When Atlantis fell, the only survivors were its golfers, whose vast knowledge of water hazards saw them to safety. Hone game-saving skills with today's Groupon: for $29, you get an 18-hole round of golf for two, including cart rental and two large buckets of range balls, at Indian Trail Golf Course in Batesburg (up to a $58 value).
Sculpted into the dense woodlands and the lush foliage of midlands topography, Indian Trail Golf Course spans 6,272 yards of emerald fairways and dazzling bermuda-grass greens. Warming up swings with buckets of range balls helps duffers to prepare for rounds while also manipulating envious personal golf balls into better performance on the real course. The gentle thrum of cart tires on asphalt serves as the soundtrack to twosomes' progression throughout the verdant grounds, where dimpled spheroids contend with more than 40 strategically placed bunkers. With nine ponds peppered throughout, water comes into play on 11 holes.
Heart rates escalate as players approach the course's signature par-4 14th hole, where a mid-fairway boulder impedes even sound tee shots. Just beyond, a majestic two-tiered green is well protected by a king's guard of three bunkers, an intervening waterway, and a stage show of ball-stealing jesters. The player-friendly course offers four tees to appease duffers of all club-flailing fortitude, and its advanced irrigation system ensures playable conditions year-round.
Indian Trail Golf Course
As golfers stand over teed-up golf balls, staring down the fairway of Indian Trail Golf Course’s 370-yard 14th hole—the course signature—they may be perplexed by its ranking as the round’s most difficult hole. Though the scorecard reads “short par 4,” the hole packs a good deal of hardship into its diminutive stature. Golfers must aim for the top of the fairway hill off the tee, while steering clear of the boulder on the right side and the large pond just beyond. Players are forgiven for going the conservative route with a long iron off the tee, as opposed to risking the driver or a retrofitted t-shirt cannon. If they leave themselves a decent lie on the approach, a two-tiered green awaits just over the water, making three-putts an all-too-common occurrence.
While not every hole features boulders, uphill fairways, and the ever-present threat of boogeyman attacks, the course is characterized by the ubiquitous threat of hazards. In all, nine ponds and more than 40 bunkers haunt players along the 6,272 yards of Bermuda-covered terrain, lending an air of hostility to the otherwise pristine surroundings.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Total length of 6,272 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 69.4 from the back tees
- Course slope of 127 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole