DSG's North Carolina Golf Vacation: Discovering Yadkin Valley
Martin, based in Raleigh, N.C, and Craig, based in Charlotte, N.C., are public relations specialists who represent golf tourism destinations in North Carolina and elsewhere.
A couple of years ago, Martin gave me a heads-up about a media event Craig was pulling together for the Yadkin Valley region in northern North Carolina. I couldn't free up the time to be part of that event, but held onto the email containing information about Yadkin Valley Golf & Wine Getaways because, well, I love golf and wine.
I'd also traveled through that part of North Carolina in recent years and it is a drop-dead gorgeous part of the country.
When planning this golf vacation, I contacted Craig and asked him if he could create an agenda for me and traveling companion George Sweda that would approximate what he'd done for the golf-travel writers who took part in the event two years ago.
Craig did just that, coming up with a schedule that had us playing three rounds of golf, visiting four wineries, eating some great meals, staying at the Cabins at White Sulphur Springs in Mt. Airy and driving through some of the prettiest country you'll see east of the Mississippi River.
I'll be writing about our stay in the Yadkin Valley in great detail for the Travel section of The News-Herald, but here's the first of two quick overviews for "Affordabili-TEES.''
We played out first round of golf at Cedarbrook Country Club in State Road. Designed by Ellis Maples, Cedarbrook is a classic layout with a satisfying blend of holes and extraordinarily challenging greens.
When the round was finished, we made the short drive to Grassy Creek Vineyards. Tasted some nice wine and enjoyed a tour of the vineyards with co-owners Lori and Derrill Rice.
George skillfully navigated us back to the Cabins at White Sulphur Springs. More on the colorful history of this place in the Travel story.
The tone had been set for what would turn out to be an eye-opening stay in the Yadkin Valley.
Yadkin Valley Golf
121 Hamby Rd., Suite 318
Dobson, NC 27017
Surry County Tourism Development Authority
Cedarbrook Country Club
225 Country Club Drive
State Road, NC 28676
Grassy Creek Vineyard
235 Chatham College Circle
State Road, NC 28676
286 Cabernet Ln, Dobson, NC 27017