It’s difficult to hit a target from far away, which is why holes-in-one are rare and the Goodyear blimp has never been shot successfully with an arrow. Drive hard with a vengeance, thanks to today’s Groupon to Hickory Knob State Resort Park Golf Course in McCormick. Choose from the following options:
- For $84, you get an overnight golf travel package (up to a $154 total value), which includes the following:
- 18-hole round of golf for two, including cart rental (up to a $70 value)
One-night stay for two in a standard lodge room at Hickory Knob State Resort Park (up to an $84 value)<p>
- For $30, you get an 18-hole round of golf for two, including cart rental (up to a $70 value).
- For $54, you get an 18-hole round of golf for four, including two cart rentals (up to a $140 value).<p>
Hemmed by the cerulean waters of Lake Thurmond, Hickory Knob State Resort Park Golf Course’s 18-hole layout takes golf balls somersaulting across 6,560 yards of immaculate fairways and bermuda grass greens. Golfers must be prepared to grapple with the grassy monolith early in the round, as the par-5 second hole brings together a left-side water hazard, blind pin placement, and substantial 552-yard length to form the course’s most difficult hole. The inlets of Lake Thurmond percolate into the playing area throughout most of the course, including seven holes in which balls must either travel directly over water or pursue dreams of careers as barnacles. One or two horseless chariots nimbly cart twosomes or foursomes from hole to hole, expediting the round while griping about their most recent rejection from Mars rover training school.
With today’s first option, golfers can recess after their round with an overnight stay in a standard two-person room at Hickory Knob’s Lodge. The rooms include a television, coffee maker, and wireless Internet accessible throughout the lodge.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Tom Jackson * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,560 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.5 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 123 from the farthest tees * Four tee options available
Hickory Knob State Resort Park Golf Course’s rates fluctuate throughout the day and week.
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.