Carolina Golf Destinations

  • Aiken/Augusta

    Nestled along the banks of the Savannah River, the Aiken/Augusta area offers simply some of the best golf in the region. The area is steeped in history and charm of the classic South.

    The 9-hole Chester Course at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club in North Augusta, SC is a public golf course that opened in 2000. Chester Course at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club measures 3517 yards from the longest tees and features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Hickory Knob State Park Golf Course in McCormick, SC is a resort golf course that opened in 1982. Designed by Tom Jackson, Hickory Knob State Park Golf Course measures 6560 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 119 and a 70.
    The 18-hole River Golf Club in North Augusta, SC is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Jim Fazio, River Golf Club measures 6847 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 130 and a 72.2 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Myrtle Beach

    If you are having issues encapsulating all the golf courses of the Grand Strand, you are not alone. A loose geographic definition has the region spanning a 60-mile stretch of coastline, from Georgetown, S.C. to Caswell Beach, N.C. Many visitors simply refer to the area as "Myrtle Beach" - an oversimplification that leads to some serious confusion. Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Atlantic Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River and Calabash are all unique enclaves of the region, and each has its own flavor.

    River Oaks Golf Plantation boasts three different nine-hole courses: the Bear, Fox, and Otter. Carefully carved from a former nature preserve, the courses sprawl across a scenic stretch of the Intracoastal with a convenient location that is just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach. The Bear/Fox golf course provides a challenging test with a front nine where water comes into play on almost every hole, including an almost-island green on the par-3 fourth.
    Architect Dennis Griffiths designed this track as a finesse course. He did not produce the typical beach layout when he created this 18-hole design, built in 1988. It has narrow bermudagrass fairways and large bentgrass greens and is bordered on the east by the Intracoastal Waterway.
    Eagle Nest provides all the beauty you would expect at a South Carolina resort course. Gently rolling terrain. Tall pines lining the fairways. Cypress trees growing in ponds; willow trees gracing their banks. But the real beauty lies in the way architect Gene Hamm set up the course.
  • Columbia

    Columbia sits at the convergence of three rivers, a strategic location that spurred the creation of the city in 1786. You can still see 18th-century century homes along the city's wide avenues in its historic neighborhoods such as Elmwood Park, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

    Northwoods Golf Club is one of the Columbia area's premier public courses. P.B. Dye, son of renowned course architect Pete Dye, designed the layout, incorporating some of his father's signature features. The golf course is player friendly enough to appeal to any skill level but there are some challenges in store as well.
    Timberlake Golf Club in Clinton sits halfway between the Triangle and Wilmington. The classic design is reminiscent of traditional Scottish links courses, featuring a combination of water and pot bunkers as well as large grassy swales.
    Oak Hills Golf Club sits near the state capital but it doesn't feel like it's located in a city. It has a peaceful and picturesque setting that has helped it garner praise like being called a "Place to Play" by Golf Digest. The golf course rolls across gentle hills studded with oaks, pines, and beautiful dogwoods.
  • Greenville/Spartanburg

    The Upcountry is another name for the northwest corner of South Carolina situated in the foothills of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains. In the Upcountry, it seems city and country living become one. Beautifully serene, the picturesque landscape is complemented by an impressive array of metropolitan conveniences. Here you'll find outstanding restaurants, fabulous specialty shops, charming antique shops - even factory outlet stores.

    Cobb's Glen Country Club is named after its designer, George Cobb, a Georgia native who lived in Greenville most of his life. He designed many golf courses in the South, including the par-3 course at Augusta National. The golf course sprawls across rolling terrain blanketed with mature forests.
    The Preserve at Verdae sprawls across a lush landscape of rolling hills and meadows covered with beautiful Carolina forests. Formerly known as Verdae Greens, the golf course was completely revamped but one of the primary goals of the renovation was to find harmony between golf and nature.
    Village Greens Golf Club sprawls across over 100 acres of what used to be farmland situated between Inman and Gramling. Remnants of the old farm can be seen throughout the course, including pear trees from the original orchard that line the 10th fairway.
  • Hilton Head Island

    In addition to world-class beaches and golf courses from some of the top designers in the business, Hilton Head Island offers accommodations in a variety of settings and ranges of affordability. Best of all, you'll experience Hilton Head's legendary hospitality following your day on the links and beaches. Select from hotels, motels, rentable private homes and luxurious oceanfront resorts featuring spectacular ocean views.

    The Harbor Town Golf Links is one of three 18-hole courses at the Sea Pines Resort. It is constantly ranked one of the best courses in the area and in the U.S. Pete Dye, with help from Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course and it is touted as one of his finest courses. The par-71 course covers 7,110 yards of flat terrain. Harbor Town's sloping greens are small and covered in Tif Eagle grass.
    Oyster Reef features elevated tees and lush fairways lined by thick stands of live oak and pine. Numerous doglegs accented by strategically located mounds and fairway bunkers, call for well-planned tee shots. Varying sizes of greens with well-defined tiers place a premium on precise approach shots.
    The 18-hole Brigantine/Clipper at Shipyard Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, SC is a resort golf course that opened in 1970. Designed by George Cobb, Brigantine/Clipper at Shipyard Golf Club measures 6855 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 135 and a 73.8 USGA rating.
  • Charleston

    On one hand, there is the rest of the South, embroiled in an eternal struggle to sell its historical wares in the competitive market of eco-tourism. On the other hand, there is Charleston.

    The 18 semi-private holes at Pine Forest wind through the tall Summerville pines with numerous live oaks, dogwoods and a lake system thrown in for good measure. With an equal balance of straightaways, doglegs and elevation changes, this course is nicely balanced, with challenges and fun in store for golfers of all levels. Rental clubs and electric carts are available.
    Patriot Points Golf Links in Mount Pleasant is just 10 minutes from downtown Charleston. What makes Patriots Point stand out is its location - it's built directly along historic Charleston Harbor, making it as scenic a course as you will find on the entire Eastern seaboard.
    Marshland and natural lagoons make Charleston National a real gem to play. Architect Rees Jones and Greg Muirhead strategically placed wooden bridges over the natural areas which sometimes range from tee to green.