This is the thread that got me to stop lurking.
I have entered the lottery for maybe 15 years. This year I "won" Saturday tix for face.
The place lives up to any expectation you have. It is incredibly well run. Just a small example, if you buy your swag when you enter they have a free bag check so you don't have to schlep it around. you can put your chair near a green, and leave it (folks will sit in it, but then when you come back you get it back...likewise you sit in whatever other empty chair you find on other greens.
You can also get a completely free picture in front of the clubhouse..they email you the link.
I was amazed at how much of a "party" scene it is...folks walking around with a beer in each hand, starting at 7am.
Well worth doing, just not easy to get the tix.
I'm not much help on lodging, I stayed with friends in SC and did the easy drive down and back.