Master Your Golf Game in Thoroughbred Country South Carolina
Nearby courses to play through during golf's greatest tournament
The Aiken Golf Club
555 Highland Park Drive, Aiken, South Carolina; 803-649-6029. 18 holes. Par 70. Designed by Donald Ross. Walk/cart. Reservations required.
Originally built in 1912, this historic course has many ties to golf's greats, including early ladies' professionals. Extensive renovation has led to accolades: it's rated in the top three courses to play during Masters Week by Golf Channel's Morning Drive, one of the best courses to play near Augusta National by Golfweek; and "Best Kept Secret" and "Most Charming" by other critics. Just 20 miles east of Augusta National, this course tips its hat to Pinehurst as well as Scottish tradition. Fees are elevated during the championship, but it's still considered a deal.
The River Golf Club
307 Riverside Boulevard, North Augusta, South Caroline; 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.
Mount Vintage Golf Club
375 Mount Vintage Plantation Drive, North Augusta, South Carolina; 803-279-5422. Offering exclusive package pricing for Masters Week, including food/beverage and more. 27 holes. Par 72. Designed by Tom Jackson.
Midland Valley Country Club
151 Midland Drive, Graniteville, South Carolina; 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.
Sweetwater Country Club
571 Clubhouse Lane, Barnwell, South Carlina; 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.
Bamberg Golf and Sports Club
128 Paw Paw Road, Bamberg, South Carolina; 803-956-0144. 18 holes. Par 72. Designed by Russell Breeden. Bermuda greens. Walk/cart. This design uses tight fairways and 84 bunkers plus water on seven holes on the back nine to demand accuracy off the tee.
The Inn at Houndslake/Country Club
897 Houndslake Drive, Aiken, South Carolina; 803-648-9535. 27 holes. Par 36 for each 9.
This course was designed to offer versatility for both weekend golfers and professionals and hosts many tournaments. A pet-friendly, unique 30-room lodge is located on the grounds. Guests may use any of the Club's facilities.
For those who favor nine-hole courses, here are two:
Crestwood Golf Club
6505 Carolina Highway, Denmark, South Carolina; 803-383-0201
9 holes. Par 36. Driving range and practice putting green. Tuesday-Sunday.
Williston Country Club
15 Fairway Drive, Williston, South Carolina; 803-266-7616.
9 holes. Par 36. Bermuda greens. Walk/cart.
For a fun, family event, South on Whiskey Mini Golf brings on a quirky challenge, along with batting cages and an event space for rental. 3197 Whiskey Road, Aiken, South Carolina; 803-643-1715. Wed-Sun.