In 1922, a small but devoted group of Newberry community members pooled their time and resources to create a space to enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, and the company of friends. From their efforts emerged the nascent Country Club of Newberry, originally comprised of a nine-hole golf course with sand greens and an outdoor pool that, true to the times, was no more than a pond fed by more than 75 springs and a steady flow of ragtime music. The pond still rests behind the sprawling, ivory clubhouse that anchors the Country Club today, a scenic testament to the humble beginnings of a club that now encompasses an 18-hole, championship golf course, two lighted tennis courts, and a junior Olympic-sized outdoor pool.
Streams and ponds snake throughout the golf course, threatening the life force of errant orbs on nine different holes. With a length of 6,530 yards from the tips, the moderately difficult layout offers four color-designated tees to cater to players of all abilities and those with an unwavering allegiance to the color gold.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,530 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 133 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
Along the shores of Marina Bay, the staff of Better Boating keeps a wide variety of watercrafts at the ready for aquatic explorers of all types. Larger parties can take pontoons and powerboats out for a day on the water, and take advantage of such accoutrements as ski-tow bars, water slides, and speakers that play lullabies to put any nearby sharks to sleep. More easy-going explorers can paddle through surrounding waterways on standup paddleboards or kayaks, or take four- to six-hour spins on quiet and environmentally friendly Go-Float electric boats.
Brown Marine keeps fishers, recreationists, and aquaphobious goldfish afloat between the 649 miles of tree-lined shores that define Lake Murray. The team represents a culmination of more than 70 years of experience as an authorized dealer in Crestliner, Mercury, and Sea Boss watercraft, selling and repairing boats and setting guests sailing for themselves with pontoon rentals.
A love for the water came naturally to Nicole Steele thanks to a childhood spent frolicking in it with her family. A love for teaching resulted from years of competitive gymnastics, where she pushed herself past self-imposed limits thanks to encouraging coaches. At PhoenixWake Academy, Nicole gets a chance to combine her passions as a wakeboarding instructor. Day camps, private and group lessons, and clinics help pupils grasp the basics of boating and wakeboarding or complete difficult tricks thanks to patient coaching from Nicole and two other experienced teachers.
At its two Columbia locations, Plex Indoor Sports aims to provide complete indoor recreation with artificial-turf fields, ice arenas, inflatables, basketball courts, family entertainment center, and full-service cafe. Both facilities offer after-school programs providing access to soccer, football, and lacrosse programs, ensuring that children learn the proper techniques required to work toward goals and play safely. Total-fitness classes are also available throughout the week, highlighting invigorating methods such as yoga, Zumba, and hip-hop aerobics. The Sandhills location hosts a roller-skating rink, and the Irmo location houses an NHL regulation-sized ice rink with public skate times in between hockey games and practice sessions of the local ice-fishing team.
A 30-foot rock-climbing wall towers over the Family Entertainment Center, granting visitors an elevated view of a facility packed with wall-to-wall inflatables and family activities. Visitors can roller skate, set new high scores at the arcade, or attempt to stay atop a mechanical bull. Other attractions include bungee jumping, a rock-n-roll ride, and more.