As one of the state’s largest public-practice outfits, The Eagle Zone Golf Center’s 22-acre campus houses all the amenities of a comprehensive golf-training facility. The all-access day pass gives both novices and seasoned pros ample opportunity to improve every facet of their game alongside a friendly staff of experts. Unlimited range balls allow slaphappy drivers a chance to blow off some steam on the driving range, while the short-game area and putting green hone precision, dexterity, and golf-clap etiquette. Eagle Zone’s heated and covered tees afford winter-weather practice, meaning that come spring, you’ll be able to unleash a barrage of bogeys, birdies, and eagles so potent, your caddy’s hair will turn tartan.
At Champions Golf & Learning Center, players set up their clubs at one of the driving range’s 30 hitting stations before pummeling range balls toward the bermuda-grass landing area. The driving range extends for more than 350 yards and features 16 target areas interspersed at varying distances, creating an ideal training ground for golfers who want to prepare for upcoming rounds or duels with the unruly neighbors on the next block.
Willow Creek's 6,890-yard course is woven into a landscape of shimmering water features and lush groves to create a placid, yet challenging, course. Send orbs soaring over meticulously maintained bermudagrass fairways and land them atop subtle, rolling Crenshaw bentgrass greens. Aboard the included cart, players can zip from tee to green, avoiding exhaustion and sentient windmills while saving energy between flurries of orb whacking and divot flinging. After a round spent navigating Willow Creek's bunkers and trees, take repose at the course's grill, or seek out expert advice and new equipment in the fully stocked pro shop.
Southern Oaks’ 18-hole golf course is designed to incorporate the tree-lined countryside with 6,495 yards of bermuda-grass fairways and greens. A large, wishbone-shaped lake occupies the south end of the course, its surface forming a glassy resting place for errant golf balls and a natural mirror for self-absorbed golf carts. More than 650 trees line the fairways, further compounding the need for accurate shots. Golfers can warm up for rounds at the onsite driving range and practice green.
From its hilltop perch, Southern Oaks' clubhouse beckons golfers for a postround dinner of savory grill cuisine, an ideal way to replenish muscles after a long day of swinging for distant greens or setting personal long-jump records in sand traps.
Course at a Glance:
Located near Table Rock State Park, The Rock at Jocassee nestles a community and golf course at the base of South Carolina's highest mountain. Trout streams wind through the 18-hole course, which challenges golfers of all skill levels with bending fairways and sloping, bentgrass greens. At the clubhouse, a full sports bar and restaurant let visitors relax before heading out to the links or taking a lesson from a golf professional at the driving range. Surrounded by hundreds of miles of hiking and horseback-riding trails, The Rock embeds its golf course within a landscape of towering trees and sweeping foothills, forcing golfers to distinguish between their own balls and rolling acorns.
Named one of the best courses in North Carolina by golflink.com, Cleghorn Plantation complements the natural beauty of the rolling Carolinian hills with its challenging course and exquisite landscaping. Two golfers explore 6,819 yards of picturesque brooks and sand traps artfully set by course designer George Cobb, who also left his signature golfer snares and sticky cart paper at tasteful points. Elevated tee boxes and unique features, such as the creek through hole 16, the island on hole 18, and the creeping sandman who unties golfers' shoelaces, enliven each round. Complimentary carts transport golfers between holes, which include four sets of tee boxes to accommodate players of all abilities. For strategizing swingers, the Cleghorn Planation bequeaths a detailed preview of each hole that allows golfers to refine techniques, carefully plan the order of clubs used, and review which of their opponents' turns would be most disrupted by the release of plaid-hating bulls.