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An Arnold Palmer Gem in Upstate South Carolina

Musgrove Mill features an Arnold Palmer Gem in Upstate South Carolina. Consistently ranked among Golfweek’s “100 Best Modern Courses in America” and holding the No. 19 spot in GolfDigest’s “The Best Golf Courses in South Carolina,” golf enthusiasts from all over voyage to Musgrove Mill Golf Club for an experience they’ll talk about for years to come.

Is this a typical Arnold Palmer design? In some respects, yes. One of Palmer’s design philosophies involve waste areas around green complexes, and when utilized they seem to grate island greens.

“There’s only like 10 to 15 bunkers, actual bunkers that are around the holes out here,” says Director of Golf Jeff Tallman. “But, you know, he wanted to keep it natural. You know, there’s no signage out here. Everybody just knows where to go because they come down here and play often enough. So, it’s just a beautiful sanctuary.”
That the green complexes themselves, on average, are smaller than what we’re used to seeing. On a Palmer-designed golf course.

Another thing that sets Musgrove mill apart from so many other courses, no two golf holes are alike. Each one has its own design traits, yet together they make up a perfect routing of 18 fun and challenging holes of golf with its four sets of tees. This golf course will challenge the best ball strikers, while at the same time offering up a fun and rewarding round of golf for the higher handicap player.

Tallman says, “It’s not how far you hit the golf ball. It’s how far you fly the golf ball, and the greens are receptive. But once again, if you miss the green, there’s no bump and run shots. All the short game is in the air. So, you need your 60 and your 58 and your 52-degree wedge to get around this place.”

Musgrove Mill Golf Club is located about 90 miles from Charlotte and Asheville, Musgrove Mill is known for its changing elevations, history, beauty, and landscape.

Musgrove Mill Golf Club is a private golf sanctuary and has no surrounding homes or structures. Its creation in 1988 was focused solely on the integrity of the game and profound respect for the natural wilderness of upstate South Carolina.

The Course

Year Built: 2005
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer
Type: Private
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year-round  


Par 72
Length Back Tees: 6951
Slope: 74.4
Rating: 155
Length Forward Tees: 5256
Slope: 72.5
Rating: 144


Musgrove Mill Golf Club
772 Musgrove Mill Road
Clinton SC 29325
(864) 833-6921

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Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter is the Managing Director at Hunter Southwest Productions. Since 2004 the company has provided video production services to the golf industry. HSW also produces several nationally syndicated television programs, including Golf Southwest and Golf America.