Scholars of the American Revolutionary War will know that The Battle of Musgrove Mill occurred in 1780, when a force of 500 British Loyalist militiamen and provincial regular soldiers were defeated by a much smaller contingent of around 200 Patriot partisans.
Thankfully, the only battles in this part of South Carolina these days are of the sporting variety, and ever since the course opened in 1988, golfers have either been pitched against each other in head to head match play or they’ve fought individually against Musgrove Mill Golf Club's par of 72!
The Enoree River has been woven into the design on a number of occasions and the water, dense woodland, wetlands and rolling terrain combine to present a pretty tough test of golf. South Carolina resort golf is not on offer here and the club makes no apologies for its difficulty. Visiting guests are expected to “cherish the challenge,” just like the members.
The four, well spaced par threes are all feature holes. The 140-yard 2nd drops nearly 40 feet in elevation from tee to green, the 189-yard 7th plays from a raised tee across a bend in the river, the 157-yard 12th has a treacherous, three-tiered green and the 223-yard 17th is a beast, where the uphill tee shot has to carry an intimidating waste area to reach a distant putting surface.
This is a tough layout. The course is routed up and around numerous hills and a river that flows through the property. There are any number of difficult tee shots throughout the round. I reallly like the par 4 fourth with a creek that angles across the fairway at a perfect angle to require thought and execution to score a par. 7 is a beautiful par three over the river, again played at an oblique angle to maximize the effect of the hazard. I think the back nine is less interesting and on the front nine holes 5 and 6 seem a little contrived in regards to the driving lines and green complex placements. I enjoy playing this course. It is a challenge but really not a lot of fun.