Like the surface of the moon, golf courses are packed with holes and are occasionally played upon by 6 iron-toting astronauts. Brush up on your lunar golf game with today's Groupon: for $30, you get 18 holes of golf for two people plus cart rental at Hickory Knob State Resort Park Golf Course, located in McCormick (up to a $70 value).
Nestled among the shores of scenic Lake Thurmond, Hickory Knob State Resort Park Golf Course maintains a Golf Digest four-star-rated course on which novices and experts alike can freshen up rusty swings. Designed by notable local architect Tom Jackson, the 6,560-yard course pleases urban getaway seekers with beautiful fairways, sand-filled bunkers, and a gigantic reservoir lake filled with sophisticated aquatic civilizations that use golf balls as currency.
Picturesque views and meticulously maintained bermuda greens make the 18-hole course ideal for every type of golf outing. After hitting the links, aspiring Arnold Palmers can take a short cruise on the provided golf cart to Hickory Knob's on-site clubhouse and recoup energy spent after a 10-minute choreographed victory dance for a 4th-hole birdie.
South Carolina State Parks
Inside South Carolina’s 47 state-registered parks, visitors explore secluded forest trails, sweeping cerulean lakes, roiling saltwater surfs crashing on white beaches, and streams and rivers overgrown with thick canopies of trees. The protected areas, many of which were assembled nearly a century ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, encompass more than 80,000 acres and span turf from the rambling Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy Atlantic-coast beaches. Abundant activities for guests include canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and accidentally startling long-forgotten lumberjacks wearing headphones.
Visitors experience colonial history up close at some parks, where registered historic homes, plantations, and landmark buildings stand preserved or in their natural state. These structures grant a glimpse into the lives of European settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans through building tours, archaeological collections, and live history demonstrations. Overnight camping is available at many parks, ranging from primitive campsites to cabins, villas, and tent sites that offer running water. Much like a scientist designing a soda-can-powered robot, park administrators follow a rigorous recycling program to ensure the preservation of the wilderness.