Santee Cooper Country, SC

South Carolina's Inland Golf Capital

Santee Cooper Golfing


Santee Cooper Golfing may well be one of the best kept secrets of the sunbelt. Lovers of the game are well pleased with the variety of courses in the area. Within a 45 minute drive of Santee, golfers can choose among 14 championship courses.

The golf courses are located in 5 counties (Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter Counties) that surround the 2 largest freshwater lakes in South Carolina – Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie – and accessible by I-95 or I-26. Check out our golf packages below:

Golf Santee Packages

Santee Cooper Golf Packages

For more information call Santee Cooper Country Tourism at 1-800-227-8510 or visit them online at:




View the Santee Cooper Golf Brochure here




Another awesome sunset on Lake Marion.
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National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated the last Tuesday of January is a day to encourage Americans to start the year with a commitment to take time off during the year and enjoy a vacation. Why wait for two more weeks to plan a fabulous trip! We have an idea! Visit us here in Santee Cooper Country. Fishing, golfing, birding, hiking and camping...need we say more?
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Fishing is on fire in Santee Cooper Country. George Guy caught this 60 lbs. 11 oz.
Arkansa Blue catfish and will receive a Trophy Five Award signed by
Governor Henry McMaster!!!
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Heads Up! Crappie USA returns to Santee next month,
Feb 28 & 29, 2020. Guaranteed payout of $125,000.00 in cash and prizes. Don't forget to register your young angler in the "Free Crappie Kids Rodeo." Super exciting!!
Santee, South Carolina Crappie USA Tournament Trail

For Immediate Release
Crappie USA Operations Mgr: Media Contact:
Darrell Van Vactor Ron Presley
(270) 395-4204 321-749-1787

Crappie USA Travels to Lakes Marion & Moultrie, SC
Participants will compete in amateur and pro divisions at the
Feb 28 & 29, 2020 crappie tournament at Santee, SC.

Louisville, KY – January 4, 2020 - Crappie anglers from several states will travel to the Santee Cooper Lakes of Marion and Moultrie for a Crappie USA Tournament Trail event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s. Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2020 Crappie USA Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

Anglers fishing the February 28-29, 2020 Super Event will be testing their crappie fishing skills against other anglers and whatever Mother Nature has in store.

Crappie anglers have a right to get excited about spring crappie fishing as the bite starts early in Florida and works its way south. As crappie anglers think about fishing Marion and Moultrie, they have visions of big slab crappie. Also known as Santee Cooper, crappie can be caught in good numbers and good size all year long in this SC impoundment.

There are live trees, dead trees, deep water, shallow water, and open water. These lakes offer everything a crappie desires and will challenge anglers and their favorite crappie catching techniques.

How to Enter
Teams may consist of one or two anglers, with a third member allowed if the angler is under the age of 16 years old. Early registration can be accomplished on the CUSA website at Teams may also enter by calling (502) 384-5924 or by entering at the mandatory pre-tournament seminar on the night before the tournament begins. Entry fees vary by length of tournament. All fees are posted on the website linked above. Late entries are subject to a $25.00 late fee.

Participating anglers must be a member of the American Crappie Association (ACA).
Sign up at where the various levels of membership are available. Each membership will include a subscription to the Outdoor Journal, the official publication of Crappie USA, and one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.

Registration and Seminar
Late registration and a pre-tournament seminar will be held the day before the tournament at Santee Conference Center, 1737 Bass Dr Hwy 15, Santee, SC 29142.

Late Sign-in begins at 5:00 pm and runs to 7:00 pm. A National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing accompanies the seminar starting at 7:00 pm local time. This seminar is open to the public. Those not fishing the event are encouraged to attend this meeting and meet some of the region’s top crappie anglers.

The Weigh-In Site
The tournament weigh-in will be held at Santee Town Hall Gazebo, 194 Municipal Way,
Santee, SC 29142. The weigh-in begins at 3:00 pm and all anglers are required to be in line by 4:00pm. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams are conducted following the weigh-in.

Sponsor and Host Lodging Site
The Town of Santee welcomes all Crappie USA anglers and their guests to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the local attractions. For more information on the area visit the website at or call 803-854-2152.

Host lodging is provided by:

[1] Clarks Inn, 114 Bradford Blvd, Santee, SC 29142, 800-531-9658.

[2] Best Western Plus, 9059 Old No. 6 Hwy, Santee , SC 29142, 803-854-3089.

The number of rooms in the area may be limited. It is recommended that participants make their reservations early.

Crappie USA "Free Crappie Kids Rodeo"
A FREE Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament at the Santee State Park, 251 State Park Rd, Santee, SC 29142.

Sign up for the Kids Rodeo will be Saturday morning at 8:00 am with fishing from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. An adult must accompany all participating children. The event is free to all children 12 years of age and under. All participants are eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $1,000.00 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually at the CUSA Classic.

Crappie USA and their anglers have contributed $372,000.00 to the "Crappie Kids" Scholarships since 1997. CUSA is very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in the tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeos.

The Classic Championship
The CUSA Classic Championship will be held October 22 – 24, 2020 at Green River Lake, Columbia, KY. The 2020 Crappie USA Classic presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's features a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

National Sponsors
National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Talon, Lake Master Maps, Gamma, B’n’M Poles, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Ego Nets, Cumberland Crappie Double Seats, Brushpile Crappie, Charlie Brewer Slider, Crappie Now Magazine,., Jenko Fishing, Big Bite Baits, Lake Cumberland CVB, Crappie Magnet, EFX Graphics, Fin n’ Frames, Crown Trophy, JR Madd Breading, WavePro, Freaky Franks Tackle, EZ Drift, Allegro Marinades, and Aftco Clothing.

For more information on the Classic and other CUSA events visit the website at and Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page.
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