Whether you call the Upstate home, or are visiting our area from out of town, there's no better way to "get out and play" than with a day full of great golf, good food, and fabulous family and friends! Here's my idea of the perfect way to experience golfing in Greenville...like a local!

First Stop - A Classic Breakfast:

Hop in the car and head up the Poinsett Highway towards Travelers Rest.   Make a stop at Stax's Original and meet your golfing buddies for a delicious, home-style breakfast! This locally owned eatery has been a morning must-visit for Greenville residents for more than 60 years! I like to start my day with their classic Eggs Benedict with Baked Ham and Hollandaise sauce (on any other day, I would add a side of their delicious Home-Fried Potatoes, but with a full day of golfing and fun ahead, I'll save those for next weekend!). Insider's Tip: Although they close after lunchtime on the weekends, Stax's Original does offer lunch (from 11AM to 2PM) and dinner (from 5PM to 8PM) during the week. Check their Facebook page for daily specials, too!

Second Stop - A Great Round of Golf:

After breakfast, head even further up the Poinsett Highway and North Highway 25 Bypass to one of Greenville's oldest golf courses...The Furman University Golf Club. I love playing this local course because it's very traditional in its layout and play. Also, if you want to bring the family, they now have five tees for players of all skill levels, as well as a nice driving range where everyone can sharpen their skills or even take a lesson from one of their PGA Golf Professionals. Insider's Tip: Give them a call. They have great specials available most Sundays. My favorite is "Play before noon...play 18 holes with cart & range balls for $45!" Now that's a deal to get up early for! In addition, once a month, they offer Furman Family Nights, where you can learn together at a FREE half-hour family clinic before you set off to play nine holes!


Third Stop - A Craft Beer Growler to Go:

A fun round of great golf can leave you a bit thirsty, so once you and your buddies finish filling out your scorecards, head into downtown Greenville to The Greenville Beer Exchange (located behind Barley's Taproom) for a craft beer growler. My favorite is Lagunitas Brewing Company's Little Sumpin', but my buddies and I always enjoy trying the latest and greatest "brew of the week" after hitting the links! Insider's Tip: If you stop in on Thursdays from 5PM to 7PM, pull up a stool to the Growler Station and sample four beers that are currently pouring. Knowing just what growler to buy can be an tough decision, and there's nothing better than chatting it over with a trained professional, beer in hand!

Last Stop - A Bonus Dinner Date:

After spending the day with my buddies, I like stopping at home to freshen up, then taking my wife to Rick Erwin's Nantucket Seafood Grill for a delicious dinner date! For the best cut of steak around, you have to try their Black Angus Center Cut Filet Mignon (seasoned to perfection) and add a side of their fabulous Four Cheese Macaroni...amazing!

We like to make a final stop at Smiley's Acoustic Café, where we enjoy local live music as we end an enjoyable evening. Insider's Tip: The kitchen at Smiley's is open until midnight, so enjoy a "nightcap" snack of their Heady Fries before heading home!

THAT Something Extra:

A beer scene that's bar none!
From international offerings to the best of local and regional craft beers, Greenville is full of great places to try new brews! Check out Addy's Dutch Café & RestaurantBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Coal Fired Bistro and Wine Bar, The Green Room, and Trappe Door (just to name a few) to sip something new!