The Rest of the Story: New South Carolina “Mountains to Midlands” Golf Alliance
Spanning four regions of South Carolina that offer outstanding sporting endeavors, history and plenty of entertaining nightlife, the new “Mountains to Midlands” golf alliance will shine a brighter spotlight on the rest of the Palmetto State.
In the national rankings of the best states for golf, South Carolina regularly checks near the top of the list. When one thinks about teeing it up in the Palmetto State, however, usually only 2 areas come to mind-well known golf getaways such as Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head.
“People don’t realize that the upstate and non-coastal areas of South Carolina have great golf, too,” says Strauss Moore Shiple. She was instrumental in helping form the new “Mountains to Midlands” golf marketing alliance that represents a partnership of four regions extending from the center of the state to the extreme northwest tip — the Olde English District, where Shiple has been the longtime Project Manager, along with The Upcountry, Lake Murray Country and the Old 96 District.
Mountains to Midlands (M2M) cover a scenic and historic area of South Carolina, where interstate highways make travel easy and the golf courses accessible. Considering its close proximity and impressive supply of outstanding layouts — as well as the area’s temperate climate allowing golf to be enjoyed year round is little wonder ‘Mountains to Midlands’ is fast becoming renowned as a satisfying and surprisingly affordable golf destination. For more information visit www.M2MGolfSC.com.
Most of the golf in the Olde English District (www.oldeenglishgolf.com) or “The OED,” as it is more popularly referred to— a land where the famed golfing Sandhills to the north meet the Lowcountry to the south and east — is situated along the stretch of Interstate 77 from Rock Hill to Columbia, S.C. The OED also extends east to a golf gem at the Tom Jackson-designed 6900+ yards Cheraw State Park Course (http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/cheraw/cheraw-golf.aspx), built around 309-acre Lake Juniper. The undisputed “capital” of The OED is Rock Hill/York County, located an easy 30 minutes south of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, where golfers will discover a number of outstanding layouts such as the timeless design at Springfield Golf Club in Fort Mill that plays across or along flowing streams, the Bruce Brodsky designed 7100 yard Edgewater Golf Club, and 7000 yard Carolina Lakes with its bent grass greens similar to Augusta National — a pristine setting of natural streams and ponds with the Catawba River meandering through it
Just a bit further south is the 27 hole Cobblestone Park Golf Club in Blythewood managed by Mosaic Company and home to the University of South Carolina Gamecock golf teams- a Top 30 Palmetto State stalwart. That takes us to Lake Murray Country http://www.lakemurraycountry.com/things-to-do/golf-courses portion of the Mountains to Midlands alliance. Located in the heart of the Palmetto State, Lake Murray Country is centered in the state’s capital city, Columbia, and on Lake Murray. Surrounded by three gorgeous rivers, Lake Murray (“the jewel of the south”) features 650 miles of picturesque shoreline — one reason it was named by Boating Magazine one of the “Top 10 Places to Live and Boat.”
With 33 championship golf courses in the area, not to mention outstanding dining and entertainment, Lake Murray Country is known for other sporting exploits as well. Among the Lake Murray area’s must-play layouts are The Windermere Club, a private (public access is available through Golf Packages of SC) Pete & P.B. Dye-designed facility that will provide a unique and truly memorable experience, along with Oak Hills Golf Club, a 2006 Steve Melnyk and Davis Love III masterpiece that has been recognized in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.”
Moving west you can transport your sticks to Old 96 District http://sctravelold96.com/, which may just be South Carolina’s best-kept golf secret. This region takes you from north of Augusta along the Georgia border approaching I-85, where just north is the booming Greenville-Spartanburg corridor — which also includes a number of golfing gems.
Among the most renowned layouts in Old 96 are The Patriot Golf Course at Grand Harbour Golf & Yacht Community, another Davis Love III stunner on Lake Greenwood voted “Best New Course” in South Carolina in 2004; the Tom Jackson designed Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club, a 27-hole, semi-private facility that Golf Magazine has likened to nearby Augusta National and now managed by Integrity Golf LLC; and The Links at Stoney Point, a picturesque links design situated also on Lake Greenwood that includes first-class amenities. Hickory Knob (http://southcarolinaparks.com/hickoryknob/introduction.aspx) is another Tom Jackson design in McCormick, S.C., bordering the Georgia State line and playing along beautiful Lake Thurmond.
Last but certainly not least, abounding with natural resources and recreational opportunities, The Upcountry http://www.upcountrysc.com/ portion of the M2M alliance also includes a number of outstanding golfing experiences.
The Walker Course at Clemson University is the home course of the vaunted Clemson Tiger golf team and offers up a spectacular collection of finishing holes along the shores of Lake Hartwell, while The Preserve at Verdae is a William Bird design carved out of the Carolina Forest located in mid-town Greenville. Of course, The Upcountry also includes the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains, which frame the Bill Bergin designed 7100 yard Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman. Jacob’s Creek winds its way thru 3 of the holes while the reservoir on scenic Lake Bowen captures your attention later in the round.
Mountains to Midlands not only allow golfers to either mix and match their golf from region to region or stay in one of their choice, this bourgeoning alliance transports golfers to a place where small towns, affordable pricing and big-name golf course architects harmoniously blend together.
For information or to book your personalized Mountains to Midlands golf and travel package, contact Ricky Saucier at (888) 501-0954, email [email protected] or visit www.golfpackagesofsc.com for additional details about special offer