Tim Gavrich

Staff Writer

Tim Gavrich is a Staff Writer for Golf Advisor and the Managing Editor of the Golf Vacation Insider newsletter. A student of course design since he took up the game at age six, he also played for his college team at Washington and Lee University and still tries to tee it up in competition whenever possible. He has been involved in the golf industry since graduating in 2011, and has worked for Golf Vacation Insider since 2014. A native of Avon, Connecticut now residing in Vero Beach, Florida, he has played golf on two continents so far and is not too bad on Bermuda greens for a left-handed New Englander. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.

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    Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club

    "Bring your A-game tee-to-green...or a bunch of golf balls"

    Orchid Island is a challenging Arnold Palmer design where water comes into play on nearly every single full shot. But if you can keep it in play off the tee, you'll enjoy hitting a good number of greens, as the putting surfaces here are larger than most, and fairly gently sloped. Orchid will host the 2018 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur. Long, straight driving will be a considerable advantage. more »

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    Windsor Country Club

    "If you get the chance, don't pass it up"

    Despite its modest size, the Vero Beach area has a number of top-flight private clubs and communities. Of these Windsor is the chicest, with an enjoyable late-career RTJ-Sr. course at the center of an incredibly cool New Urbanist town-like development. The pancake-flat practice range doubles as a polo field. Windsor is quite private, so if you should happen to secure an invite, you should accept with alacrity. more »

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    Tower Ridge Country Club

    "Fun formerly private layout needs some love"

    I've played Tower Ridge dozens of times in my life, mostly while younger, and while it was still private. Though recent years haven't been so kind to the course, it's worth checking out if in good shape, mostly because of the tiny, steeply pitched greens and a cool stretch of holes - 5 through 8 - up on Avon Mountain. more »

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    Gillette Ridge

    "Hartford-area course finding its legs again"

    Gillette Ridge has had a bit of a roller-coaster history, with more downs than ups. It hit its low point in 2016, fully closing for a few months. But it's open again, and it was rounding back into decent shape when I played it while in CT in May. I've always enjoyed the Arnold Palmer layout, which does skew a bit severe in places, but it generally playable from the right set of tees. The long par-4 18th might be the toughest finisher in the Nutmeg State. more »

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    Blackwolf Run Golf Course

    "Pete Dye classic need not be overshadowed by the River Course"

    Pete Dye has always been one of my favorite modern architects. His daring - and sometimes controversial - features and courses have done much to advance golf course design as an art form over the last half-century-plus. Meadow Valleys is true to its name: the front nine occupies open, rolling grasslands and features big, broad bunkers at every turn. The terrain for the back gets bolder, and the confines narrow up, making for an interesting progressive journey. more »

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    Pawleys Plantation

    "Always great to "go home again""

    I grew up spending summers in Pawleys Island, and lived there from 2011 to 2014, so I've played Pawleys Plantation hundreds of times, and it holds a dear spot in my heart. Make no mistake - this late-80s Jack Nicklaus layout is extremely demanding, but the beauty of the back-nine holes on the marsh typically helps one's worries melt away. An upgrade in conditioning would take the facility to the upper echelon of Grand Strand golf. more »

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    North Palm Beach

    "Solid upscale muni"

    North Palm Beach Country Club sits about ten minutes from Jack Nicklaus' home, so it made all the sense in the world that the Golden Bear would be the one to renovate it a decade ago. The result is a compact, thoughtful design with a particularly undulating set of greens that can be scary when they get up to speed. Prime season rates reach into triple digits, but some good twilight deals can be found year-round. more »

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    True Blue Plantation

    "The bigger, bolder Myrtle Beach Strantz gem"

    When True Blue opened in 1998, it rounded out one of the best one-two punches (with its neighbor Caledonia Golf & Fish Club) for traveling golfers, especially those who appreciate the intersection between the strategic and the artistic. True Blue's sandy, sinewy Mike Strantz layout seemingly throws the kitchen sink at its challengers, but in reality the fairways are large and the greens tend to be surprisingly receptive and large. But bad misses tend to be punished harshly. more »

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    Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

    "A must-play for any Myrtle Beach-area trip"

    The greater Myrtle Beach area has almost 100 golf courses, which means the golf itinerary permutations are functionally endless. Put simply, if you have any space in your budget for a "premium" course, Caledonia should be Priority 1. The richness and occasional wildness of Mike Strantz's first solo design is magnetic and the centuries-old live oaks all over the place add to the Lowcountry charm. more »

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    Quail Valley Golf Club

    "One of Vero Beach's best"

    Quail Valley is the "it" club for serious golfers in Vero Beach, and it's easy to see why - the course is unencumbered by housing, set a few miles inland from the water. The property is completely shaped from scratch, with the clubhouse sited on a 30-foot hill overlooking the course. The large greens, with broad slopes, were the fastest I'd ever putted on when I played the course in a tournament in May. If you get an invite to this private retreat of a club, take it. more »