For years, an annual winter tradition at Hidden Valley Golf Club
, east of Columbia
off U.S. 321 near the town of Gaston, has been its Backwards Tournament (or sdrawkcaB tnemanruoT for you purists), in which participants play a Captain’s Choice event by playing the course green-to-tee, with variations.
In the spirit of the event, Hidden Valley will host its first-ever summer Backwards Tournament (this time, they’ve got the seasons backwards, too) on Saturday, June 8, beginning at 8 a.m.
For the uninitiated, the event begins with players teeing off from a temporary tee between the 18th fairway’s 150-yard marker and playing uphill to the 17th green, with the “hole” playing as a par-4. At the 17th “hole,” players tee off from the senior tees back to the 16th green (a par-3). And so on.
The rest of the course follows that pattern with the exception of No. 10, which is played through trees to the 18th green, and No. 1, which plays back to the club’s putting green and counts any of its cups as in play. Teams are four persons, with tees set up for men, women and seniors.
The end result is plenty of confusion and lots of hilarity. “Each player’s imagination and shot-making ability are challenged by having to play shots from the trees, through the trees, over the trees and everywhere in between,” said head professional Brad Frick.
Cost is $50 for non-club members, $45 for members, and includes lunch afterward. Entry deadline is June 5. For information or to register, call (803) 794-8087.