile's brawny, rough-edged Magnolia Grove, tail end of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, combined with the more coastal, linksy flavor of Gulf Shores' courses. This is no "Groundhog Day" golf trip.Read Article >>

Florida

Amid-winter tee time for a single anywhere in Florida usually involves a potluck pairing and much patience with the slow-moving snowbirds. I was prepared to face a double dose of those challenges when attempting to play as many good public courses as possible from West Palm Beach to Port St. Lucie.Read Article >>

Phoenix

I still can't believe there's not a single 5-star course in all of greater Phoenix. There are plenty of 4½-star courses, though, and during three days in golf's winter paradise, I made my way around five of them. Collecting even more stars would have been easy if I hadn't run out of gas (figuratively), a result of my decision to insist on playing every course on foot.Read Article >>

The O.C.

The St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, Calif. (5 stars in the Mobile Travel Guide, if you're counting, and we are), sits near the southern end of what is known as the Orange Riviera. For any golf venture to Orange County, it's a spectacular place to start -- but only after knocking off four Best Places to Play stars at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine on your way.Read Article >>

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