A Golfer’s Guide to Lake Thurmond

Mar 30, 2023 | 55+ Community, Lake Thurmond, Savannah Lakes

With its vast expanse of natural greenery, it’s no wonder so many golfers flock to the Lake Thurmond area. Whether you’re visiting for a short stay or building a custom home to store your golf cart permanently, golfing aficionados everywhere should keep these courses on their radar:

  • Hickory Knob State Park Golf Course
  • McCormick Golf & Country Club
  • Tara Golf Course at Savannah Lakes
  • Monticello Golf Course

In this guide, we’ll cover each of these courses in greater detail along with the many available golf programs at Savannah Lakes Village.

Top Two Golf Courses Near Lake Thurmond

Whether you’re looking to play 18 holes or nine, there’s a golf course in Lake Thurmond to suit every player. The following are just two of the best golf clubs in the region that can help you hone your hole-in-one:

Hickory Knob State Park Golf Course

Featuring 6,560 yards of golf, the Hickory Knob Golf Course in McCormick, South Carolina is 18 holes of breathtaking natural scenery and simple fun. Nestled along the shores of Lake Thurmond, the 18-hole regulation course is a challenging assortment of slopes, contours, fairway widths, and bunkering.

Complete with a snack bar and full-service pro shop, the surrounding park also features lodge rooms, cabins, a campground, and full-service restaurant. Memberships and tee times are required to play at this course.

McCormick Golf & Country Club

If you’re seeking a more leisurely golf experience, McCormick Golf & Country Club’s 9-hole regulation course is the place to be. Featuring 3,055 yards of rolling terrain, the short yet rewarding layout offers a fun golfing experience for players of all skill levels.

The club offers several amenities to its members, including locker rooms, a banquet hall, and bar area. A semi-private club, non-members are welcome to play and tee times are not required.

Savannah Lakes Village: A Golfer’s Paradise

Whether you’re looking to live within the active 55+ community or simply wish to become a member at Savannah Lakes Village, this club takes every golfer’s needs into careful consideration. The private club features two 18-hole, award-winning championship golf courses:

Tara Golf Course at Savannah Lakes

Masterfully meandering through the hilly backdrop of Sumter National Forest, snaking around Lake Thurmond is the beautiful Tara Golf Course at Savannah Lakes Village. Featuring six sets of tees each perfectly framed by stately oaks and pines, the course is a peaceful yet challenging experience for every player.

Guests of the Tara Golf Club are also welcome to the River Grille restaurant. Players are provided a special pass at the time of registration on the day of their tee time granting them full access to food and beverage services.

Monticello Golf Course

Nestled within the 4,000-acre lakefront sporting community of Lake Thurmond, Monticello Golf Course boasts 7,032 yards of modern links course. Featuring rolling topography and water hazards in nine of the 18 holes, Monticello is also home to the SwingThought Pro Golf Tour’s premier event, the Savannah Lakes Village Classic. Just as with the Tara Golf Course, guests of the Monticello Golf Club are also welcome to the River Grille restaurant.

Golf Programs

Along with the championship golf courses, Savannah Lakes Village offers many golf tournament and event programs ranging from non-handicapped events to championship-style tournaments. The club also offers instructional programs throughout the year by PGA members.

Build Your Golfing Getaway at Savannah Lakes Village

One of the greatest perks to living at Savannah Lakes Village is that membership to its incredible golf courses is included with property ownership. Not only that, but because of its close proximity to Hickory Knob State Park Golf Course, residents essentially have access to three world-class courses all within a 5-mile radius of their home.

Perhaps the only thing greater than virtually endless access to some of the best golfing in Lake Thurmond is the chance to build a custom home right in the middle of it all. Lee Builders has helped Savannah Lakes Village residents create their very own golfing getaways for more than 20 years. Start building your dream home by contacting our team online today!

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