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200 Indian River Dr
West Columbia, SC  29170-3841
United States
P: (803) 955-0080
F: (803) 755-7832
Indian River Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,507 yards | 133 slope

71.7 rating

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Indian River Golf Course

The 18-hole "Indian River" course at the Indian River Golf Club facility in West Columbia, South Carolina features 6,507 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.7 and it has a slope rating of 133. Designed by Lyndale Young, the Indian River golf course opened in 1993. Troy Thrall manages the course as the General Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Beverages Available (2) Cart Included (2) Challenging (2) Food Available (2) Friendly Staff (1) Great Deal (1) Pro Shop (2) Scenic (1)

Reviewed July 07, 2019

Played Indian River July 2, 2019. The greens were mostly sand and were very inconsistant and needless to say, difficult to putt. The worse part of the course were the fairways. Most were in bad shape and some, like #15 were completely gone. Even thou I like this layout, I will wait 3 or 4 months before I try this course again.

Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Food Available Pro Shop
Reviewed April 07, 2019

Indian River Golf Club – Great Course. Great Value

The Indian River Golf Club in West Columbia, South Carolina is fashioned after a Scottish Highlands-style course. The golf course was built by golf course architect Lyndell Young and is part of the Indian River community. The course opened for play over 26 years ago and is owned by Sunbelt Golf Development.

This 18-hole championship layout offers golfers four sets of tees and can play anywhere from 4,336 to 6,502 yards. With a course rating of 71.9 and a slope of 137 from the back (Gold) tees, Indian River will give most golfers just about all they can handle. At 5,960 yards (69.4/130), the White tees will challenge most men and still let them leave with a little bit of dignity! Seniors will have a great time at 5,464 yards (66.2/109).

Indian River Golf Club is quite unique. As you make your way around the course, you’ll experience over 200 ft. of elevation changes and beautiful views of Lake Frances. Mature oak and pine trees frame the boundaries on a number of holes and deviating the slightest off the fairway can quickly bring them into play. You’ll find a lot of mounding on the fairways and their peripheries as well as around the greens. This can lead to the dreaded uneven lie and also make for some interesting up and downs around the green. Many of the fairway bunkers have large lips which limits how far you can advance the ball, making pars a lot tougher.; even the bunkers around the green will be a challenge. But what sets Indian River Golf Club apart from other golf courses in the area are the greens. Massive Tif-eagle greens with lots of undulations, false fronts and a good deal of speed.

Before your round, get loose and hit a few balls on the full length driving range. Be sure to hit a few putts on the practice green too, you’ll want to have the speed down before heading out there and putting for real!

There are several memorable holes at Indian River Golf Club, starting with Number one. The first hole is a short par 4 and immediately takes driver out of your hand, unless you can carry it over a creek about 225 yards out. Trying and failing can get you off on the wrong foot. Better to play a tee shot of about 200 yards and leave yourself a short iron or wedge approach shot, slightly uphill into a large, well undulated green.

The last three holes on the front side can make or break your round. Number 7 is the course’s #1 handicapped hole and also its most memorable. Play your tee shot out to the left of this 559 yard dogleg right. If you’re a longball hitter, you could conceivably cut the corner of the dogleg an get home in two., but to me, the risk greatly outweighs the reward. Playing your layup shot out to the left around the tree line will set up a downhill approach shot into the green with a beautiful view of Lake Frances in the background. In the event you hit it over the green, there’s a bunker that should stop your ball from going into the lake.

Number 8 is an interesting par 3 that plays 135 yards over water with a deep bunker guarding the right and another guarding the left. There’s also more sand between the water and the green and a lot of mounding around the green. It’s a fun little hole. The par 4, 9th hole plays 364 yards and features the first significant carry over water, although it’s less than 150 yards from the White tees. The fairway bunker on the right can come in to play as can the one on the left and the woods further left if you push it too far. Your approach shot plays uphill to a green that you don’t want to miss left.

The back nine has its share of unforgettable holes as well. Number 12 is a 434 yard par 5 that doglegs right and offers an opportunity to go for the green in two with a good drive down the left side. Even more appealing, the second shot is played downhill to a green protected by a large bunker on the right that sits well below the putting surface. The green slopes significantly from back to front with a top shelf back right. With a right side pin placement, getting it close in two could be a tough task. With all of the mounding in the fairway, you could be playing from a tricky lie.

The 14th hole is ranked the toughest on the inward nine. At 410 yards from the White tees, it’s a long par 4 that doglegs to the right. You’ll need to play your tee shot down the left side, but anything pushed left of the fairway will most likely find some trees. The large fairway bunker on the right shouldn’t come into play for most golfers, however the trees that border the right side of the fairway have hindered the approach of many golf balls. The green is elevated with no bunkers around it; just a lot of mounding. Par or better here is an accomplishment.

Two of the final three holes are par threes. Number 16 is a good looking 156 yard par 3 that plays downhill to a very large green with water on the right and devilish bunkers on the left and in back. Hitting the green in regulation is the easy part. Putting across the ridge on the left side is when things start to get interesting. At 338 yards, Number 17 is a short par 4 that begins with a totally blind tee shot. If you’re playing the course for the first time, as I was, you may have to guess at whether the hole goes to the left or right. Fortunately, I guessed right – literally!

Your round at Indian River Golf Club ends with another challenging downhill par 3 that plays 159 yards over a creek. It also usually plays into the wind and a lot longer. The long, narrow green ids fronted by a sand bunker right. A fitting end to a fun round of golf!

Inside the clubhouse, you’ll find lots of logoed apparel from top companies as well as a wide assortment of balls and gloves. The Grill is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers up homemade barbecue; some of the best in the area. They also serve a lot of your usual clubhouse grub: burgers, fries, wraps and hot dogs, as well as adult – and kids – beverages.

Indian River currently has over 100 members, a number that has doubled in the past 18 months thanks to the much improved course conditions and congenial staff. Memberships include all monthly dues, range balls and greens fees and are as low as $935/yr. for a single or $1155/yr. for a family. They also offer senior and military discounts.

Last Word: The Indian River Golf Club is a course that will challenge any golfer, regardless of their ability. Course knowledge is everything out here as there are many blind shots. Knowing the greens and where to approach them is vital as well if you want to score well. It’s a course that relies on accuracy and distance control off the tee, accurate approach shots and a good short game. Miss a green and you can easily be chipping over 10 yards straight up a hill. If you don’t hit it hard enough, you may find it back at your feet.

Indian River is not a course that is easy to walk, although I saw several players do just that. One I spoke with had over 13,000 steps in on his Fitbit and was only on the 9th hole.

The Indian River community is growing, which in turn means the golf club will be growing too; 23 new home are being built up near the driving range. Because of some minor conditioning issues, greens fees at Indian River Golf Club are less than $30, regardless of when you play. As management continues to make changes and improvements to the course, these rates are only going to go up, so right now it is a tremendous value. To book your next round or outing at The Indian River Golf Club, give them a call at (803) 955-0080.

Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Food Available Friendly Staff Great Deal Pro Shop Scenic
Reviewed August 15, 2015

Reviewed February 21, 2010

I will be frank with yall the course is just ok. The place is better since the renovated the course it is much better and the green are better to i cant wait for the spring. I can not stand Steve Larick the pro over there the guys stupid, stubborn, and does not understand anything and he is bad at math. I would like the course much better if i did not have to deal with Steve Larick.
If you are coming from out of town don't play here its not worth it when you could play much nicer courses.

Reviewed April 21, 2009

wow. that is the only thing i can say about this course...the greens are the best ive seen in my life.The fairways are the greenest and cut the shortest in columbia.The bunkers are fazio style. The greens keepers have the best work ethic in the state. Jeremy Gray leads the staff so call him for any questions reguarding this ammaculate course.I Higly recommend this course to anyone that enjoys a round of golf.

Reviewed March 24, 2009

On March 21,2009 a group of 16 people came together from Augusta Ga., Greenville S.C., and Charlotte N.C. to play this course. The greens were the worst I ever played on thus far, this course is not worth driving to and playing if you live more than 5 miles away. If you live more than 5 miles away, make sure they are paying you to play there. Dogs were running all over the course. The only thing this course had going for it was the scenery and the length of the course. GREENS ARE THE WORST and they didn't even tell me when I booked the tee times and the pro there knew I was coming from out of town with that many golfers BAD BUSINESS...

Reviewed March 05, 2009

Played 2/27, "greens" were in god awful condition. Rained that afternoon and all weekend, hopefully later in the month they'll get there stuff together. Not worth the $34 but definitely better than a day at the coal mine.

Reviewed January 20, 2009

Talk about not feeling like a place wants your business. Played Sunday AM, little rain falling but not unplayable by any means. Pro Shop Clerk acted like it was a huge issue that we wanted to give them our money to go play in the rain. Trash Bags sitting around the clubhouse grounds, cart was garbage, only people on the course and the cart had a broken windshield, Pro Shop guy was less then thrilled when we asked to trade out the cart. Golf Course was okay, greens bumpy and slow, but the layout is pretty good. Never will give a place my money that acts like they don't want us there. If I owned a course the few people showing to play in the rain would be treated great. Bad taste left in the mouth for sure.

Reviewed September 09, 2008

Reviewed March 17, 2008

Overall very happy with the course, good layout, challenging holes, very tough greens. They need assistance with the clubhouse, don't eat their if you don't have to.

Reviewed October 04, 2007

I like the fact this course is not immersed in a housing allotment and is a good layout. However, that being said, you have to get past the poor customer service behind the counter. They always act like it's an inconvenience for us to be there. They are also the only course in our package that mandates each golfer sign a rebate ticket. The only time we seen a ranger was when they wanted everyone off the course when 'they' were ready to go home... is was barely past 6:30

Reviewed August 29, 2007

The layout for this course is my favorite in the Columbia area. The width of the fairways is fairly generous so it promotes taking the driver and letting it rip. But beware, there us usually thick woods on both sides of the fairway so wayward balls are often lost balls. It more scenic than most courses in the area as it winds through woods and marsh areas. The long Par 5 16th is the signature hole and though tough is fun to play. The fairways are very well maintained but the greens are inconsistent and not maintained as well as some lesser clubs. It is not a walking course. The distance between the greens and some of the tee areas is quite long.

They don't marshal the course very well. They need to have a starter making sure tee off times are honored and that singles and twosomes are joined up when things get crowded. You rarely see a marshal driving around the course checking on play. Things can get really backed up and slow as a result on Friday afternoon's when I like to play. The practice range is well maintained and you hit off grass. I disagree with Mr. Besley who commented below about the putting green. It is way too small and has so much undulation you are always putting to big breaks over small distances. The cost on Weekdays and Fridays is $36 and it is about $45 on the weekends. I would call it a fair value. Despite some drawbacks I still enjoy playing it now and again. With better management I would probably play it all of the time.

Reviewed August 14, 2007

Played in August: Greens were almost bare - no grass; kids were riding bicycles in fairways, bunkers and on greens - no rangers to stop them - afraid to hit into them for fear of injuring one of them, so finally ended up skipping two holes; no hole layout on score cards - just yardages - some of the carts have yardage books if you're lucky enough to get one; for $45, expected a lot better.

Reviewed February 11, 2007

Nice course, difficult greens

I played this course in late January and it was in pretty good shape. The fairways were brown but the greens were healthy. They've spent a lot of money creating mounds along some of the fairways and sculpting the greens. The geography in the area also includes some nice hills that the designer has worked nicely into the layout. The only thing I didn't like was that there were a few blind tee-shots.

The greens were some of the hardest I've played. Lots of undulations with some pretty severe slopes.

Nothing particularly spectacular about the club house but there was a good driving range (real turf) and a large practice putting green.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 gray H. N/A 45 45 08/29/07
2 Michael W. N/A 48 48 08/16/12
3 William H. 29 94 65 03/15/09
4 Herbert B. 19 86 67 09/21/08
5 dean V. 20 89 68 12/05/18
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
5 dean V. 20 97 77 03/12/19
5 dean V. 20 89 68 12/05/18
5 dean V. 20 96 75 11/20/18
16 Michael C. 9 85 76 03/13/16

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Indian River Golf Club

Golf Only facility

10 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Troy Thrall, General Manager
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