Ask Jeremy Allen, the head golf professional at Edgewater Golf Club, for one word that describes the 2-year old layout and it doesn't take him long to answer.
"Seclusion," Allen says.
Located 45 minutes south of Ballantyne and approximately one hour from uptown Charlotte, Edgewater Golf Club is at the center of a 3,100-acre development that sits on Fishing Creek Lake with 13 miles of shoreline near Great Falls, S.C.
Recently, Fuzzy Zoeller became an alliance partner with the development, putting his name and management style on the semi-private course. Zoeller will be on site July 12 for a private event and he'll return on Sept. 18 for a skins game for charity that will be open to the public.
Eventually, the plan is for Edgewater to be a large neighborhood. It has approximately 3,000 homesites, many with lake views, but so far fewer than 50 homes have been built. That allows the golf course - designed by Bruce Brodsky - to weave through the quiet countryside.
It's why regulars aren't surprised to see white-tail deer and turkeys roaming the course, particularly late in the day.
Edgewater has a surprising amount of elevation change, making it very challenging to walk, in part because there's so much room between some greens and tees. That explains the seven miles of cart paths.
If you want a demanding course, it's there from the back tees. The par-3 fourth hole features an island tee and asks players to hit a 230-yard, uphill shot over water to a green protected by a steep front.
If you want something less than the back tees, Edgewater offers that, too. The greens are big and gently contoured, not overdone.
From Charlotte, it's a bit of a drive and it's important to follow the signs leading to Edgewater but once you're there, you'll be surprised by what you find.
2380 Catawba Ridge Boulevard
Lancaster, S.C., 29720
Black tees 7,103 yards, par 72
Gold tees 6,571 yards
Navy tees 6,102 yards
White tees 5,322 yards
Maroon tees 4,717 yards5
Twilight Monday-Thursday (after 1 p.m.) $40
Twlight Friday-Sunday (after 1 p.m.): $40
Junior and senior rates are also available.5
Practice facility fees:
Annual membership: $400
All day practice $10
Practice without golf $5
THE SHOT YOU'LL TALK ABOUT: With as much elevation change as there is at Edgewater, there are several dramatic shots but the most demanding may be the tee shot at the par-3 15th hole, the first hole in a tough, four-hole finishing stretch. Unless you're playing the short tees, the 15th plays anywhere from 211 yards to 247 yards. With a significant elevation change from the tee down to the green, it's a pretty setting but a demanding shot. Par is a good score at the 15th.
THE HOLE YOU'LL TALK ABOUT: The par-5 sixth hole is a double dogleg that snakes it way from tee to green. At 527 yards from the middle tees and 570 from the tips and going gently uphill, it's a three-shot hole. The key is getting your tee shot in the fairway. If you miss it to either side, the hole can play longer than what the scorecard says. Hit three solid shots the relatively flat green gives you a chance to make a birdie.
THE RANGE, THE BAR AND OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS: The permanent clubhouse hasn't been built yet but the temporary building has snack bar and most of the essentials.
The practice facility is more than just a place to bang some balls before you tee off. The tee is big enough to accommodate several dozen golfers at a time and there are multiple target greens. One of the best touches is a short game practice area beside the range. It has its own green and bunkers and a tee that lets you turn it into a 55-yard hole. If you have a couple of hours to work on your game, you can get a lot done here.
SOMETHING YOU'LL REMEMBER: It's surprising how hilly Edgewater is but it makes for some pretty holes. The goal isn't to beat players up but for them to have fun playing golf. With seven miles of cart paths, you'll see plenty of South Carolina as you play.