MIKE STRANTZ COURSES
Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, Pawleys Island
800-483-6800, fishclub.com; $160 through November 12, then $115.
Located at the southern end of Myrtle Beach, this is the first course Strantz created on his own after an apprenticeship with Tom Fazio and a stint as a commercial artist. It's the most traditional of his courses and employs the classic design principle that the most favorable line to the green is usually the most hazardous.
True Blue Plantation, Pawleys Island
888-483-6800, truebluegolf.com; $135 through November 12, then $105.
Another standout on the Grand Strand, this course sits next door to Caledonia and is part of the same club. Built on the site of a former indigo and rice plantation, it's bigger and bolder than its older sibling, with enormous waste areas and demanding carries.
Litchfield Plantation, Pawleys Island; 800-869-1410, litchfieldplantation.com; from $215. This Low Country hideaway offers thirty-two rooms in a variety of accommodating settings, including villas, cottages and a manor house—all situated at the end of an allée framed by live oaks and Spanish moss.
Frank's (Seafood), Pawleys Island; 843-237-1777. A popular and elegant spot, this restaurant deftly blends Low Country influences with international touches.
Nance's Creek Front Restaurant (Seafood), Murrell's Inlet; 843-651-2696. This is the best of a string of casual places up the road from Pawleys Island that serve great local seafood.
The initials of Pawleys Island Tavern (843-237-8465) spell "pit," a fact that this classic beach-town shack proudly plays up. It's a friendly sort of watering hole behind the Island Shop on Highway 17, not far from Caledonia and True Blue.
MIKE STRANTZ COURSES
Traditions at Royal New Kent, Providence Forge
804-966-7023, traditionalclubs.com; $89–$99 through October 31, then $64–$74.
This is Strantz's homage to two renowned Irish links, Ballybunion and Royal County Down. The architect found it ironic that Irish course features revered as classical in situ, such as tee shots that must carry sandhills, were criticized as gimmicks when he re-created them here in rural Virginia.
Traditions at Stonehouse, Toano
757-566-1138, traditionalclubs.com; $69–$99 through October 31, then $54–$74.
Strantz was in a minimalist mood when he built this course, twenty minutes from Royal New Kent. The land was full of dips and ravines, and he laid the holes over them lightly. The fourteenth green sits in a hollow carved by a wandering creek; for all but the longest drives, the approach is blind.