Unlike South Carolina's coastal regions, the Upstate doesn't have a wealth of resort properties to use as a base for stay-and-play golf vacations. But the golf in the region, with its good courses, mountain views and pleasant summer temperatures, is worth going to a little extra effort to find and enjoy.
And there are ready-made packages available for vacationers in search of those. Many can be found at Golf Packages of SC. Here are some options.
Golf Packages offers more than a dozen Upstate area public access courses. Tops among those are The Walker Course in Clemson,Links O' Tryon near Campobello, the P.B. Dye-designed Cherokee Valley Golf Course, and The Preserve at Verdae, conveniently located off Interstate 85 near downtown Greenville.
Other package courses include Greenville's Furman University Golf Course, Boscobel Country Club (Pendleton), Brookstone Meadows Golf & Country Club and Cobb's Glen Country Club (both Anderson), the Gary Player-designed River Falls Plantation (Duncan), Southern Oaks Golf Course (Easley), Willow Creek Golf Club (Greer) and Woodfin Ridge Golf Course and Village Greens Golf & Country Club (both Inman).
Also listed on the Golf Package website are partner hotels in Greenville, including the Clarion Inn & Suites (Haywood Mall), Holiday Inn Express (I-85 and Woodruff Road) and Microtel by Wyndham (I-85 and I-385). For a non-chain experience, The Phoenix Inn is a boutique hotel on North Pleasantburg Boulevard near Greenville's Downtown Airport and the TD Convention Center. If the Preserve at Verdae is a favorite, there's the adjacent Embassy Suites Hotel Greenville Golf Resort Conference Center.
Greenville and Spartanburg are just 30 minutes apart via I-85, so golf across the Upstate is accessible from either. But perhaps it suits better to stay close to the "Hub City" (named for its former status as a railroad hub). Courses available for public play include Spartanburg's Heddles Hideway Country Club and The Creek Golf Club; River Falls Plantation (Duncan); Woodfin Ridge and Village Greens (both Inman); Links O' Tryon (Campobello); and Willow Creek (Greer).
For accommodations, check out the centrally-located Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park, the Courtyard by Marriott and the Residence Inn, located near I-85. Also close to I-85 and I-26 is the Holiday Inn Express Westgate Mall.
While considered part of South Carolina's Old 96 District and separate from the Upstate, Greenwood is close enough, with more golf courses to choose from, to perhaps make a side trip worthwhile. Stay-and-play deals are available via Golf Packages.
Courses available via the website include Hunter's Creek, Savannah Lakes Village & Golf Clubs (two courses: Tara and Monticello), Mount Vintage Plantation and Golf Club, The Patriot at Grand Harbor, Pine Ridge Club, The Golf Course at Star Fort, and The Links at Stoney Point. Partner hotels include the Fairfield Inn & Suites Greenwood, the Holiday Inn Express Greenwood, and for a non-chain choice, the Inn on the Square at 104 Court Ave. in Greenwood.
Located closer to Charlotte (20-30 minutes) than the Greenville-Spartanburg area (about an hour away), I-85 connects Rock Hill to the Upstate and has its own selection of courses and accommodations, available via Golf Packages.
Courses listed on the website include Cheraw State Park Golf Course, rated one of America's great values by Golf Digest, the Hale Irwin-designed Waterford Golf Club (Rock Hill), Springfield Golf Club, Tega Cay Golf Course, Fort Mill Golf Course, Regent Park Golf Course and Carolina Lakes Golf Course (all in Fort Mill), Chester Golf Course and Edgewater Golf Club and Lancaster Golf Course (both Lancaster).
Partner hotels include the Comfort Inn Rock Hill (I-77, exit 27), Courtyard by Marriott Rock Hill, Hilton Garden Inn (I-77 and Dave Lyle Blvd., Manchester Village Center), Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rock Hill and the Wingate by Wyndham (I-77 and Dave Lyle Blvd., Exit 79).