Once the site of a horse farm, the grounds at Old Carolina Golf Club now cushion the footfalls of a different type of shoe. Across the 9-hole, 3,365-yard course, golfers dig their spiky soles into fairways lined with everything from palm trees to Carolina pines to bunkers filled with grains of sand so white that golf balls mistake them for family members.
Designed by ASGCA member Clyde Johnston—the veteran course architect behind dozens of courses in the southeastern United States—Old Carolina Golf Club makes artful use of its surrounding scenery. White fences staked into the turf hearken back to the course's equestrian roots, and water hazards populated by native waterfowl and alligators add to the grounds' lowcountry charm.
With a sea of bent-grass greens, picturesque ponds, and strategically placed hazards, Rose Hill provides championship-level challenges for all skill levels, from putting pilgrims to golfing veterans. The professionally designed par 3 golf course features 1,250 yards of well-manicured bent-grass greens, providing a true roll unparalleled by the lesser establishments blanketed by blowing tumbleweeds and mischievous moles.
Designed by 25-time PGA Tour tournament winner Davis Love III, Eagle's Pointe Golf Club's 18-hole, 6,738-yard course unfurls an emerald map of kempt fairways sculpted through oaks and pines and kissed by native wetlands. Throughout the course, tree-lined fairways criss-cross lowland water hazards to form an intermediately long layout where off-kilter swings may result in lost balls and winded golf carts. Sporting the boldly contoured greens that have become Davis Love III's calling card, the course places a high premium on pinpoint approaches that leave manageable two-putts. To prepare for rounds, players can warm up their swings at the driving range, where grass hitting areas emulate course conditions alongside artificial mats that wait eternally for the stinging rip of a divot to validate their claim to authentic existence.
Course at a Glance
Sculpted through a distinct landscape of lush pines, mature oaks, and tranquil waterways, Golden Bear Golf Club’s Jack Nicklaus–designed course stretches across 7,014 yards of challenging, scenic terrain. The semiprivate course puts a high premium on precise course management with a parkland-style layout of tight fairways, white-sand bunkers, and omnipresent water hazards that subsist on the life force of ill-struck golf balls. The club’s driving range fosters preround warm-ups, and nimble carts help players complete their rounds more efficiently than piggyback rides from a caddie. Resident aces occupy the club’s pro shop, ready to assist in equipment upgrades or offer up a variety of lessons and services. The club also has stately dining facilities that provide an ideal venue for indoor meatball-putting competitions.
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Island Miniature Golf and Games' family-friendly activities can't be contained, sprawling across both indoor and outdoor facilities. The 18-hole mini-golf course undulates across a landscaped yard complete with all the rock hazards, streams, ponds, and shirt-cannon-toting mascots of a full-scale game of golf. Visitors practice their swings at the three-station softball and baseball batting cages, blast bad guys in the arcade, and test out their car-chasing skills on the bumper-car court. Birthday-party packages occupy young revelers with fun-stuffed amenities such as an inflatable moonwalk bounce house and a private party room.
The 18-hole course at Lady’s Island Country Club meanders through the forested terrain of its namesake isle, presenting a round filled with dense tree lines, contoured greens, and oversized sand traps. Opened in 1970, the Timothy Freeland–designed layout leads golfers over wide fairways lined with stately trees, demanding precise tee shots or enough golf balls to feed a grove of hungry trees. The expansive boundaries create beautifully sculpted fairways cleaved into the natural landscape, creating a track of uniquely designed holes with no two fairways running directly alongside one another.
A proud host of several PGA events, Henderson Golf Club presents a scenic and challenging course entwined with lush countryside and running streams. A traditional southern course, the 6,700-yard family of fairways is populated by an abundance of old-growth oak, pine, magnolia, and money trees, deliberately placed to reward straight shooting. Open and scenic, the front nine plays like a traditional links course, and the back nine takes full advantage of the tree-lined setting to intimidate claustrophobic golfers. Rife with wildlife, the course will provide you with an audience of native deer, bald eagles, and the reclusive surviving cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard. The included golf cart will help players travel from tee to tee with limited wear on their ostentatious golf trousers, and the included range balls will help rusty orb whackers find their groove before hitting the fairways.