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“Always Best Care is a great company to work for and if you are looking for care for a loved one, I highly recommend them. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. I work in the senior industry and recommend Always Best Care to my clients that need extra support in their home or while family is away. Always Best Care will respond immediately and truly show compassion to others.”

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“Nate took the time to meet with me and my family and help make sense of the questions we had when it came to the short and long term care of our loved one. When you have an elderly parent or a loved one with disabilities there are so many questions and so many emotions. It can be so confusing and it was hard for us to find one person or one company that has the knowledge and grasp of this industry that Nate has. We cannot thank him enough for guiding us through this process and his amazing bedside manner!”

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“This is one of the best companies I’ve worked for in a long time. The owners, Nate and Melisa, genuinely care about clients AND staff. They go above and beyond to support, encourage, and help everyone they work with. Their doors are always open, they’re generous with their time, and they truly want their staff to succeed. Donna in the billing department is fabulous, always available to answer questions or help in any way; Katrina in scheduling puts in so much time and effort to accommodate everyone’s needs and it’s amazing how well she handles everything; Angel works diligently on recruiting and training, making sure there’s plenty of staff to provide quality care; and Jackie is an incredible CHAMP, making sure clients are properly reassessed and care givers have the right tools and knowledge to do their job. ABC is a fantastic, compassionate, caring team I’m proud to be a part of, and I’m proud to serve our clients, too.”

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“Always Best Care is like the name sounds, excellent care for your loved ones. The staff goes above and beyond to make certain the needs of your family member are met with kindness and dignity. Senior care is a difficult choice and Always Best Care of Columbia makes it easy, with compassion and are truly helpful in every way possible. The staff geniunely listens and cares about your expectations! I would highly recommend this business.”

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“Nate, Charlene & Simone are great people to help in a stressful situation! They have been open and caring and have provided some wonderful caregivers for a lovely lady in my church. I was instrumental in coordinating care for the family and have nothing but good things to say about the staff at Always Best Care. Simone so kindly visited my friend in hospice when she could no longer be cared for at home. She even took her flowers and has remained in contact with the family to support them as they are going through this difficult journey. I highly recommend Always Best Care.”


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How does In-home Senior Care in Blair, SC work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Blair, SC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Blair, SC gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

Respite Care Blair, SC

During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Blair,SC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Blair, SC

Old Aiken tree farm has been transformed into golf course

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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - An old tree farm in Aiken has become a golf course and will be open to members for a preview next week.

Zac Blair has golfed at a lot of courses in his career but he’s always dreamed of having one of his own.

Blair, a PGA golfer, and the tree farm developer says, “And I think the more cool places I saw, definitely piqued my interest, and I thought it would be something fun to do.”

He’s made many trips here in the last couple of years to watch an old tree farm become “The Tree Farm,” our area’s newest course, located in New Holland.

“The property was pretty sweet, the area, I think in general, people love golf,” Blair says.

Blair says that’s one of the big reasons he built it here.

“It’s been awesome to see how I would say the locals in Aiken have been excited about the project,” Blair says.

He knows how important golf is in this area, especially in April.

Blair says, “That’s a cool time of the year, there’s a bunch of golf fans in from around the world, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Blair says the course isn’t extremely challenging, because he just wants it to be a place to have a good time.

“You know, nothing crazy, in terms of it’s the hardest course you’ve ever played, but it’s just a fun place to bring people and play golf,” Blair says.

Blair has played a lot of courses, but this one is different: it’s his.

Blair says the course opens to members for preview play next week. He wants to open it up to more people during tournament week.

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Crestview’s Kurtz, SC’s Blair claim top honors in Firelands Conference

OLIVESBURG — John Kurtz and his Crestview Cougars were rewarded for their record-setting season.Kurtz was chosen the Firelands Conference Coach of the Year and Justice Thompson and Jarek Ringler were selected to the All-Firelands Conference first team.South Central’s Isaac Blair was chosen the Firelands Conference Player of the Year. The senior averaged 21.6 points and 4.6 rebounds a game.Crestview was 21-3 and won the Firelands Conference championship for the first time since the 1999-2000 season with a spot...

OLIVESBURG — John Kurtz and his Crestview Cougars were rewarded for their record-setting season.

Kurtz was chosen the Firelands Conference Coach of the Year and Justice Thompson and Jarek Ringler were selected to the All-Firelands Conference first team.

South Central’s Isaac Blair was chosen the Firelands Conference Player of the Year. The senior averaged 21.6 points and 4.6 rebounds a game.

Crestview was 21-3 and won the Firelands Conference championship for the first time since the 1999-2000 season with a spotless 14-0 conference mark. The 21 victories are the most ever in a single season. The Cougars won a sectional title before falling to Huron in the Division III district semifinals.

A 6-foot-3 sophomore, Thompson averaged a team-best 16 points a game to go with four rebounds and two assists. A 6-foot-3 junior, Ringler averaged 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists a game.

Thompson, Ringler and Blair were joined on the first team by Mapleton’s Scott Hickey. The sharpshooter averaged 15.2 points a game.

Other first-team selections were Monroeville’s Jimmy Clingman and Aidan Goodwin and Western Reserve’s Chris Buchanan.

Crestview seniors Owen Barker and Heath Kash were both selected to the second team. Barker, a standout football player, averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds a game, while Kash averaged 12 points a game and was one of the area’s top 3-point shooters.

The Crestview duo was joined on the second team by Mapleton’s Jed Brannon, South Central’s Brandon Mitchell, St. Paul’s Corey Frazee and Nolan McCall and Western Reserve’s Grant Bethard.

Crestview’s Tyson Ringler, Mapleton’s Kyle Sloter and Plymouth’s Owen Reynolds were honorable mention picks. They were joined by Monroeville’s Braden Chapman, New London’s Connor Byrd, South Central’s Hayden Tobias, St. Paul’s Evan Wangler and Western Reserve’s Rhett Grose.

Player of the Year: Isaac Blair, South Central.

Coach of the Year: John Kurtz, Crestview.

First Team: Justice Thompson, Crestview; Jarek Ringler, Crestview; Scott Hickey, Mapleton; Isaac Blair, South Central; Jimmy Clingman, Monroeville; Aidan Goodwin, Monroeville; Chris Buchanan, Western Reserve.

Second Team: Owen Barker, Crestview; Heath Kash, Crestview; Jed Brannon, Mapleton; Brandon Mitchell, South Central; Corey Frazee, St. Paul; Nolan McCall, St. Paul; Grant Bethard, Western Reserve.

Honorable Mention: Tyson Ringler, Crestview; Kyle Sloter, Mapleton; Braden Chapman, Monroeville; Conner Byrd, New London; Owen Reynolds, Plymouth; Hayden Dobias, South Central; Evan Wangler, St. Paul; Rhett Grose, Western Reserve.

11 farms on Fairfield Ag + Art Tour June 17 & 18

Fairfield County – Eleven Ag + Art Tour sites in Fairfield County will include working farms featuring painters, potters, weavers, quilters, musicians, storytellers, bakers and other local artisans. The tour is set for June 17 & 18.Now in its 12th year, the Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided farm tour where visitors can learn about where their food and fiber products come from while enjoying the creativity and entertainment of local artisans. Each farm will offer something different – chickens, goats, and other lives...

Fairfield County – Eleven Ag + Art Tour sites in Fairfield County will include working farms featuring painters, potters, weavers, quilters, musicians, storytellers, bakers and other local artisans. The tour is set for June 17 & 18.

Now in its 12th year, the Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided farm tour where visitors can learn about where their food and fiber products come from while enjoying the creativity and entertainment of local artisans. Each farm will offer something different – chickens, goats, and other livestock as well a variety of local artisans. For purposes of the tour, artisans are defined as those who hand-craft products without using kits or commercial models and whose primary components are not manufactured.

“One of our goals has been to give people a better knowledge of what is produced in their backyard and help them to support local businesses while making healthier food choices,” said Will Culler, an agribusiness agent with Clemson Cooperative Extension and director of the S.C. Ag + Art Tour. “This event does that by putting food and product with a face.”

Eleven counties, including Fairfield, will host Ag + Art tours on separate weekends in 2023.

The sites are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Crazy Chic Heritage Farm: 450 Kenal Rd, Ridgeway, SC 29130 Open Saturday & SundayFirst generation protein and regenerative practice farm with Kune Kune pigs, Dexter cattle, Beefalo, many chicken varieties. Also, mini donkeys, a mini horse, a guardian llama and dogs, wagon rides.

Fairfield Farmers and Artisans Market: 117 E Washington St, Winnsboro, SC 29180 Open only Saturday 10-4.Farmers market offering seasonal produce from local farmers and handmade items from local artisans.

Heirloom Fine Art Gallery: 121 E Washington St., Winnsboro, SC 29180 Open only Saturday 10-4.

Gypsy Wind Farms: 3005 Buckhead Rd., Blair, SC 29015 Open both Saturday and Sunday.

Home Grown on the Farm: 2500 Old Douglass Road, Winnsboro, SC 29180 Open only Saturday 10-4.

Farm fresh eggs, vegetables, farm meats, flowers.

Ridgeway Town Hall and Downtown: 170 S. Dogwood Ave, Ridgeway, SC 29130 Open only Saturday 10-4.

Visual and performing artists (individuals, small groups and bands who will entertain visitors with a variety of music from classical to country).

Riding Ridge Farm: 692 Riding Ridge Rd., Ridgeway, SC 29130 Open both Saturday and Sunday.

Slightly North of Charleston: 160 S Palmer Street, Ridgeway, SC 29130 Open both Saturday and Sunday.

STORE34: 18438 Newberry Road, Blair, SC 29015 Open Saturday only 10-4.

The SHE Garden: 1450 Newberry Road, Winnsboro, SC 29180 Open both Saturday and Sunday.

Wilde Rose Farm: 2437 South Carolina 269, Winnsboro, SC 29180 Open both Saturday and Sunday.

Find a complete list of tour dates and participating counties at www.agandarttour.com.

Some SC families are choosing private adoption process over public

Jake and Lucy Blair have wanted to adopt a child since before they got married.The couple has three biological children: an 8-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl.In May, the couple received the news they had been praying for. An expectant mom chose Jake and Lucy to adopt her child after she gave birth.Over the next few months, the couple prepared to bring a fourth child into their family.“We started talking with this expectant mom, getting to know her, making plans,” Lucy Blair...

Jake and Lucy Blair have wanted to adopt a child since before they got married.

The couple has three biological children: an 8-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl.

In May, the couple received the news they had been praying for. An expectant mom chose Jake and Lucy to adopt her child after she gave birth.

Over the next few months, the couple prepared to bring a fourth child into their family.

“We started talking with this expectant mom, getting to know her, making plans,” Lucy Blair said. “She invited me to be with her in the hospital room when she gave birth.”

To find their child, the Blairs worked with a faith-based agency out of Greenville that connects expectant mothers with potential adoptive families.

When the July due date came, Jake and Lucy Blair drove to Greenville to be with the expectant mother for the birth and to meet the baby boy.

The child was supposed to go home with the Blairs. But the night before being discharged, the mother decided to keep her baby.

“She changed her mind and decided she couldn’t go through with adoption. So she went home with her baby, and we drove back to Columbia,” Lucy Blair said.

“In the moment it was devastating,” she said. “Just our worst nightmare. To get as far as we did get and like, naming him and holding him and everything was tough. But having some space, having a few months now between that moment and now, I just feel complete peace that that is not the child that was meant for our family.”

What the Blairs experienced is called a “disrupted adoption.” Disrupted adoptions are less likely when families go through the state, because the state terminates parental rights before the children are available for adoption. Some S.C. families choose to work with private adoption agencies because many of them only handle infants, which most families prefer.

Lucy Blair wanted to keep details about the expectant mother’s situation and personal information private but said, “there were some things about her specific situation that led us to just find that it would be incredibly difficult for her to not parent this baby.”

“We had already been praying for her and for this child for a while that she would feel supported enough to parent him,” she added.

While the Blairs have made peace with the outcome, their youngest child still wonders what happened.

“They just kind of took it really hard,” Lucy Blair said, referring to her three children. “It was very confusing for them to be prepared for a baby brother, and know his name, and see where he’ll sleep, and talk about how things are about to change. And then Mom and Dad go to bring him home, and then they come home, and he’s not there.”

The Blairs are continuing with their quest to adopt.

They are still working with Quiver Full Adoptions, a private agency that works outside of the state’s foster care and adoptions systems. Families wanting to adopt, such as the Blairs, look at files of potential birth mothers and choose who they would like to pursue. Birth mothers, likewise, see the files of potential adoptive parents. If a match is made, they will meet. The birth mother ultimately decides who takes the child.

Over past year, the Blairs have seen information on about 37 potential adoptions. They have said yes to 22 of those 37. They have only been chosen by one birth mother.

Private adoption is an expensive process and a concern for the Blairs.

Throughout the pregnancy, the chosen adoptive family may assist the biological mother financially by covering expenses such as housing, medical care and utilities.

“When families like us get an email with all the information about an expectant mom considering adoption, we can see right off the bat from that first email what her anticipated financial needs are,” Lucy Blair said. “And there have been a couple of times that my husband and I have said ‘no’ and have chosen not to be presented to a woman because her anticipated needs were just way more than we could handle at the time.”

During the Blairs’ disrupted adoption process, the child’s mother was financially stable and had a solid living situation. The only thing they were asked to pay for was a small phone bill.

When the child is born, the birth mother has about 48 hours to sign adoption papers relinquishing her parental rights to the adoptive family.

“Even if she invites me into the hospital room … and I’m holding the baby, the baby is still entirely hers, and not mine, if she hasn’t signed the papers,” Lucy Blair said.

The organization makes sure the woman has time to recover and is free of any medication before making the final decision.

“She spent like two and a half days in the hospital recovering with him right there by her side, spending a lot of time with him,” Lucy Blair said. “So you can imagine probably a lot of women start having second thoughts at that point.”

The majority of adoptions through Quiver Full are infant adoptions.

Quiver Full did not immediately return an email or a phone call seeking comment. But, according to its website, the average private domestic infant adoption costs upward of $40,000. The agency says its average adoption costs, however, are around $20,000.

Here is Quiver Full’s breakdown of fees for hopeful adoptive families:

The public process differs substantially.

“There’s more research and, I would say, scrutiny involved with public adoption, as opposed to a private adoption,” said Connelly Anne Ragley, the S.C. Department of Social Services’ director of communications and external affairs.

The goal of the public system is to reunite foster children with their birth parents, which is different from private adoption agencies.

As of Dec. 6, 464 adoptions had been finalized in South Carolina, with more were expected to be finalized by the end of the year. Greenville County saw the most, with 104 adoptions.

The data only includes public adoptions finalized through the Department of Social Services. The department does not keep track of the state’s private adoption numbers.

Ragley said the greatest adoptive needs are for teenagers, sibling groups and children with complex medical situations.

“We have about 100 youth that are waiting for their forever home right now,” Ragley said. “So their parental rights have been terminated, and they’re sitting in a foster home waiting for someone to adopt them.”

Ragley said families that go through the public adoption process receive a $2,000 stipend from the state to assist with legal fees.

As the possibility of stricter abortion laws loom, many are wondering how the change will affect adoptions in South Carolina.

“One of the things that I know the Legislature is looking at is just trying to think of an overhaul of the adoption process in general,” Ragley said.

She said lawmakers are taking a look at laws concerning both private and public adoption routes to make sure the system is functioning in a beneficial way.

If biological parents decide to relinquish their parental rights to an adoptive family, they are not allowed to change their minds at any point after the paperwork has been finalized.

Lucy Blair said South Carolina helps make adoption easier than other states.

“Our laws are actually some of the most adoptive-family friendly,” Lucy said.

Utah golfer building his own golf course in South Carolina

AIKEN, South Carolina (ABC4 Sports) – It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Zac Blair playing in a PGA tour event.He had shoulder surgery and he’s missed most of the last two years but he’s keeping himself busy.He’s building a golf course in South Carolina called the Tree Farm, about 30 minutes away from Augusta. Utah Gymnastics te...

AIKEN, South Carolina (ABC4 Sports) – It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Zac Blair playing in a PGA tour event.

He had shoulder surgery and he’s missed most of the last two years but he’s keeping himself busy.

He’s building a golf course in South Carolina called the Tree Farm, about 30 minutes away from Augusta.

“Found a cool piece of property for sale a handful of years ago and went out and looked at it with some friends and thought it was a pretty cool place,” said Blair. “Obviously the land was appealing, good soil for golf, good topography for golf. Midway through the build, start grassing next Monday, so it should grow in this summer and be ready next year for the Masters.”

Fans who travel to the Masters are always looking for places to play while they’re in Augusta, and starting next year Blair is hoping he can attract some of those golfers.

“Biggest golf sporting event in the world, you just have a crazy high influx of people traveling in for that week,” Blair said. “It’s definitely something that we kind of baked into the business model and expect it to be a high traffic week and we built it for people to see so that’s kind of a good week to do it.”

Blair has been on site many times over the past year, and this is his baby. He designed the holes, and he’s watching it come to fruition.

“I definitely knew it would be a lot of work, learned a lot along the way, so that’s been really fun for me,” said Blair. “Hopefully the goal for me would be able to do something in Utah in the next little while.”

This is a massive project with a lot of investors, and Blair isn’t sure when they will see a return on their investment.

“It depends on how good of a product that we build and we’re pretty confident that we’ve got a pretty good one cooking in the oven right now,” Blair said.

While course designing is definitely in his future, he hopes he’s not done playing on the PGA Tour just yet.

“Hope to continue to golf, this has been a nice little project to fill the void in terms of not being out on Tour the last 2 years with the shoulder injury,” said Blair. “But the plan is to definitely keep playing golf, it’s a pretty good day job.”

Blair is hoping to return to PGA tour events this summer.


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