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Windermere Golf Club, Columbia SC. Course Review:

Windermere 18 from 17 tee
Windermere 18 from 17 tee
Jeff Jenkins

Windermere Golf Club


A Pete and PB Dye design, complete with railroad ties, and unbeleiveably deep bunkers. Located just North of Columbia, near I 77, despite being private, groups can book it while on vacation, and there are a few tee times each day listed online at the course website for the public.

Bent grass greens and not much in the way of overseeding on the rest of the course leaves a little to be desired for astetics. The greens are smooth and fast, the fairways playable on the winter dormant bermuda grass. The bunkers have a decent sand, nothing tour quality but you can play out of it.
Rating TTTT Green Speed Fast

There are some great holes and a few bland holes, but overall this is a tough course. Position off the tee is critical, and getting to the proper part of the green on many holes is imperitive, the course starts out with a good par 4, a position tee shot, and a second over the creek which runs down the left. Number 2, has a killer green, stay below the hole. The par 5's are good risk reward, mostly reachable, with number 18 being a rough replica of the 18th at Pebble Beach. And Number 10 being an uphill hole with a green perched above you, and a 20ft deep bunker on the right. The par 3's are a nice mix of length, with the ninth being a long hard hole over a lake. 17 sits next to the large lake that is also left of 18.
Rating TTTT1/2

A really nice clubhouse, usually serves dinner, the pro shop is small but reasonably well stocked, especially with logo merchandise. There is a small practice green near the clubhouse and a small range near the first tee, along with a wedge range.

Rating TTTT

For the golf traveler this is a nice stop, a solid Pete Dye course, close to the interstate.

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