Where to Golf
The Aiken Golf Club
555 Highland Park Dr, Aiken. 803-649-6029. 18 holes. Par 70. Designed by Donald Ross. Walk/cart. Reservations required. Originally built in 1912 and extensively restored in recent years, the course makes judicious use of pines, sand and waste areas to evoke a Pinehurst feeling. www.aikengolfclub.net
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek
2475 Club Dr, Aiken. 803-648-4206. 18 holes. Par 72. Designed by Arthur Hills. Bermuda greens. Walk/cart. Cedar Creek has been garnering awards, almost since its opening in 1991. The course features long, par-4 holes and sloping fairways that can send shots into the rough and elevated, undulating greens. www.cedarcreekgolfclub.net/
Houndslake Country Club
901 Houndslake Dr, Aiken. 803-648-6805. Three 9-hole courses. Par 36, Bermuda greens. Designed by Joe Lee. Walk/cart. No walk-in traffic. Play on course limited to members, guests of members and lodge guests. www.houndslakecc.com
Mount Vintage Golf Club
375 Mount Vintage Plantation Dr, North Augusta. 803-279-5422. 27 holes. Par 72. Designed by Tom Jackson. www.mountvintagegolf.com
The River Golf Club
307 Riverside Blvd, North Augusta. 803-202-0110. 18 holes. Par 71. Designed by Jim Fazio. Bent grass greens. Cart. Built as a Hilton Head-style links course with mostly flat fairways and water on 11 holes. www.rivergolfclub.com
Midland Valley Country Club
151 Midland Dr. Graniteville. 803-663-7332. 18 holes. Par 71. Designed by Ellis Maples. Bermuda greens. Walk/cart. Large undulated greens are the main feature of this design. Reservations may be made one day in advance. www.playmidlandvalley.com
Aiken Family Golf Range
1685 Columbia Hwy N, Aiken. 803-508-5635. Tues-Sun 10am-dark. Lessons available upon request.
New Ellenton Golf Course
301 Fairway Dr, New Ellenton. 803-652-7867. 9 holes. Par 36. Designed by Haines Waters. Bermuda greens. Walk/cart.
Bamberg Golf & Sports Club
128 Paw Paw Rd, Bamberg. 803-245-4171. 18 holes. Par 72. Designed by Russell Breeden. Bermuda greens. Walk/cart. This design uses tight fairways and 84 bunkers plus water on 7 holes on the back 9 to demand accuracy off the tee.
Fairdale Country Club
3312 Barton Rd, Fairfax. 803-584-7117. 9 holes. Par 72. Established in 1954. Designed by Walker Smith. Bermuda greens. Walk/cart.
Sweetwater Country Club
571 Clubhouse Ln, Barnwell. 803-259-5004. 18 holes. Par 71. Designed by Russell Breeden. Bermuda greens. This design is relatively benign in terms of elevation and length, but more than makes up for that with its water, sand and elevated greens. Walk/cart.
Williston Country Club
15 Fairway Dr, Williston. 803-266-7616. 9 holes. Par 36. Bermuda greens. Walk/cart.