Kid- and Family-Friendly Golf Courses Abound in South Carolina

By:Bob Gillespie

Date:12/1/2014

Play a round at family-friendly golf courses in South Carolina.
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For years, golf industry leaders have recognized that the biggest threats to the game’s future are the growing number of players who quit and — perhaps more important — the declining numbers of youngsters taking up golf.

In South Carolina, courses are making increased efforts to be kid- and family-friendly, whether with kids’ tees on adult-sized holes; shorter, more manageable holes; or reduced costs for families to play together.

Courtesy of the SC Junior Golf Association’s Chris Miller, here’s a list of other kid-friendly courses:

Myrtle Beach area:

The Myrtle Beach area offers “kids play free” programs at countless Grand Strand courses for children 16 and younger during the summer months and at deep discounts during other seasons. Find information about them here.

Also in Myrtle Beach, Cane Patch Par 3 – Cane Patch, like its Grand Strand sister course, Midway Par 3, isn’t long (794 yards from the back tees) but offers adults a chance to connect with the kids on beach vacations. Cane Patch also has a driving range on-site.

You'll find family-friendly golf courses throughout the Palmetto State. Here's a list of where to start on your next golf vacation in South Carolina.

Gifford Golf, Beaufort – A nine-hole, par-36 layout, Gifford Golf opened in 1997 and has all the elements of golf but with kid-sized holes.

The Golf Center, Columbia – The nine-hole, 2,376-yard par-27 course opened in 2002 and is part of an all-purpose facility with driving range, putting green and practice bunker area.

Par-3 West, Greenwood – This nine-hole, par-3 course opened in 2000 and boasts 1,060 yards from the longest tees.

Eagle Landing, Hanahan – A par-65 “executive” design measuring up to 4,164 yards, it opened in 1986 as the first course designed solely for a modified Cayman ball, which goes about 50 percent as far as regulation balls.

Cokesbury Hills, Hodges – This nine-hole, par-30 executive course near Greenwood measuring 1,955 yards from the back tees is easy to walk and features small, fast greens and ponds in play on several holes.

Holly Hill Golf Club, Holly Hill – A nine-hole, par-36 course with complete golf pro shop, plus tennis and swimming pool, Holly Hill is recently renovated and enjoyable for all ages.

Cross Winds, Greenville – An 18-hole, par-54 layout near Greenville’s downtown airport, each hole is designed by a famous architect (Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Bob Cupp among them) and is challenging for all ages. Back tees range from 84 to 180 yards.

Stonebridge Golf Club/Caddy Shak, Lexington – A play-and-practice facility with a driving range on-site, the 12-hole, par-3 course has a variety of holes, trees, sand and water. Mats are used for tee shots.

Lake Murray Golf Center, Chapin – Lake Murray, built on a 15-acre woodlands tract, is a lighted, nine-hole par-3 course with holes from 60 to 162 yards, as well as lakes and streams.

The Plantation Course, Edisto Beach – Short and tight with plenty of water and wildlife, this 1973 Tom Jackson design will test adults but is not too long for juniors (4,438–6,130 yards) and annually hosts numerous junior events.

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