The Links at Stoney Point – Played 2014
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 709 Swing About, Greenwood, South Carolina
- Year: 1992
- Architect: Tom Jackson
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Blue: 6,718 yards, Par 72, 72.8 Rating/129 Slope
- White: 6,248 yards, Par 72, 70.5 Rating/124 Slope
- Gold: 5,755 yards, Par 72, 67.5 Rating/118 Slope
- Green: 5,255 yards, Par 72, 65.5 Rating/116 Slope
- Purple: 4,407 yards, Par 72, 61.8 Rating/110 Slope
- Red: 4,962 yards, Par 72, 68.3 Rating/118 Slope
The Links at Stoney Point is a course I hadn’t thought much about even though it is within an hour of my house. The course is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, but once you get into the development it is an impressive location. The neighborhood has a great deal of lakeside home sites and the course gets some pretty lake views.
I was told that an internet millionaire had purchased the course and put a great deal of money into it. There was a stand-alone pro shop, chipping green, driving range, and putting green. The was also a drink hut and a full restaurant/clubhouse. It was really an impressive set up.
On this day I played with my wife and a coworker and it was nice and steamy. We got a good deal on the twilight rate and headed out about 3:15. My coworker and I decided to play the rails (all the way back) and got the balls in the air.
Hole 1 – 422 yards – Par 4
The course tests your driver right from the start. Take it at the bunkers on the left for the best approach.
This is a reachable par 5 that requires a draw to put you in the best position
A solid hole here that opens up more on the right once you get past the tree seen here off the tee.
This a straightaway one-shotter. Take dead aim!
This a demanding tee shot with the trees and hazard on the left. if you go to far right you will be blocked out by another set of trees. Focus is a must here.
Hole 6 – 565 yards – Par 5
This is a beast of a hole. That is even more true since driver makes no sense here. The line is so thin that a 200 yard shot makes more sense here. I hit hybrid and then three wood here.
Hole 7 – 176 yards – Par 3
This hole is visually intimidating because of the water and the very shallow green
Hole 8 – 410 yards – Par 4
This is a great hole. It was tough visually for me because of all the trouble left.
Hole 9 – 374 yards – Par 4
This tee shot bends sharply to the right and doesn’t necessarily require a driver.
Here we have a big par 5 that curves to the right.
Hole 11 – 402 yards – Par 4
This is a tight little tee shot framed by the trees.
You can be aggressive on this shot. If you take it over the cart path with a slight draw you will be in great shape. My coworker pounded a big draw and was just short of the green. He swears he didn’t hit the cart path, but I beg to differ!
I thought this was a great little hole on the lake. The water comes right up to the green.
Hole 14 – 399 yards – Par 4
This tee shot forces you to navigate a fairway that slopes well to the right.
Another good dogleg right here. Bomb a fade up the middle here and you will be in great shape.
This hole was a brute. It slopes downhill then substantially back uphill. It requires a tight draw down the middle. I didn’t get any other shots because my coworker and I were hacking it up. While we were doing that, my wife calmly rolled in a 10-footer for birdie.
This is a solid uphill par 3. On this day we had to avoid the sprinklers too.
Great finisher here with the hazard off to the right. Depending on how far you hit it, cutting the corner is an option.
We had a great time playing this course. Hosting the Symetra Tour two weeks before, the course barely showed any wear. It was in great shape and a total steal for the money we paid. If you happen to be in the area I suggest you make it out to The Links at Stoney Point.