Caroline Ashe Your Source in Augusta, GA Real Estate September 28th, 2007
North Augusta is not very well known for it’s golf communities. In fact, I think it’s more known for it’s quiet, slower pace, with open fields and valleys and good fishing holes. But in fact there are a number of excellent courses in the area, and I’d like to point out that we have some excellent golfing communities that are very affordable.
The River Golf Club
Are you interested in living along the scenic Savannah River? How about having a short commute to either North Augusta or Augusta? How about some fantastic golf? Well if your answer is yes, the River Club may be for you!
The River Club is semi-private. The public green fees include cart fees as only members can walk the course. The fee schedule itself varies but they do offer discounts for seniors and twilight play. They also offer package deals for groups and events.
Members of the club get priority tee times, unlimited greens fees, and are allowed to walk during play. There are individual and family memberships available.
The course itself has amazing views of the Savannah River, and is a full-fledged 18-hole Jim Fazio design. They offer Black, Blue, White, and Gold tee placements, which vary the yardage from the black tees at 6847 yards to 5647 yards for the gold tees.
There are two ways to get a home in River Club, either by purchasing a River Club home along the Savannah River, or by buying a property in the adjacent Hammond’s Ferry.
Be careful about contacting Hammond’s Ferry independently… They use their own real estate agents and just by contacting them you will be locked in to using their agent. This will leave you without any representation on your behalf. Make sure you already have a signed client agreement with your own Realtor if you wish to inquire there.
Midland Valley Golf Club
Midland Valley is a public course located right off of #1 Highway between North Augusta and Aiken. The course itself is an Ellis Maples design that was built back in 1963. The age of the course has worked to it’s benefit. Like a fine wine, the surroundings have only gotten better with age. The hardwoods and pines lining the fairways are old-growth, giving you an impression of solidity. The course seems to remind you that it has been here for a while and aims to stay.
There are a good amount of water hazards on the course and plenty of elevation changes, making it a challenge for the casual duffer. It’s not unusual to play through ducks and geese that bed down on some of the ponds, and every few years there is a gator sighting.
The course itself has 3 tee placements, varying the playable yardage from a high of 6900 yards to 5500 yards. It is the site of US Senior Amateur play and of US Open qualifying rounds. The par 71 course has Bermuda grass greens.
Midland Valley homes have lots of square footage and even larger lots. Typically the homes are around 3000 to 3500 square feet, and most of the lots are an acre or more. The bulk of the neighborhood dates from the late 60′s and 70′s, though construction has continued into recent years.
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Homes for Sale in Midland Valley Country Club
North Augusta Golf and Country Club
The North Augusta Golf and Country Club is situated right off of Gregory Lake Road, just to the North of North Augusta proper. Another long-established club, it dates from 1962.
The Club as of this writing is going through a rebuilding era due to tragically losing their clubhouse by fire in the spring. They are building a bigger and better clubhouse that should be complete in early 2008. The new clubhouse will have banquet rooms, day care, a spa & fitness facility, and 6 court tennis area.
They also offer a really nice swimming pool in addition to the 18-hole golf course that features Bermuda greens. Memberships are very affordable, with monthly fees usually under $200/month, but count on an initiation fee as well.
You can’t buy homes ‘in the North Augusta Country Club’, but you can certainly buy homes nearby. The club itself is beginning work on a development called the Pinery, but ground has not broken at present. The newest development in the area is probably Bergen Place. If you want to find homes for sale near North Augusta Country Club, I’ll be happy to look for you, or you can try my Google Map Home Search.
The North Augusta Golf Club has been on a drive to increase their membership, and management is leading them to new and better things. With the new clubhouse in the pipe-line, the future looks very bright for North Augusta Country Club.
North Augusta Golf and Country Club Website
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Homes for Sale in Bergen Place
Other Golf Communities in the Area
There are 3 other South Carolina golf communities within easy driving distance of North Augusta: Mt. Vintage (an equestrian club located in Edgefield, SC), Pine Ridge (situated between Edgefield and Johnson), and Sage Valley (in Vaucluse, right off of Bettis Academy Road.)
There are 5 more golf clubs around Aiken, SC: Palmetto Golf Club, Aiken Golf Club, Woodside Plantation, Houndslake, and Cedar Creek.