With three golf courses (soon to be four) within its boundaries, a shopping mall and national chain restaurants just outside one entrance and The Village at Woodside offering more dining, a fitness center and the area’s leading medical providers, Woodside offers the most well-rounded living experience of the golf communities in the Aiken area. The lushly landscaped Woodside is a recognized Eastern bluebird sanctuary comprising 3,500 acres of rolling hills that include 100 acres of lakes, more than 20 acres carved out as a nature preserve, and several parks linked through the community's close to 20 miles of walking trails and nature paths for walking, hiking and biking. Other amenities include The Reserve Club, featuring a newly renovated resort-style pool and cabana, a tennis program that is USTA sanctioned, pickleball courts, and more than 60 member-led social and hobby groups. In early July, Woodside's Reserve expanded clubhouse will open, adding 17,000 square feet to the existing facilities, with a new sports bar, bistro and several event ballrooms. Country-club management company Troon Privé has also recently joined the team at The Reserve Club, offering reciprocal play at more than 200 Troon clubs. The Hollow Creek Course at The Reserve Club (10 holes are already open for play) will add its final eight holes in early 2018, complementing the club's award-winning Nicklaus Design course and providing members 36 holes of golf as well as its highly regarded practice facilities. The three Woodside golf courses are branded with the cachet of prestige designers like Rees Jones, Nicklaus Design and Bob Cupp. You can opt to join The Reserve Club and play 28 holes of what state golf raters believe is the best layout of the bunch (and also gain access to hundreds of other clubs through Troon Privé; or you can join the ClubCorp-owned Woodside Plantation Country Club with its two mature and excellent courses and gain access to ClubCorp’s national network of clubs. No matter the choice, the golf at Woodside will satisfy even the most demanding players. So too will the easy access to shopping, with national retailers and chain restaurants just a five-wood shot distance from the community’s rear entrance. And providing a true small-town Southern experience, the town of Aiken itself, featuring an active downtown, artistic and cultural events and festivals year-round, and an eclectic selection of restaurants and boutiques, is an easy 10-minute ride away.