A lesser-known Georgia gem, Cumberland Island is a place stuck in time. Preserved by visionary families committed to sharing its beauty, the National Park Service has maintained this southernmost barrier island since 1971 when it was designated a national seashore by President Nixon.
Before audio recordings ever captured rural acoustic American roots music, listening to bluegrass live was an improvisational experience. Like jazz, part of the beauty of the sound was in the element of not knowing what the performers would do next. And while we could keep extoling the unexpected nature of live bluegrass, we’d rather direct you an unexpected Southern venue – down into a Tennessee cave, 333 feet below the surface.
“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair…even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream…that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.”
With the top golfers currently playing the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, we wondered what those pros would consider to be the top courses in the South – great golf spots where every player, whether scratch or hack, should try to tee it up at least once in their life. For this unique perspective, we turned to the South’s own Webb Simpson. The Raleigh, NC native and Wake Forest grad has soared up the PGA Tour ranks to become one of the best golfers in the world, with six top 10 finishes so far this year.
It’s hard to choose a favorite Southern city. It’s like trying to pick a favorite wine – so many options, and unique attributes to appreciate about each. However, when it comes to a short list, Charleston, South Carolina has secured a spot on ours.