Being so close to Augusta, Sage Valley has wisely chosen not to vie with that legendary golfing institution, and instead offers a course that is modest and welcoming. Set in the evergreen woodlands of southern South Carolina, Tom Fazio's 2001 design is open and uncluttered; every hole is distinct and well separated from the rest. The bunkers along the fairways serve as much to guide players as to challenge them, and the water hazards make excellent use of what seem to be native ponds and creeks. The layout does have plenty of length, measuring over 6700 meters from the back tees. Entrepreneur Weldon Wyatt, who developed the drainage system used on many of the best courses (including Augusta), conceived of the club as an exclusive golf preserve where the fairly narrow membership can lodge in the adjacent cottages. Facilities include a driving range and a pro shop.