Mountains to Midlands Golf Alliance2020, From Putting to Polo … Anyone?

Aiken Golf Club

Mountains to Midlands Golf Alliance2020 Great Escape to be  Hosted in South Carolina’s Thoroughbred Country, Oct. 1 – 5, 2020.

Aiken, recently named to Southern Living’s top 5 best small towns; Aiken has lots to offer. Only 20 minutes from Augusta, GA. And every April you can almost hear the roars from Amen Corner. Local shopping, beautiful gardens and Aiken’s 2100 acre – Hitchcock Woods, an urban forest waiting for your exploration. All that have attended Great Escapes in the past, you know we put the priority on golf, experiences and food, and Aiken easily has what we are looking for!

The area is known as Thoroughbred Country and for good reason. The climate is suitable for year-round training and equestrian events. Follow the canopy of huge live oaks down South Boundary Ave. to many of the training facilities in town. Most of the surface streets around the stables have remained dirt/clay, so, you will often find a rider nearby.

Golf will include – Aiken Golf Club founded in 1912. John Inglis became the head professional in 1915. Mr. Inglis worked with the original designer of Shinnecock Hills and Donald Ross in New York. Through the years the club has seen changes; the current owner James McNair, Sr. As the club says, the “Ross” was brought back to the Aiken Golf Club in 2012 when Jim’s son James McNair Jr. was declared a designer and updated the course in its centennial year.

The River Golf Club -this Jim Fazio design is across the Savannah River from Downtown Augusta in North Augusta, South Carolina. Set along the river there are wetlands and lakes throughout the course; then Fazio adds the bunkers.. Greens are large and fast. Number 17 is a relatively short par 3 that looks back into the downtown Augusta to make birdie there.

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River Club, 18th Hole

Mount Vintage Golf Club – a 27 hole Tom Jackson design, rolling hills, picturesque holes, stonework bridges help define this club. Every hole on this course you can stand on the tee box or look back down the fairway from the green and have a memorable mental picture or better yet, take a picture to show your friends that didn’t come with you, what they missed.

Experiences and food during the fall months in Aiken are a plenty! Annual events include: Mane and Shell, The Chocolate Festival, Aiken Fall Steeple Chase or catch one of the Aiken Polo Matches.

Great food ranges from “The Alley” local eateries and live music to upscale fine dining.  Aiken Brew Company, Malia’s- this chef owned eclectic restaurant serves american fare. Casa Bella is a wonderful Italian eatery located in a Victorian Mansion.

Aiken in October is the place to be—come join us. More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.

For more information on the Aiken Thoroughbred Country Great Escape –.  Call Rick Saucier toll free 1-888-501-0954 or email

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