Founded near the end of the nineteenth century, Greenville has had its ups and downs. Having changed locations around the area of Greenville, South Carolina, a number of times, the club built a decent course called the Riverside after the Second World War. But when another, better site opened up nearby, the club purchased it and hired Robert Trent Jones to create something new. The Chanticleer debuted in 1970 and at 6276 meters it was clear that the aim was not to bring in the top competitions. Jones instead gave the club a splendid layout that still allows for some power drives, though the narrow fairways demand real accuracy. Gene Sarazen's comment after playing here says it all: "if you start spraying it on this course, you'd better have a lot of golf balls with you." Robert Trent Jones II carried out some renovations awhile back, though not necessarily for the best.
The Riverside Course, originally laid out on a topographical map by famed course designer Donald Ross in 1919 was later completed during on-site construction by golf architect William B. Langston. The course was finished in 1923 and opened on July 4. The original course was all on 158 acres above the Reedy River. Local architect, George Cobb, redesigned the course to incorporate land purchased "across the Reedy" which included seven new holes four decades later and the "new" Riverside opened on June 16, 1962. In 2006 the club commissioned famed architect, Brian Silva to completely redesign the course in the Seth Raynor style and the course opened to rave revues in the fall of 2007.