With sunny days in abundance and social distancing a necessity, golf enthusiasts have multiple options when they want to hit the links around the Upstate. Some options requiring membership include The Cliffs, Cherokee Valley and Greenville Country Club.
With seven different locations spanning the Upstate and into North Carolina, The Cliffs offers the only mountaintop golf course at its Glassy location. Like its Glassy Mountain location, the Keowee Vineyards course offers views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but also has eight holes overlooking Lake Keowee.
Golfers on The Cliffs Valley course, situated by the mountains, can see the North Carolina state line as they play. Water is also prevalent at this location, whether it is a creek to jump across or a lake on the property.
Designed as a family-style course, the Keowee Springs location features three loops of six holes with family tees. In contrast, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls features a course consisting of 160 acres of terrain with elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, streams and ponds. Golfers will have to navigate the water, Bermuda grass tees and fairways as they play through the course.
The Cliffs properties hold several tournaments, including the Korn Ferry Tour, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, LPGA Tour player Austin Ernst’s annual charity tournament and the NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Regional Championship. Their members also participate in member golf tournaments including holiday tournaments, Nine & Dine couples golf, nighttime Glow Golf and ladies’ Sassy Sixers.
Other amenities include the wellness center at Glassy, Glassy Chapel and Overlook Pavilion, kids’ programs, on-site dining, clubhouses, and a 6.5-acre driving range at Keowee Springs. Membership with The Cliffs includes access to all seven courses.
Located in Travelers Rest, Cherokee Valley bills itself as a family-friendly establishment. At the club, golfers will find an 18-hole, 6,728-yard, par 72 course designed by P.B. Dye with views of Glassy Mountain, water features and championship greens.
Parents can enroll their kids between the ages of four and 18 in the First Tee Program to learn the game of golf and its values. The club also offers additional instruction for golfers of all ages and a personalized club-fitting session using a flightscope launch monitor to match the golfer with the right clubs.
Cherokee Valley’s other amenities include a resort-style pool, scenic trails for walking and biking, and a fitness facility.
Rounding out three of the golfing choices in the Upstate is the Greenville Country Club. This facility features two 18-hole championship courses, Chanticleer and Riverside. Both courses have practice areas, which include driving ranges, practice greens, teaching facilities and club storage. They also have their own pro shops and restaurants.
In addition, the club offers year-round private lessons, a junior golf program, club fitting, golf clinics, leagues, and tournaments including the amateur gold championship Chanticleer Invitational and the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational.
Greenville Country Club’s other amenities include multiple tennis courts, two full-size pools, a diving area, a water slide, and a wading pool for infants.
- Golf courses at the Glassy, Mountain Park, Valley, Keowee Falls, Keowee Springs, Keowee Vineyards and Walnut Cove locations
- Two membership tiers including golf membership and active membership, which does not include golfing
- 450 Cherokee Valley Way, Travelers Rest
- Offers different membership options including single, family, junior and corporate
Greenville Country Club
- 239 Byrd Blvd., Greenville
- Offers different membership options including junior resident athletic, resident athletic, non-resident athletic and social