Greenville Country Club (Chanticleer) – Played 2015
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 502 Garden Trail, Greenville, South Carolina
- Year: 1970
- Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
- Course Access: Private
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,864 yards, Par 72, 74.5 Rating/146 Slope
- Blue: 6,499 yards, Par 72, 73.2 Rating/143 Slope
- White: 6,210 yards, Par 72, 72.4 Rating/135 Slope
- Gold: 5,951 yards, Par 72, 70.8 Rating/133 Slope
- Red: 5,338 yards, Par 72, 72.7 Rating/135 Slope
One of my favorite rounds every year is the work get-together after Tax Day! It is a great reward after three months of busting your butt at work. In 2015, the weather was a little overcast, but it beat being in the office. On this day we played the Chanticleer course at Greenville Country Club.
The founding of Greenville Country Club dates back to 1895. A small group of young Greenville men loaded their wagons to lay out the first golf course in this part of the country only seven years after the first permanent site golf course was laid our near Yonkers, New York.
A short time later, new facilities were needed and the new club opened in 1905. The initiation back then was $10 with annual dues being $20. Sounds like a good deal! The golf course was expanded to 18 holes in 1956. Another historical accolade for the club was being one of the five founding member clubs of the Carolinas Golf Association.
In 1970, the Chanticleer course opened for play. It was ranked in the Top 100 by Golf Digest in 1973 and rose to 50th in 1989. It underwent a renovation in 2001 and in 2012-2013 served as one of three hosts for the Web.Com Tour’s BMW Invitational.
Robert Trent Jones was known for making some tough golf courses. Chanticleer is no different. There are some long holes and elevated greens with extensive bunkering to challenge golfers. Let’s get right into it. All distances are from the white tees.
Hole 1 – 390 yards – Par 4
The opening hole is the first of many difficult ones. The hole is long and features a creek down the whole right side. You need a solid drive because the approach is no picnic.
Point blank this is just a beautiful hole. It plays quite a bit downhill. There is plenty of trouble with the water and bunkers. You have to be sure you have the right club.
For someone that hits it left occasionally this hole can be intimidating. The same creek from the first hole is in play down the right side. Depending on what you want to do with the second shot you can hit three wood off the tee for accuracy.
I didn’t get a photo from the tee, but you can see the green you have to hit into. It is quite narrow and guarded by more deep bunkers.
This hole puts it all out in front of you. If you miss right there is a big slope that will direct the ball further from the fairway. A power fade works best.
There is not much room here when hitting a wood. Most of the bunkers are in play and anything to the right will have tree trouble.
The tee shot here calls for a draw. If you go too far just left of the bunker on the right you can run into a hazard.
The eighth is not overly long, but there is plenty of trouble. You can go through the fairway so a draw is best. Too far left though and a creek comes into play.
The landing area for this tee shot is blind. There is more room to the right than it looks. A tee shot to the left will get you in more trouble.
This can be a tough tee shot depending on how you are hitting it. The bunkers on the left are a tough carry, but if you block it right you can run out of fairway quickly. A small draw starting at the right side of the colorful bushes is the best play.
This hole is strong especially if it playing into the wind. There is a creek on the right that is definitely in play. One long and down the middle is the goal here. Luckily, the tee is elevated.
This tee shot plays to a pretty small landing area. Most of the times I have played here I hit three iron. It makes for a slightly longer approach, but gives me the best chance to stay dry.
This hole bends slightly back to right and plays downhill. You need to avoid the left side.
Go big or go home! It is all carry on this one. It isn’t too long, but you just need to put the water out of your mind. Easier said than done.
This one is a long par five. You need a solid drive here and a draw plays best with the trouble all down the left.
The tee shot plays all uphill. The bunkers on the left are well below the green and are the last place you want to miss.
The course gives you a few birdie opportunities towards the end of the round. This is definitely one of them. If you are a long hitter, a well struck drive can set you up to go for it in two. You will want to keep the drive up the right side as the fairway drops off on the left.
The last hole does not call for the driver. I hit three wood through the fairway. If you take a wood you need to go aggressively up the right side.
This place is a quintessential RTJ track. The elevated greens and deep bunkers make the course very difficult. It can be a difficult round if you are spraying the ball off the tee, but choose the right set of tees and you can have fun out there. The course is always in great shape.
It was a fun day with my coworkers and a great way to decompress after a long busy season! Tee it up.