Tiger Woods Sidelined For 2008, But Recreational Golfers Continue Their Quests To Play The Best Courses

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A great golf experience is served up on one of North Carolina's Top 100 Golf Courses At Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center.

Tiger Woods is on the sidelines for the rest of 2008 with a bad knee. There was no Tiger at the British Open. He won't be playing in the PGA Championship or the Ryder Cup.

While that means that some recreational golfers have lost some of their interest in watching golf, most remain enthused about playing it. And part of their interest is focused on finding new and interesting places to play. Throughout the summer, traveling golfers have headed to Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach, N.C., where they've discovered great golf in a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere.

Sea Trail's 2,000-acre resort campus features three courses designed by Dan Maples, Rees Jones and Willard Byrd. While all three deliver an outstanding experience, it's the Jones Course that has been garnering the most attention lately.

In 2006, the Jones Course was chosen to be the site of a U.S. Open Qualifier Round. More recently, the 2008 North Carolina Golf Panel -- a prestigious group that ranks the more than 500 golf courses throughout North Carolina -- applauded the Jones Course, naming it one of the best courses in the state.

The Golf Panel ranked the Jones Course at number sixty-four among the state's Top 100, placing it on a list that also includes fabled layouts like Pinehurst No. 2 and The Heritage Club at Wake Forest. And, Sea Trail was even ranked higher than some better-known courses like the PGA's Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation.

When Rees Jones designed his namesake course at Sea Trail, he hadn't yet earned the nickname "The Open Doctor." His main claim to fame was that he was the son of the "father of modern golf course architecture," the legendary Robert Trent Jones. But in the mid-1990s, Rees received several assignments to redesign courses that were preparing to host major championships. He ended up remodeling seven U.S. Open venues, five PGA courses, three Ryder Cup sites, and one Walker Cup course.

Looking out across the rolling fairways and sloping greens of Sea Trail's Jones Course today, it's easy to see the skilled touch of an architect who would go on to re-sculpt some of the most famous courses in the world.

While the Jones Course is certainly Sea Trail's star, the Byrd and Maples layouts are also challenging and enjoyable. Rounding out the golf amenities are spacious practice greens, a lighted driving range, a Custom Clubs Store and a PGA-sanctioned Golf Learning Center. Post round leisure time can be spent in the resort's Village Activity Center which has indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, and a licensed massage therapist.

Sea Trail provides accommodations in beautiful, Carolina-style villas that are nicely appointed and evoke an easy-going, Southern charm. Just about every one delivers a panoramic view of a fairway or a lake.

Throughout this summer, Sea Trail is offering a variety of packages that appeal to both golfers and non-golfers. Through Labor Day, they are even sweetening the pot by helping golfers to offset gas prices. With a two-night minimum stay, Sea Trail will give guests a $50 Sea Trail gift card that can be used on golf, dining, spa treatments or another amenity of choice at Sea Trail.

In addition to leisure travel, Sea Trail is perfect for meetings as it has the largest convention center on the North Carolina coast.

Sea Trail is located in Sunset Beach between Wilmington, N.C. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. It is an area known for its extraordinary beauty and serenity, as well as close proximity to a huge variety of entertainment, shopping, nightlife and cultural opportunities along the Grand Strand.

More information is available online at http://www.seatrail.com or by calling 888-675-9237.

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