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Long Weekend: Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Driving

When you arrive, you'll note there are very few easily visible signs—and very few traffic lights. The island has tried hard to keep nature and man in balance. This little quirk, combined with the traffic, makes driving quite interesting. Be sure you and your companion(s) bring cell phones. You will get lost. But don't panic. Islanders are a rather helpful lot, so always ask for directions. It may not seem "manly," but you'll make your tee time.

Now, to traffic circles. The two busiest are in the south end. Just think of them as the faces of clocks. You enter at six o'clock. Your exits will be at three, twelve and nine. Like your golf swing, circles take a bit of practice. And then there's the Cross Island Parkway. You'll see the signs for it as you come onto the island (north end). If you're going to the south end, take it. It costs you a buck, but time- and nerve-wise, it's worth it. Head for the booth with the green light. That's where you pay.

Leaving

When you get ready to leave, your golfer's soul will cry, Just one more round! So heed your desire at Rose Hill Country Club (843-842-3740, $55). It's a challenging twenty-seven holes with wide fairways—and it's just six miles off the island on U.S. Route 278 (on the way to the Savannah airport).

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