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Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation, Reserve Course

3000 Reserve Club Drive, Aiken, South Carolina, 29803
Type: Private
No. Holes: 18
(803) 648-1601
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Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation is a private 36-hole golf facility located in Aiken, South Carolina. The facility has two 18-hole courses, The Reserve Course and The Hollow Creek Course. 

The Reserve Course, a superb Nicklaus Design (Steve Nicklaus) layout. Upon its completion, the course was named by Golf Digest as one of the “Top Ten Best New Private Courses in America in 2003.”

It has continually been named one of South Carolina’s top courses ever since. The course boasts a beautiful 6,995-yard layout featuring rolling terrain with plush fairways and picturesque vistas. Golfers enjoy a relaxed pace of play around this breathtaking layout. From the first tee shot to the last putt, golfers are mesmerized by the beauty of the design and thrilled with the course's playability. No matter your skill level, The Reserve Course is a joy to play and keeps you wanting to come back more and more.

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Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Crossville, TN

Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, December 2021 at 10:00 AM

Now that I’m nearing retirement age, my thoughts drift to where I want to spend “the golden years.” I lived in Florida for almost 25 years and that scene got tiring; the heat was oppressive, the traffic was terrible and the people were not the nicest. We relocated to the small town of Crossville, TN – the Golf Capital of Tennessee – and it’s been great although the weather isn’t quite warm enough for me. My wife would vehemently disagree; she loves a good cold spell and, for some odd reason, snow.

One area that has caught my eye is Aiken, SC, in particular a community known as Woodside Plantation. Woodside is a private, master-planned community in Aiken, S.C., a town that has been lauded by Southern Living Magazine as the “South’s Best Small Town!”

Within the 24-hour manned gates of Woodside Plantation are more amenities than the average person will use during a lifetime, let alone during their retirement years. These include 4 golf courses designed by some of the game’s biggest architects: Clyde Johnston, Fuzzy Zoeller, Rees Jones, Bob Cupp, and Nicklaus Design, over 15 miles of nature trails, 3 onsite medical providers, a myriad of racquet courts, 60+ member-led social groups and clubs, and much more.

There are two separate private country clubs inside the Woodside community: Woodside Country Club and The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation. Woodside Plantation Country Club is a private country club with membership available to anyone inside or outside the gates. Pay an initiation fee, keep up on your monthly dues and you’re a member. The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation is a little more restrictive. It’s a “mandatory membership” community meaning the only way you can become a member is to buy a home or homesite. The centerpieces at the Reserve Club are the two 18-hole championship golf courses: The Reserve Course, a Nicklaus design, and the recently completed Hollow Creek Course, designed by Fuzzy Zoeller and Clyde Johnston.

The Reserve Club opened in 2002 and has become a wonderful addition to the Woodside community, providing members world-class amenities right in their backyard. Earlier this year, The Reserve Club recently transitioned into local club management after being managed by Troon Prive for the last few years.

The Reserve Course is an impressive Steve Nicklaus design that was named by Golf Digest as one of the “Top Ten Best New Private Courses in America in 2003,” and is considered to be one of South Carolina’s top courses year in and year out. From the back tees, The Reserve Course plays 6,995 yards from the Black Tees with a course rating of 73.6 and a slope of 134. Six sets of tees provide enjoyable yardages for just about any level of golfer. The scorecard shows 13 yardages and ratings.

As you make your way from hole to hole, you’ll encounter rolling terrain with scenic vistas and plush fairways that lead to large, elevated greens. I found myself playing at a relaxed pace, taking in the beauty of the natural surroundings. From tee to green on each hole, it’s just one beautiful, well-engineered golf hole after another. No matter how good or bad your game is, you’re sure to enjoy yourself on The Reserve Course.

The 3rd and 4th holes on the Reserve Course are probably the most memorable back-to-back duo on the course. Number 3 is unequivocally the signature hole. It’s a long downhill par 3 that plays 189 yards from the White Tees into a long green that is protected by sand and water on the left and in the back and more sand and water on the right. In case that’s not enough, two giant hardwoods partially block the left side of the green. Find the middle of this multi-tiered green off the tee and you’ve accomplished something. Because of the 60-foot drop from tee to green, the hole plays considerably shorter.

Number 4 is the #1 handicap on the Reserve Course layout. This slight dogleg right plays 386 yards from the White Tees. It starts you off with a blind tee shot up and over a hill; the fairway bunker on the left side is reachable. What you can’t see from the tee is the lake on the left side so it’s best to favor the right side of the fairway. The fairway slopes right to left and keeping your ball on it for your approach shot is crucial. A good drive will leave a mid to long iron into a large, long green that is elevated and follows the contours of the lake. Finding the green in two is a job well done.

Being located a mere 16 miles from Augusta, GA, you’d expect to find some big happenings around Masters time. And The Reserve Club doesn’t disappoint, offering one of the best Masters Week Golf Packages in the area. Director of Golf John Keller has been at The Reserve Club for over 17 years and is pretty much the “Master of the Masters.” The Reserve Club offers two daily Masters packages, The Club Package, which includes 18 hole greens fees, cart fees, range balls, and lunch. The more popular VIP Package includes unlimited golf as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner, access to the VIP Masters Suite, complimentary bar service including beer, wine, alcohol, and soft drinks, cigar service, giant screen TV coverage of The Masters, and all-day access to all of the Reserve Club’s practice facilities. The Reserve Club’s Master Packages start at $250 and sell out quickly, so it’s best to book early.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level, Expensive and worth it, Best course in the area
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Rank ID # : 030033
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