A classic old Seth Raynor layout dating back to 1921, the course at the Country Club of Charleston is routed across rather flat, marshy terrain around the Ashley River and Intracoastal Waterway. As one might come to expect from the architect, he managed to incorporate some of his trademark replica short holes into his design.
For instance, you’ll find an Eden green at the 162-yard 3rd, a reverse Redan at the 187-yard 11th and a 145-yard Short at the 17th. Other notable holes include back-to-back short par fours at the 364-yard 13th and 333-yard 14th, as well as a terrific 432-yard par four at the 16th, where an enormous “Lion’s Mouth” bunker fronts the green.
Writing in The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses Tom Doak remarked: “CC of C is one of the most unusual Raynor layouts I’ve seen; some of his go-to templates are conspicuously missing, pushed to the sidelines by holes like the Lion’s Mouth 16th that he rarely used anywhere else. Disappointingly, the club’s one iconic hole, the par-3 11th, whose unbelievable plateau green with an eight-foot high false front was cursed by the likes of Ben Hogan, has been softened. I don’t know what the big deal was: I hit a five-iron to about three feet on my only attempt.”
A trio of architects have played their part in keeping the course true to its
original Seth Raynor roots – John LaFoy (1990-1991), Brian Silva (2006) and
Kyle Franz (2016-2018).
Three top amateur events are held here every year: the men’s Azalea Invitational (dating back to 1946), the men’s Senior Azalea and the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea for boys and girls. The club also hosted the US Women’s Amateur championship in 2013.
In 2019 the club staged the US Women’s Open, which South Korea's Jeong-eun Lee won. Six is Jeong-eun Lee’s lucky number and she is also the sixth player called Jeong-eun Lee to play on the Korean LGPA Tour, so she changed her name to Lee6. Fittingly her six under total was enough to win the US Women’s Open by two shots.