Front nine: Public golf courses you must play

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Golfers hone their skills on the practice green on a Sunday morning at Forest Hills Golf Club.
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Armed with heavy doses of sunblock and water, golfers can easily beat the heat this time of year, but finding the right place to play is a different story. Here’s a look at nine public courses you can play at a reasonable rate:

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Golfers play on the 10th green at Forest Hills Golf Club.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Golfers play on the 10th green at Forest Hills Golf Club.

FOREST HILLS GOLF CLUB: The 18-hole Donald Ross course is one of the most popular tracts in Augusta. Forest Hills, home to two-time national champion Augusta State, played host to the 1930 Southeastern Open, which Bobby Jones won. The course features a driving range, chipping and putting greens and a bar and grill.
Rates:
$25-35 walking, $35-45 with cart, $19-36 twilight
Online:
theforesthillsgolfcourse.com

THE PATCH: Located next to Daniel Field, The Patch is a beloved course designed by Scotsman David Ogilvie in 1928. The course was leased by the city of Augusta to The Patch in Augusta LLC, a Scottish group planning extensive improvements.
Rates:
$19-22 walking, $39-42 with cart
Online:
thepatchaugusta.com

THE FIRST TEE OF AUGUSTA: Not just a facility for children, The First Tee is open for all ages. The six-hole course, which can be played from different tees, features a driving range, chipping/pitching green and putting green. If you don’t have a lot of time to play golf, this course is perfect.
Rates:
Walking – $8 for six holes, $16 for 12 and $24 for 18. Riding – $13 for six holes, $26 for 12 and $39 for 18. Active members of The First Tee, $1-3.
Online:
thefirstteeaugusta.org

AIKEN GOLF CLUB: This short (6,048 yards), but charming, tight course is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Aiken Golf Club was listed by Golfweek magazine as one of the “Top 10 Courses You Can Play in South Carolina.”
Rates:
$22-25 walking, $34-38 riding, $20-28 twilight rate
Online:
aikengolfclub.com

APPLEWOOD GOLF COURSE: Just off Georgia Highway 25 before you get into Waynesboro, Applewood is becoming one of the most played courses in the area. Despite being just 17 years old, the course has become quite a risk-reward facility, with five ponds located around the course.
Rates:
$22-39 riding
Online:
applewoodga.com

GOSHEN PLANTATION GOLF CLUB: This 44-year-old south Augusta course has been one of the most popular places to play golf for years. The course is long (7,400 yards from the back tees) and features several water holes, including the par-3 fourth hole.
Rates:
$20-30 walking, $35-45 riding
Online:
goshenplantation.com

BARTRAM TRAIL GOLF CLUB: The only public golf course in Columbia County, Bartram Trail is a unique 6,700-yard course that features five par-5s and five par-3s over rolling terrain. Also known for its wildlife, Bartram Trail is a member of the Audubon International Wildlife Sanctuary program.
Rates:
$25-35 walking, $41-51 riding, $32-40 twilight (after 2 p.m., unlimited with cart)
Online:
www.bartramtrailgolfclub.org

HICKORY KNOB: Located on Lake Thurmond, Hickory Knob features 10 holes with water. The course features several elevation changes and various challenges.
Rates:
$15-20 walking, $30-35 riding, $20-25 twilight (with cart)
Online:
www.discoversouthcarolina.com/see-do/golf/stateparks/hickory-knob

GORDON LAKES GOLF COURSE: Located at Fort Gordon, this 27-hole course is one of the area’s hidden gems. The Island View and Lake View nines are bordered by a large lake, while the Pine View nine has just one water hole. The par-3 sixth hole on the Lake Course, which plays from 154-202 yards, features an island green.
Rates:
$22-27 walking, $38.50-43.50 riding
Online:
www.fortgordon.com/gordon_lakes

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Chief_Broom
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Chief_Broom 07/25/12 - 01:59 pm
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Rates at the Patch

You might want to check the rates quoted for riding at the Patch. I think the actual prices are lower than quoted in the article.

Jake
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Jake 07/26/12 - 11:19 am
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Gordon Lakes

The last time I played GL our 4-some was told that we had to play the same 9 holes over again because the "Colonel" was having a tournament. Never will go back there.

blues550
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blues550 07/26/12 - 05:30 pm
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What's The Point
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Epic miss - Pointe South

etlinks
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etlinks 07/27/12 - 11:20 am
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Pt So

time- I would like to know that answer also, I played there a few weeks ago and the course was in good shape. The greens were slow but in this hot weather you can't cut them too low. 34.00 bucks for Sat. play with cart.

Chief_Broom
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Chief_Broom 07/29/12 - 02:30 pm
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I'm guessing Pointe South

I'm guessing Pointe South will be on the "back nine"...

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