Argent Lakes Now Offers 18 Holes of Executive Golf

By Lance Hanlin, lhanlin@golfersguide.com

Sun City opened the final six holes of its Argent Lakes course in August, giving the Lowcountry its only 18-hole executive course.

It’s the third and final course located inside of the age-restricted master planned community.

The first was Okatie Creek, a traditional Parkland layout with lawn-like fairways and numerous trees. The second was Hidden Cypress, a challenging track designed to test even the best players. This third course, Argent Lakes, is styled like a championship course but is designed to be fast and fun.

All three Sun City courses are open to public play.

“I think everybody places a value on time and money,” said Shannon Archer, director of golf business operations at Sun City. “Our courses are well-conditioned and they’re a great value.”

The term “executive” simply means par is much less than a typical 18-hole course, allowing for faster play.
Instead of blocking off the usual four hours for a round at a par 72 course, Argent Lakes is a par 61, perfect for professionals wanting to get in a quick 18 after work before sundown. It’s also a nice option during the dog days of summer.

The name honors Argent Lumber Company, who once owned the land. The course features 12 par 3s, five par 4s and one par 5.

Along with being a good place for professionals, the shorter holes and gracious landing areas also make it a good course for beginners or high-handicappers to work on their short-games. With five sets of tees, though, Argent Lakes can also be enjoyed by more accomplished players. Some of the par 3s are close to 200 yards in length.

“Even though it’s an executive course, it’s not a cupcake,” said Kevin Foley, head professional at Argent Lakes. “It is a par 61 but par is not an easy score to get. The hole locations can be tucked in areas where there is runoff and bunkering. There is a lot of room for the high-handicapper to play it safe but several areas can challenge the shot-making of a lower handicap player.”

The 16th hole is a good example of the course’s versatility. From the championship tees, players have to carry water. From the reds and the whites, golfers can roll it up to the green.

Argent Lakes was designed by Tim Freeland, the former lead architect of Gary Player Design. It opened as a nine-hole course in June of 2011 then played as a 12-hole course over the fall. It is located on the north side of U.S. 278.  

Just as with Okatie Creek and Hidden Cypress, course condition is a top priority.

“Those outside the gates and not familiar with our property aren’t aware our courses are as good as any around, public access or not,” Archer said.

SUN CITY TRIO OPEN TO PUBLIC

All three golf courses at Sun City are open for public play. Through a priority seeding system, residents can book tee times 72 hours in advance. Non-residents can book 48 hours in advance. Here is a look at the three courses Sun City has to offer:

Name: Hidden Cypress Golf Course
Location: 672 Cypress Hills Drive, Sun City
Non-Resident Rates: $42 morning, $37 afternoon ($5 extra for cart)
Contact: (843) 705-4999
Par: 72
Details: Built by 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, this is Sun City’s crown jewel. With its undulating greens and menacing collection areas, Hidden Cypress requires true shot-making ability.

Name: Okatie Creek Golf Club
Location: 60 Sun City Club Lane, Sun City
Non-Resident Rates: $42 morning, $37 afternoon ($5 extra for cart)
Contact: (843) 705-4653
Par: 72
Details: Another McCumber design, Okatie Creek is Sun City’s oldest course. It’s a little shorter, a little more open and the greens are a little flatter than they are on the more difficult Hidden Cypress layout.

Name: Argent Lakes Golf Course
Location: 1291 Sergeant William Jasper Blvd.
Non-Resident Rates: $34 morning, $28 afternoon ($5 extra for cart)
Contact: (843) 645-0507
Par: 61
Details: Sun City’s latest and final course is styled like a championship course but plays like an executive. There are 12 par 3s, five par 4s and one par 5. Find 2-for-1 specials online at  www.golfinsuncity.com.


 

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