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The Country Club of Spartanburg
Continuing Traditions

In the summer of 1908, a meeting of legends was held the home of A.W. Twitchell where the Spartanburg Country Club was first organized.  This location effectively became the first clubhouse!
With excitement, this group was quick to form the company, select the land, clear fairways, and prepare the original 9 holes with sand greens.  The first foursome of Rouquie, Jennnings, Andrews, and Wilson was the first group ever on #1 tee in the early summer of 1910 under the leadership of the Club’s first golf professional, Mr. Newman!

Several years later, the Club engaged one of the greatest golf course architects, Donald Ross, who laid out the first nine holes and which now know as the front nine.  The first group opening the course teed up on July 4, 1928.

Upon the hardship which the Club faced during the great depression, it was reorganized and chartered as The Country Club of Spartanburg on October 1, 1934. Earlier this same year, the first swimming pool was also built at the general contribution of Mr. Isaac Andrews. 

The Country Club of Spartanburg has always been a community of families who have maintained it as their member-owned, private, Club.  The Club has been the center of social and recreational activities who have garnered enormous memories together through the years. 

Throughout its history, golf has been the focal point of the Club.  Some of golf greatest personalities and events have left their stamp at the Country Club of Spartanburg.  Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Patsy Johnson, and Mickey Wright were among the female golf legends.  Cary Middlecoff was a gentleman and a scholar who once held the course record at the Country Club of Spartanburg and who was victorious at one Masters and two U.S. Open events.  The course was renovated in 1985 by architect John LaFoy and in 2008 the Club recruited Kris Spence to restore the course back to the original Ross-style design. 

Many Clubs have recently transformed their culture as family Clubs.  Well, the Country Club of Spartanburg has always been a family Club. The Club has always been generous with its facilities and activities on the priority of Junior Golf. In fact, a number of our own juniors played collegiate level golf and many of the rising stars through the past 100 years have passed through the Country Club of Spartanburg. 

The Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational was initiated in 1994 in partnership with the Country Club of Spartanburg which has hosted every one of its annual events.  Great golfers like Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and William McGirt have been among the many who were selected for an invitation to the Bobby Chapman events. 

Currently, the Club is very proud of its Operation-36 program developing more than 70 young men and women through the game of golf. 

One of the Club’s hallways boasts great photos of those who have led the Club’s organization starting with the very first, Mr. A.H. Twitchell, Club President.  A true scene of history and continued traditions.