Did you know that only two of South Carolina’s 47 (and growing) state parks have golf courses? It might seem odd that one can play golf in a state park, let alone two, but it makes a lot of sense when you consider just how popular the Palmetto State is for golfers from all over. Golf courses can be found all over South Carolina, and they’re both world-renowned and locally loved. The two state parks where visitors can tee off are Hickory Knob State Resort Park in McCormick, SC, and the site of this “Go For It” adventure, Cheraw State Park.
Go For It: Tee-rific State Park
Cut through a pine forest along the shores of Lake Juniper, this challenging course was designed by Tom Jackson. Imagine playing golf in a pristine park setting, with no condominiums, houses, roads or those penalizing out-of-bounds stakes. Picture yourself on a course where there are no adjacent fairways—just picturesque views of forests, lakes and wildlife.
Facilities include a gorgeous clubhouse, practice green, driving range, pro shop and snack grill; plus, the Cheraw golf course is a Certified Audubon International Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit Cheraw State Park for 18 holes, and while you’re there, take advantage of the many other experiences the park has on offer.
Fishing – Take advantage of the Tackle Loaner Program and enjoy fishing in the park's 360-acre Lake Juniper for bass, bream and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
Birdwatching – Birdwatching is a popular activity on the park. The red-cockaded woodpecker may be seen in or near their nesting area.
Paddling – Take advantage of the fishing boat, kayak and canoe rentals, or rent a pedal boat to see more of Lake Juniper.
Picnic – If you don’t already have snacks from the pro shop, bring a lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery at the picnic shelter.
Find more information on the activities at Cheraw State Park here.