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Cobblestone Park Golf Club, Blythewood

Just north of Columbia, P.B. Dye’s oak-lined track (formerly members only) ranks among the top 30 courses in South Carolina – no small feat in a golf-mad state that counts almost 500 of them. The young men and women you see dressed in black and garnet and honing those syrupy swings on the ample range and narrow fairways are none other than the USC Gamecocks golf team, and Cobblestone is their training ground. No wonder: With signature holes like the peninsula green Black No. 2 and the which-fairway-should-I-choose Black No. 9, this is a course that will give any golfer a good schooling.

280 University Club Pkwy., Blythewood, 803-714-2620,

Things to Do - Cobblestone Park Golf Club, Blythewood

Cobblestone Park Golf Club, Blythewood

Historic Camden

Brush up on the area’s rich golf pedigree at the Camden Archives and Museum – the golf memorabilia and books are ace – then take a stroll around the city itself. Largely spared during the Civil War, it was the scene of heavy losses on both sides during the Revolutionary War. Visit the restored 18th-century Kershaw- Cornwallis House; you might even catch a battle re-enactment on the grounds outside. 

Cheraw State Park Golf Course

The nearest town to this serene Tom Jackson layout is Cheraw, a place so pretty, according to locals, that General Sherman declined to torch it. Longleaf pines flank the wide, firm fairways of this public track, and Lake Juniper peeks out on several holes. Then, on the make-or-break dogleg 13th, the hazardous Lake Cherokee comes into play, asking you to lay up or go for the green.

100 State Park Rd., Cheraw, 843-537-2215,

Springfield Golf Club

Clyde Johnston used the rolling land in this certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary to strategic advantage, creating a tough but fair golden-age feel – though the white-sand bunkers and lightning-fast greens are pure modern era, and you’ll have to watch the trickling streams that feed into the Catawba River. The beat of band practice drifting over from Nation Ford High School will keep your swing in rhythm.

639 Hambley House Lane, Fort Mill, 803-548-3318,

Camden Country Club

Golf-course designer Donald Ross gave this spot a makeover in the 1930s, and the effects have been carefully preserved, right down to his hard-rolling fairways and dastardly crowned greens. The pool and tennis courts – not to mention the nearby steeplechase and polo grounds – give this country club old-school charm. The hospitality too is pure South; they won’t look askance if you order your iced tea unsweetened.

111 Knights Hill Rd., Camden, 803-432-3322,

Things to Do - Baxter Village, Fish Market Bar & Grill

3 Sources of Southern Comfort

01 Keep it local in Baxter Village: Fish Market Bar & Grill serves up Carolina mountain trout with lump crab and sweet-potato purée.
990 Market St., Fort Mill, 803-547-4024,

02 Fourth-generation distiller Carl Monday turns corn mash into legal 100-proof white lightning at Dark Water Distillery in downtown Camden.
923 Broad St., Camden, 803-420-2678,

03 Deutschland meets the Deep South at Oskars Restaurant & Bar, a cozy, wood-lined room where the hungry golfer will have trouble deciding between schnitzel or shrimp and grits with feta.
130 Second St., Cheraw, 843-320-0303,



Comments… or add another

Edward Anderson

Sunday, May 31st 2015 18:44
Cheraw State Park is the best course for the money and beautiful.

Edward Anderson

Sunday, May 31st 2015 18:46
Sitting here on hole 8 at this time!
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