Dr. Jean Harris and her rating team ventured out to Sun City to play the new Argent Lakes golf course and were thrilled by what they saw. They gave the course and facilities a score of 95. The course had its “Grand Opening” only two months ago yet the landscaping and shape of the course was fantastic. The golf architect is Tim Freeland from Florida and he did an awesome job in designing this layout. It is not your typical low country course. You won’t see marshland and live oaks but what you will see is a challenging layout. The “mini-verde” greens were in great shape and they are some of the most difficult to read due to the undulation and large size. The most alluring part of the course is the sculptured bunkers. They are strategically placed and come into play on most holes. They are some of the best bunkers in the area with great textured sand.
The course has nine holes completed to play. Three more holes have been built and are used for teaching. The plans are for the final six holes to be completed in summer of 2012. The final layout will have twelve par 3’s and six par 4’s. There are also plans for an amenities center with two tennis courts, eight pickle ball courts, a pool, spa and hot tube, as well as a walking track.
The current amenities include a pro shop with a few golf essentials and a driving range. The snack bar is reasonable in price and you need to get your water prior to going out on the course because there is no water to drink on the course. There is water “lakes” on the course and they are more for “show” since they don’t come into play except on a couple of holes. Hole #3 has interesting tee boxes with two tees having forced carries over the water and three tees with no water in play. Hole #6 has water if you have an errant tee shot that is either left or right of the green. The fountains in the lakes give the course a nice ambience.
The course has six par 3 holes, and three par 4 holes. There are five sets of tees and from the tips the distance is 2097 yards and from the front tees the distance is 1506 yards. The three par 4 holes are well designed. Par 4, #1 is a great opening hole that is well bunkered to an elevated green. Par 4, #7 has a narrow fairway with bunkers on the right. If you hit the ball too far left you can be on Hwy. 278. Par 4, #9 would be my number one handicap hole and can play as long as 421 yards. It is a challenging hole with OB to the right and is well bunkered to an elevated green.
The course is spread out in the sub-division and would be extremely difficult to walk. The distance from many greens to the next tee are long and you have to walk on the sidewalks in the sub-division. There needs to be signage between holes telling the visiting golfer where to go next. There are distance poles on the par 4 holes and it would be helpful if they marked some of the sprinkler heads with distances to front, middle and back of the green.
The course is open to the public and the cost will vary by season and time of the day you play. There will also be a reduced rate to re-play the nine again on the same day. For prices and tee times call (843) 645-0507