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Golfers – Here’s a Short Drive That Will Not Disappoint

Are you planning a golf vacation to Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, or Kiawah Island in the near future? We know you will spend the majority of your time teeing it up on all the beautiful golf courses. We would, however, like to suggest a day-trip to see a new engineering marvel and North American record holder.

Charleston is well known for its rich historical landmarks. Now the city is providing a look into the future. On July 16, 2005, the longest cable-stay bridge in North America opens in Charleston, SC. Believe me, this is one short drive that won’t disappoint you.

The new Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge replaces two bridges that have graced Charleston’s skyline for decades. This record-setting bridge features two diamond-shaped towers more than 570 feet tall, eight traffic lanes and a pedestrian lane. The towers are so tall that you might even spot them while on the golf course at Kiawah Island.

Here are a few facts about the new Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge .

Overall length: 3.5 miles

Tower height: 573.5 feet (Largest Concrete structures in South Carolina)

Roadway section between the two towers: 1,546 feet

Main span deck: 186 feet above the Cooper River

Concrete: 320,000 cubic yards

Construction time: 4 years and 1 month

If you are still thinking to yourself, “why should I give up a day of golf to see a bridge?” I don’t blame you. Actually, you don’t have to give up golf at all.

Charleston has its share of first-class golf courses. Even if you decide to play your rounds exclusively at Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, or Kiawah; you can still make the short trip to Charleston to enjoy the bridge, take in some history and eat in a world-class restaurant while making it back to your accommodations before bedtime.

Approximate distances and times to Charleston:

Myrtle Beach: 98 miles / 2 hours

Hilton Head: 120 miles / 2 hours 15 mins.

Kiawah Island: 30 miles / 53 mins.

So, after a round of golf at your golf vacation destination, make a short trip that is well worth the drive. Then replace your golf shoes with your running or walking shoes and enjoy the view from above the Cooper River on the bridge’s pedestrian walk. Or bring your bike to ride over the bridge. Sorry, no golf carts are allowed.

In any case, if you are planning a golf vacation to Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, or Kiawah Island; don’t miss an opportunity to experience the view from above on one of North America’s newest landmarks.

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