CHARLESTON IS HOT—and I’m not referring to the climate.
In each of the last three years, the readers of Conde Nast Traveler have voted Charleston, South Carolina, the Best City in the United States. It’s an award based on six criteria—ambience, culture, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, and shopping.
But not golf—and that’s the best news of all. Why? Because the truth is, Charleston’s golf is very good indeed. I’m not referring now to the justly famed playgrounds on the islands of Kiawah, Seabrook, and Isle of Palms. No, I’m talking about a handful of closer-to-town courses that have managed to remain under the radar and therefore have two things in common: They’re uncrowded and they’re reasonably priced. Most important, all are within 20–25 minutes of the city, leaving plenty of time to enjoy Charleston’s winning charm.