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Home Care In McConnells, SC

Home Care McConnells, SC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Mcconnells Cemetary gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in McConnells, SC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Phil Davidson and his staff provides the best service around in the York County area...Very professional and they truly care about their clients...I highly recommend Always Best Care of Rock Hill”

Will J.

“Looking for a loving and caring place for a parent, grandparent or any loved one? Look no further than Phil and his team at Always Best Care of Rock Hill!”

Tamaya M.

“I have enjoyed working with Always Best. They are informative and helpful. When I need to schedule care, they are very responsive. Definitely a good choice in companion care.”


“Always willing to help”

Christine B.

“I have worked for many agencies as a CNA. Always Best Care of Rock Hill, SC is by far the best! They treat their clients and caregivers with generosity and compassion. They go "above and beyond" in every area. You can't go wrong with them.”

Loretta B.

“They gave my mother the most wonderful, loving care. They were very accommodating when we needed to make changes in the schedule. After dealing with two other agencies I wish I had gone with them from the start. They deserve a 10!”

Bobbie S.

“New Employee & I’m loving it already”

Sonda P.

“Needed care for my mother with dementia, and father with medical issues. The team at Always Best Care were very responsive to our needs for 24/7 care for about 8 weeks. They try hard to have the same caregivers come to the house for continuity of care. The family really appreciated Phil's assistance with placing my parents in Assisted Living. His knowledge of the local York County homes was invaluable to placing my parents in a welcoming environment. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to help with senior care!”

Mary E.

“I have had the best support from a caring and supporting staff over the past year. The AMAZING part is that I live in CA and they're providing these services in Rock Hill. When I have any questions they are quick to get my answer back in a timely manner.”

James G.

“I could probably say that I was a past client of this provider, but because I continue to receive words of encouragement and advise from them, I still claim the current client status. Their help with my mother that was provided while she was at home was fantastic. They also have helped guide us through hospital and rehab stays. I would have to give them a 5 star rating and honestly can not think of one thing that went wrong on their part while we used their care The Caregiver was excellent. I wholeheartedly would recommend Always Best Care to anyone that finds themselves needing a caregiver to come along beside them.”


“Always willing to help”

Christine G.

“We're using Always Best Care for my parents. They're fantastic. The caregivers are professional, courteous, entertaining, and accommodating. They mainly provide medication management and companionship. I feel like they give personal touches, and there's a certain professionalism to them that other agencies I contacted didn't have.”


“Excellent care was given to my mother. Thank you for being there when we needed you.”

Robin J.

“Always Best Care has been providing care givers for my 91 year old father for more than 2 years now. I have been happy with their staff. My father is cared for with love and dignity and with their help I've been able to keep him in my home.”

Laura A.

“Always Best Care service was very helpful in locating an assisted living facility for my Mother. Very professional and I would use them again.”


“It was time to consider alternative living arrangements for my mom. She was living on her own in a single-family home that she loved. She was in need of assistance with daily household chores, driving, and managing daily functions. I was given Phil Davidson's name from a social worker. He explained that Phil (and his company Always Best Care), may be a good resource for me and my mom. We began with some in home care (3-5 days a week). Phil met my mom, established a great working relationship with her, and had one of his staff members become my mom's in home caregiver. Phil took the time to get to know my mom and aligned her needs and personality with the right person to help her. Eventually we needed to look for an Assisted Living community. Phil was there to guide us. He arranged meetings with a variety of communities and toured with them with us. Phil knew the right questions to ask and always kept my mom's wishes on his checklist. I especially liked that Phil does not get paid by us, but rather by the facility that we ended up choosing. Phil and his staff were great to work with. Exceptionally professional and understanding of my mom.”

Rich S.

“I had a wonderful experience using Always Best Care Senior Services! The owner, Phil Davidson, along with our wonderful caregiver, Sarah , came to my house so that I could meet them and get to know them before my parents moved in with my family for several months! As we sat discussing our plan of care, I got the feeling they would treat my parents like part of their family! And they sure did! Sarah was kind, patient and very knowledgeable with my parents and their medical issues. Sarah was so helpful to me and my family! I would not have been able to make it through those months without her! I felt at ease and had no worries when I was at work, or having some ME time! I knew my parents were in caring and trustworthy hands! So, I would highly recommend Always Best Care senior Services!!”

Stephanie C.

“Phil, I just wanted to recount to you what my Mother told me on the phone this morning about your employee, and my parent's caretaker, Vicky Jo. Vicky Jo started with my parents in March of 2012, during a very difficult time. My father had fallen and broken his neck, on top of coping with Parkinson's. My mother took care of him, as well as their home and while we could help some, the day to day chores took a toll on her. We were afraid we were going to lose her health as well. In a huge stroke of luck, we were able to find a two-bedroom apartment at Chandler Place which would provide meals and emergency response services, alleviating a good bit of my mom's responsibilities and stress. In an even bigger stroke of luck, we began using Vicky Jo two hours every morning to help my father with bathing and dressing. In the months that followed, Vicky Jo has not only provided physical support, but significant moral support to both my parents. She is very capable, upbeat and genuine. My mother is absolutely devoted to her and feels she can trust her with anything. We couldn't be more grateful for her, and for you as well for providing her to us. I also want to take a moment to thank you, as you have gone above and beyond in your interaction and care of my parents. I can tell you truly care about my folks and their well being and it is such an amazing thing to see in this day and age when everything seems like it is only about the money. Blessing to you and your business. I know that you will be a God Send to other families as well and I wish you the best. Please know that if you are ever in need of a referral, I would be delighted to provide one for you.”

Barbara S.

“It is a pleasure doing business with a professional and ethical company”

Kristen B.

“Phil, We so love Sara and are very appreciative for the way you run your business. You really stand out in an industry and a time when people just go through the motions. You are a very special man and I pray that you will be very successful in your business.”

Karissa L.

“Thank you and your team for providing the great help and assistance during this summer. The care givers that we had were excellent and very professional. Thanks for being so flexible with the scheduling.”

John R.

“Dear Phil, "We would like to thank you and your staff for providing such wonderful live-in care for our Grandfather from June through October 2013. Our family found ourselves in the most unimaginable situation when our Grandmother was unexpectedly hospitalized in late May and ultimately passed away in June. As you know, she was the sole caregiver for our Grandfather who has severe Alzheimer's disease. We are so very fortunate that we discovered your agency! You were able to promptly place qualified caregivers in his home and this gave our family immediate peace of mind. The level of care and compassion that you and your caregivers demonstrated toward our Grandfather is more than we ever anticipated and we will be forever grateful. You all walked with him through the terrible tragedy of losing his wife of 67 years. You and your staff provided extraordinary physical and emotional care for him through his grief and made getting him back to a "normal" life your top priority upon her death. In addition to the care you all provided my Grandfather, you were so kind to help educate us on the progression of Alzheimer's. You were a wonderful resource to us on what to expect in the next phases of this disease and help us plan for long-term care for him. While we are very sad to have to place him in a memory care-assisted living facility, we made the decision knowing that this will be the best place for him as he ages and his disease worsens. Your guidance and expertise in helping us choose the right facility for him helped make this daunting task bearable. Thank you again for all that you have done for our grandfather and for our family! We will be forever grateful!”

Ashley S.

“Phil, We so love Sara and are very appreciative for the way you run your business. You really stand out in an industry and a time when people just go through the motions. You are a very special man and I pray that you will be very successful in your business.”

K L.

“Dear Phil, Thank you and your team for providing the great help and assistance during this summer. The care givers that we had were excellent and very professional. Thanks for being so flexible with the scheduling.”

John A.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in McConnells, SC?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is 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 gets older, 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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Types of Elderly Care in McConnells, SC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting McConnells Recreation Center with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Sweet Caroline’s or visit McConnells Historical Marker, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in McConnells, SC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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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 - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, 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, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in McConnells, 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.

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 a nursing home. 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.

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 and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often 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 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

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:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your SC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
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.
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.
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.
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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 McConnells, 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.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Chandler Place Assisted Living & Memory Care
  • Palmetto Village of Chester
  • Opportunity & Success
  • Carolina Gardens at York
  • Brookdale Ebenezer Road
  • Divine Manor Assisted Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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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 Always Best Care 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:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


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.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in McConnells, SC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

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.

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Latest News in McConnells, SC

McConnell Golf acquires Wilson (NC) Country Club

Wilson Country Club opened in 1915 and features a Willard Byrd-designed golf course that was renovated by John LaFoy in 2005. McConnell Golf, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is the region’s largest owner of premier private clubs with a portfolio across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, now including 14 18-hole, private golf courses, two semi-private courses and one 27-hole public course. RALEIGH, NC (June 1, 2023) — Raleigh-based McConnell Golf has expanded its eastern North ...

Wilson Country Club opened in 1915 and features a Willard Byrd-designed golf course that was renovated by John LaFoy in 2005. McConnell Golf, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is the region’s largest owner of premier private clubs with a portfolio across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, now including 14 18-hole, private golf courses, two semi-private courses and one 27-hole public course.

RALEIGH, NC (June 1, 2023) — Raleigh-based McConnell Golf has expanded its eastern North Carolina presence with the acquisition of Wilson Country Club.

“Over the years, we’ve been keeping a keen eye on municipalities that have strategically invested in a community’s growth plan and are in close proximity to metropolitan strongholds like the Triangle,” said McConnell Golf Chief Operating Officer Christian Anastasiadis. “Furthermore, the highway and road infrastructure from Raleigh to Wilson is outstanding these days, opening the city of Wilson to accommodate the future growth of the Triangle.

“While it is our belief that the city will not only continue to grow positively, it will also continue to retain its small-town charm. The city council has done a great job laying out a map for the future in 2019 and we want to be a strategic part of its future growth.”

Wilson Country Club opened in 1915 on the site that is currently known as Willow Springs Country Club. The club grew at a rapid rate following World War II and the size of the membership eventually grew too large for its initial home. Unable to expand the facilities, the club moved across town to its current site in 1973.

The club’s new layout was created by golf course architect Willard Byrd, who designed and remodeled more than 100 golf courses during a career spanning nearly five decades. His work at Wilson CC received rave reviews for its beauty and overall playability. The club has hosted eight Carolinas Golf Association majors: 2010 NC Men’s Amateur, 2009 NCWGA Ladies’ State Amateur, several US Open qualifiers, Web.Com Tour qualifiers, the club’s annual Two Ball Invitational and its annual Pro-Am Invitational.

Wilson CC underwent a renovation in 2005 to modernize the course and improve the putting surfaces. Architect John LaFoy was chosen to do the renovation and work began in May 2005. LaFoy has redesigned more than 100 golf courses throughout the country including many classic layouts such as those of architects A.W. Tillinghast, Alistair Mackenzie, Seth Raynor, Charles Blair MacDonald and numerous Donald Ross designs.

“There is a good reason why Wilson CC had been the host site to thus far eight Carolinas Golf Association majors – like the 2010 NC Men’s Amateur, the 2009 NCWGA Ladies’ State Amateur, US Open qualifiers,” said Anastasiadis. “The Willard Byrd design is outstanding, and our investments in improving the course will make it an absolute ‘must-play’ in our portfolio.”

McConnell Golf, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is the region’s largest owner of premier private clubs with a portfolio across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, including 14 18-hole, private golf courses, two semi-private courses and one 27-hole public course.

McConnell Golf is the only individual golf course proprietor in the world that owns four Donald Ross-designed courses including Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club, which annually plays host to the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship, Raleigh Country Club, Ross’ last design and the current host site of the Korn Ferry Tour’s UNC Health Championship, and Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., annual host of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Visit Knoxville Open.

“We always strive to be part of a community, especially when we get a chance to make it stronger and rebuild. It is just part of our DNA,” said Anastasiadis.


About McConnell Golf

McConnell Golf, founded in 2003, is currently the largest owner of private clubs in the region. McConnell Golf’s stable of premier private clubs (comprised of 14 18-hole private golf courses, two semi-private courses and one nine-hole course) in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee include Raleigh Country Club in Raleigh, N.C., Sedgefield Country Club and The Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro, N.C., The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C., Old North State Club in New London, N.C., Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C., The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C., Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington, N.C., Country Club of Asheville in Asheville, N.C., Providence Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., Wilson Country Club in Wilson, N.C., Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, TN., The Water's Edge Country Club in Penhook, VA. and Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech in Radford, VA.

Media ContactsMartin Armes (919) 608-7260, [email protected]

Brad King (336) 306-9219, [email protected]

Underdog Announces North Carolina Sports Betting Partnership with McConnell Golf

North Carolina sports betting to begin this year, Underdog is one of nine potential sportsbook operators in the state; North Carolina requires sportsbooks to partner with an in-state entity; North Carolina will be Underdog’s first state for its sports betting productBROOKLYN, N.Y., January 23, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Underdog Sports, the fast...

North Carolina sports betting to begin this year, Underdog is one of nine potential sportsbook operators in the state; North Carolina requires sportsbooks to partner with an in-state entity; North Carolina will be Underdog’s first state for its sports betting product

BROOKLYN, N.Y., January 23, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Underdog Sports, the fast-growing sports gaming platform, today announced a partnership with McConnell Golf as part of its application for a sports betting license in North Carolina. Sedgefield Country Club, a private club, located in Greensboro, and host of the PGA TOUR’s Wyndham Championship, appointed Underdog to host, manage, operate and support the Underdog branded online gambling services in the state. McConnell Golf, through its ownership, operates Sedgefield Country Club.

"Underdog is thrilled to launch our betting games in North Carolina in partnership with McConnell Golf," said Jeremy Levine, founder and co-CEO of Underdog Sports. "We’ve spent the last four years building our own technology so we can give sports fans in America new and different ways to enjoy the sports they love. We’re excited to be able to offer that to North Carolinians and look forward to evolving the experience with them."

"McConnell Golf is thrilled to welcome Underdog Sports as our official sports betting partner," said McConnell Golf COO, Christian Anastasiadis. "Underdog is the fastest growing fantasy sports company ever – that is impressive."

Anastasiadis notes that it was important for McConnell Golf to find the right partner that could provide a completely different approach to sports competitions and tournaments.

"We too believe in thinking differently and challenging the status quo, and there is a lot of star power behind the Underdog Fantasy app," said Anastasiadis. "I truly believe we found the right partner."

"This partnership was conceived with fans in mind. We’re looking forward to working with McConnell Golf to bring people together to experience their premier club properties," added Levine.

To date, Underdog is one of nine operators to submit applications to the North Carolina State Lottery Commission, which is overseeing the rollout of the state’s sports betting market. North Carolina legalized online sports betting after Governor Roy Cooper signed HB 347 into law in June 2023. Underdog’s sports betting platform will be part of a strong, competitive market for sports wagering in the Tarheel State that will benefit sports, sports fans, and all North Carolinians.

Seize the day with a sunflower selfie in South Carolina

Time is running out. These beauties won't last long.MCCONNELLS, S.C. — Families and photographers are flocking to a little piece of heaven in York County to capture that perfect summer photo before it's too late.The sunflowers at Draper Wildlife Management Area in McConnells, South Carolina are in full bloom. But you'd better make plans to visit soon because they won't last very long."They’re at...

Time is running out. These beauties won't last long.

MCCONNELLS, S.C. — Families and photographers are flocking to a little piece of heaven in York County to capture that perfect summer photo before it's too late.

The sunflowers at Draper Wildlife Management Area in McConnells, South Carolina are in full bloom. But you'd better make plans to visit soon because they won't last very long.

"They’re at peak right now. They’ll probably last another week and a half. I’m not going to make any promises," said wildlife technician Jordan Moses. "But right now, they’re pretty and full."

Moses planted about 25 acres of the bright, yellow flowers in two mourning dove fields back in April. The process is quite an undertaking.

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Sunflower fields at Draper Wildlife Management Area in McConnells, S.C.

Moses takes soil samples from each field to the extension office in York County. From there, they are sent to Clemson University's Agricultural Service Laboratory.

"They’ll give you recommendations as far as fertilizer," said Moses.

Then it takes about a week to get the fields ready.

"You really need to get it really smooth, free of debris," he said. "You wanna try to plant right before a good rain."

“There’s all kinds of tricks for this stuff," Moses added.

The wildlife technicians usually tell people the crop should be ready around the 4th of July; at least, that's the goal. But that doesn't stop people from asking about them earlier.

"Our office gets a lot of phone calls about the sunflowers," said Moses.

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, plenty of people came out to see the fields of gold. So many, in fact, Moses lost count.

"I have no idea. A lot. A lot of people," he said. "But some people will come two months down the road looking for sunflowers. We just tell them they’ve already done their thing."

You don't want to come out empty-handed. Bring your camera or cell phone for that must-have summer selfie. Bug spray, sunscreen, and water are good to have on hand, too.

Some folks even pack a lunch.

"I’ve seen people out here picnicking, so that’s allowed. Just make sure you clean up your mess and take out what you brought in," Moses said.

There are many benefits derived from planting sunflowers, but the wildlife technicians' main focus is attracting mourning doves for the upcoming hunting season in September.

"Sunflowers are great for mourning doves. We also plant other preferred grasses and things like that that doves love," Moses said.

For now, Moses is reaping what he sowed and enjoying smiles on the faces of picture-taking tourists.

"I really enjoy doing this type of work. Just try to keep everybody happy," he said.

Draper Wildlife Management Area is open during daylight hours year-round. The address is 1080 Brattonsville Rd. The phone number is 864-427-5140.

Once you turn into the entrance, at the end of the road you'll find a large parking area with gates on the left and right. The big field is on the left; the small field is on the right.

You'll want to stay weather aware if you plan to visit Saturday or Sunday. Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich said the sunflower viewing forecast for this weekend will be steamy and possibly stormy.

"The humidity will be a tad lower this weekend but still pretty hot and humid but more typical levels than recently. The storms chances are much lower as well just isolated to scattered storms late in the day and evening," said Panovich.

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A tiny SC restaurant cooked up a viral hit. It’s all about the Christmas cheesecake

The hanging sign out front at Sweet Caroline’s restaurant in McConnells lists food, family and friends as hallmarks of the business. After becoming a viral sensation, the owner may want to consider adding Facebook.The western York County smokehouse known for its brisket, smoked prime rib and custom cheesecakes flavors brought back a dessert it introduced about this time last year. Sweet Caroline’s posted a ...

The hanging sign out front at Sweet Caroline’s restaurant in McConnells lists food, family and friends as hallmarks of the business. After becoming a viral sensation, the owner may want to consider adding Facebook.

The western York County smokehouse known for its brisket, smoked prime rib and custom cheesecakes flavors brought back a dessert it introduced about this time last year. Sweet Caroline’s posted a photo on Facebook of a cheesecake inspired by the popular Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes.

Within days the social media post had more than 4 million views and 17,000 likes. As of Monday morning that also included about 5,600 comments and 7,700 shares.

“It kind of overwhelmed us at first because within two days I had 250 requests to ship the cheesecakes,” said manager Steven Brousseau. “And that’s when I kind of had to come in with the second post and explain we’re a tiny restaurant in a town of 300 people.”

Commenters wanted cheesecake in Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, California and Washington. One decided to change Christmas plans from an Orlando to a Spartanburg family gatheringADD, still about an hour away, to swing by for cake. On Friday afternoon Brousseau skipped out to the post office to mail a t-shirt and birthday card to a new fan from North Carolina who wanted it for his wife, Caroline.

Then, there are the locals. They hunger for it too.

“As many as we can get into the restaurant,” Brousseau said of the Christmas tree cheesecakes, “they’re gone.”

Brousseau and baker Paula Nance worked together at Grumpy Brothers near the hospital in Rock Hill. It was a burger joint known for its cupcakes that closed during COVID, about the same time Sweet Caroline’s opened in McConnells.

Sweet Caroline’s is a fusion of talent from some of Rock Hill’s best known eateries like Michael’s Rock Hill Grille, Ebenezer Grill and the White Horse.

“It’s almost more of a cult following out here,” Brousseau said. “We have a lot of people who come out here considering how far away we are from everything. The closest towns to us are 10 miles away.”

Sweet Caroline’s is next to a weekend flea market, a gun shop and plenty of open land. Even the 15-minute drive from Rock Hill to McConnells typically parallels and bypasses its stretch of Chester Highway.

“People make the drive out here because the food is good,” Brousseau said.

Some drive up from Georgia. Some reroute family visits to eat there. Still, it’s a challenge to stay top of mind for potential diners. The restaurant routinely posts daily specials online.

“It’s Facebook and word of mouth,” Brousseau said.

So why did one cheesecake post go viral?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m guessing it was just people seeing it and sharing it. It’s that time of year when the Christmas cakes are coming out and some people just love those Christmas tree cakes.”

Last year Nance made six cheesecakes a week. The past two weeks she’s made about 50. Another 20 through the weekend, Brousseau said Friday, another 20 Thanksgiving week and 20 more for Thanksgiving day are on the schedule just from people ordering whole cakes.

Nance typically works in the kitchen and bakery, but had to cut the kitchen hours to focus on Christmas tree cheesecakes. Nance can make up to 20 a day.

Brousseau said there will be plenty of cheesecakes for dine-in guests. The plan is to have them through New Year’s. Sweet Caroline’s won’t, however, be shipping slices or cakes across the country.

At $45 for a 12-slice cake — slices are $5.99 in the restaurant — the shipping for a dairy product in need of refrigeration makes shipping unreasonable. Brousseau said some folks online said wanted one and they’d pay whatever, but $130 for a cheesecake was too rich for him.

“Whether they want to pay it or not,” he said, “I would feel guilty about it.”

Plus, there are logistics for a restaurant that already pre-ordered 200 boxes of Christmas tree cakes that can be hard to find this time of year. “There would be no Christmas tree cakes in the area,” Brousseau said. “We would have to buy them all.”

There are plans for something new, if Sweet Caroline’s can handle another cheesecake frenzy. They haven’t posted it to the restaurant site yet but a chocolate version will follow.

Brousseau braces for what that announcement might bring.

But Sweet Caroline’s isn’t about the likes, clicks, shares or even the burgeoning business a viral trend might grow, he said.

“Our goal here isn’t so much to get rich in the restaurant industry,” he said. “It’s to help make people’s day better, make their lives better.”

This story was originally published November 13, 2023, 10:24 AM.

Glenn McConnell extension project proposed to reach Summerville

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County residents will be voting in November on whether to continue paying a “transportation penny,” a one-cent tax that funds road improvement projects.There are dozens of projects waiting for funding including one, in particular, looking to help alleviate traffic congestion from Highway 61, especially the area from Paul Cantrell Boulevard in West Ashley.“It’s been pretty rough,” says Adam Ruffin, who lives off of Hwy 61. “Basically single file line...

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County residents will be voting in November on whether to continue paying a “transportation penny,” a one-cent tax that funds road improvement projects.

There are dozens of projects waiting for funding including one, in particular, looking to help alleviate traffic congestion from Highway 61, especially the area from Paul Cantrell Boulevard in West Ashley.

“It’s been pretty rough,” says Adam Ruffin, who lives off of Hwy 61. “Basically single file line of cars and standstill traffic.

Ruffin and his wife live off the two-lane road and know it’s only going to get worse with all of the development going up. One person who’s working on some of the new neighborhoods is Paul Cook who has to drive 61 every day.

“I can’t believe people don’t find an alternate route to take because the traffic here is horrendous both going in and out,” Cook says.

“Certainly, I’m no expert in the field of traffic but something definitely needs to be done to alleviate some of that traffic out there,” Ruffin says.

A plan is in the works to extend Glenn McConnell Parkway. The parkway currently ends at Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley. But if the proposal goes through, it will keep going into Dorchester County where, according to maps, it would intersect with Old Beech Hill Road and connect to Wright Road, essentially running parallel to Highway 61.

“It will definitely help with people getting to and from work and alleviate a lot of the smaller back roads,” Gregory Maute, who lives along Wright Road, says. “But then if it’s tying in here, it’s going to impact my neighbors and myself and the people that live down the road.”

Maute says this was the first time he was hearing about the project and can see some positives and negatives.

“It would make us more accessible,” Maute says. “But then yes, if they’re widening this road and you know doing two or three lanes each way, that becomes from a country road to a well-traveled road -- a lot of traffic and all that so it’s can be a little bit of a double-edged sword.”

The big question: How would it be funded? Dorchester County says the 1% sales and use tax would generate approximately $735 million. The county’s Capital Improvement Plan calls for nearly $168 million to be allocated for the Glenn McConnell Extension.

Dorchester County leaders say the Public Works director would be happy to talk if the tax is passed by voters in November.

Meanwhile, Maute says he thinks the tax shouldn’t be funded by people who already live there.

“I believe that if it’s going to be funded, it needs to be impact funds on the hundreds of homes that are going in across the area,” Maute says. “Seventy-two people a day are moving here. So we need to not foot the bill.”

Dorchester County residents already pay one cent towards road improvements and have for nearly 20 years. This vote in November would be to continue that tax.

Charleston County officials say they are not currently a part of the extension project.

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