Opened in 2008, the Independent nine was the 3rd nine to be added to Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club. Independent has characteristics that match the original 18 holes but is still an “Independent” nine of its own. With long sweeping fairways and water coming into play on 8 out of the 9 holes one could see why the Independent 9 could be called fun to play. It features many risk/reward holes that could make the nine very different to play each time.
Since 2009, the Independent 9 has played as one of the nines for the Annual Carolinas/Georgia Junior Golf Championship. It has been part of accolades such as “Top 30 Courses you can play in South Carolina” in 2008 and 2010 by the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel as well as “Number One Course in the Midlands Region for South Carolina” in 2009 and 2011.
In 2011 the 8th hole on the Independent nine was named to PGA.com’s South Carolina Dream 18: Hidden Gems. This accomplishment compared the 8th hole to holes on other course such as Kiawah Island and Harbor Town Golf Club. With stacked stone and a waterfall running from the back teeing ground down to the green, one must stop and take a look at the picturesque 8th hole on Independent. The 9th hole is equally scenic but presents a very tough finishing hole. The long par 5 culminates with an uphill second and third shot to a green heavily guarded and very undulated. The front tier of the green is separated from the back tier with a four foot ridge. Golfers must make sure they have their distance correct hitting their uphill approach shot or they could end up putting it off the front. When you finish the Independent nine at Mount Vintage you leave wanting another shot.
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