I'm just back from a short vacation: My buddies and I head down to Myrtle Beach every year at this time for a weekend of intensive and extensive golfing. We play five rounds in two and a half days, after which the stock price of Advil tends to spike due to a massive increase in sales...
This year's star course was Caledonia, a gorgeous track with mature trees draped with Spanish moss and tons of water and sand. I probably should have paid more attention to the task at hand, rather than standing agape at the scenery—40 putts led to a round of 94 for me. No matter, I'll be back—Caledonia is now in our 'must-play' rotation for our annual trip.
The only downer on the trip was a nearly five-and-a-half-hour round on the Love course at Barefoot Resort on Saturday afternoon. Considering the $130 greens fee, that’s simply unacceptable. Unfortunately the course is highly rated and extremely popular, so they double stack the tees (groups going off the first and ninth holes), in the morning and afternoon. And the groups are only 9 minutes apart. The result is a logjam of epic proportions, and there’s nothing worse for my game than standing around for 10 minutes on every tee box waiting to hit my next shot. I won't even tell you what my score was (it was my highest in 4 years!). It's a great track, especially the back nine. But if you're thinking about playing there, be forewarned. Go off-peak or face excruciating delays...
Of course, at the end of the day, we all head back to our condo for burgers, drinks and icy hot patches. We have to send down our own wine however, as Myrtle Beach doesn't exactly cater to the wine and foodie crowd (there's actually a restaurant there called "The Filling Station"). We plowed through bottles of the rich, plush 2002 Bodegas y Viñedos O. Fournier Alfa Crux Uco Valley and the bright and ripe 2005 Damien Laureau Anjou Clos Frémur, both of which hit the spot.
But the star wine that made everyone perk up was the 2004 Domaine St.-Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud. Its aromas just spilled out from the glass and its bright fruit and vibrant minerality cut through the dust of two rounds of golf like a knife. The group ranges from just plain old wine lovers to those who are in the business, and we all agreed that it was a stunner of a wine. It was a total group consensus—call it "tasted six times with identical notes".
So once again, Châteauneuf wins the day. And how fitting, since I'll be there in less than two weeks to taste through the '05s. I think there's a golf course just outside Avignon too...
William Keene — North Carolina — May 21, 2007 12:02pm ET
James Molesworth — May 21, 2007 12:12pm ET
Ian Tarrant — Ontario, Canada — May 21, 2007 1:46pm ET
Jimmy Yahnis — Myrtle Beach, SC — May 21, 2007 4:08pm ET
Phil Talamo — Bron, NY — May 21, 2007 5:05pm ET
Ross Mckinney — Durham, NC — May 21, 2007 9:57pm ET
Jj Gallagher — Near Napa, Ca — May 21, 2007 11:11pm ET
James Molesworth — May 22, 2007 9:24am ET
Charles G Ross — Rochester,NY — May 23, 2007 8:13am ET
David Pardue — Hilton Head Island SC — May 23, 2007 1:32pm ET
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