The Country Club of Spartanburg – Played 2015
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 2500 Country Road, Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Year: 1908
- Architect: Unknown (Donald Ross input)
- Course Access: Private
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Gold: 6,648 yards, Par 72, 71.5 Rating/128 Slope
- Tournament: 6,434 yards, Par 72, 70.8 Rating/125 Slope
- Blue: 6,205 yards, Par 72, 70.0 Rating/123 Slope
- White: 5,734 yards, Par 72, 68.0 Rating/119 Slope
- Red: 5,113 yards, Par 73, 69.6 Rating/114 Slope
Recently a good friend of mine joined this course. That was good news for me. He invited my wife and I out soon after he joined. They have a reasonable guest rate and it’s not too far from my house.
I tried to do some research on the course and came up dry. Aside from what I found on the scorecard there isn’t much information out there. After looking at graylynloomis.com I learned that the course is Donald Ross-inspired, but there is no documentation of the actual designer.
Due to these circumstances, we will focus on the golf course only today. We played the blue tees, all hole distances are from there.
Hole 1 – 498 yards – Par 5
Your day opens with a relatively easy tee shot. The ball will get some roll with the downhill slope. There is a bunker up the right side that needs to be avoided, but if you play a draw off of that you will be in prime position.
The hazard to the right isn’t really in play. Long drives can carry the bunker on the left.
This can be a hair raising shot for a slicer. The green is pretty big so play to the middle and try to sink a putt.
This hole bends slightly to the left. Driver is not required here. The best line is to start a draw at the tallest tree straightaway.
The tee aims you down the left side of the hole. At this time of the year the big tree on the right is less fearsome since it has no leaves. A big drive can clear that tree and leave a shorter approach.
This is a stout par three. It plays uphill all the way. Anything short will most likely roll down the hill a little ways. The bunkers are very deep.
This hole gets me every time I play it. There is plenty of room to the right, but I seem to yank one into the hazard on the left automatically. The big drop tee shot will provide some extra yardage making the hole play shorter than the yardage. It doesn’t shorten it as much as you would think though.
While this hole is shorter than the last par three, it does not get any easier. The green is much smaller and guarded by deep sand traps.
The front nine finishes with an easier hole. The landing area is somewhat pinched. Anything that is moving left will catch a slope and possibly have tree trouble.
This is one of the tougher tee shots on the course. You need a good one to give yourself a reasonable approach into the green. You can go a little further right than it seems. A good line is at the clump of pines down the middle.
This is definitely one of the trickier holes on the course. I would venture to say it is one of the weirder holes I have played. It is straight up the hill and very short. The first time I played I hit driver and caught one of the trees. Ever since I have hit long irons. I think the best play may be to hit something that leaves you with 100 yards.
This hole can trick you. The tee shot needs to be played a good bit to the right. Any shot that goes up the middle of this fairway will most likely end up down in the valley. It is playable from there, just not as easy.
After two tricky holes, this one is all out in front of you. A draw played up the right side is the best play. The first tree out there on the left side of the fairway is definitely in play. I have hit it multiple times.
This hole requires no more than a short iron for many players, but it is not easy. The right bunker is very deep. The slopes around the green also make for difficult chipping.
This hole is reachable in two with a good drive. The fairway cants to the left. A slight draw hit up the right side of the fairway is the best play.
This tee shot requires no more than a 200 yard shot. There is OB way left. I usually just hit a three iron. The landing area is blind.
This par five can also be reached in two, but it requires more precision. The hole doglegs sharply to the left. If you go with driver, a draw with a precise line is required.
The tee shot can seem tighter than it is. Still, it is good to be accurate here. The driving range runs up the left side of the hole and trees are down the right. A 200 yard shot is perfect here since it will land on a downslope. A good line is right at the middle of the clubhouse.
I managed to get one shot of the clubhouse. It has a well-stocked pro shop and a nice men’s grill. The food is pretty solid and they make a good Transfusion. I didn’t even have to explain how to make it!
The course is very fun to play and is an old school gem. The greens are usually firm and fast and putt true. I found that I used most of the clubs in my bag and had to move the ball both ways. It was a fun test and I plan to play more now that my friend is a member.