Golf is considered a gentlemen's game due to its emphasis on proper etiquette, color-coordinated outfits, and the removal of all brass knuckles and inflatable billy clubs before competition. Become a model of civility with today's Groupon: for $30, you get 18 holes of golf for two and a golf cart at Lakewood Links in Sumter (up to a $70 value).
Lakewood Links welcomes golfers with 18 holes and 6,826 yards of heavily wooded, links-style, par 72 excitement. Designed by Charlotte architect J. Porter Gibson, the course boasts many eccentric elements, including tall pines and oak trees as well as water hazards on 10 of the more challenging holes. An island green caps off the course's 13th hole, challenging seasoned club-swingers and stirring up painful flashbacks for anyone who's ever signed up for the wrong three-hour tour. Scope the scorecard to set stroke expectations and study the course layout to avoid asking for directions while roving in this package's included golf cart.
After hours of fairway competition, guests may retire to the course's snack bar to talk shop, or brush up on their swing at the driving range. Lakewood Links requires that all players wear collared shirts, spikeless shoes, and 10-gallon hats made entirely out of tortilla chips.
Lakewood Links' rates fluctuate throughout the week.
The water hazards at Lakewood Links may seem innocuous at first glance—until golfers realize that they are seemingly everywhere. Waterways come into play on 11 holes throughout the round, often in positions that leave golfers little room for error. On the ninth hole—a 421-yard par-four rated the most difficult on the course—a pond intersects the fairway right down the middle, making golfers think twice about hitting their driver off the tee. The par three 13th hole is the course's signature track, and for good reason: from the tee box, golfers take aim at a scenic island green stationed 173 yards in the distance. Before rounds, golfers can warm up with practice strokes at the driving range or by using their tees as chopsticks over lunch at the Bamboo Bar.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 72 course
- Length of 6,826 yards from the tips
- Course rating of 73.8 from the tips
- Slope rating of 124 from the tips
- Four tee options