Musgrove Mill Golf Club

Musgrove Mill Golf Club – Played 2014

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 772 Musgrove Mill Road, Clinton, South Carolina
  • Year: 1988
  • Architects: Arnold Palmer
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Walnut: 6,951 yards, Par 72, 74.4 Rating/153 Slope
  • Oak: 6,422 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/147 Slope
  • Cedar: 5,889 yards, Par 72, 70.1 Rating/138 Slope
  • Dogwood: 5,256 yards, Par 72, 70.7 Rating/127 Slope

I was lucky enough to play this course again through a coworker.  I hadn’t played it since high school golf and was definitely looking forward to seeing it again.  Since I played it again recently, a lot of my friends from my home course have become members.  Hopefully, I will be able to play this course more often.

The course is built on the site of an old Revolutionary War battle.  An interesting tidbit from that history is the fencing that is seen in parts of the course.  It is constructed in a criss-cross shape and was used to filter the British in the battle.  I don’t know all the military strategy, but I though it was pretty cool to incorporate that piece of history into the course.

As you will see in the photos there are no houses on the property.  The only buildings are the clubhouse and cottages for out of town members.  These cottages are more like houses and have plugs for golf carts right off the back porch.  The staff will even come cook for you.  Right next to these cottages is the practice range and short game area.  There is room here to practice all the shots you will need on the course and you will need them.

It has had a reputation of being brutally difficult, but the course has been softened just a bit in recent years.  It is still an examination in target golf, but good shots are almost always rewarded.  It is set in a very rural location and you feel like you are far away from everything.  It sits next to the Enoree River in a very peaceful locale.

All distances are from the Oak tees.

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Hole 1 – 366 yards – Par 4

The first few holes are a relaxing start to the round.  After that it gets a lot more difficult.  The first tee shot can be played with less than driver as it bends to the left.  Anything to far straight will run out of fairway.

MILL 1-1The approach plays a little downhill.  There is a big ridge running though the middle of the green to be accounted for when playing the shot.

MILL 1-2Here is a closer shot of the green, but the shadows obscure the ridge.

MILL 1-3Hole 2 – 121 yards – Par 3

This one shot hole plays quite a bit down the slope.  The actual yardage plays more about 100-105 yards.  The green is elevated from the ground around it making par very difficult if you miss the green.

MILL 2-1Hole 3 – 498 yards – Par 5

There is some strategy on this hole.  If you take driver the line must be up the left side since the fairway runs out on the right.  I play this as a three shot hole and hit something a little over 200 yards.

MILL 3-1The second shot must cross one hazard and avoid a second, further one.  There is a waste bunker in front of the green to think about if you are going for it.

MILL 3-2The third shot is pretty inconspicuous.  You just need to avoid the back left bunkers.

MILL 3-3The green is flat as you can see in this photo.

MILL 3-4Hole 4 – 426 yards – Par 4

This is the point of the course where things get tougher.  The trees are in play up the left side and then there is a hazard all along the right side.  The middle of the fairway is the only play here.

MILL 4-1The second shot plays over the creek that extends from the hazard.  The green is large to receive longer shots.

MILL 4-2Here is the green from the side.  This is another flatter green.

MILL 4-3Hole 5 – 371 yards – Par 4

This is an interesting hole.  The picture looks like there is no green.  The hole makes a left turn past the trees.  Driver is usually not needed here.

MILL 5-1The approach plays uphill to a smaller green.  The trees on the left guard the green and make a draw the preferred approach shot.  Any miss to the right will leave you with a difficult up and down.

MILL 5-2The green is not very big and features some steep runoffs.

MILL 5-3Hole 6 – 341 yards – Par 4

This hole always plays difficult for me.  The left side of the fairway leaves you tree trouble on the approach shot.  The river runs all down the right side.  The best line is straight at the Y-shaped tree trunk you can see in the distance.

MILL 6-1The approach plays uphill again to a tiny green with some serious contours.  If the ball hits the front of the green with spin you can be left with a 40 yard pitch shot.

MILL 6-2You can’t really see the contouring in this photo, but believe me it’s there.  I have three putted here before and have seen some four and five putts.  It is one of the most devilish greens on the property.

MILL 6-3Hole 7 – 175 yards – Par 3

This is the hardest par three on the course in my opinion.  It is all carry over the water.  Any miss short will roll away.  Anything right will be lucky to catch a piece of land.

MILL 7-1Here is a closer look from the tee.

MILL 7-2Just in case you thought you could bail out left I wanted to give you that view.  It is all up the hill and back towards the water.

MILL 7-3Hole 8 – 384 yards – Par 4

This tee shot demands a straight shot.  The river runs the entire right side of the hole and the pond you can see here extends a long way down the left.  A three wood is a good strategy.

MILL 8-1The second shot plays to an elevated green.  Left of the green is a waste bunker and the river looms on the right.

MILL 8-2Hole 9 – 524 yards – Par 5

This is a bit of a screwy hole to me.  The drive must be straight.  There is water and bunkers left and a hazard right.  I usually can’t get home in two so I again hit something just over 200 yards.

MILL 9-1This is a zoomed-in version of the second shot.  The hazard must be carried or missed to the left.

MILL 9-2The sun washed out my photo a little here, but the green is very elevated and adds yardage to the shot.

MILL 9-3The green features a large ridge running the width of the putting surface.  Take note of where the pin position is to give yourself the best putt.

MILL 9-4Hole 10 – 382 yards – Par 4

The tee shot here does not need a to be incredibly long.  The fairway runs out if you go up the right side.  A nice little draw with a three wood is my go to play.

MILL 10-1The second shot plays down the hill.  Anything long is absolutely dead.  This shot requires absolute precision.

MILL 10-2The green is pretty flat.  As you can see there is a bunker guarding the right side of the putting surface.

MILL 10-3Hole 11 – 337 yards – Par 4

This hole plays out of the chute and bends to the left.  You can hit driver down to a long iron here.  It all depends on what you want to hit into the green.

MILL 11-1The approach plays to a slightly raised green with some deep bunkers guarding the front.  There is a big ridge down the middle making direction important.  Putts are extremely difficult from the opposite side of the ridge.

MILL 11-2Here is a view from the side of the green.

MILL 11-3Hole 12 – 145 yards – Par 3

This hole plays a little uphill.  Left is a tougher up and down than right.  Otherwise, it’s a short hole, so aim right at the flag.

MILL 12-1The green is seen in the photo below.

MILL 12-2Hole 13 – 549 yards – Par 5

This is the first hole in a while that you can bust it as far as you want.  The best line is right up the gut.  You can run out of room if you hit it up the left side.

MILL 13-1Here is a closer look at the tee shot.

MILL 13-2The second shot can play a little tight.  The fairway bends to the left a little and then straightens out closer to the green.

MILL 13-3The third shot plays to a very narrow green with a waste bunker guarding the right side.

MILL 13-4You can see the narrowness of the green here.  There is also a great deal of slope in the back portion of the green complex.

MILL 13-5Hole 14 – 373 yards – Par 4

There is plenty of trouble on the right side of this hole.  A fade down the left side of the fairway is the best play.  You can get away with not hitting driver here.

MILL 14-1The approach can be seen below.  There is a bunker well short of the green and a waste bunker that skirts the left side.

MILL 14-2The green is narrower where the pin is located in this photo.  The green slopes to the right and back to front.

MILL 14-3Hole 15 – 352 yards – Par 4

This is a more inviting tee shot in the winter time since the trees don’t encroach on the fairway as much.  Driver is usually too much club here.  The hole makes a left turn just past 150 yards from the green.

MILL 15-1The approach is fairly benign.  There are some bunkers around the green, but a well struck shot should give you a good look on the green.

MILL 15-2The green is seen below.

MILL 15-3Hole 16 – 480 yards – Par 5

Depending on how far you hit the ball driver may be too much on this hole.  The trees are in play on the right and there is a hill with deep grass through the fairway.  You must also avoid the left side since the river runs the entire length of the hole.

MILL 16-1You can see hill I mentioned in the photo below.  The second shot should favor the left side of the fairway that slopes to the right.

MILL 16-2The picture is a little blurry, but the green has a good bit of slope as you can see.  It is also a small target built for short iron shots.

MILL 16-3Hole 17 – 177 yards – Par 3

The penultimate hole plays up the hill adding about ten yards of distance.  The small bunker on the right sees a lot of action.

MILL 17-1Hole 18 – 421 yards – Par 4

The King doesn’t take it easy on you for the last hole of the day.  A big drive is needed to give yourself a good approach shot.  The fairway tilts to the left so a small draw up the middle is the best line.

MILL 18-1The approach shot is all carry over the hazard.  Your view is obscured by the vegetation so focus is key.  You can see the clubhouse looking down on the green.  This is a good spot to watch approach shots on 9 and 18.

MILL 18-2The green is guarded by a waste bunker that wraps all the way from the right side that you see here around the front and to the left.  The green is very deep.  You can see the ridge running behind the flag from this angle.  We finished just before dusk providing some nice playing conditions.

MILL 18-3This course will beat you up.  It is target golf.  Simply put most missed shots will result in at least one penalty shot.  There are sloping greens and difficult up and downs.  There are also plenty of waste bunkers with varying sand conditions.  Your game needs to be sharp from tee to green to score here.

That being said the scenery is great.  You really feel like you can unplug here and get away.  The only noise is from the road that runs past a few holes.  The clubhouse provides a large back patio and restaurant.  It is a fantastic spot to watch other players.  You have a view of three full holes.  So hang with your buddies and take a minute to relax while other players have to stress out.

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3 thoughts on “Musgrove Mill Golf Club

  1. Jimmy

    Great course review! Agree with your assessment that it is a shooters course. I have not played there, but you pics indicate that fairways and greens is a must! How did you play?

    Cheers
    Jim

    1. Thanks Jim. I have played it multiple times and have never broken 80 on it. Our conversation from last weekend was that par was 82 (which is what I shot). That is a bit extreme, but shooting in the 70’s is an accomplishment.

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