South Carolina’s Golfing Tradition
The glint of metal sparks in the sun as the club dives like a bird in flight. Anticipation rises with the uncertainty of what is to come next until a gentle click signals that it’s all in the hands of the Golfing Gods now. The ball thrusts towards the heavens, almost appearing to have disappeared into the sun. In a matter of moments the ball returns and floats down, gently hitting the beautiful green mass that sprawls for miles. This is not just a sport, for many South Carolinians this is a proud heritage, a lifestyle and in some cases, even a family tradition.
For over a century, Carolinians have maintained the dignity of the prestigious sport and upheld its values. The intrinsic value of the sport to many citizens of South Carolina can be found in their outlook on life. The sport seems to transform the players’ perspective on life and fill them with an inner peace. The 380 golf courses that are scattered across South Carolina are some of the most beautiful in the world. There is a reason why movies such as Robert Redford’s “Legend of Bagger Vance” were filmed in the beautiful hills. Nothing speaks Golf more than the vibrant hills and peaceful vibe South Carolina generates.
Communities tend to embody the peaceful essence of the sport and you can be sure that any master planner will make sure that a golf course is always within reach of a community. Take Lake Carolina for example which is built on a lakeside front in Columbia, the proud capital of South Carolina. The community itself captures the spirit of South Carolina and the planners were wise enough to make sure that residents were minutes away from nine different Golf courses. The sport does more than just provide a peaceful retreat for nearby residents. Golf courses help form a better sense of community by offering a peaceful escape. When people come together for some friendly competition on the Golf course, it is hard to feel anything but respect for both the field and the person standing next to you.