The nine-hole golf course in Aiken County, S.C. used to be a mine in the 1950s, and some of its remnants are still present. The course will be used by University of South Carolina Aiken golfers and the First Tee Aiken.
The Chalkmine, a new nine-hole golf course in Aiken County, S.C., has opened for University of South Carolina Aiken golfers and First Tee Aiken, WRDW reported.
“It’s a challenging little golf course,” said Jim McNair, one of “the three amigos,” who created the course.
“Three old guys built this, not a team of construction, not a golf course construction company, but three old guys built this,” he said.
McNair told WRDW they were working almost every day last year designing, clearing, grading, and building. It used to be a mine in the 1950s, and some of its remnants are still present.
“What’s so unique about The Chalkmine is we kept everything on the course very, very natural,” said McNair.
He told WRDW they kept many of the elevation changes and native plants intact. For McNair, building a course like this, on land like this, is a dream come true.
“A bucket list chance for us to take a raw piece of property and turn it into, design it, build it, and turn it into a facility,” he said.
The facility will be used for years to come, WRDW reported.
“This will be here for decades, and I’m sure decades after we’re gone too, so it’s a legacy to leave behind,” he said.
McNair said it’s not open to the public, but donors can play, WRDW reported.