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Enduring Legacy


The celebrated history of the Country Club of Spartanburg chronicles the tenacity of its members to uphold the Club’s rich traditions and cherished legacy for over a century. 
 
In the summer of 1908, a founder’s meeting was held at the A.W. Twichell home, which effectively became the first clubhouse and Twichell the first President. 
 
The founders seized the momentum to form a company, select land, clear fairways, prepare the original 9 holes with sand greens, and retain the Club’s first golf professional, Mr. Newman.  Within two years, the first foursome of Rouquie, Jennnings, Andrews, and Wilson struck the opening tee shots!
 
After the Great Depression, the Club was reorganized and chartered as the Country Club of Spartanburg on October 1, 1934. Earlier that year, the first swimming pool was also built at the general contribution of Mr. Isaac Andrews.
 
While many clubs have recently transformed their culture as family-centric, the Country Club of Spartanburg has always been so!  The Club is a by-invitation, member-owned, private club serving as a community hub for social and recreational interaction.
 
The classic layout of the original nine holes is widely attributed to the design expertise of acclaimed golf course architect, Donald Ross.  The course, which today stretches to 6,648 yards, was renovated in 1985 by John LaFoy and restored by Kris Spence to the original Ross-style design in 2008. 
 
Some of golf’s great personalities and events have left their stamp on the Country Club of Spartanburg.  For many years, the Club hosted a LPGA tournament, under the monikers of Betsy Rawls or Peach Blossom Classic. Winners included female golf legends Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, and Mickey Wright.  Cary Middlecoff, who once held the Club’s course record, won 40 PGA tournaments, including the 1955 Masters and two U.S. Open titles.  Four of the 59 members in the SC Golf Hall of Fame have called CCS their home club. 

The Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, established in 1995, is one of the top rated junior tournaments in the nations. Alumni of the event, held each fall at the Country Club of Spartanburg, have gone on to achieve 67 PGA tour wins, including The Masters and U.S. Open victories by Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson.  Known for its competitive excellence and southern hospitality, the event is supported by the SC Golf Association and the SC Junior Golf Association.
 
The Club is very proud of its Operation-36 Golf affiliation, introducing and progressing more than 70 junior girls and boys each year in golf and life skills.
 
Portraits and memorabilia are on display at the Club, celebrating an enduring legacy of leadership and accomplishments in the game of golf.