Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) programs are for every aspect of your life. From sports and fitness to social events at the clubs, concerts and other special events, FMWR offers something for every stage of your life. When it comes to recreation and leisure, FMWR facilities have something for everyone, from boats and campsites, to fitness facilities and a golf club comparable to any civilian club. You will find our programs and activities committed to quality and service and aimed toward making your tour at Fort Jackson a pleasant one.
All services are available to active-duty military, retirees, Reservists, National Guard members, DOD civilian employees and their family members. Come to our FMWR facilities and see what they have to offer you. The Retiree Bulletin, published twice a year, is mailed to some 13,000 retirees and widows living in South Carolina to keep them informed of changes in Army policy and Fort Jackson recreational events.
FORT JACKSON GOLF CLUB
The Fort Jackson Golf Club, at 3652 Semmes Road, is a 36-hole complex, featuring two championship golf courses, a well-stocked pro shop, a dining area, lounge and locker rooms. The Golf Club is open to active-duty military, retirees, active federal employees, Reservists, National Guard members, DOD civilians, honorably discharged veterans (monthly only) and family members. A complete range of facilities and services are available to the golfer, including a spacious driving range, pitching, chipping and putting greens, a three-hole short course, and lessons and clinics taught by our PGA staff. The Wildcat Course has generous fairways through rolling terrain. The Old Hickory Course is routed around several lakes and wetland areas.
There is an intramural golf league and a wide variety of tournaments and events throughout the year from which you can choose. Membership is available to all military and DOD civilian ID card holders and a limited number of honorably discharged veterans. For additional information, please call 803-787-4437/4344.
The NCO Club, at 5700 Lee Road, is open to all ranks of military members, family members and DOD civilians. Come and enjoy the newly renovated NCO Club. The NCO Club is open Monday through Friday for lunch, serving a full buffet with a variety of foods and flavors at great price. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We serve a breakfast buffet from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday with omelet and waffle stations. Holiday brunches include Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and feature omelet stations, waffle stations and much more. During the holiday season, there is a holiday party for the children with a princess and superhero ball.
The catering department offers a large variety of menu items, decorations and great customer service. The club specializes in military functions, wedding receptions, retirement parties and much more. No party is too big or too small. Handling all of your catering needs is what we do best. Off-site catering is available anywhere on Fort Jackson. Download the menu at www.fortjacksonmwr.com under “Social & Dining.” Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. You must have a military sponsor for catering events. Call 803-782-2218 for details or if you have questions.
MAGRUDER’S CLUB & PUB
Magruder’s Club & Pub, at 3305 Daniel Circle, is open Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday. From football to golf, we are watching all your favorite sports on one of our more than 16 TVs. The perfect neighborhood sports bar features weekly happy hour specials so you can come in after a long day, do some after-work networking, play some pool or maybe throw a couple of darts and relax. The club features more than 17 draft beers, domestic, craft, imports and all your favorite bottles. Magruder’s kitchen is open late, to 10 p.m. on weekdays and to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
With a wide range of menu choices, from salads and wings to steaks, Magruder’s is bound to be able to please your appetite. Download the menu at www.fortjacksonmwr.com under “Social & Dining.”
Magruder’s Club room is open every Wednesday with the karaoke style of thunderbolt karaoke with DJ Tom. Come and dance the night away and sing your heart out. There is no cover charge. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. during the week and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Military members must be 18 and civilians must be 21 and up. Call 803-790-0381 for details.
The Officers’ Club, at 3630 Semmes Road, is a membership club that is open to all officers (active duty or retired, Reserves, National Guard) and DOD civilian employees GS-7 and above. The phone number is 803-782-8761.
Membership benefits include:
- Best Sunday brunch in the area, with a dazzling array of special dishes and a complimentary glass of Champagne.
- A pricing policy that favors members, with an average 25 percent discount on food and beverages.
- Professional catering services with guaranteed lowest prices in town.
- Members may also “sponsor” individuals for catered functions (who are not eligible for membership).
- Members will receive a free, non-holiday, Sunday brunch on their birth month.
- Monthly birthday salutes to members during their birthday month.
- A guest policy that allows members to bring friends, neighbors or business associates to the club for dining and entertainment.
- Monthly dinner specials and special events.
- Lunch at a bargain: unbeatable lunch prices with made-to-order sandwiches, burgers and soups (plus always-free soft ice cream).
- A monthly newsletter mailed directly to your home.
- Dazzling holiday buffets.
Although we do have members and membership at the Officers Club, all are welcome to enjoy regardless of rank. Open 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Lunch served Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
At Victory Bingo, at 12500 Huger St., there are more than $2.5 million in prizes every year. Played Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, bingo games never give away less than $7,000 at every session.
Here are some more daily highlights:
- Every Tuesday and Thursday there are more than $25,000 in prizes.
- Every Friday there are more than $40,000 in prizes.
- Every Sunday there are more than $36,975 in prizes.
A variety of prizes from $20 and up are won by some lucky player every time. Victory Bingo’s 10 regular games have guaranteed payouts of $100, $200, $500 and $1,000 on weekdays. On the weekends, there are $500 to $1,000 guaranteed payouts on regular games.
Small fun games begin any time when five players are present. These lucky early birds can win $20 to $50 just for showing up early.
The $5,000 grand prize game card can be purchased for just $2. If you get a bingo within five numbers called, you win the $5,000. If no one wins in five numbers, we keep playing for fabulous consolation prizes.
Victory Bingo also offers $1,000, $2,000 and up to $100,000 jackpot games. Victory Bingo is open to all service members, military and DOD retirees, DOD civilians and their guests. Call 803-751-3411 for more information.
If you enjoy the sound of bowling, look no further than Century Lanes Bowling Center. Unlike bowling centers of the past, Century Lanes, at 4464 Gregg St., is modern, with 24 lanes, automatic scoring, a pro shop, bumper bowling for children and parties for everyone.
Open bowling is always a popular choice for the weekends. Night leagues bowl Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the fall and Tuesday and Thursday in the summer. Come try the energy of our unique black light bowling Saturday nights. Call 803-751-6138 for more information.
STRIKE ZONE EATERY
After you have worked up a hunger bowling, enjoy the best short-order food on Fort Jackson with lunch. Try our hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, nachos, chicken sandwiches and even pizza. Call in orders at 803-751-4656.
Ivy Lanes features 14 bowling lanes, a large pool room and video arcade, and a full-service snack bar. This center is operated primarily on weekends and holidays for AIT Soldiers and on family days for basic training Soldiers.
Ivy Lanes is also available to host large private parties on special request. For more information, call 803-751-4759.
Knight Swimming Pool, at 3296 Magruder Ave., is a newly renovated, heated, indoor, 50-meter, seven-lane Olympic-size facility. It is open year-round, with heated water for chilly fall and winter days and warehouse-style doors that open onto sun decks during warmer weather.
Knight Pool also includes:
- Complete locker room facilities with towel service.
- Trained lifeguards on duty.
- Swimming lessons for adults and children.
- Easy access pool steps.
- Handicap lift and swimming equipment — kickboards, pull buoys and hand paddles.
- CPR/AED training and recertification.
- New saline system (saltwater).
- Separate areas for lap and open swimming.
- Water basketball and water volleyball.
- Water aerobics.
- Lifeguard training.
- Fitness area with exercise equipment.
- Available for private parties.
For more information, call 803-771-4796.
Legion Pool, at 2761 Semmes Road, is another outdoor pool that is open to ID card holders and their guests during the summer months. For more information, call 803-751-4987.
Palmetto Falls Water Park
Looking for splashing summer fun? The Fort Jackson Palmetto Falls Water Park, located adjacent to the Solomon Center, is now open to the general public Tuesday through Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, unless you have a season pass. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday. The phone number is 803-751-3381.
The park includes:
- A 10,000-square-foot family pool.
- Five water slides.
- A 600-square-foot splashdown pool.
- A lazy river, spanning 800 linear feet.
- A spray park.
- A snack bar.
Children in sixth grade and below must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors should enter through Gate 2, the Forest Drive entrance. Please have your driver’s license, current registration and proof of insurance ready as you enter. As you leave the visitors check-in lane, you will be on Strom Thurmond Boulevard. Get in the left-hand lane. At the second traffic signal, turn left onto Marion Avenue, then turn right on Teliaferro. You will see Palmetto Falls Water Park from Marion Avenue.
Recently added Palmetto Falls Spray Park is within the Palmetto Falls entertainment area. An alligator tunnel, palm trees, lily tree, two water cannons and a computer-automated fountain will provide hours of interactive fun with the safety of the littlest visitors in mind.
Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf
Palmetto Greens Miniature Golf opened in early spring 2005. This new, scaled-down, 18-hole golf facility is adjacent to the Solomon Center and Palmetto Falls Water Park. The facility provides hours of fun for every age group. Although miniature golf has been a favorite game for decades, it has evolved away from its early day predecessors of windmills and obstacles into a sport.
Today’s miniature golf courses are “golf in miniature” facilities featuring miniature replicas of regulation golf’s “famous holes.” Expect undulations, contours, moguls, and water, sand and vegetation traps on Palmetto Greens.
Palmetto Greens offers the player many of the challenges of real golf. Enjoy 18 holes of golf surrounded by a lush, botanical garden setting with meandering streams and waterfalls, beautiful fountain displays and realistic rock sculpturing.
This facility provides a park-like setting for the whole family. For more information, call 803-751-4218.
Sports and Fitness
For sports enthusiasts, there is plenty to do, including a four-field softball complex, Super Shelter, Patton Stadium and Semmes Road Tennis Courts — there are games being played regularly.
Intramural programs at company and battalion levels include:
- Flag football.
- Men’s and women’s coed softball.
- Sand volleyball – men, women and coed.
For the whole community, post-level sports include:
- Indoor and sand volleyball – men, women and coed.
- Coed and men’s softball.
- Men’s and women’s soccer.
- Sand/beach volleyball.
In addition, the Sports Branch hosts annual special events, such as the Army 10-Miler Teams, Strongman Contest, power-lifting meets, racquetball and Du and Triathlon events.
The sports offices are at 3392 Magruder Ave. and at the Hilton Field Softball Complex.
The Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Branch Chief can be reached at 803-751-7146, the Sports Coordinator at 803-751-3096, the Fitness Program at 803-751-3700, the Coleman Gym at 803-751-5896, the Perez Fitness Center at 803-751-6258 and the Vanguard Gym at 803-751-4526.
Enjoy camping, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, swimming and more. Weston Lake, located off Leesburg Road, is a good recreational choice for any time of year. The phone number is 803-751-5253.
On-site you will find the following:
- Campgrounds with RV hookups.
- Fully equipped, nonsmoking cabins.
- Hiking and biking trails.
- Watercraft for rent.
- Swimming beaches.
- Fishing access.
- Picnic shelters.
- Community house.
Heise Pond, off Semmes Road, is used for group and individual hunting trips, camps, fishing and more. For more information, call 803-751-3484.
Twin Lakes, located off Semmes Road, is a scenic family-oriented park with:
- Picnic tables.
- Walking trails.
- Easy access to Palmetto Trail*.
The phone number is 803-751-3484.
*Trail winds its way through post over bridges and through wetlands and connects with the statewide Palmetto Trail, which will eventually run across the state.
FORT JACKSON DOG PARK
The park, which is next to SKIES Unlimited, is designed for both large and small dogs. Each area boasts agility. Call 803-751-0891/3484 for more information.
WILDCAT SKATE PARK
The park, which is behind the NCO Club, is designed for use by skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX bike riders. BMX bikes are only allowed Tuesday and Thursday.
Hours: Dawn until dark. Skate at your own risk. Safety equipment is required: elbow pads, knee pads and helmets.
Code of conduct:
- No foul language.
- No graffiti or stickers.
- No littering.
- No tobacco or alcohol products permitted.
- No spectators or nonparticipants inside the skate area.
Marion Street Station
Marion Street Station, at 4522 Marion Ave., is your one stop on Fort Jackson for outdoor adventure. Marion Street Station features a variety of rental equipment, from camping to kayaking and more. Classes and trips are also offered year-round. They range from high adventure to leisure activities and sightseeing opportunities all around the Carolinas.
In addition, Marion Street Station covers all of your hunting and fishing needs, from licenses and post permits, to decoys and live bait. The sign-out system for hunting and fishing is conducted at the Big Game Check Station at Heise Pond. For more information, call 803-751-3484.
Marion Street Station provides rentals of:
- Canoes and kayaks.
- Camping gear.
- Camper trailers.
- Fishing gear.
- Cooking kits.
- Fishing boats.
- Pontoon boats.
The Impact Zone Community Club
The Impact Zone Community Club is at McCrady Training Center, in the South Carolina National Guard weekend training site. The facility is open to all FMWR eligible patrons and guests. Enjoy a relaxing game of pool, darts or video games. Hours for the facility are based on the McCrady Training Center class schedules.
Maj. Gen. Robert B. Solomon Center
The Solomon Center, at 6510 Strom Thurmond Blvd., is a one-of-a-kind facility. It is the home of a variety of activities from custom framing to fitness to special events. The phone number is 803-751-4056/4058.
The Solomon Center includes:
- Andy’s Fitness Center.
- The Frame Shop.
- The Retail Zone.
- Victory Travel.
- Special events area with a 2,800-seat capacity for concerts, ceremonies and special events.
- Conference and meeting areas.
ANDY’S FITNESS CENTER
Andy’s Fitness Center, in the Solomon Center, is your most convenient, well-equipped, on-post workout facility. Andy’s Fitness Center houses contemporary, high-quality equipment, including free weights, weight stack machines, cardiovascular pieces with cardio-theater, and an indoor running and walking track.
A variety of aerobic classes from beginner and senior classes and step sessions are available at convenient times.
Andy’s offers the total relaxation of saunas and steam rooms in both men’s and women’s locker rooms. For more information, call 803-751-4177.
Vacationing and travel should be an adventure, not a hassle. Let Victory Travel make all your travel arrangements. Located inside the Solomon Center at 6510 Strom Thurmond Blvd., Victory Travel is your one stop for all your travel needs. Victory Travel can help you with your planning for a day at the beach, an exotic cruise, vacations, holiday travel and more. With a state-of-the-art reservations system and a highly knowledgeable, professional staff, agents can assist you with any type of travel, including airline tickets, hotels, car rentals, trains and much more. Not only can they assist with your travel needs, but they also offer reduced rates to theme parks, Biltmore Estates, Columbia Riverbanks Zoo, Disney World and many other places. Call 803-751-5812/5804 for more information.
The Retail Zone is located in the Solomon Center. It carries a unique assortment of Fort Jackson memorabilia and merchandise, including koozies, magnets, license plates, Army of One banner flags, and an assortment of Army mom and dad merchandise. The Retail Zone also has several lines of eye-catching T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts and caps. Next time you need that special and unique gift or something to remind you of your stay at Fort Jackson, visit the store. The phone number is 803-751-4178.
THE FRAME SHOP
The Frame Shop is in the Solomon Center and offers custom framing at competitive prices, specialty matting, framed guidons and dry mounting. For more information, call 803-751-4018.
CONFERENCE AND MEETING AREAS
The Solomon Center is the place for many big special events. A variety of programs are offered throughout the year, such as changes of command, graduations, Community Awareness Day fairs, town hall meetings, professional wrestling and boxing, concerts and the Soldier Show. The Solomon Center special events area has a spacious 2,800-person seating capacity.
Located at 1444 Marion St., Firehouse Productions is a one-stop shop for personalized and customized gifts, premiums and awards. Our personalized engraving systems allow us to personalize a wide assortment of products, which includes plaques, sculptures, humidor boxes, glassware and more. Firehouse Productions has a state-of-the-art monogram machine for producing monogrammed shirts, jackets and caps. If you’re looking to make a one-of-a-kind T-shirt or promotional products, let the talented staff help. The shop has all the gear to make it happen and can fulfill all custom product needs. Call 803-751-4835 for more information.
Auto Craft Shop
The Auto Craft Shop, at 5669 Lee Road, is a perfect place for do-it-yourself repairs on your vehicle. There are 24 work bays for common repairs from tuneups to oil changes, to body repairs and painting. For more information, phone 803-751-5755.
Special features include:
- Safe, clean work areas.
- Excellent variety of tools.
- Informative shop manuals.
- Car wash facilities.
- Knowledgeable staff ready to assist you if needed.
SGT. Suds Car Wash
Americans love their cars. Many people devote a lot of time and energy into taking care of their cars. For others, it’s a chore that they put off as long as possible, usually to the point when it is either too embarrassing or too dangerous to drive. Now, it has become easier for everyone on Fort Jackson to keep his or her vehicle squeaky clean.
Sgt. Suds Car Wash is next to Burger King on Strom Thurmond Boulevard.
The car wash is a self-service, 24/7 operation.
Customers can choose to use the coin-operated bays or an automatic drive-thru. Bays are taller than the average car wash to accommodate buses and military vehicles. Patrons may pay with cash or credit cards for the drive-thru service. The self-service bays are coin-operated.
For those of you who are not in the paid workforce, there are countless opportunities to become volunteers at Fort Jackson.
- Extend your network of professional acquaintances.
- Develop creativity.
- Explore new interests.
- Perform a much-needed service for someone in your community.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Program at 4512 Stuart Ave., or call 803-751-5444.
Videorama, at Building 4159 Hill Street, captures priceless memories of the BCT experience as well as other significant events for Soldiers when requested. All videos and DVDs produced are high quality and show actual footage of each Soldier’s unit. Videorama videographers have followed Soldiers though ten weeks of BCT and filmed their challenging moments, creating a professionally produced keepsake that will be treasured for years to come. Videos and DVDs of the basic training graduation ceremony are also available.
Videorama sales associates are present at all family briefings and graduation ceremonies. Videorama accepts cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa and American Express.
In addition to basic training productions, Videorama’s unique array of services includes:
- Taping your special event or ceremony.
- Editing personally taped videos.
- Duplicating tapes (noncopyrighted only) to DVD format.
- Making commercials for your business.
Any size project can be mastered by the professionals at Videorama, and prices are quoted for individual jobs.
Call 803-790-4210 or 803-751-4162 for more details and information. Email orders to usarmy.jackson.imcom-fmwrc.mbx.Videorama@mail.mil. Mail your orders to: Videorama, Building 4159, Hill Street, Fort Jackson, SC 29207.
Vanguard gym offers full-court basketball, two racquetball courts and a large exercise area that has Hoist and Hammer strength equipment, free weights and cardiovascular equipment, to include new Life Fitness treadmills, Life Fitness elliptical cross trainers and exercise bikes, as well as both male and female saunas and locker rooms. For more information, call 803-751-4526. Hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Coleman Gymnasium offers full-court basketball, two racquetball courts, a large weight room with new Hoist and Hammer Strength machines, and a cardiovascular room with Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical cross trainers and exercise bikes. For more information, call 803-751-5896. The gym is open 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
PEREZ FITNESS CENTER
Perez Fitness Center has 20,500-square-feet of workout space. The facility offers new Hoist and Hammer Strength weight equipment. Perez also offers a large free weight area that has benches, Smith cable machines, dumbbells, squat racks and more. The cardiovascular room has treadmills, elliptical cross-training machines, exercise bikes, recumbent bikes, Stairmaster machines and Cardio Theater.
Perez offers two racquetball courts, saunas, and male and female locker rooms. For more information, call 803-751-6258. Hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
FMWR SPORTS AND FITNESS DEPARTMENT
The fitness department features classes in kickboxing, step, Pilates, yoga, spinning, water fitness, circuit training, health lectures, fitness clubs, fitness blogging and so much more. For more information, call 803-751-5768.
512 Trolley Cafe
The 512 Trolley Cafe opens early in the morning to serve hot and cold espresso drinks, as well as fruit smoothies, to the Fort Jackson community. The 512 Trolley is open 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday (7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Family Days) and is located next to Semmes Lake on the corner of Marion Avenue and Semmes Road. The trolley was made especially for Fort Jackson and is fully equipped with restaurant-quality appliances. Customers can expect to find high-quality espresso-based drinks much like they would find in the big box and specialty coffee houses.