New Plan to Keep Musgrove Mill Golf Club Open

In late 2011, Raleigh-based McConnell Golf announced it would be closing one of its eight clubs, Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., at least temporarily due to continuing losses and declining membership.

Turns out the reported closing was very temporary, as McConnell Golf has announced formulation of a plan with the Musgrove Mill membership that will allow the club to continue operations. The plan includes a partnership that shares responsibility for keeping the club open, and if the new partnership is successful the club will remain open indefinitely.

McConnell Golf president and CEO John McConnell said the company is planning to transform Musgrove Mill into a more regional golf course with some innovative membership opportunities he hopes will attract a wide range of golfers from across the country.

"We have been very pleased with the outpouring of support and interest to maintain operations," McConnell said. "Musgrove Mill is a special place and it is obvious that the members and community recognize the impact it has on the surrounding area. Our plans are to keep Musgrove open at this point and hopefully the excitement will continue to build."

Designed by Arnold Palmer Design Company and opened in 1988, Musgrove Mill ( is 6,933-yard, par-72 layout that has hosted almost every South Carolina Golf Association event and Carolinas' Amateur tournaments, and been consistently ranked among Golfweek's "America's Top 100 Modern Courses" and Golf Digest's "Top-10 Rated Golf Courses for South Carolina."

McConnell Golf bought Musgrove Mill ("The Mill" as it is often referred) in 2007. Part of the club's challenge is its remote location. Set in Clinton - about halfway between Greenville and Columbia, it is an hour and a half from the nearest other McConnell Golf property.

Though Musgrove Mill is off the beaten path, it features cottages for overnight accommodations, a practice facility, full-service clubhouse, and historic significance as a former Revolutionary War battle site. The Mill's design incorporates topography ranging from wetlands, various elevations and the Enoree River. It is part of Musgrove Mill South Carolina State Park due to its natural beauty and significance as a former Revolutionary War battle site.

McConnell noted he has always envisioned Musgrove Mill as a tribute to pure golf and a great day trip. "Musgrove Mill is a phenomenal golfing venue," he said. "It's a true golfer's golf club. Every shot demands a quality execution and there is a unique array of golf holes and hole design. There is not one hole that remotely resembles any other hole on the course."

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