No surprise that Myrtle also won you over in this category: The Grand Strand’s courses and hotels are available through an array of packages, reducing a la carte costs on both. (To wit: This fall Caledonia Golf Vacations is offering a Golftoberfest package that includes 4 rounds and 3 nights accommodations for $579/person. That works out to $144.75 per day -- not bad when you consider rack green fee rates alone during this period are $169 at Caledonia and $149 at True Blue.) Myrtle’s affordability is in part fueled by the contrasting high seasons for hotels and courses. In the summer, when hotel rates max out, courses practically beg people to play. In the spring and fall, when golf is in high demand and priced accordingly, the hotels offer discounts. And in the winter, when the courses and hotels are eager for business? Deals galore.
Inside the Top 10: Golf clap for runner-up Montgomery/Auburn-Opelika, Ala., which offers plenty of bargains on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Capitol Hill’s three courses, Grand National’s 36 and the 27 holes at Cambrian Ridge are all excellent tests and each can be played for less than $100 in high season. Paired with other super Trail and non-Trail courses in the Gulf Coast area (ranked No. 4 in this category) and it’s clear that why when it comes to value Alabama is in hot pursuit of the Carolinas.