Measuring 6,074 yards from the tips, the course at The Club at Rawls Creek doesn't demand extreme distance off of the tee to score well—but it will challenge golfers' short game and putting skills. Installed in 2006, the course's mini-verde Bermuda grass greens create an ultra-fast surface, requiring a touch more delicate than a headcover made from a pink feather boa. The layout also features numerous par-threes with elevated tees, where tee shots drop as much as 60 feet to reach the flagstick.
After their round draws to a close, golfers can refuel at the Creekside Grille. There, four flat-screen TVs broadcast the day's sporting events, and porch seating lets guests look out onto the grounds and discover constellations from the divots in the grass.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,074 yards from the tips * Four tee options
At Charwood Country Club, three nine-hole courses challenge swinging skills amidst meticulously manicured greens and voluptuous treescapes. Today's Groupon covers 18 holes ripe with opportunity for victorious strokes and bets against the wind. As Charwood's rolling courses flaunt their nature-furnished glory, players can spit some swagger by from their supplied golf cart, a comfort that saves both time and strength. Before and after any round, guests can always take detour to the club's grub haven, LC's Grille, for a freshly-crafted breakfast, lunch, or inspired speech from the eatery's consoling chef.
Lake Murray Golf Center's lit mini-golf and nine-hole-golf courses help players hone all aspects of their games day or night. Guests putt their way through the twisted corridors of the 18-hole mini-golf course, which distracts putters with a 15-foot-high waterfall and babbling water fountains that excel at trash talking. While measuring up their next shots, players can refuel with chips or candy.
Designed by prolific course architect Willard Byrd, Timberlake Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 6,579-yard trail across a Lake Murray peninsula as it dips southward into the glassy waters. Picturesque views of the lake abound throughout the round—because of its proximity to the lake, the club offers free docking and shore-side pickup for those who wish to arrive by boat or seahorse—and the supersized pool's watery fingers come into play on seven holes. Rounds culminate with dramatic flair at the signature 18th hole, a 483-yard par 5 where a mid-fairway water hazard looms on the business end of a blind tee shot, raising the stakes for players who unsheathe their driver in the hopes of reaching the green in two.
Alongside the grassy course, neon yellow orbs slice through the air at Timberlake Country Club's tennis courts, where tennis pro Mark Gardiner teaches students to hit a forehand passing shot or incite an earthquake with a deafening grunt. The club also houses diverse dining facilities to curb appetites or host social events.
Winding through a dense assemblage of mature hardwoods and vibrant carolina pines, Hidden Valley Golf Club's 18-hole course spans 6,757 yards of immaculate greenery. The rolling midlands terrain challenges golfers with testy sand traps, drive-impeding tree lines, and shape-shifting greens. Though the pristine par 72 takes the form of a relatively difficult layout when played from the tips, the course graciously sprouts four tee options to cater to players of all abilities. Groups hunt birdies and eagles from the comfort of a golf cart, which nimbly navigates the cart path, fueling itself by absorbing the life forces of discarded tees.
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Sculpted into 160 acres of rolling hills and forests of oak, pine, and dogwood, Oak Hills Golf Club provides a scenic challenge for golfers skilled and novice. The course designed by Steve Melnyk and Davis Love III features manicured Tifway 419 bermuda-grass fairways and elevated, undulating greens. Players might want to keep a still-life painter in the bag for when they reach the elevated tee box on the par 5 hole 18, where a viewing of nine different holes manifests itself in a verdant panorama of course and countryside. The Oak Hills staff of veteran PGA professionals amends swings during private lessons for adults and youths.
Designed by P.B. Dye—the son of renowned course designed Pete Dye—Northwoods Golf Club’s 18-hole course winds through 6,800 yards of stately arbors and lush South Carolina greenery. The picturesque par 72 challenges golfers with fairways designed with towering tree-lines, treacherous sandtraps, and intervening waterways filled with legions of errant golf balls and one ethereal bocce ball. Divot-tearing twosomes can conquer the emerald frontier astride a golf cart instead of depending on caddy piggybacks. The course capitalizes on the warm Columbia climate by remaining open 365 days a year, and players should call ahead to schedule a tee time.