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“What is the quickest way to paradise from Interstate 526 around Charleston, South Carolina? Take Exit 24 to Daniel Island and proceed to the Daniel Island Club.”

That’s a quote from golf writer Andy Reistetter, who visited Daniel Island for the first time from Jacksonville, Florida, to cover October’s Nationwide Tour Championship. He was among the many athletes, spectators and golf fans that came to the island October 22-25 for this prestigious season-ending event for the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Tour. And he wasn’t the only one who had good things to say about the island and the facilities at the Daniel Island Club.

The Ralston Creek course received rave reviews from the players competing in the Nationwide Tour Championship

The Ralston Creek course received rave reviews from the players competing in the Nationwide Tour Championship

According to Bob Gillespie, Golf Writer for The State newspaper, Australia’s Michael Sim, the Nationwide Tour’s most dominating player of 2009, dubbed the greens “perfect,” the Daniel Island clubhouse “phenomenal,” and the Rees Jones-designed layout “challenging.”

“This is as good as I’ve played,” said Kevin Johnson, a former Clemson All-American who finished 13th on the money list.

The top 60 money winners from the season competed on Rees Jones’ Ralston Creek course for the Championship title and their chance to earn one of 25 PGA Tour cards for 2010. Former University of Florida All-American Matt Every outlasted Michael Sim to win the title and his share of the one million dollar purse. And when it was all over, the season’s top 25 money winners were presented with their PGA Tour cards for 2010 in an emotional ceremony in the Club’s ballroom.

By all accounts, the event was an outstanding success. Daniel Island’s breathtaking Lowcountry setting was showcased to spectators who came for the action and those who watched the live coverage on the Golf Channel. Sunny skies and warm fall temperatures helped ensure everyone had a great time.

The back lawn of the clubhouse was transformed into the "19th Hole," offering food, beverages and entertainment for visitors and fans.

The back lawn of the clubhouse was transformed into the “19th Hole,” offering food, beverages and entertainment for visitors and fans.

“The club is fabulous,” said Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee. “We’ve had a great experience (at Daniel Island). It’s very upscale, absolutely gorgeous.”

The Nationwide Tour Championship will return to Daniel Island in 2010 and 2011. To view the PGA Tour’s video overview of this year’s Championship, click here.


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