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Glorious Greens: Golf Courses with Incredible Views

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From oceanfront vistas to mountain landscapes, South Carolina’s renowned golf courses come with unforgettable views built into every game. Tee off at one of these inspiring courses.

 

For Views of Marches & Maritime Forests

Tidewater Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach stretches along the tidal marshes and bluffs of the Little River Neck peninsula. Four holes perched above Cherry Grove Inlet offer panoramic views of the wetlands and nearby Atlantic Ocean. The balance of holes navigate thick stands of maritime forest until arriving at the clubhouse, where views of the Intracoastal Waterway await.

 

For Views of Dramatic Mountain Peaks

Cherokee Valley Course and Club in Travelers Rest is a mountain-style gem rolling through the Blue Ridge foothills. Its enviable location makes for photo-ready moments, including the 226-yard, par-3 sixth hole with sweeping vistas of Glassy Mountain. Tee shots hang in the air against the lush green backdrop before plunging 70 feet to the putting surface below.

 

For Views of Glittering Lakes

Draped along the shores of Lake Thurmond, water is in play on nearly every hole at Hickory Knob State Resort Park Golf Course in McCormick. Designed by Greenville native Tom Jackson, contrasting nines are separated by a ridge running through the property. The lake is prominent on the final three holes, culminating with an approach shot over water to the green on the par-4 18th.

 

For Views of Cascading Waterfalls

Local ownership acquired The Rock Golf Club & Resort in Pickens in 2017, installing new TifEagle greens, irrigation and bunkering while renovating the restaurant and bar. The property houses Gauley Falls, and plans call for horseback rides from the clubhouse to this beautiful Upstate water feature. Golfers can steal a view on the tee box of the par-3 eighth hole.

 

For Views of Sun-Soaked Beaches

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort features 10 holes hugging the Atlantic Ocean; the late Alice Dye implored her husband and designer Pete Dye to raise the links layout above the coastal dunes to leverage its incredible location. Its prowess as a championship venue was first showcased in the 1991 Ryder Cup, the famous “War by the Shore.”

 

PGA Championship 

Watch the PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort May 17–23, 2021. 

 

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