The Inn at Houndslake is an established tradition of family and location – founded almost 40 years ago by prominent developer Robert E. Penland. The Inn is still owned by the founding family today. Peggy Penland has helped to preserve part of the family legacy. Peggy owns the Inn at Houndslake and it is not unusual to be met and welcomed by the traditional boutique Inn owner. Peggy extends to you a personal invitation to share the heritage of the Inn as part of the Houndslake Community with the genuine Southern Hospitality for which Aiken is renowned. The Inn has the unique distinction of being nestled between the fairways of Houndslake Country Club. The views from each room are picturesque complimenting the beauty of the tranquil location, without the distraction of busy parking lots or main roads.
The Inn is considered a relaxed and comfortable destination by new and returning visitors. The décor is traditional with the simplicity and feeling of a home away from home. You will never experience that corporate feeling. With just 30 rooms, each guest can enjoy the Inn's privacy or the social aspects at breakfast. The Inn's patio opens onto the golf course and endless walking paths, outdoor swimming pool, tennis, and pickleball courts. Seasonality is ever-present, with guests appreciating the gentle changes in weather that make Aiken a sought-after regional destination for golf and equestrian events. The Inn coordinates with local businesses and events to offer seasonal getaways and tourist activities to make your visit seamless while presenting new and entertaining lifestyle choices for the more adventurous.
Houndslake Country Club was built in the early 1970's and centers around a 18-hole Championship golf course designed by Joe Lee, who planned the likes of Doral, La Costa, Cog Hill and Disney World. The course provides pleasure to the average golfer and a memorable challenge to the champion. Each nine measures a little over 3,300 yards and they each play to a par of 36. Houndslake Country Club was designed to offer versatility for both the weekend golfer and the professional. Houndslake Country Club has hosted the 1977 and 1981 SCGA Amateur Championship, the 1982 and 1984 SCGA Four Ball Championship, the 2001 and 2002 South Carolina PGA Pro Junior, several US Amateur Qualifiers, The Women's Transnational Amateur and the Women's Eastern Golf Association Senior Championship.
The mild, agreeable climate of Aiken allows year-round outdoor recreation. The beautiful courses wind through a quiet residential community and the clubhouse offers casual and fine dining opportunities along with private rooms for meeting space for ten to 250. The Ballroom at the Club has become one of the most desired facilities for wedding receptions. Our resident golf and tennis professionals offer clinics and tournaments in addition to private lessons for all ages and abilities. The net facility includes lighted tennis and pickleball courts. Between the golf and tennis centers lies the Olympic sized swimming pool, home to one of the area's best summer league swim teams.
In the early 20th Century Aiken was established as an exclusive winter resort by wealthy northerners. They built their "winter colony" in the sand hills of Aiken County and developed a society focused on the personal pursuit of gracious southern living. Their interest centered around Polo ponies, thoroughbreds and the fine art of Golf. This culture still thrives today. Aiken boasts an incredible abundance of restaurants, cafes and foodie celebrations. At our many locally owned cafes and restaurants you'll find something for every taste and budget. A trip to Aiken means getting outdoors, experiencing history, meandering through beautiful parks and boutique style shopping. As you explore Aiken you will notice a thriving downtown with much to offer. Aiken hosts world-class equestrian events and numerous festivals. In Aiken there's always something new to discover.