Golf Santee at Santee National Golf Club - January 11-12
The view overlooking the first tee box
First off, I want to tell you all that I love my job. Well, maybe I don’t “love” my job, but I love the perks that come along with it. I was fortunate enough to get the invite from Golf Santee (www.GolfSantee.com) to come out to Santee National Golf Club, stay the weekend, and play a few rounds of golf. It just so happened to fall on the same weekend that it was 80 degrees in mid January. We sure do have it rough down here.
I have broken my stay up into five categories: Accommodation, Golf Course, Service, Food, and Location. Enjoy.
Accommodation - Chapel Creek Plantation Golf Villas
Our villa was located directly off of the first tee box. We stayed in a two bedroom villa with two bathrooms and four beds. It has a nice size kitchen, TV room, and a big poker table, I mean dining table. French doors open up to the back porch and show you exactly how far you are from the golf course—10 yards, and the clubhouse is only a gap wedge away. No matter what time you roll out of bed, you can make your tee time. The back porch is furnished with a charcoal grill and a table with chairs. The villas easily sleep four comfortably.
Golf Course - Santee National Golf Club
This golf course will always get a high praise from me. Any golf course that has nice greens typically gets two thumbs up from me, and that’s exactly what Santee National Golf Club has.
The golf course is a very playable 6,125 yards from the white tees. The front nine allows you to hit driver whenever you want. Many of the holes let you swing away, and if you’re brave, will tempt you to bite off the corner of the dog legs. Beware of the par 3’s though. The 191 yard seventh hole plays uphill and requires your first long iron/hybrid shot of the day.
The back nine offers many chances at birdies, and even eagles. When I played the golf course the day we arrived, we played with Kyle Gregory, Santee National General Manager, as well as Mike Holt, Santee National’s Superintendant. On #10, Mike made eagle by holing out a 4 iron from 180 yards. When playing the back nine, if you think a shot is “a little uphill,” in reality it’s “a lot uphill.” Take an extra club. The back nine will also allow you to bite off as much as you want of the dog legs on the par 4’s and par 5’s, but they make up by putting in two solid par 3’s. Number 13 is 205 yards from the white tees, and it plays all of it. Number 17 is only 149 yards, but has a severely sloped green from back to front and right to left.
The finishing hole is one of the nicest finishing holes around. It measures 502 yards, plays uphill, and dog legs to the right. Again, the golf course will tempt you into trying to cut the corner. Play it smart (unlike how I played it), and it can be an easy par. However, if you play the hole too aggressively like me, you’ll be standing on the 18th green, out of the hole, rooting for your partner to make a 6 foot birdie putt to halve the match.
Service - Santee National Golf Staff
Kyle Gregory, General Manager, has worked at Santee National Golf Club for the past year and a half. In that time, he has been able to bring to Santee National the customer and guest service that he learned in the 4 ½ years at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, and 17 years overall in the golf industry. “Thank you for calling Santee National, this is Roy, how may I assist you?” is how I was greeted when I called to order lunch at the turn. The “assist you” in his phone greeting came straight from Kyle and his thousands of times answering the phone in the pro shop at The Ocean Course.
All of the staff at Santee National are highly trained and highly motivated to make sure that you have a great time at the golf course. I want to personally thank Reggie, Al, Lou, Andy, Queen, Patty, Roy, Chris, Sharon, and Kyle for making us feel welcome and for a wonderful golf trip.
Food - Clark’s Inn and Restaurant
After golf on Friday, we walked back to the villa, cleaned up, and went straight over to Clark’s Inn and Restaurant for dinner. Clark’s is within two minutes of the villas, and was a perfect place for a nice dinner and to settle our bets. Dinner was great. You can’t go wrong with their Chicken Parmesan.
Location - Santee, SC
For years, people told me about this golf course on I-95 called Santee National. As soon as people would mention the golf course, I would always say “that’s too far for me.” The first time I drove to Santee, it took me 49 minutes. That’s it. I routinely drive 45-50 minutes to play golf at golf courses all throughout the greater Charleston area. When I play golf on Kiawah Island, it takes me at least an hour to get there.
Getting to Santee National is simple. Get on I-26 and head west. Hop on I-95 and head north for ten minutes. Get off I-95 at exit 98. Turn left and look for the golf course less than a mile down on the left. Pretty simple, right?
Golf Santee has a great special right now. From now until February 3, you can receive 3 rounds of golf with cart at Santee National Golf Club, and a 3 night stay at one of their Chapel Creek Plantation Golf Villas, located directly off of the first tee box, for $150 (based on quad occupancy). To book your next golf trip, go to www.GolfSantee.com, or call (800) 345-7888.
• Jan 1 – Feb 3: $150 pp
• Feb 3 – Feb 10: $208 pp
• Feb 11 – Mar 3: $223 pp