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Pee Dee Country - Northeast South Carolina Golf

Great Golf Without the Ocean Prices

By Brian Weis


Pee Dee Country is a seven-county region, named for the original Native American Pee Dee Indians who inhabited it long ago. In the heart of the region is Florence most famous for the Darlington Raceway, NASCAR's oldest speedway. For golfers who drive to Myrtle Beach, Charleston or Hilton Head Island kno the region as great golf courses without the ocean prices. For many it is an ideal stop for a warm up round or two. Do not overlook this region as a destination in itself, as it features almost 30 golf courses.

Where To Play

The Country Club of South Carolina

The small town of Florence is located at the intersection of two major highways I95 and I20. The crown Jewel of the area is The Country Club of South Carolina. Built in 1968, the Elllis Maples designed course winds thru several small lakes and Black Creek. Many greens are tucked into hollows surrounded by dogwoods, azaleas and old-growth hardwoods. Mature trees draped with Spanish moss line the fairways and monster bunkers call for target golf. Host of the 2007 state Am, the semi-private course is open to the public.

CC of South Carolina features the most feared hole in the area. The monster par 4 14th climbs a three to four story hill. Take and extra club and a half or you might find your ball coming up shirt and rolling back down the hill another 30-50 yards.

On property are spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom condos with course views and of Lake McDonald.

Four Tees: 76062, 8887, 6062 and 5292 Yards
Slope/Rating: 141/74.8
Rates: $65 with golf package
Designer: Elllis Maples

The Country Club of South Carolina
3525 McDonald Boulevard
Florence, South Carolina 29506
843-669-0920

The Traces Golf Club
The Traces is a 27 hole championship course located just off I20 (exit 137) that can be played in any combination.

The Woodlands Course was designed by Lakeland, Florida native, Ron Garl. This 9 features the property's signature hole, the par 3 4th. The 175 yard hole forces you to carry a large pond and massive sand trap. Bring you're a game because water comes into play on 5 of the 9 holes.

The Meadows Course is a mixture of parkland and link style golf. Five holes are completely open with the remaining heavily lined with pines and hardwoods.

The Creekside Course is appropriately named with water on almost every hole. Beware, water is not the only obstacle. Golfers will need to navigate tree lined fairways, rolling hills and big undulating greens to post a good score.

4 Tees: 27 Holes
Architect: James Goodson/Ron Garl
Rates: $40-$30 depending on season

The Traces Golf Club
4322 Southborough Road
Florence, SC 29501
843-662-7775

Other Courses In The Area

Beaver Creek Golf Club
Darlington
393-5441

Bishopville Country Club
Bishopville
484-3675

Clio Country Club
Clio
586-9361

The Crossings Golf Club
Florence
665-8040

Darlington Country Club
Darlington
393-2146

Dusty Hills Country Club
Marion
423-2721

Foxboro Golf Club
Lydia
332-0613

Fox Creek Golf Club
Hartsville
332-0613

Governor's Run Golf Club
Lamar
326-5513

Hartsville Country Club
Hartsville
332-1441

Lake City Country Club
Lake City
374-3415

Marlboro Country Club
Bennettsville
479-7741

Oakdale Country Club
Florence
662-0368

Pineland Country Club
Nichols
526-2175

Sandy Point Golf Club
Hartsville
335-8950

Swamp Fox Golf Club
Kingstree
382-3436

Twin Lakes Country Club
Dillon
774-3740

The Wellman Club
Johnsonville
386-2521


Eats and Treats

Red Bone Alley
The food is fresh and innovative South Carolina regional cuisine. Closely tied to the land, sea and rivers that abound in the region, South Carolina's cuisine is influenced by hundred of years of French, Mediterranean, African, English and West Indian cooking.

The dish to die for is The Low Country Shrimp and Grits. Your mouth will water just reading the menu."Our popular creamy, cheese grits loaded with spicy fried shrimp, seared ham, mushrooms with green onions.

1903 West Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29501
(843) 673-0035

Where To Stay


Hilton Garden Inn Florence

2671 Hospitality Boulevard,
Florence, South Carolina, USA 29501
843-432-3001

What Else To Do In The Area

Darlington Raceway Tour

The "Track too Tough to Tame," NASCAR's oldest super speedway has been the site of many legendary
races. Hourly tours of the track will show you history, tradition and family fun!

Open 7 days, 9 am-5 pm. Tours: Adults $5;
Children 6-12, $3; 5 & under Free.

Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and NMPA (National Motorsports Press Assoc.) Hall of Fame

Take a trip back in time to relive the magical moments that have made NASCAR racing the world's greatest spectator sport. See and learn about the pioneers of the sport and the historic cars that carried them to greatness. NASCAR souvenirs in the gift shop.

Open 7 days, 9 am-5 pm.
Admission: Adults $5; Children 12 & under, Free

1301 Harry Byrd Hwy.
Darlington, SC 29532
843-395-8900

Rants and Raves

Fran Willis, Executive Director of Pee Dee Tourism Commission summed it up best when she said "while this area is a great place to visit, it is even more amazing place to live." Great golf, affordable prices and a year round golf destination makes this region a must visit. When should you go? Well if you want
to see the Azaleas bloom, book your travel for this coming spring.


 


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Revised: 12/21/2010 - Article Viewed 21,971 Times


Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.


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