Bob Gillespie



Colleges’ best: Furman Golf Club named to 2013 Golfweek rankings

Posted 11/3/2013 12:31:00 PM

If there’s anything better than a weekend of college football – seeing old friends, tailgating, watching the alma mater play – it’s a college football weekend that includes great golf. South Carolina has a number of courses that are affiliated with college teams (Cobblestone Park with the University of South Carolina, the Walker Course with Clemson, etc.), but only one state golf course has made it onto Golfweek magazine’s “Best Campus Courses” for 2013.

The winner? Furman University Golf Club, where such future LPGA Hall of Famers Beth Daniel (Charleston) and Betsy King honed their games while playing for the Paladins’ NCAA champions in 1973. Originally built in 1955 by Richard Webel and Walter Cosby, and tweaked by Greenville-based architect John LaFoy, the course was treated to a 2008 restoration by Pinehurst, N.C.-based architect Kris Spence.

At 6,994 yards, the par-72 layout features smooth-rolling Champions hybrid Bermuda greens and five tees to accommodate all levels of play. In 2013, the course was named to the S.C. Golf Course Ratings Panel’s “Best 30 You Can Play” in South Carolina. Located on the north side of the Greenville campus, it features rolling terrain, tree-lined fairways and challenging greenside bunkering.

Furman is ranked 29th among college courses by Golfweek, which named The Course at Yale as its No. 1. Furman is new to the rankings in 2013; previously, Clemson’s Walker Course held a spot on the list.

To see Golfweek’s entire rankings, click here. For more information about Furman Golf Club or to reserve tee times, call (864) 294-9090, email or visit