Despite a reduction in the number of rounds played in Myrtle Beach, SC, last year, the southeast U.S. led the nation in play compared with 2005, according to the National Golf Foundation"s "Regional Rounds Report."  Rounds in the southeast, not including Florida, increased a total of 4.5%.  Rounds in the Central and South Florida area, which is combined for the report, increased 3.4%.  No other region increased by more than 3%; the southwestern region suffered the greatest drop in rounds at -1.1%, with Arizona alone losing 3.5%.
    South Carolina was the strongest southern state in terms of play, increasing rounds by 6.7%, despite the golf supermarket of Myrtle Beach dropping 3.1% in number of rounds played.  The Myrtle Beach area continues to suffer golf course closures after years of overbuilding.  Georgia, at 4.5%, followed South Carolina in gains in play.
    The report can be found at in the "free reports" area.

   Yesterday, we reported on our round at the quirky Sewanee Golf Club, a nine holer in the town of the same name in Tennessee.  The par 3 4th hole might have the slimmest green in America.  We were fortunate the pin was up front.  University of the South at Sewanee golf coach Carter Cardwell told us that when the pin is back and you miss the green, "Count on a four at the best."  We can't argue.

#4 at Sewanee