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Taking a shot at February golf

Posted by Ron Driscoll, Globe Travel Staff  January 30, 2009 12:17 PM

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If your idea of “rolling the dice” has less to do with a casino getaway and is more likely to involve taking a chance on decent golf weather, we present an opportunity in the Myrtle Beach towersgrovembA.jpgarea. The just-opened Towers on the Grove resort in the Cherry Grove section of “The Beach” is offering a three-round package with a trio of the most popular courses in the Grand Strand. The “chance” card involves the weather – the current 10-day forecast lists daytime high temperatures ranging from 48 to 62, with most days topping out in the high 50s. That certainly beats the heck out of our wintry mix, and the package prices reflect that it’s the chilly season in coastal Carolina. Through Feb. 25, a group of four golfers can stay at this oceanfront, Art Deco-themed resort in a three-bedroom condo with breakfast daily and a round of golf with carts for $104 a day each (if you can get there quickly, the rate is just $94 a day through Feb. 11). The courses for the package (three-round minimum) are Leopard’s Chase, Tiger’s Eye, and River’s Edge. riversedgeA.jpg
Collectively known as the “River Cats,” they are all located just over the border in North Carolina. River’s Edge, an Arnold Palmer design that plays along the Shallotte River, is No. 62 on Golf Digest’s list of the top 100 public courses in the US. Tiger’s Eye, which ranks 73rd on that same list, boasts 60-foot elevation changes and an island par-3. Both it and Leopard’s Chase were designed by Tim Cate and are part of the Ocean Ridge Plantation in Sunset Beach, N.C. A deposit of $100 per person is required, and holiday and weekend rates may be higher. With luck, the temperatures will be higher, too. Call 888-905-3001 or go here for more information or to book the package.

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