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The Best Golf and Accommodations Near The CJ CUP in South Carolina

Perry Baker Perry Baker
Perry is a former photojournalist who now serves as the Interactive Manager for
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Beaufort is home to an impressive selection of accommodations, such as the beautiful Beaufort Inn. Photo courtesy of The Beaufort Inn.

Going to the CJ Cup PGA TOUR event at Congaree Golf Club this October? Consider staying in nearby Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton or Walterboro.

This year's CJ Cup will be played at Congaree Golf Club October 17-23 in Ridgeland and you may want to extend your stay and mix in some Lowcountry fun time with your golf spectating.

The CJ Cup at Congaree will be the second PGA event to be held in South Carolina in 2021 and offers a stern test for PGA TOUR golfers on the 5-year-old Tom Fazio design. If you're looking to hit the fairways yourself, you'll find no shortage of courses in the Lowcountry that will challenge, entertain and even frustrate you!

As exciting as the golf action is expected to be at Congaree, make time to enjoy the wonderful sights, flavors and history of coastal South Carolina. Since Congaree Golf Club is located in rural Ridgeland, right off I-95, spectators will most likely seek out accommodations in some of the nearby larger destinations, such as Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort and Walterboro.


Hilton Head Island
32 miles
Hilton Head Island is one of South Carolina's most luxurious beach destinations. Dotted with world-class golf courses, renowned restaurants, superb shopping and white sand beaches as far as the eye can see, this resort island is just right for relaxing. In addition to its premier accommodations and scenic beauty, Hilton Head also offers an exciting cultural scene to explore. From the rich history of the Gullah people to authentic Lowcountry cuisine to wildlife viewing in the maritime forests of Fish Haul Creek Park, Hilton Head Island has seaside adventures for every state of mind. Golfers from around the world are drawn to Hilton Head for its numerous highly ranked golf courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort and Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation. The island has a course for every preference and skill level, and there's even miniature golf for those who aren't inclined to tee off where the pros do.

28 miles
Just before you cross the bridge to Hilton Head Island, you'll find Bluffton, a small town full of charm and history, great restaurants and shopping. Bluffton also offers accommodations ranging from chain hotels like Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites to the charming Old Town Bluffton Inn in the center of the historic district, and two Tanger Outlets shopping centers on Hwy 278.  If you would like to plan a more relaxing and upscale stay, consider Montage Palmetto Bluff.  While Hilton Head Island is known for its great golf courses, Bluffton has a number of notable courses, too. And after a day of walking the beautiful Congaree course, you can refresh and relax at the many breweries that offer tasty local brews and food.

31 miles
Perched on a peninsula surrounded by vast expanses of salt marsh and sea islands, Beaufort has long drawn visitors looking to experience the unique cultural heritage and beauty of the Lowcountry. But this seaside city has a lot more going for it than just geography. Beaufort was one of the only Southern towns Union troops chose to occupy rather than burn down during the Civil War. Its rich history is beautifully preserved in the buildings and stately antebellum homes that line the city's oak-shaded streets. With more than 50 architecturally significant structures, the entire downtown was designated a National Historic Landmark—a distinction earned by few U.S. towns. Beaufort offers a great selection of accommodations, from quaint and historic inns to national chain hotels, along with an array of fun shops in the historic downtown. Walk down Bay Street and treat yourself to some traditional Southern cuisine while enjoying the view of the Beaufort River.

36 miles
Walterboro was established in 1783 as a summer haven for farmers living along the South Carolina coast. Its inviting historic downtown offers a selection of antique stores and shops full of local art. Make sure to visit the South Carolina Artisans Center, representing more than 300 artists from around the state. You’ll also find a variety of locally owned cafes, chain restaurants and accommodations to suit every budget.

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