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Experience Fun Outdoor Recreation in Florence

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When you visit Florence, get ready to play! The many natural areas, rivers, parks and sporting facilities reflect a lifestyle that is rich with recreational opportunities. Explore the area from a kayak or on a golf course, or cheer on one of our sports teams. It’s just one more way that Florence lives up to its motto: Full life, full forward.

Golf

Golf is a favorite sport across the Pee Dee, and Florence caters to the golf crowd with four courses:

Country Club of South Carolina. This 18-hole championship course has served as the site for multiple PGA-sanctioned tournaments. Features include a putting green, driving range and practice bunkers. All skill levels are accommodated.

Shadow Creek Golf Club. A satisfying golf game awaits you on this 18-hole course. Enjoy teeing off in this picturesque setting dotted with hills and ponds. Hone your skills on the 250-yard practice area, chipping and putting greens, and practice bunkers.

Traces Golf Club. What golfer wouldn’t be excited about 27 holes on a beautiful, wooded stretch of perfectly manicured course? Three nine-hole courses provide options to suit golfers of all levels.

Palms Course.This palm-studded, 18-hole course is situated on beautiful Lake Oakdale. A local favorite, it features some challenging water hazards and a practice area to sharpen your swing before you hit the greens.

Tennis and Pickleball

You’ll find both tennis and pickleball courts at centrally located Timrod Park. The sprawling 18 acres is also where you'll find Florence’s favorite playground. There are picnic facilities and beautiful gardens to stroll through as well.

At the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center, premier tennis and pickleball facilities include 24 asphalt courts and six HydroGrid clay courts. An activity center with showers, locker rooms and a pro shop round out the amenities of this complex.

Softball, Baseball, Soccer and More

Freedom Florence is the city's impressive, champion-caliber sports facility, featuring nine lighted softball fields, four football fields, a soccer field and gymnastics center. The venue hosts tournaments on the state, regional and national level. There are also picnic facilities, outdoor grills, a hiking trail and a fishing pond.

Sparrow Stadium is the home of Florence’s RedWolves Coastal Plain League baseball team. It is located at Francis Marion University’s Griffin Athletic Complex, also home to the university’s Patriots baseball team. A concession area, restrooms, VIP room and press box make this the hotspot for spectator sports in Florence.

The 80-acre new Florence Soccer Complex with 14 fields, concessions and tons of parking, has already kicked up the area’s soccer experience several notches. A playground, picnic areas, walking trails and more are part of the vision for this premier venue.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Lynches River County Park is a popular put-in site for paddlers. It also marks the beginning of one of Florence’s most lauded water excursions, the South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Trail. The 66-mile trail meanders through the county, offering paddlers a chance to see where legendary war hero General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion, led his militia through the cypress swamps to outsmart British troops. The scenery is breathtaking and the history compelling. Local outfitters are at your service to lead the way on day trips or rustic overnight paddling and camping excursions. Contact the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau for information.

Hiking

The Florence Trail System offers hikers and bikers approximately 45 linked miles of leg-stretching pathways that connect to parks, historical sites and features that define the natural beauty of the town.

Racing

Florence Motor Speedway is home to some of the region’s most exciting stock car racing. Saturday nights from April through November sizzle at the 3,500-seat venue, which also offers great concessions and a high-energy kart track.

Libby Wiersema
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.