Carolina Golf Destinations

  • 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.

    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.
    Formerly known as the University Club, Cobblestone Park Golf Course may have changed names but it still offers one of the best courses in the Midlands. There are a total of 27 holes, which are divided into three distinct nines. The holes stretch across more than 240 acres of rolling hills. The Black nine is the longest of the three and naturally the most challenging as well.
    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.
  • 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.

    River Falls Golf Plantation in Duncan is a Gary Player Signature Course. Its location makes it convenient for meeting up with people coming from Asheville, Columbia, Atlanta, or Charlotte. The golf course is also just minutes away from downtown Greenville. The narrow layout will test the accuracy and shot making abilities of even the best golfers.
    Situated between Greenville and Spartanburg, Willow Creek Golf Course is a favorite course amongst many area players. The course has a classic layout that starts out gently with a player-friendly front nine but then becomes much more challenging on the back nine. It's a golf course that will appeal to beginners but advanced players will also enjoy the many risk-reward opportunities that can be found throughout.
    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.
  • 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.

    Blackmoor Golf Club, a Gary Player Signature course, was built on the historic Longwood Plantation, whose heritage as an antebellum rice plantation along the majestic Waccamaw River accounts for much of its charm. The 18 championship holes feature flowing lakes, moss-draped oaks, lofty pines, and ever changing cypress.
    Barefoot Resort is one of the Lowcountry's premier golf destinations, offering courses designed by Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, and Davis Love III. The Dye Course is the longest, and toughest, of the four Barefoot golf courses at 7,343 yards. Pete Dye incorporated some of his signature techniques into the design.
    For years, the King's North Course at Myrtle Beach National has been the most requested and best recognized golf course on the Grand Strand. The par-3, third hole with its island green and South Carolina-shaped sandtraps has become the signature hole for Myrtle Beach. King's North features some dramatic and unique holes.
  • 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 Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes is a Tom Fazio design that is challenging, but with five sets of tees it is versatile enough for players of all skill levels. Fazio deftly utilized the native wetlands and numerous lakes that are interspersed across the landscape, incorporating them along the expansive fairways and angled greens.
    Jack Nicklaus designed the golf course at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run. The 18-hole, public course is touted as having one of the best layouts in the area. The par-72 course offers 7,014 yards of challenging and fun golf.
    Award-winning golf course architect Clyde Johnston designed Old South Golf Links in keeping with the beautiful low-country's natural landscape. "Old South Golf Links was designed not only to provide an enjoyable yet challenging golf game, but also to preserve the natural beauty of the land", said Johnston.
  • 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 18-hole North Augusta Country Club in North Augusta, SC is a private golf course that opened in 1962. Designed by Haines Waters and Les Hall, North Augusta Country Club measures 6448 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 120 and a 70.
    The 18-hole Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell, SC is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1933. Sweetwater Country Club measures 6248 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 70.8 USGA rating. The course features 3 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.
  • 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.

    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.
    Rivertowne Country Club in Mount Pleasant has the unique distinction of offering the only Arnold Palmer Signature golf course in the Charleston area. This scenic course takes advantage of all the Lowcountry has to offer, incorporating the landscape's lush pampas grasses, marshland, and ancient, moss-draped oak trees.
    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.