True to its name, Farmstead Golf Links gives players the feeling of playing golf “down on the farm,” as the course occupies property that used to be farmland for a prominent local family, the McLambs. In 2001, the golf course, designed by Willard Byrd and Dave Johnson, emerged from the landscape and has been a delight to its loyal local players and thousands of annual visitors ever since. With sprawling fairways, well-placed bunkers and undulating greens, the course has an open feel, with wind affecting play most every day.
Another fascinating feature of the course is that several holes straddle the border between South Carolina and North Carolina such that players will tee off in one state, only to find their ball in the other. Small signs along the cart paths on these holes signal the border lines.
One of the holes where this phenomenon takes place is the 18th, which would be the unquestioned “signature hole” at Farmstead even without this fact. It is a 767-yard par six that features a straightaway drive that must avoid bunkers on both sides of the fairway. Then, the second shot down the ribbon-like landing area must avoid a lake that guards the left and continues the remainder of the hole, wrapping around the green at the end of the dogleg-left. That putting surface, one of the smaller on the course, is protected by a bunker short. It takes three strong shots with fairway woods in order to reach the green and have a chance to make an eagle, but birdies can result from consistent shot execution.
The clubhouse at Farmstead boasts a full pro shop and the practice facility is one of the best in the area.