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Aiken is a laid-back, charming com- munity located near the mid-point
of South Carolina’s long border with
Georgia. It offers great golfing, hunting
and fishing. Often described as a city
with Southern charm and a cosmopolitan flair, Aiken has received national acclaim in several prestigious magazines.
Historic downtown Aiken is filled
with remarkable shops and restaurants, and the business district is alive
and flourishing. Galleries, antique
stores and specialty boutiques await
the serious shopper. Beautifully preserved grand homes line the avenues
and shaded streets. Residents enjoy
warm weather and a wonderful quality of life.
Hopelands Gardens is a major local
attraction. The 14-acre public estate fea-
tures a network of garden paths wind-
ing underneath a canopy of ancient live
oaks dripping with Spanish moss.
Aiken is one of the nation’s greatest
training grounds for thoroughbreds. It
is home to the Thoroughbred Racing
Hall of Fame, established in 1977 as a
tribute to the flat racing, steeplechase
and honors horses that have trained in
Aiken and gone on to become national
champions. The Aiken Steeplechase
Association, founded in 1930, hosts
the Imperial Cup each March and the
Holiday Cup in October.
People who come to Aiken hoping to golf won’t be disappointed.
The mild winters make golf a year-round activity, and the city offers a
wide variety of courses from which to
choose. The city boasts America’s fifth
oldest course and is also home to the
first course to offer women’s tees. For
those who prefer golf to be a spectator
sport, nearby Augusta is home to the