The fairways of Greer Country Club’s 18-hole course arch over rolling hills and weave through groves of trees, offering up narrow landing zones on a layout that rewards accuracy over power. Like a putting green that began as a shag carpet, the course emerged from humble beginnings. A group of local businessmen backed its construction in 1955, and many early supporters spent time extracting rocks from the turf by hand; the first round of golf cost $6. Since then, the 6,300-yard course has matured into a well-manicured circuit of Bermuda grass fairways and small, bent-grass greens, outlined by Carolina pines and dotted by water hazards on four holes. Open year round, the course complements its course with a driving range, where golfers can find their swings or discreetly practice archery before taking to the first tee.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Bermuda grass fairways and bent grass greens * Length of 6,300 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 70.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees
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.
The long, slender fairways of Fox Run Country Club stretch out between neighboring groves of leafy hardwood. Though a country club, the 18-hole course proudly lacks one typical feature of many other links-scapes—nearby homes. This grants golfers the freedom to bend their golf balls across the course's 6,556 yards without fear of paying for a broken window or taking their shoes off before chipping out of a foyer. To polish their skills, players can head to the practice facility's putting green, driving range, or practice bunker.
Designed by course architect George Cobb—who has lent his fairway-carving skills to more than 100 courses, including Augusta National—Cleghorn Plantation's 18-hole course surfs the emerald waves of the Smoky Mountain foothills across 6,819 yards of kempt terrain. Fragrant Carolina pines hug fairways throughout the round, providing a sense of constancy to diverse terrain that melds together steep inclines, flat valley floors, and holes that double as intergalactic wormholes. Clubbers must also contend with water hazards on eight holes, including on the demanding par 4 on hole 11, where tee shots must bisect a narrow tract of fairway beset on both sides by ominous waters. The club helps players prepare with expansive practice facilities, including a driving range with new practice balls and a station where players can leave disobedient clubs in timeout. Cleghorn Plantation's Manor House beckons to weary golfers with the elegant trappings of a restored plantation house originally built in 1837. The House's Southern-style cooking stems hunger's tide during classy date nights or get-togethers, and a bar and grill with 12 flat-screen TVs evokes a more laid-back ambiance for postround golfers or children famished from a day of synchronized parent summoning at the outdoor pool. Course at a Glance: * Designed by George Cobb * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,819 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 73.0 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
Golfers traversing Creek Golf Club's 6,625-yard course enjoy plateaued tee boxes and fairways lined with mature trees. The 18-hole course showcases smooth, diamond Zoysia grass greens that tightly swathe the terrain's parkland-style contours like skinny jeans on the Jolly Green Giant's hips.
Golf balls fall like hail from the skies above the Club's driving range, where synthetic mats facilitate practice during inclement weather and grass tees provide a natural lie for swing rehearsals. The range serves as the classroom for lessons with PGA professional Mike Byce, who assists those looking to add distance to their drives or transition from a conventional putter to a belly putter or a sawed-off curtain rod.
After a day at the links, guests can refuel at the Club's bar and grill, which serves burgers, salads, cold-cut sandwiches, and other classic eats.