The Club

After laying untouched for centuries, the Cashiers Valley was first settled in the 1820s. Wade Hampton III first moved to the area after purchasing property from the family of one of the earliest settlers in 1855. Hampton used the Valley as his summer home for many years, including during his service as Governor of South Carolina, United States Senator, and U. S. Railroad Commissioner. After Hampton's passing in 1902, his niece Caroline Halsted and husband William moved to the estate. Dr. Halsted was the premiere surgeon in the country and used the valley as a place to rest and relax. They named the estate High Hampton, in honor of Caroline's uncle. Upon the Halsted's passing, their heirs sold the estate to a group led by E. Lyndon McKee. An industrialist and entrepreneur, McKee transformed the estate into a summer resort. Families continue to visit High Hampton, enjoying old fashioned mountain hospitality. An agreement by the McKee family heirs in 1984 divided the property into the High Hampton Resort and the Wade Hampton Golf Club. William McKee and Anne Austin organized a group of Founders that were the seeds of the Membership that we have today. The McKees' asked Tom Fazio to design a golf course that complements the surrounding environment as well as being a joy to play and a challenge for the best players.
  • Founders

    • Wade Hampton Golf Club

      The vision of eight insightful men. It was their dedication to the game of golf and their desire to create an atmosphere of camaraderie among its members unparalleled by any other club. It is with grateful appreciation we recognize the following Founders:

      Thomas J. Fazio
      William T. Gary, III
      E. Val Hastings, M.D.
      J. Edwin Henson
      J. David Higgins, Jr.
      A. William McKee
      Danforth K. Richardson
      Howard W. Riley, Jr.

  • Accolades

    • "If Wade Hampton Golf Club were a painting, it would either be on display somewhere or locked away as a part of some collector’s private gallery."
      -Links Magazine

      2014 Golf Digest Rated Wade Hampton the 10th most beautiful course in America

      Host of the 2013 USGA Senior Amateur Championship

      Top 25 ranking in Golf Digest's Best 100 American Golf Courses

      #1 Ranked Golf Course in the State of North Carolina

      Ranked as the #1 Golf Course Community for the past nine years by Golfweek

      1987 Voted Best New Private Golf Course in the Country

      Top 100 Golf Courses in the World by all credible ranking sources

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