USA Today perfecta: Myrtle Beach, Kiawah voted top golf destinations

No. 9, The Ocean Course at Sunrise

No. 9, The Ocean Course at Sunrise

By Bob Gillespie, South Carolina’s PRT Golf Insider

When it comes to a national audience, few publications these days exceed the coast-to-coast reach of USA Today. So when its readers were asked to pick their top golf destinations in the world, it speaks volumes that a pair of South Carolina locations ranked 1-2 in the newspaper’s month-long voting.

Myrtle Beach eked out a win in the balloting for USA Today’s “Readers Choice 10 Best,” and Kiawah Island followed close behind.

The Grand Strand, home to about 100 courses, paired with Kiawah – site of the famed Ocean Course and four other Kiawah Island Resort courses, plus numerous nearby courses – to lead the Southern U.S.-dominated poll.  Next on the list, Pinehurst, Sea Island, Ga., and Naples, Fla.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Bandon, Ore. (home to Bandon Dunes and several other top courses); Maui, Hawaii; Pebble Beach, Calif., Scotland, the home of golf; and Scottsdale, Ariz.

“South Carolina has a winner on its hands in (the) 10Best and USA Today’s Readers’ Choice contest for Best Golf Destination,” USA Today said. “Because the nominees were carefully selected by an Expert Panel and then voted into winner spots by the public, this is a win with real meaning.”

It’s hard to argue with that last statement. USA Today’s print and digital editions will profile the poll and each destination on Friday, April 25.