Destination Guide

Destination: 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.

This capital city is home to the University of South Carolina as well as a variety of museums, galleries, and shops. Five Points and Congaree Vista are two districts known for their upscale shopping, nightlife, and fine dining. While college football games always draw big crowds, Columbia is a family-friendly destination as well, it is even home to the largest children's museum in the South. The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is one of the city's most popular destinations. In addition to being home to more than 2,000 animals, Riverbanks is known for its botanical gardens, which look out across the river. It has consistently been ranked as one of the top 10 zoos in the country.

While there are plenty of theaters and music venues at which to catch a show, you're never too far from nature. The Saluda and Broad Rivers meet to form the Congaree River and its shores offer some of the city's most breathtaking escapes. Congaree National Park boasts the tallest trees on the East Coast and the river is a popular spot for kayaking and paddling. Lake Murray is another local favorite for getting outdoors. Whether you like to fish, sail, canoe, or camp, more than 500 miles of shoreline offers something for nature enthusiasts alike.

Being in the same state as renowned golf locales such as Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, some may draw some unfair comparisons, but the city's bevy of golf courses offers several standouts. One of these is Oak Hills Golf Club which sits near the state capitol and is considered one of the best golf courses in South Carolina. Woodlands Country Club, Golden Hills Golf & Country Club, and Columbia Country Club are some of the city's other popular layouts.

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Timberlake Golf Club
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Chapin $17
Oak Hills Golf Club
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Columbia $16
Northwoods Golf Club
Tee Times
Columbia $14
Black Nine at Cobblestone Park Golf Club
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Blythewood $26
Garnet Nine at Cobblestone Park Golf Club
Tee Times
Blythewood $26
Gold Nine at Cobblestone Park Golf Club
Tee Times
Blythewood $26
Newberry Country Club
Tee Times
Newberry $20
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
West Columbia $18
Members Club at Woodcreek
Tee Times
Elgin $65
Red/Blue at Charwood Country Club West Columbia $15 - $29
Golden Hills Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Lexington $20
Camden Country Club Camden $40
Golf Club of South Carolina At Crickentree
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Blythewood $12
Hidden Valley Country Club
Tee Times
Gaston $12
White/Blue at Charwood Country Club West Columbia $15 - $29
The Members Club at WildeWood
Tee Times
Columbia $50
White/Red at Charwood Country Club West Columbia $15 - $29
Windermere Club
Tee Times
Blythewood $25
LinRick Golf Course
Tee Times
Columbia $14
Sedgewood Country Club Hopkins $15
Lake Murray Golf Center Chapin $9 - $10
Golf Center Par-3 Course Columbia $12
Indian Trail Golf Course Batesburg-Leesville $11
Ridgewood/Tall Pines at Columbia Country Club Blythewood $45 - $70
Mid Carolina Club Prosperity $35 - $45
Woodlands Country Club Columbia $45 - $55
Wildcat at Fort Jackson Golf Club Fort Jackson $36 - $39
Forest Lake Club Columbia $40 - $5
Spring Valley Country Club Columbia $65 - $73
Fairfield Country Club Winnsboro $28
Lakeside at Columbia Country Club Blythewood $50 - $70
Old Hickory at Fort Jackson Golf Club Fort Jackson $36 - $39
Country Club of Lexington Lexington $39 - $52
Riverside Golf & Recreation Center Columbia $8
Ponderosa Country Club Leesville $37
Green Hills Golf Club Lugoff $13
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