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Save Some Green: Budget-Friendly Golf Courses

Perry Baker Perry Baker
Perry is a former photojournalist who now serves as the Interactive Manager for
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South Carolina might be best known for its prestigious golf courses, but you don’t have to break the bank to play a round on these courses.

Edgewater Golf Club, Near Lancaster
Architect: Bruce Brodsky
At 7,103 yards from the back tees, the challenging track offers slick bentgrass greens that are elevated and protected by large bunkers. With no two fairways parallel, this track winds through a wooded landscape offering players a feeling of isolation.

Hickory Knob State Resort Park, McCormick
Architect: Tom Jackson
With several holes running alongside scenic Lake Thurmond, golfers will experience expansive water views and a surprisingly hilly course that will challenge golfers of any skill level.

Cheraw State Park, Cheraw
Architect: Tom Jackson
Cheraw State Park Golf Course winds around picturesque Lake Juniper. Strategic bunkering and elevated, undulating greens put some teeth in this relatively short—but thoroughly enjoyable— course.

Wyboo Golf Club, Manning
Architect: Tom Jackson
Play this true gem of a course nestled along Wyboo Creek that offers wide, inviting fairways and intimidating approach shots to well-protected, small greens. This course has been named a top public track along with many other accolades since opening in 1999.

Aiken Golf Club, Aiken
Architects: John Inglis, I.W. Fowler, E.J. Egerrton
Opening in 1912 with 11 holes and later expanded to 18 holes by John Inglis in 1915, Aiken Golf Club has a long history. The Women’s Invitational Tournament brought storied names in golf such as Babe Zaharias, Patty Berg and Helen Detwiler to compete on a grand stage between 1936–38. The course became public in 1941 when ownership transferred to the City of Aiken. 

Perry Baker
Perry is a former photojournalist who now serves as the Interactive Manager for