The Rock Golf Club & Resort

3.2653823529 3.3 stars from 5 (140)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6710 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 71.2
  • Layout

  • 171 Sliding Rock Rd, Pickens, South Carolina 29671, Pickens County
  • (864) 878-2030
  • (864) 878-0201
  • www.therockgolfclub.com

Year built: 1979
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes, members only before 1 PM on weekends/holidays.
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6710 yards 71.2 132
White 72 6011 yards 68.1 119
Gold 72 5399 yards 65.6 109
Red (W) 72 4567 yards 68.0 112

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 140 Reviews
5 stars:
19
4 stars:
53
3 stars:
21
2 stars:
22
1 stars:
25

recommend this course

87 out of 139 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals seniors   Challenges include water hazards elevation changes narrow fairways   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views watching the game  

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"Much better, but still a ways to go"


keoweekey's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Had a great time back at Bear Valley after a few years. Met one of the new owners and could see they are putting money and investment back into the course. There are a few greens that are still dormant, but many are in great shape. Some of the fairways are still coming in, but overall the course is in the best shape I have seen it in over 15 years of playing it. The new ownership has a great vision for getting that course in great shape, and the staff is very friendly. I thought I would never go back there, but after today I will be back for sure. Keep up the good work!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best its been in 10 years"


u557736043's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Best its been here in 10 years or so. they need rain but course was in very good condition. Staff was very pleasant. I recommend to anyone.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 05/11/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and found our staff friendly. Thank you for the excellent feedback and we hope to see you at The Rock Golf Club & Resort again soon!

"The Rock can be WAY better."


u000005005742's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

The last time I played the rock was about 12 years ago. Back then, the course was Beautiful and in great shape, there was an actual driving range, the greens were awesome and well kept. Now, is another story. Although the scenery is really great, the staff is wonderful, and the creek winding through the entire course is something that I love...the fairways, tee boxes, and greens need some serious improvement. I hope that it can return to its glory days of natural grandeur as a true golfing destination.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 05/11/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our course. We are glad you enjoyed our scenery and found our staff friendly. We also appreciate your feedback on the course conditions. Thank you for visiting The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to earn your business again.

"Spectacular Views"


refgerald1978's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course !! Great staff . Only reason i did not rate condition higher is still lots of Flat pan with Grass slow to fill in and Grass not Covering fairways . BUT , that is coming soon with this good weather. great experience


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 05/01/2018:

Hello refgerald1978, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course, views, and friendly staff. We also appreciate your feedback on the course conditions. Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to see you again soon!

"Great greens"


amcconnell42's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

I have been playing this course for a number of years and I've never seen it in such a good shape especially the greens fast and true.....keep up the great work!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 05/02/2018:

Hello amcconnell42, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the conditions of our greens and we appreciate the great feedback. Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort in Pickens and we hope to see you again soon!

"My experience at the Rock"


Myangel81312's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a wonderful course. The holes we a little challenging, but nicely designed. The views over all of the course was amazing!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 04/25/2018:

Hello Myangel81312, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course layout and views. Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort in Pickens and we hope to see you again soon!

"Poor fairways"


Russell6018268's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the first time I’ve played at The Rock and I had high hopes since it was recently renovated. The fairways were in horrible shape, the greens were average and you couldn’t tell where the fairways ended and the rough began. This course has the potential to be very nice if they would hire a grounds crew that knew what they were doing. I will say that the views on this course were very nice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 04/20/2018:

Hello Russell6018268, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our course. We are glad you enjoyed our views and we appreciate your feedback on our fairways. We escalated your feedback to the appropriate departments. Our fairways are still dormant and we expect them to green up in the coming weeks. Thank you for visiting The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to earn your business again.

"Somewhat challenging layout"


rcbrown1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

New owners are getting this course back in shape. Need steady temps in the 80s plus some rain to fill in the fairways... just like many courses in the upstate. No doubt this course will be in great shape very soon. Some holes will test your game. Championship speed on the greens but not difficult if you lineup your putt correctly and stroke it square & true. Will definitely play again & again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 05/04/2018:

Hello rcbrown1, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course and conditions of our greens. Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort in Pickens and we hope to see you again soon!

"Mixed bag"


RevSteve's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Drove about 45 minutes to play. GPS directions from GolfNow were a bit off so double check before missing the course!

Pace of play was slow but it was a beautiful day so you expect it somewhat.

Greens were in great shape and rolled true. Best part of the actual course.

Fairways were non-existent. Terrible, I was glad to be in the rough so I didn’t have to hit off the hard pan. Most people use their foot wedge to get into the fairway, several times it was opposite! Hoping in a month there will be actual grass there. I will play again before writing the course off. If the summer season hits and there’s no grass, there are many other options available.

Staff was 5 star all the way. Cheeseburger from the grill was PERFECT and they let me refill my drink for the road.

Honestly, if there was ANY grass on the fairways it’d be 4 stars, nice fairways and it would merit 5 stars. The scenery is beautiful with a creek running through the course. Beautiful waterfall on 8 is definitely picture worthy. But the fairways!!!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 04/18/2018:

Hello RevSteve, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our course. We are glad you enjoyed the conditions of our greens, scenery, and staff friendliness. We also appreciate your feedback on the pace of play and conditions of the fairways. Our fairways are still dormant and we are confident that they will green up in the coming weeks. Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to see you again soon.

"Disappointed"


buckeyeman19's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in rough shape. Not sure if it was due to the amount of rain the area has had or what but fairways had a lot of hardpan... rough was almost all hardpan...greens were like rock except for maybe 3 of them....pace of play was extremely slow due to a foursome of women not letting anyone play through on the front 9...back 9 was a bit better but not by much. Played the course a few years ago and it was in better shape. New owners have their work cut out for them to get this track in better shape. Course layout is pretty nice and you have to bag the driver on a bunch of holes as it is a ball position course with plenty of tight holes and doglegs.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 04/11/2018:

Hello buckeyeman19, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our course. We are glad you enjoyed our course layout and we appreciate your feedback on the course conditions and the pace of play. We escalated your feedback to the appropriate departments. Thank you for visiting The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to earn your business again.


u5483085's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 04/13/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four-star rating. We are glad you had a great golf experience at The Rock Golf Club & Resort in Pickens. We also appreciate your rating on the course conditions. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon!

"Worth the drive!!!"


gegas's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The new owners are putting some money back into the course. Greens are in great shape just waiting for the grass to green up. The only small thing they need is sand on the carts and sand at the tees. Lunch was amazing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 04/03/2018:

Hello gegas, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course, the conditions of our greens, and our lunch. We also appreciate your feedback on the sand on the carts and tees. Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort in Pickens and we hope to see you again soon!

"Still early"


u688606105's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall I think this course is great. I live just a few minutes from the course, but this was my first time playing here. Played on 3/25 so the Bermuda is still domant, however, the course conditions overall we're great. Some small puddles of standing water, 1.5" of rain the night before. I will certainly be playing again in the next month.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 03/28/2018:

Hello, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you had an enjoyable experience at The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we appreciate your feedback on the standing water. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon!


u000007418216's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 03/23/2018:

Hello, thank you for the five-star rating. We are glad you had an excellent golf experience at The Rock Golf Club & Resort. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again the next time you are in Pickens!


u5954106's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 03/06/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course and affordable rates. Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to see you again soon!

"Nice Track"


u000001710841's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played the course several times back in the early 2000s. It is much improved. The new greens roll good and will get better with time. I found them hard to read, due to undulations, and suttle breaks. The fairways were very bare (even considering early March) This is a unique layout with lots of elevation and lots of dogleg fairways. It also has a pretty backdrop with the mountains. With warmer weather there should be greater enhancement. Played under 4 hours. Add all this together, it will be on my list to return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 03/14/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the conditions of our greens and our course layout. Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to see you again the next time you are in Pickens!


u891271746's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 02/27/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four-star rating. We are glad you enjoyed our course layout and found our staff friendly! Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to see you again the next time you are in Pickens!

"It's still February."


88bogeyman's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time. Better than I expected. The fairways were tough as it is February and the grass is still dormant. Made irons a bit difficult. A lot of water (ponds and streams) all over. Good to have a GPS map (I use goflnow.com) to actually view the satellite images. Guy at the pro-shop said the greens were new and hard. They were in excellent shape -pretty much the only green part of the course (it is February!). I would go back if I could next time through.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 02/21/2018:

Hello 88bogeyman, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the conditions of our greens and pace of play. Thank you for visiting The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Pickens area!

"Welcome Back"


kcraig19's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

I have played the course over the last 10 years. Unfortunately, I have not played much there the past three years because the conditions were so bad that he course was unplayable. However, they have done a great job of getting the course back nto shape, including rebuilding the greens. We had a great time on a cold day. There was very little play so we finished in 3 hours. The greens were smooth and quick. Do note that as most new greens they are very firm and not very receptive. However, with time, airification and top dressing they will improve. It has always been a nice track with some beautiful views and challenging shots both from the tee and into the greens. Welcome Back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 02/06/2018:

Hello kcraig19, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course improvements and pace of play! Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Pickens area!

"Enjoyable day"


Rada0016's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great greens! Good layout. Despite recent rains course very playable. Look forward to going back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Rock Golf Club & Resort on 01/29/2018:

Hello Rada0016, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the condition of our greens and our course layout! Thank you for playing The Rock Golf Club & Resort and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Pickens area!


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