Some of the most storied skirmishes of the Revolutionary and Civil wars were fought in Charleston, S.C., though golfers will also remember it as the home of the less bloody but rightfully infamous "War by the Shore," the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course. The city is known for its graceful architecture and tasty Lowcountry eats, and the golf holds its own, too. Here's your sampler menu for Southern comfort.Top 100 Courses in the U.S. but just not as perilous a challenge as once upon a time. You'll still be blown away by the Ocean Course's lethal, wind-whipped blend of tidal-marsh carries, scrub-topped dunes and wildly flowing greens. Today's layout plays much fairer, though it remains frighteningly difficult. The closing stretch along the ocean is the epitome of beauty and brawn, though now at least you can lick your wounds in a stunning new clubhouse.
• Where to stay
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a Golf Magazine Gold Medal property, is one of the finest hotels in the U.S. (800-654-2924, kiawahgolf.com). The Sanctuary Championship Golf Package includes lodging, breakfast, three rounds of golf (one on the Ocean Course) and a dinner at any resort restaurant (surcharge for dining at the Ocean Room). Rates start at $320 per person,per night, double occupancy.
The best bet in-town is Charleston Place (843-722-4900, charlestonplacehotel.com), where rooms start at $259.
• Where to eat
For a night on the town, you can't go wrong at Charleston Grill (843-577-4522, charlestongrill.com), where the live jazz is matched only by the imaginative twists on Lowcountry favorites.