Why Lancaster’s Edgewater Golf Club is one of the top courses in South Carolina

Edgewater Golf Club’s fairways, including the 16th hole’s (pictured), are aligned with pine trees. Photo courtesy of Edgewater Golf Club.

When asked what the top two courses in South Carolina are, most golfers reference Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Both courses warrant such recognition. Harbour Town, the home of the RBC Heritage, features one of golf’s most revered finishing holes, and The Ocean Course, with more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, will host its second PGA Championship in 2021.

Yet, when Golf Advisor released its list of South Carolina’s top 25 courses for 2016, compiled using customer ratings and reviews, a less heralded course was sandwiched between those two.

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Ron Green Jr.: This Charlotte clubfitter wants you to get the most from your golf game

Club Champion opened in February at 4724 Sharon Road in Charlotte. Photo by Ron Green Jr.

In a game built on variables — the wind, the temperature and something as simple as how you feel on any given day — there can be some absolutes in golf.

That’s what Club Champion, a high-end club fitting studio in south Charlotte is intent on providing.

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Tom Sorensen: Remembering the day Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods took Quail Hollow by storm

Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Skipper Beck (left to right) leave Quail Hollow Club’s first tee during the Wachovia Championship pro-am on May 2, 2007. JOHN SIMMONS – jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on May 3, 2007.

The respect ​Michael Jordan has for​ Tiger Woods, who has won 12 major​ golf tournaments, is evident.

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Video tip of the week: How to chip effectively around the green

How many times have you played a hole as well as you possibly could, only for things to go awry because of a poor chip?

Long putts resulting from bad chips can be detrimental. But in this video, Tiffany Anselment, who runs the Anselment Golf Academy out of Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville, shows you the proper method for chipping around the green.

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Why Mebane’s Mill Creek Golf Club is the Triad’s hidden gem

The 18th hole at Mill Creek Golf Club features two separate fairways, making it one of the most unique holes in the Triad.

From the Old Town Club in Winston Salem, where Arnold Palmer and Wake Forest University’s connections run deep, to the Wyndham Championship’s home at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, the Triad is considered one of golf’s Southeast hotbeds.

The abundance of courses in the area that carry similar historical significance can cause some to go overlooked. And Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.

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Bob Berghaus: Asheville-area course aiming at return to its glory days

Rick Merrick has worked at Etowah Valley Golf & Resort for 27 years, the past four as the head golf pro. Photo: Bob Berghaus

ETOWAH, N.C. — There was a time when Etowah Valley Golf & Resort was recognized as one of the top golfing destinations in the country.

Located 10 miles south of Asheville Regional Airport, Etowah Valley has three distinctly different nine-hole courses with the South and West layouts making up the challenging 18-hole championship course, which opened in 1967. The Edmund Ault design includes panoramic views of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

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