Lakeside Golf: Top SC Resorts on Lakes Marion and Murray

Title: Discover Lakeside Golf Luxury: Top South Carolina Resorts on Lakes Marion and Murray

Deep in the heart of the Palmetto State, landlocked between the enchanting coastal scenes of Myrtle Beach, lies the spectacular lakeside golf oasis, encompassing the tranquil waters of Lakes Marion and Murray. This unique niche of golf paradise is, without question, home to some of South Carolina’s most alluring resorts, each harmoniously blending into its serene aquatic environment. Despite often being overshadowed by the coastal allure of Myrtle Beach, these lakeside golf havens are an indispensable part of the South Carolina Golf scene.

Our first golfer’s paradise is Santee Cooper Country Club, perched on the pristine shores of Lake Marion. This resort draws strength from its location, transforming the hypnotic views of the largest lake in South Carolina into an irresistible background for those ready to tee up.

Designed by George Cobb, Santee Cooper spans 6,573 yards offering a challenging yet rewarding 18-hole layout. The course features spacious Bermuda fairways and large, undulating Champion Bermuda greens, seasoned golfers may find the par-72 challenge enjoyable while new players can appreciate the course design, friendly enough to improve their confidence. For accommodation, choose between the golfers’ cabins and villas, with the latter providing unparalleled lakefront views. The on-site restaurant, the Lake Marion Café, serves up sumptuous meals. As night falls, the glistening water of Lake Marion under the moonlight shirt turns into a magical oasis under the stars.

On the other side of the water, Lake Murray’s shores provide the dream backdrop for Timberlake Country Club — the only golf course on Lake Murray. Carved by nationally recognized golf course designer Willard Byrd, it winds its way along the natural contours of the lake and rolling, wooded landscape, providing golfers with splendid scenic views and exciting play. This par-72 course measures 6,579 yards from the longest tees and the most experienced golfers will appreciate the complex layout, particularly the thought-provoking back nine.

Timberlake Country Club boasts not just an exceptional golf experience but fantastic real estate options for those who want to wake up to serene lake views every day. Dining is also a pleasure at the club’s formal restaurant, where local dishes are fused with international flavors.

We move from Lake Murray to Wyboo Golf Club, another gem on the shores of Lake Marion. Designed by Tom Jackson, Wyboo offers golfers an exciting challenge including water coming into play on several holes and strategically mind-bending bunkers. The course stretches over 6,908 yards of meticulously maintained terrain and the signature 13th hole offers stunning views over the lake.

Wyboo Golf Club may not have its accommodation, but the nearby Lakehouse at Wyboo offers guests a quaint yet comfortable stay with its four Courtyard Villas. Each villa is fully furnished with access to a private courtyard and gas grills for the complete lakeside experience.

As the sun sets, head over to the Players Club Restaurant; their trademark dishes such as the Prime Rib and Seafood are served with a substantial helping of local hospitality.

Finally, let’s visit Coosa Pines Golf Club on the gently rolling escarpments of Lake Murray. This semi-private 18-hole golf track offers excellent golfing conditions throughout the year. Its layout is engaging enough to test low-handicappers while ensuring high handicappers and beginners enjoy their outing without feeling overwhelmed. Coosa Pines presents plenty of opportunities to tackle water hazards, with the sparkling Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop providing a breathtaking backdrop to your golfing challenge.

With no available accommodation on-site, off-site options range from private rentals to comfortable stays at the nearby hotel options offering lovely views of Lake Murray.

Lakes Marion and Murray’s golf scene is an uncommercialized, authentic South Carolina experience awaiting all levels of golf aficionados. The lakeside golf resorts maintain the soul-satisfying golf homage without losing sight of the ecological balance and sensitivity of the lake life. As a Myrtle Beach local, take the road less traveled, and you’ll be rewarded with these hidden gems. Great golf, stunning views, tranquil surroundings, and warm hospitality, make these lakes your next golf odyssey.

2 thoughts on “Lakeside Golf: Top SC Resorts on Lakes Marion and Murray”

  1. As a passionate golfer, I genuinely appreciate this piece. I must agree that Santee Cooper and Timberlake offer both a challenge and a charming backdrop. The descriptions here truly do justice to their natural beauty. For my fellow golfers who’ve not had a chance to visit these locations, this blog post should be your cue to book your next trip! ?️‍♂️

  2. LakeMurrayRegular

    I can vouch for the authenticity of these words. As a Lake Murray resident, I can tell you that Timberlake Country Club offers more than just a game of golf. It’s an entire lifestyle with international cuisine and views that leave you in awe every single time. One question though, when’s the best time of year to hit the other side and try out Coosa Pines Golf Club considering it’s at the escarpments?

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