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4.1
115 Reviews (115)
5 Stars
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2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
85.0%
Recommend this course
103 out of 115 reviews
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3.8
4 Reviews (4)
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Conditions
3.0
Value
4.0
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
3.8
75.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 4 reviews
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3.9
12 Reviews (12)
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Conditions
3.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.2
75.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 12 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6413 yards
Slope 120
Rating 70.9

Lake Marion Golf Course is situated in the heart of Santee, one of the East Coast's premier golfing destinations. The course is routed through a series of lakes and mature pine forests. Trees border the fairways and there are 47 strategically placed bunkers lurking beside the greens. Water also comes into play on a few holes. The gently rolling terrain provides elevated greens and subtle but tricky contours. The winding layout also has a few doglegs that can be hard to navigate. Don't let the challenges fool you though, the golf course is player friendly enough for beginners to approach with confidence. It is a favorite amongst both locals and visitors not only for the extremely playable layout but also the well conditioned greens that putt fast and true all year long.

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Course Details

Year Built 1978
Fairways 419 Bermuda Grass
Greens Miniverde Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ed Riccoboni (1978)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirts required. Golf shUorts permitted. No tees, tanks, halters, swimsuits, blue jeans, cut-offs, short shorts, jogging shorts, bike shorts, athletic shorts, or thong sandals.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.1
115 Reviews (115)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 13
Elevation Changes 10
Water Hazards 8
This course/club is great for:
Seniors 11
Group Getaways 9
Playing Multiple Courses 7
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 11
Convenient to the City 7

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Reviews 41
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

No longer associated with GolfNow and affiliates

Lake Marion and Santee Cooper Country Club are no longer partnered with GolfNow and their affiliates. I booked a Hot Deal at Santee Cooper Country Club in September. When I arrived at the course, the didn't have a reservation for me in the system or the couple that arrived just before me. The staff got me out on the course. The same thing happened at the Lake Marion Golf Course yesterday -- no reservation in the system. The staff at both courses said that they discontinued their relationship with GolfNow in June 2022. Lake Marion was able to get me out on the course at my scheduled tee but charged me a discounted greens/cart fee. They said that they were not receiving any payments from GolfNow and that I would have to request a refund from GolfNow. GolfNow refunded my HotDeal payment and said that they would elevate the issue to get this courses removed from their booking system. If you're going to play either course, contact the ProShop or use the golf course website to book a tee time. I got lucky that the staff was friendly and was able to get me out even though I didn't have a confirmed tee time. You might not be so lucky if you use the GolfNow app.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I played by myself and played in 2 1/2 hours. They are refurbishing the bunkers so be prepared for the work being done. The rest of the course is in excellent shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lake Marion

Greens were very fast.
Several sand traps are under repair und unplayable.
Overall a nice public heavily played course.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Why have a starter

Saw 2 fivesomess and what was either 2 groups that got so treed of the backup they played together it was at least a sixsome all teed off together, We had just 2 their was another 2 just 1 groups in front we were there well before tee time could of held them up or moved us up and teamed us up so we were not constantly waiting. We were allowed to play through the 2 groups of four before the round ended the other group of two must have played through the fivesome we ended up behind that was ridiculous. No collared shirts requirred and others playing in jeans. Not what I am used to. Course not in great shape, tee boxes ang fairways, greens were not that bad, consistent but on the slow side = course could be NICE, Course was what I expected for the price,

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Golf at Lake Marion

Nice course and staff. Layout was challenging but play went quickly.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent course

I loved playing today. Excellent staff and the curse was in Excellent condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Major bunker construction going on!!!

The bunker construction is major issue, please beware, this will be an issue for weeks to come. My reservation didn't show up at golf shop and the attendant thought the course didn't take Golf Now anymore. Pace of play was great, greens needs some care, fairways in good shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 237
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Wallet-Friendly Stay and Play Packages

Santee, South Carolina is about as small a town as you’ll find. The town sits at exit 98 off of I95 and consists of three stoplights moving east to west. At first glance it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot to the town – several restaurants, gas stations, and motels – all owned by hard-working locals who have made this their life’s work- clutter the real estate off the exit ramp. A little further down is Clarks Inn and Restaurant, owned by the Clark family who pretty much founded the town. However, if you’re a golfer, Santee, SC could easily become your dream destination.

Santee is home to three championship golf courses and some wallet-friendly golf packages at Santee Cooper, Santee National, and Lake Marion. All are located within about 10 minutes of each other. Each course has its own driving range and practice green. Lake Marion’s driving range is lit and it’s not unusual to see players out there after dark working on their game.

Lake Marion Golf Club is a perennial favorite with traveling golfers and presents one of the more rewarding golf experiences in the area. The course opened in 1978 and was designed by Eddie Riccoboni; it has been delighting locals and golf travelers ever since. Lake Marion features pine tree-lined fairways, plenty of strategically placed hazards in the form of sand and water, and incredible Miniverde greens that are in perfect shape all year round. Five sets of tees provide yardages suitable for every level of golfer.

Number 14 is a risk/reward par 4. The lakes on the right side create a dogleg right and the tall pines dare you to try and carry the water. The fairway’s not real deep and the more you try and cut off, the harder it is to hold. A good tee shot over the water will leave a short chip shot into a green protected on the right side by a deep bunker. Even with a great tee shot, par is a great score here.

In addition to a great layout, Lake Marion also boasts the largest golf pro shop in the area with a lot of the latest and greatest equipment, apparel, and accessories. Lake Marion Golf Club is also home to the Palmetto Traverse, a 35,000 square foot natural grass-putting surface with all kinds of twists and turns and humps and bumps. It’s lit and sees a lot of night play too.

Lake Marion and Santee Cooper Golf Clubs offer some great package specials. Lake Marion offers several townhomes and villas that are spacious and roomy. All have two bedrooms with 4 double beds and flat-screen TVs in each, 2 bathrooms, a living room, dining area, and fully equipped kitchen. There’s also a hospitality room and a swimming pool. They offer the only “all-inclusive” golf package in the area, which includes daily buffet breakfasts and dinners during the golf season, range balls, and replay rounds. With access to 15 local golf courses, the packaging staff at Lake Marion can put together a package to delight and please every golfer. Local players can join their Golf Advantage Club for $80 which includes a free round of golf, a $25 gift card, and a ton of added benefits.

A popular local restaurant can be found at Clark’s Inn and Restaurant. It was founded by William E. “Bubba” Clark in 1946, moved to its current location in 1971, and continues to meet its high standards of Southern hospitality and delicious food. Enjoy such southern favorites as a Calabash Seafood Platter, Southern Style Shrimp & Grits with lightly blackened shrimp, and a local favorite, the Lowcountry Stir Fry; shrimp, chicken, and kielbasa sautéed with a blend of fresh vegetables in a light teriyaki sauce served over savory brown rice. For dessert, Clark’s Famous Apple Crisp, made from a 60-year-old original family recipe is a must-try.

Lake Marion is also one of the top fishing destinations in the Southeast and has held state records for more than 8 species of fish. Several guides are available and can be found through their website. Golf course and hotel information can be found there as well.

Santee, SC is proof that northerners seeking sunshine and golf don’t have to go as far south as Florida to enjoy great golf opportunities. The weather is more predictable and not as humid, the golf courses are scenic and challenging and the golf packages are a lot more affordable. Between the time you’ll save not driving as far south and the money you’ll save, you can probably stay an extra couple of days.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golf

Nice cpurse to play on. Just alot of people go there and play is slow at times
But would definitely go back again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course friendly staff

I enjoy going golfing there. Put my bluetooth speaker on listen to music while playing golf with my family i would recommend this course to anyone. Its not rundown either

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Average

Played the course for the first time. The course is in very average condition compared to the other courses in the area I’ve been playing. Tee boxes are overgrown and course doesn’t look like it’s seen water in months. The greens were the only bright spot

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Best Course value for the area

The carts have GPS monitors in them for starters, so distance judging is automatically easier. Course was well maintained and nice. The pro shop is a Smorgasbord of equipment, accessories, and clothing.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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