Golf in this area of S Carolina and Georgia is known for its large elevation changes. Courses for the most part are hilly making club selection difficult. Another feature is the huge pine trees lining the fairways. Even in housing communities like Cedar Creek, the trees frame most of the holes.
If a course is not overseeded this time of year, conditions are not great. The fairways are very thin, the rough is fluff, mis-hit a shot and the ball goes nowhere. The greens were slower, and not real smooth, winter was not kind. The bunkers are good, a courser sand than many but playable.
This is a difficult course for many, it requires a combination of power and accuracy, you can not spray your tee shots, because of the trees. You need a precise strike to get the ball in the air, which is necessary as most of the greens are bunkered and elevated. You will almost never get a level lie. The fourth hole is one of the hardest, and is the antithesis of almost all of the above, long flat, it has trees, but the green is fronted by a swampy hazard requiring a perfect approach after a long tee shot.
The course has a large range, a nice proshop, a really nice 19th hole. The food and service were great, too bad the course was not in as good of shape. Certainly not worth the premiums Masters week gets, but if you want to play golf around Augusta, you are going to pay a price.
Later in the year, if you are visiting Aiken, Cedar Creek may be a good choice but in March for a buddies trip, not so much.
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