From beautiful ocean side courses to historical plantation settings, South Carolina offers many beautiful courses that have hosted major championships and numerous professional golfers. South Carolina’s lush natural landscape and deep southern heritage have made it a paradise for today’s golf enthusiasts.
Top 4 Best Golf Courses in South Carolina You Must Visit
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere. This beautiful coastline has made the course substantially more demanding than typical courses due to the area’s exposure to the brisk and unpredictable sea breezes. From one round to the next, a player can experience up to an 8-club difference on holes depending upon the direction and strength of the wind providing a challenge for even the most seasoned players. The Ocean Course hosted the 2012 PGA Championship and will be hosting the 2021 PGA Championship in a few years. Kiawah Island Golf Resort also offers dining and a spa so you can recharge after your long morning of golfing.
Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, South Carolina
This discrete and isolated course located in Charleston has retained its character throughout the years. Charleston is known for its beauty and historical presence, and Yeamans holds on to that tradition. The property is full of live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, pines and native grasses. Yeamans course is home to of some of the most dramatic greens you will ever play with generous fairways and enormous greens. Designed by the notable Seth Raynor in 1925, Yeamans Hall is a great immersion into his work. This course has been called “a time capsule in Charleston” due to its traditional golf course design. Yeamans Hall enjoys the firmest playing conditions of any course on the eastern seaboard of the United States. In the words Raynor himself, “this course is going to combine the sandy seaside features, beautiful fairways made magnificent by live oaks and large pines which will make one fall in love with golf.”
Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, Harbour Town Golf Links is the best of three courses at the Sea Pines Resort. Home to the RBC Heritage, Harbor Town has remained in the top echelons of golf since 1969. The course is relatively flat with fairways skirted by pines. The smaller greens are very fair with no tricks in any way. Harbour Town’s closing hole will remain in the memories of its visitor for years. A solid drive on the line of the lighthouse, you couldn’t hope for a more beautiful scene at the end of your golf trip. Here you will walk in the footsteps of golf legends Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Davis Love III. Harbour Town Golf Links was named one of the top 20 courses in the country by Golf Digest and Golfweek, and named by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses You Can Play” and one of the “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America.”
Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina
Opened in 2001 and designed by Tom Fazio, Sage Valley is quickly rising to the top of everyone’s list to visit. Known for its significant elevation changes, salty pines, azaleas, streams and more, Sage Valley is a beautiful sight to behold. This course is only 15 miles away from Augusta National in the rolling country side of South Carolina. This exclusive golf club has a reputation for being one where the pros practice for the Masters. Tom Fazio is a consultant at the Masters venue and knows what it takes to ramp up the aesthetic quotient in order to give the course a certain wow factor. The course offers a number of distinctive and exciting holes that make it a great golfing experience.