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Tee off on the Tigers’ course

Courtesy Conference Center and Inn at Clemson University

The chance to play a golf course ranked “Best in the Upstate” by the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel is a bonus for those who meet at the Conference Center and Inn at Clemson University.

The playground of Clemson’s hard-hitting golf team, the Walker Course is an 18-hole championship course of nearly 7,000 yards over tree-lined, rolling terrain. The last five holes of its back nine are on Lake Hartwell.

“The back side is a little easier than the front nine by a few strokes, if your perspective is good about hitting a ball across water,” said Brent Jessup, head golf professional. “Every day someone asks if they can sneak onto the back side.”

With five sets of tees, the course is fair for all skill levels. For meeting groups, golf pros will conduct a one-hour clinic, arrange putting and chipping contests, or organize tournaments or match play.

Meeting attendees occasionally sneak out of a meeting early for a round, enticed by views of the course from nearly every window of the conference facility and inn.

“We keep that low,” Jessup said with a smile.

Cheaper twilight rates encourage postmeeting play. A bonus is getting to mingle with student players later in the day. And for a real collegiate feel, the green on No. 17 is a Clemson tiger paw, with four “toe” bunkers that surround the “pad” green.