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One of the world’s hottest golf spots is set to get even hotter.

Just minutes away from Augusta National, in the Sandhills of South Carolina, a new private golf club is expected to open in 2025.

Major golf course course design and construction firm King Collins has been hired to create a new layout in the coastal state.

The invitation-only 21 Golf Club will feature sand dunes that reach over 150 feet tall, and two courses, one designed by King-Collins, and a second that is at the planning stage.

Tad King, Managing Director of Construction, said: “The topography and boldness of the land is unrivalled in the region.

“We are beyond excited to deliver bold, fun golf for Americans and others abroad to enjoy for many decades to come.”

His company partner, Rob Collins – Principal Designer – added: “Nearly two years ago, owner Wes Farrell, Tad and I toured a number of sites across the southeast.

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Render of 21 Golf Club

“Some were better than others, but nothing exceptional.

“Towards the end of a long day of fruitless exploration, we found ourselves on a rural road in Jackson, South Carolina.

“As Wes’s car climbed a hill, it was impossible not to notice the sand spilling onto the road. Once on top of the hill, we gazed out on an impossibly beautiful site of rollicking sandy terrain.

“A few ‘no trespassing’ signs later and we were standing in the middle of it, loudly wondering how this place existed.

“Thanks to Wes’s ingenuity and dogged determination, he was able to secure the site, but that was just the beginning. After 18 months of site analysis, routing tweaks and hard work, we’re ready to show the world 21 Golf Club.”

The club’s first track, the Hammer Course, will be a dedicated match-play golf course presented as a ‘celebration of golf’ in its purest form.

Designers also have plans to include an additional, and reversible, three holes to decide matches not settled during the traditional 18-hole round.

The second course, inspired by Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s original plans, will at last give life to the famed “Lost MacKenzie” of El Boquerón in Argentina.

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Drafted in 1930, it was to be located on Enrique Anchorena’s estate in the coastal city of Mar del Plata with 18 holes playing to nine double greens, but it was never built.

Planning for the MacKenzie course will begin once the Hammer layout is complete.

Meanwhile, as members and their guests enjoy playing privileges at both courses, the club will offer a series of cottages to accommodate those traveling in to play.

The luxury entertainment cottages will embrace the “simple, rustic charm and beauty of 21 Golf Club’s rural South Carolina setting.”

“Opportunities of this stature in the world of golf course architecture are precious few,” said Collins.

“We plan to deliver one of the most exceptional and distinctive experiences in American golf.”


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