Get Your Free 2019 Vacation Guide

Download your free guide or request a copy by mail below, and start planning your one-of-a-kind South Carolina adventure today.

Vacation Guide Cover
View Our Other Guides

Golf at Kershaw Country Club

Bob Gillespie Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.
More from "Bob Gillespie"
Kershaw Country Club
Kershaw Country Club Course in Kershaw SC.

A couple of things you should know about Kershaw Country Club. First of all, it's not in Kershaw County.

Second: It's not a golf course you'd expect to find in a town of 1,500. It's much better than that.

First, location: To get there, drive north from Camden on U.S. 601/U.S. 521. About five miles before you get to the town of Kershaw, you come to a sign for ... Lancaster County.

That's right: Kershaw is in Lancaster County. So is the 6,031-yard, par-72 golf course, which began as a nine-hole course in 1936, built as a Depression-era WPA project. The second nine was added in 2004 by Atlanta-based architect David Johnson.

According to Champ (yes, that's his real first name) Williams, Kershaw Country Club's professional since June 2005, the Kershaw-Lancaster line once ran through the middle of town. "Then someone decided that was too confusing" for residents, he says, so the county line was moved - south.

Don't let that oddity discourage you, though, from trying this surprisingly good golf test - make that "tests." Kershaw is two distinct courses in one. Its front nine - with wide, common Bermuda-mix fairways running parallel to each other and small greens - is an old-style parkland course. The back nine, which has modern 419 Bermuda fairways, sweeping elevation changes, isolated holes and mounded, undulating greens, is a more modern (and more difficult) test.

"I like the two styles, the variety of holes," says Williams, formerly an assistant at Hilton Head's Belfair Plantation. "It's a good blend."

Good prices, too. Monday-Friday rates are $18 all day - no replay charge - and weekends run $26; both prices include cart. Walkers pay $6 weekdays, $12 weekends. Conditions lately are good, and figure to get better with more rain and less heat this fall.

The municipally owned course gets about 18,000 rounds a year from 125 members and visitors from as far as Charlotte. Where it was losing money as a 75-year-old nine-hole course, it's become a thriving entity since expanding to 18. "When (the town) built the second nine, they were getting serious about having a good course," Williams says.

Williams set the course record this spring, a 63. Surprisingly - or maybe not so surprisingly - he shot 33 on the arguably easier front nine, 30 on the tougher back nine.

For information and directions, call (803) 475-2104. Just don't get confused about which county - or which course - you're playing.

Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.