Golf Destination: Charleston
Once a port city at the center of U.S. commerce, Charleston, South Carolina brims with museums, Civil War sites, plantation homes and gardens. The city is compact with downtown streets lined with historic buildings showcasing Southern architecture. With its spectacular coastal terrain, the region's courses range from links-style to heavily wooded layouts. Two phenomenal island resorts, Kiawah Island Resort and Wild Dunes, anchor Charleston's golf line-up, which also features public-access courses designed by course architects like Rees Jones, Ron Garl and Michael Hurdzan. Fall is the optimum season to play golf as the temperatures drop and rainfall is minimal.