The Carolina Country Club – Played 2015
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 2355 Carolina Country Club Road, Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Year: 1984
- Architect: Tom Jackson
- Course Access: Private
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 7,069 yards, Par 70, 74.5 Rating/138 Slope
- Gold: 6,724 yards, Par 72, 73.0 Rating/133 Slope
- Blue: 6,235 yards, Par 72, 70.9 Rating/126 Slope
- White: 5,771 yards, Par 72, 68.4 Rating/120 Slope
- Green: 5,317 yards, Par 72, 66.4 Rating/123 Slope
- Red: 4,791 yards, Par 72, 67.4 Rating/119 Slope
I always like when I get invited to play one of the private courses in my area. I had a friend get invited to play at Carolina Country Club and I was able to fill out the foursome. Now that I am a member of a private course, I hope to be able to invite some friends out to my course.
I don’t have a lot about the history of this course aside from what is listed above. However, I was able to take plenty of pictures. Let’s get right into it. We played the gold tees and all yardages will be from those.
Hole 1 – 420 yards – Par 4
The first hole is a stout opening test. You need a long drive, but you need to be careful not to lose it right. The bunkers are definitely in play.
This is a tricky little hole. It doglegs right, but if you go too far up the right side you can run into the water. A good play here is to hit three wood down the middle.
This hole is treacherous. There is a hazard lurking on the left and not much room off the right side of the green. Anything left of the putting surface will fall off down the slope.
This one is a long hole that will most likely play as a three-shotter. There isn’t much strategy, just bomb it out there.
The fifth plays downhill from the tee. The bunker is in play so the tee shot needs to be kept left of that. Too far left, however, and you can be blocked out by trees. Precision is the name of the game.
This hole it not reachable in two for most players. It bends to the left. If you hit it straightaway here it can run through the fairway and into a creek that is hidden. A slinging draw works wonders here.
The same creek that lurked on the right side of the previous hole is present here as well. Other than that the hole is straightaway and calls for a straight drive.
We were playing into some serious late-afternoon sun so the picture is a little tough to see. The green is surrounded by bunkers.
This is just a great hole strategically and aesthetically. The water is constantly on your mind. If you can play a little draw you can set up a much easier approach.
This was actually our first hole of the day. It is a tight landing area. I would suggest hitting something 220 down the middle with a slight draw. There can be trouble if you hit it too far even if it is straight.
The eleventh is a stout par 4. The hole sets up for a draw off the tee. The fairway slopes to the left and will direct balls that way when they land. The bunker up the left is in play.
This hole plays longer due to the dogleg. A drive down the middle can run out of fairway like some of the previous par fives. A fade at the bunker is a good play.
You tee off out of a chute on this hole. There isn’t much room to maneuver the ball so the straighter you can get it the better.
The par three here is very difficult. It plays ever so slightly downhill, but still long. The green is quite large to accommodate long iron tee shots.
I have had nightmares on this hole dating back to high school. It is very tight, but you almost have to hit driver. If you can play a slight fade up the left side of the fairway you will be in good shape.
This is another tough tee shot. The hole plays longer than the yardage as it plays uphill. It doglegs to the right around the bunkers.
This tee shot looks easier than it actually is. There is a pond sitting on the right beyond the trees. You tee shot will likely get past the trees so make sure it isn’t tailing to the right.
Here is a shot of the green after I pulled the second shot going for it in two. This is nerve wracking with the water just past the green.
Overall, this is a very picturesque and challenging course. You are required to move the ball both ways and hit many different clubs. The greens are sloped enough to make reading the greens interesting. Add that to playing with friends and you have the formula for a really fun day. Keep it in the short grass.