1743 First Golf Course Built in South Carolina



The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort ranked as the #1 golf course in South Carolina in 2016

(photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort)


In its long history, South Carolina has been in the vanguard of many trends including indigo, the Civil War, and golf. The game has been taken seriously in the Palmetto state since 1740s.

According to history. com, Charleston welcomed a shipment of golf balls and clubs from Scotland as early as 1743. On September 29, 1786, the South Carolina Golf Club was formed and, within the same year, America’s first golf course was established on Harleston Green. In 2011, there were more than 350 golf courses within the state of South Carolina.


Being an 8th generation South Carolinian, I can say that my home state is an odd place. When I grew up there in the 60s and 70s, South Carolina had the largest percentage of native-born citizens of any state in the Union. (That is, people born in the state). This makes for a certain insularity. It also means you were related to so many people you could hardly keep is straight.

That’s where the oral tradition of Southern writers comes from. We spend half our lives talking about how we are related to various people. Many Southerners become writers because we are trying to get away from our relatives who won’t shut-up.


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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/