A Journey to Myrtle Beach & Kiawah Island Resort PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

It's been hectic on this end lately with recent trips to Myrtle Beach (see our

feature on Mystical Golf in the Course Reviews/Travel section) and Kiawah

Island Resort (feature coming soon). One Dec.5th we head to Sebring, Florida

for the Citrus Golf Trail Media Classic and then it's off to the PGA Merchandise

in January.


Along the way, I've met some very impressive journalists, few as impressive

as Hank Gola (who worked for over two decades for the N.Y Daily News

covering the PGA Tour and N.Y Giants football) and Trent Bouts from Victoria,

Australia who now writes for Golf Business Magazine and resides with his

family in Greenville, South Carolina. Hank no longer is with the Daily News,

he is presently working on a book about the epic 1939 High School Football

Championship game between Garfield High (N.J) and Miami High School. After

hearing Hank speak passionately on the subject, I'm looking forward to reading

it. David Wood (from Buffalo PR) was the host of the event and set up Trent

Bouts and I as one of the two man teams in the Mystical Golf media field.

We played fairly well "ham & egg'n" our way around the 54 hole event finishing

2nd out of a dozen teams in the gross division. More importantly, we got on

really well (at least from my perspective), instantly hitting it off on golf and

other worldly topics that I won't mention here in this medium.



Next it was on to Kiawah, one of my favorite places in America, and not just

for golf purposes. The all around beauty of the place is captivating. The resort

amenities and service are as good as anyplace I've ever traveled to. Our first

evening on the Island we dined at Jasmine Porch restaurant - an absolute must

for anyone visiting the Island.




On the Ocean Course the following morning, the buzz of taking on the challenge

of one the world's best layouts is an adrenaline rush every time. The caddies at

the resort are spot on, and my playing partners: Dave from Canada, Dave from

West Virginia and Butch from parts unknown all met on the 1st tee for our 7:46

tee time. The guys were all a blast to play with on a perfect autumn day of 61

degrees. I certainly didn't have the "A Game", but it mattered not - it was the

best of days.




The newly renovated Jack Nicklaus Turtle Point course was my next stop

among the Kiawah rotation. This was a solo round and since it was after the

walk on the Ocean Course (and lunch in the Ryder Cup restaurant), I mostly

took notes and photos as I flew around the tight, firm and fast layout. A

fantastic dinner with the Mrs. at Tomasso's (Kiawah's Italian cuisine restaurant)

followed and it didn't disappoint.




My last round of the South Carolina journey of 6 rounds in 5 days was on

Fazio's Osprey Point course at Kiawah Resort. The group I was fortunate

to tee it up with: Jim Leonard from Cleveland along with Gary from

Charleston and his pal Phil from Chicago . . . it was as good as playing

with my buddies back home in West Palm. I finally holed some putts on

the back nine coming home with an inward 34 (a solid 73). We closed out

our last evening of the voyage having dinner at Cherrywood BBQ Ale House.






Leaving Kiawah is always a tough chore, what a place, but our trek back home

included an afternoon in Savannah. Lunch with the Mrs. at one of my favorites -

Vic's on The River (The Zambos Brothers introduced me to the place back in 2011),

and a stroll through the historical streets and sites of a charming southern town.



We arrived back at the home compound late that evening, and was already

looking forward to the next golf trip. In fact, our next adventure will take place

at the Citrus Trail Media Golf event in Sebring, Florida which starts on December