The Patriot Golf Course
Voted Best New Course In South Carolina by the S.C. Golf Course Ratings Panel, 2004.
“Modern courses should be designed in the traditional manner, with emphasis on strategy and playability and where creativity is reflected in the subtleties of design detail. Courses like Cypress Point, Augusta National and Pinehurst #2 – they fascinate. Each reflects design principles that have stood the test of time, principles that we try to incorporate into every project.”
– Davis Love III, course designer, The Patriot at Grand Harbor
Members and guests agree, Davis Love III took advantage of a beautiful, rolling site at Grand Harbor to create an eminently playable “members” course. With select views of surrounding Lake Greenwood, the course is characterized by intricately designed greens, strategic rough-edged bunkers and a memorable earthern star fort that serves as a stirring starting and finishing point for every round.
The Patriot, named in honor of the area’s revolutionary war heritage, is a classically-styled course built without moving much dirt or “forcing” holes where they didn’t naturally belong. The back nine, especially from Hole #13, represents what the game is really all about. Love noted that the land dedicated to The Patriot was perfectly suited for course design. The rolling topography and mixture of pines and mature hardwoods make it ideally suited for golf. His design utilizes an intelligent routing plan that promotes walking and good hole-to-hole flow.
One of the most memorable features of The Patriot is a large-scale recreation of an earthen star fort like those commonly used for protection during Colonial times. The fort was designed and constructed at the center of the course, with holes #1 and #10 playing away from atop the outer walls and hole #18 returning to a green situated in the center. The fort creates separation in a tight space for three holes and a practice area, but more significantly, it reminds us of the era that shaped our country.
To ensure a pleasant and memorable round of golf, it is important that everyone adheres to proper course etiquette – click here for our Rules and Regulations.
Grand Harbor, 200 Grand Harbor Boulevard, Ninety-Six, South Carolina
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