South Carolina’s Often Overlooked Trifecta

Mount Vintage Golf Club

Where???  Aiken / North Augusta – YUP!!!


It might just be because they are so close to arguably the most recognized name in golf Augusta and the fabled Masters Tournament which takes place every spring just across the Aiken / N. Augusta, South Carolina border.

Does anyone ever think of going there on a golf vacation?  Those in the know do!

The rest – you may want to read on.   These 3 courses make up a trifecta that will challenge any 3some in the State of South Carolina.

In the few weeks around the masters golfers line up and pay anywhere from $75 to $300 to play.  At other times of the year you can play these for as little as $40 to $75.

One of these courses Mount Vintage Golf Club is ranked on Golf Advisor as #7 in the State and if you like the stone bridges around Augusta national your will get your fill here.  When I expressed my feelings to the Philly based Traveling Golfer, Tony Leodora, “that Mount Vintage was as good as any course in the State” – after playing he turned to me and uttered, “Claudio, I never thought these words would come out of my mouth, you were correct, this is one great course!”

With that 6 months later Tony returned with a group of 20 golfing buddies and not only played Mount Vintage but also played the rest of this trifecta The River Club and one of the oldest courses in America, a Donald Ross gem – The Aiken Golf Club.

Aiken Golf Club

The River Club in N. Augusta is set along the banks of the Savanah River with views of downtown Augusta skyline.  Where there are rivers and wetlands you will find plenty of bridges. The layout winds its way around several lakes with plenty of wetlands, water hazards and, of course, gators.  As you wind your way along the courses lush fairways and slick greens you can’t help but notice leftover train cars, tracks and trestles that might just indicate that this may have been the site of an old rail yard in days gone by!  Tip play the right tees or carries off the tee will be an issue!

The Aiken Golf Club – Nothing fancy here, a journey back in time that is just a great fun golf experience.  Located in the charming Town of Aiken and opened in 1912 you will experience the taste and feel of Pinehurst #2 – Donald Ross greens and all!  The putter will get a workout, likely your sand game and if you walk you will too.  Plenty of ups and downs on the longest short course you will ever play.  Only 5,800 yards from the tips – guaranteed they will be memorable.  Take a minute to wander around the clubhouse – FYI food is great!

Mount Vintage Golf Club – set in a private community, 27 holes, 3 distinct nines designed by Tom Jackson just about 20 years ago.  The tremendous topography that Jackson had to work with is further enhanced by the stone wall that accent tees, bridges and ponds around the course, reminiscent of Augusta National.  You don’t have to take mine or the others Traveling Golfer’s word about how great this course is…..even golf legend Byron Nelson once referred to Mount Vintage Golf Club as a “magnificent layout.”

All three of these courses are part of the Mountains to Midlands Golf Alliance in South Carolina. 

The Mountains to Midlands Golf Alliance has over 50 courses in 4 regions of the State.

For more information on Stay & Play in and around Aiken and North Augusta contact Rick Saucier