Palmetto Golf Club

Palmetto Golf Club

Architect: Herbert Leeds / Alister MacKenzie
Year: 1892

275 Berrie Road SW
Aiken, South Carolina 29803
(803) 649-2951

Course Access: Private

driving range available
motorized carts available

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Mark Pritchett

Palmetto Golf Club

Yes, I have spent the last seven years of my life pursuing Golf Digest’s Top 100 golf courses in America, but please don’ t think I live on Top 100 golf alone. In addition to my primary mission of playing the Top 100 I have a long list of non-rated courses that I am interested in visiting. Near the top of non-rated courses list is Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina. Palmetto Golf Club has an interesting place in the history of American golf. It’s one of the oldest clubs in the country having been founded in 1892. The club’s first golf course was a simple four hole affair that was laid out in a corner of the property where the practice range as well as the 16th, 17th and 18th sit today. Shortly after opening the four hole course Herbert Leeds expanded the course to nine holes and then in 1895 another nine holes were added which had been designed by Leeds and James Mackrell, the first golf professional at Palmetto. About 30 years later Dr. Alister MacKenzie was in the nearby area working on a little project called Augusta National Golf Club. When he completed his work in Georgia the good doctor was asked if he would come to Palmetto to put together a plan for converting the sand greens to grass and adding a little length to the course. Dr. MacKenzie drew up the plans and Wendell Miller, the construction manager who had just finished building… More >