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Orangeburg County’s climate allows golfers to play throughout the year. There are several courses, including Santee National Golf Club.

Mild year-round temperatures and frequent sunny, blue skies make Orangeburg County an idyllic place to live and enjoy the great outdoors.

Nothing perhaps speaks more eloquently about the climate than the number of golf courses throughout the county which are open and operational year round.

Orangeburg County draws many golfers with a variety of golfing venues.

The Orangeburg Country Club, with its 18th hole listed as the “Most Challenging Finishing Hole in the Midlands," is among the state's best.

The golf course has been selected as one of the state’s two “Best Renovations/Restorations” and Top 30 “Best You Can Play.”

One of the best courses in the Southeast, it was renovated by award-winning architect Richard Mandell in 2009.

The Orangeburg Country Club is now among the top 50 golf courses in the state, according to the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s bi-annual rankings.

The course was rated #45 overall in South Carolina. The panel placed OCC at #5 among courses in the Midlands region.

The Country Club is located at 2745 Griffith Drive in Orangeburg.

Hillcrest Golf Club also offers a test for all golfers regardless of their skill level.

The 18-hole championship course was designed and constructed by Russell Breeden and opened in September 1973. This par 72 course measures 6,722 yards in length.

It is rated as a top municipal golf course in the Carolinas.

Hillcrest is located at 1280 State A&M Road in Orangeburg.

The Santee National Golf Club possesses all of the charms of the Carolina Lowcountry but also features highland terrain. There are also four lakes throughout that come into play on several holes.

The 18-hole golf course features Bermuda fairways and Champion Bermuda greens.

With four tees at each hole, golfers can match the challenge of the course to their skill level.

The golf course has been rated 4 stars by Golf Digest’s Places to Play.

The golf course if located at 8636 Old Number Six Highway in Santee.

Lake Marion Golf Course, which opened in 1978, is touted as a perennial favorite with traveling golfers and features Miniverde greens.

Designed by Eddie Riccoboni, the golf course has pine tree-lined fairways, bordering lakes and 47 sand bunkers.

The golf course is located at 9069 Hwy. 6 in Santee.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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