PALMETTO GOLF COURSE: HOME OF THE USC AIKEN GOLF PROGRAM
Palmetto Golf Club is the home of the USC Aiken golf team. It
was founded in 1892 and is recognized as the fourth oldest golf
course in the United States.
The USC Aiken golf team has added to the rich history and prestige of the picturesque golf course. With the Pacers capturing the 2004, 2005, and 2006 NCAA Division II National Championships, Palmetto can now boast of being the home course for one of the most successful collegiate golf programs in the coutry, regardless of division.
Palmetto joined the United States Golf
Association (USGA) in the USGA’s second year of existence.
Proudly displayed on the wall in the clubhouse is a membership
certificate that is the oldest one still in existence.
The course itself has undergone some changes over the past century, but the most dramatic came in 1934. Alister McKenzie, the Scottish golf architect who built Augusta National, redesigned the greens.
The clubhouse was built in 1902 by the same
man who built the Boston Gardens, Stanford White. White constructed
an exact scale model of the clubhouse at Shinnecock Hills on Long
“Palmetto is a great place for our team to practice and play,” said head coach Michael Carlisle. “It is a terrific place to host our Palmetto Intercollegiate tournament at as well.”
The annual Palmetto Intercollegiate, part of the Cleveland Golf Series, has become a highly respected Division I caliber event.