Golfing at Historic Cleghorn Plantation in the Blue Ridge Foothills


This mill dam was built after the Civil War along Cleghorn Creek near the spot where a Confederate iron and ammunition works once stood. Today, it is part of the historic Cleghorn Plantation Country Club near the North Carolina-South Carolina border south of Rutherfordton. The antebellum plantation mansion was built in 1837, and now sadly has fallen into disrepair. Originally granted to the McIntire-Cleghorn family by King George III in 1764, the 2,000 acre estate figured prominently in the Revolutionary War prior to the Battle of Kings Mountain.


Golf Digest Magazine rates the course at one of the ten best in North Carolina, and one of the most scenic. Judging from this view of the ninth fairway, I know what they meant. The course is one of the best “mountain” courses I’ve played in North Carolina, and it’s actually located in the southern foothills, fifteen miles from the closest mountain. It’s landscaping is to die for…


The 18th par 5 is a spectacular finishing hole over a lake filled with Canadian geese.


I played Cleghorn today in a misty rain with temps in the 60’s, not bad for the middle of Summer.

2 thoughts on “Golfing at Historic Cleghorn Plantation in the Blue Ridge Foothills

  1. What a beautiful setting to play golf!!! I never played, but when Chuck was still able, I’d love to drive the cart along & not only watch the game but enjoy the scenery-Never had the chance in NC, but here in Fl, LA,NY, CA & Ga, sure loved it! Yes even with the rain, bet you had a wonderful time

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