For Golfers Visiting Santee, Hurricane Matthew Is Just a Fading Memory

By:Bob Gillespie

Date:1/6/2017

While most of the attention by golfers in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which struck South Carolina in October 2016, centered on the coast, inland courses also suffered from the onslaught of heavy rains and high winds. But, like their coastal brethren, Santee Cooper Resort’s two courses and nearby Santee National took the storm’s worst and rebounded quickly.


Thanks to the work of superintendents Gene Scarborough (Santee Cooper) and Mike Holt (Santee National), all three layouts needed a week or less to return to great conditions. That enabled the courses to welcome the annual influx of traveling golfers, including large numbers of Canadians, who find Santee’s value pricing a windfall compared to some coastal resorts.


Not that the area escaped unscathed. “We lost 500 trees – 300 at the (Santee Cooper) Country Club and 200 at Lake Marion,” Scarborough says. “And we got 11 inches of rain in 24 hours. Fortunately, both courses drain well, so we were able to open Lake Marion on Sunday,” the day after Matthew struck. “We blew (debris) off the greens, tees and fairways and were ready to go. At the country club, we had the front nine open on Monday and all 18 on Tuesday.”


At Santee National, Holt says his course lost only 30 trees, but was hit by 14 inches of rain and the resulting flooding. “We were totally closed for 3½ days, and the back nine was closed for a week,” he says.


Interestingly, all three courses were prepared for their cleanup projects, Scarborough says, because the area had had to deal with a similar, if lesser, impact from Hurricane Hermine, which struck the state a glancing blow during Labor Day weekend.


“We’d had that precursor four weeks before,” Scarborough says. “So we’d already contacted the tree guys” who would remove downed timber at the courses.


Once the courses were back in business, all three courses took to the internet to spread the word to worried players with plans to visit. “Email, Facebook, some advertising,” Scarborough says. “Business died down for a couple of weeks but then it picked back up and is doing great now.”


Traffic from Canada is booming, compared to the state’s October 2015 flooding, because unlike then, Interstate 95 remained open throughout Matthew. “For what we charge, $40-$50 (with most deals including accommodations), Canadians see us as a real value,” Scarborough says.


And because both Santee entities teamed up to get their courses up and running, recovery time was kept to a minimum, both superintendents say.


“We’re in competition, but we work together,” Holt says, “even if we fight over the same customers.”


“We both told our bosses, this is the right thing to do,” Scarborough says. “We’re all in this together.”


For information on Santee golf, visit SanteeCooperGolf.com, SanteeNational.com and SanteeCooperGolf/GolfCourses or call 800.448.0512 (Santee National) and 800.344.6534 (Santee Cooper CC and Lake Marion GC).

Related Content

Golf in the Pee Dee and Santee: A Nice Road to Travel
Traveling the Interstate 95 corridor? An enjoyable round of golf in South Carolina might be as close as your next exit.
Golf Santee's 3 Courses
The best thing about golf in Santee is that you can totally immerse yourself in your game while not having to travel far for variety. You come, you stay, you play three solid courses over a weekend - and you almost don’t have to start your car.
Golf at Santee National Golf Club
Santee National Golf Club is an easily accessible, fun course just outside the greater Charleston area. The rolling hills and mossy oaks mix Lowcountry charm with highland terrain - all combined with friendly staff and a challenging day of golf.

Featured Products

Santee Cooper Country Club
Midlands

Santee

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
Designed by architect George Cobb in 1967, Santee Cooper Country Club has been challenging golfers with its beautiful layout for nearly 30 years. At more than 6,500 yard ...
Santee National Golf Club
Midlands

Santee

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
No where is the grand tradition of golf more evident than at Santee National, a challenging 18-hole Porter Gibson design featuring bermuda fairways and greens. Rolling hi ...
Santee Cooper Country
Midlands

Santee

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
World-class fishing. Two lakes, two rivers, two canals, a vast swamp, 450 miles of shoreline, 171,000 acres of land covered by 756 billion gallons of water - Santee Co ...

Featured products and attractions in "For Golfers Visiting Santee, Hurricane Matthew Is Just a Fading Memory "

Nearby Attractions

  • {{item.name}}

You might also like:

Wild Water & Wheels
Coast

Surfside Beach

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
This 16-acre state-of-the-art amusement park is filled with over 33 exciting rides, including high speed flumes, a wipeout wave pool, waterfalls, a complete kids water pl ...
Golf Club Of South Carolina At Crickentree
Midlands

Blythewood

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
The Golf Club of South Carolina designed by Ken Killian is known for its stunning topography, meandering streams, soaring hardwoods, scenic 17-acre lake, and manicured ti ...
Indian Trail Golf Course
Midlands

Batesburg

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
This course has several sand bunkers incorporated throughout its design, and water hazards come into play on nine holes. The signature hole is #14, a scenic, 336-yard, pa ...
Mid Carolina Club
Midlands

Prosperity

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
The fairways are relatively tight, and ponds and lakes come into play on seven holes. This course's most difficult hole is #10, a 430-yard, par 4, requiring a tee shot up ...
Cheraw State Park Golf Course
Midlands

Cheraw

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
Cheraw State Park Golf Course has been called "the best kept secret in South Carolina." The course is one of just 40 in the country to earn Golf Digest's highest honor as ...
Cokesbury Hills Golf Course
Midlands

Hodges

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
This relatively flat and short nine-hole course is an easy and enjoyable walk. With generous fairways and small fast greens, this course will provide a challenge for golf ...