Welcome To Santee, South Carolina!

On behalf of the Town of Santee, let me be the first to thank you for your interest and welcome you as a potential visitor or business partner.


Though Santee is a small town of fewer than 1,000 people, there are many reasons we attract more than 100,000 visitors annually from all parts of the globe — convenience for starters. Santee is located on the south shore of Lake Marion, the largest freshwater lake in the state of South Carolina, and Interstate 95 dissects our town. In Santee, we pride ourselves on good old-fashioned Southern Hospitality: being able to provide the numerous visitors to our area with top quality products and services — along with laid-back lakeside living — at a fair cost.
Certainly, the Town of Santee has earned its reputation as a year-round golf destination. Among avid, budget-conscious golfers, we are best known as “America’s Value Golf Destination” — and for good reason. Within a mile of town, there are three outstanding courses that don’t cost a small fortune to play. This trinity has become sacred ground for golfers from all over North America. In addition, there are four other reasonably priced gems within 20 minutes of town and another 10 courses within 40 minutes.


Of course, with all that great golf to pick from, you’ll need to stay a while. Santee boasts more than a dozen accommodation properties designed to suit any taste or budget, from hotels and motels to well appointed two bedroom deluxe villas. Once your round is over and it is time to kick back and relax you won’t have far to go. Our small-town charm means you are just a short walk from Santee’s famous southern hospitality, delicious cuisine and vibrant nightlife.


Given our proximity to the Santee Cooper Lakes (Marion and Moultrie), Santee is also popular with fishermen and other sportsmen. There are tournaments for the serious anglers, or while you are passing through town if you want to casually drop a line — or boat or anything else — we have companies that can provide you all the equipment and information you need. Similarly, our Santee State Park is a naturalist’s paradise, offering Wildlife Refuge and Swamp Tours, just to name a few, along with bird watching galore.


For the meeting and business traveler — as well as brides-to-be — I am pleased to introduce you to our Santee Conference Center, a 17,752-foot, state-of-the-art facility with three breakout rooms can host up to 1,200 people. The Conference Center has proven equally popular for conventions, conferences and weddings. With golf and fishing at your fingertips, you can maximize your business and still have some time for the important bonding. Plan to have your big event in Santee. Our staff will be there to help you make your visit the best it can be.


In addition, the Santee Recreation Center and Waterpark, which opened Memorial Day 2015, includes an aquatics center, basketball courts, baseball fields, a soccer field, a bocce field and recreation pavilions. The main feature of the aquatics center is a thrilling 300-foot slide that starts about 100 feet in the air and takes you on a tube down through the three loops. Along with the big slide, the aquatics center includes an 80,000-gallon pool separated into three sections for all ages. Our new aquatics center is run by employees of the Orangeburg County YMCA, and is attracting both locals from surrounding counties and out-of-state visitors. We think you will find that the price is reasonable and the park is not as crowded as some of the other popular waterparks across the state.


These are just a few of the many activities to enjoy in and around Santee. Please continue your tour of our Web site — and we look forward to welcoming you as a visitor to our fine town.


Donnie Hilliard


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