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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Chicago’s #1 Golf News Source. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island South Carolina.

As golf season heads south for the winter, one of the stops along the way to the far south end of the United States is South Carolina.

The Palmetto State is well known for it’s golf in Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Hilton Head. In those area’s along the coastline there is plenty of well known golf. Kiawah Island, Wild Dunes, Harbor Town, and Palmetto Dunes.

But what about golf across the rest of the state of South Carolina. Well from those who know, it’s pretty good in spite of not getting all the publicity that the all the golf along the coastline gets.

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The 7th hole at Mount Vintage Plantation

“People don’t realize that the upstate and non-coastal areas of South Carolina have great golf as well,” says Strauss Moore Shiple.

Shiple was a major mover in putting together the new “Mountains to Midlands” golf marketing alliance that represents four regions of South Carolina, from the center of the state to the far Northwest tip.

The Mountains to Midlands (M2M) area, includes both scenic and historic parts of South Carolina, where several interstate highways make travel easy and the golf courses very accessible. Add in more stable and often more consistent weather, the MDM area is starting to be a more well known part of the state, and considered more affordable.

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The Preserve Course at Verdae.

One area is called the “OED”, as in the Olde English District. It’s a part of the state where the Sandhills meet the Lowcountry.

Golfers in this area flock to a course at Cheraw State Park and it’s named for park, it was designed by Tom Jackson around the 309-acre Lake Juniper.

But the “OED” area isn’t done just there. 30 minutes south of the Charlotte Douglass International Airport, where golfers will find several courses that include the Springfield Golf Club in Fort Mill, or the Fuzzy Zoeller lake and golf community at Edgewater Golf Club and Carolina Lakes. The courses have a variety of ponds, streams and the Catawba River wondering though them.

Lake Murray Country has Columbia the states capital in the center of it. The area is not just known for Lake Murray but three scenic rivers. Boating Magazine calls the area, “One of the Top 10 places to Live if you own a boat.” There are 33 “championship” golf courses in the area.

The top of list is the private Windermere Club, that has some public access through the Golf Packages of SC, designed by P.B. and Pete Dye. Oak Hills Golf Club by Davis Love III and Steve Melnyk.

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The 7th hole Mount Vintage Golf Club.

The Old 96 District has courses like the Patriot Golf Course and the Grand Harbour Golf and Yacht Community.

The Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club a 27 hole semi-private facility. The Links at Stoney Point and Hickory Knob designed by Jackson that’s in McCormick SC. that borders on the SC and the Georgia state line. If you need more, there is, “The Upcountry” part of the M2M alliance that includes several outstanding golf experiences.

The Walker Course at Clemson University is the home course of the Clemson Tiger Golf Team, that includes several great finishing holes along the shores of Lake Hartwell. The Preserve at Verdae is designed by William Bird and cut out of the Carolina Forest located in mid-town Greenville.

The Upcountry area includes the Blue Ridge Mountains, that settle around the Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman. Jacob’s Creek crosses the course along the scenic Lake Bowen.

Are you ready to take you game through inland South Carolina. For information on the Mountains to Midlands Golf and travel package, contact Ricky Saucier at (888)-501-0954, or by email or visit

South Carolina Golf, more than just the coastline on the sea.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.