Santee Cooper Country Club
Santee Cooper Country Club is the sister course to Lake Marion, which sits less than 15 minutes away. Both courses are known for their exceptional greens that offer fast, smooth putting surfaces. The course wanders through the forests of majestic pines and native vegetation that border Lake Marion. The fairways are lined with trees and form twisting doglegs that can be quite tricky to navigate. The layout consists of an interesting mix of holes including challenging par 3s and risk-reward par 5s, which are all spread across a variety of different elevation changes. It is a golf course that will test your skills with different shot requirements, so be prepared to use every club in your bag. Santee Cooper Country Club finishes with one of the best closing holes in the area, which is partly memorable for its beautiful panoramic view of the lake.
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|II M: 70.5/124 W: 75.3/130||335||323||175||456||324||391||511||151||403||3069||324||166||351||519||350||174||360||482||371||3097||6166|
|III M: 67.7/112 W: 71.9/123||314||280||131||421||317||341||484||135||350||2773||309||136||322||473||321||159||313||419||338||2790||5563|
|IV M: 65.3/106 W: 69.7/120||273||270||103||338||283||315||409||118||307||2416||285||126||314||443||275||130||304||412||326||2615||5031|
|V M: 62.6/102 W: 65.9/110||241||232||96||296||257||286||347||89||267||2111||258||100||294||352||231||112||272||373||278||2270||4381|
Discontinued Relationship w/GolfNow
Tee time wasn't entered into their system because the staff stated that they had discontinued their relationship with GolfNow. Staff honored by prepaid GolfNow Confirmation and got me onto the course within minutes of my scheduled tee time along with another couple that was in a similar situation. Call the pro shop before booking through GolfNow for this course.
Nice short fun course
Bit rough round the edges but a fun shirt course to enjoy as a time filler.
First time at Santee Cooper. Course in great shape. Pro shop folks were extremely friendly and helpful. Paired up with 3 guys who were very welcoming and explained each hole and how to try to play it. Will definitely return!
Tight sloping greens with some weed issues, but doesn't detract from the challenge. You really need to consider ball placement in the approach. Definitely will be back.
Lot's of fun holes
Very fun course, looks like a foursome had it backed up in front of us. Wish a ranger would have suggested us play thru.
Staff was great as they worked our 3-some on the course after someone stole our tee time..we arrived only a few minutes early. Course was disappointing and over priced. Limited grass on fairways and untreated weeds growing in greens. Very little sand in bunkers. Won’t play again.
Great Golf, Great Lake Views
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.
With Lake Marion serving as the backdrop, Santee Cooper Country Club has the most scenic views of any golf course in the area. The course was designed by George Cobb and opened for play in 1967; it’s still in fantastic condition. SCCC sits amid majestic pines and native foliage; the course is well-conditioned and will have you using every club in your bag through a series of beautiful dogleg holes, strategically placed bunkers, and challenging par 3s that require crisply struck tee shots. You’ll find considerable elevation changes considering the area and enjoy several risk-reward opportunities. Santee Cooper Country Club has the most scenic holes in Santee with a panoramic view of Lake Marion.
The first hole on either side at Santee Cooper Golf Club provides a good challenge. Number 1 is a nice risk-reward par 4. From the No. II Tees this dogleg left hole plays 335 yards over water to a well-protected green. A good drive will leave a short pitch shot into an undulated putting surface.
Number 10 is a short dogleg left par 4. Bite off as much of the dogleg as you can off the tee without hitting through the fairway. Pull your tee shot left and you’ll have to deal with some pine trees. A good drive that finds the fairway off the tee will leave a short uphill pitch shot into a well-protected, elevated green.
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.
Very well maintained fairways and greens. Tight lies on fairways make Bermuda grass less troublesome in most cases. Bunker sand was a bit coarse and thin for my taste but certainly playable. Convenient and clean restrooms on both nines. Warm up bucket included with green fees. Definite keeper!
Played this morning and I thought the course was in great shape. The staff was very friendly as usual And I definitely recommend playing there. It was worth the drive from North Charleston.
Bang for your Buck
This course is a joy to play. It is a good course to play and challenging at times.
But for the money, I would recommend this course to play..
Santee ‘2’ Thumbs Up
Staff were hospitable, course was very challenging, elevation throughout especially around the greens, greens were faster than they appear, cheap price, worth the 1hr each way drive to play at this course.
Played this course for the first time with my wife and brother. The course was challenging and rewarding. The only issue was that on one hole they had a sprinkler issue. Had a great time and would definitely recommend this course