A beautiful blend of log-sturdy, pioneer spaciousness with modern brick, block and tile comfort makes the club house of Musgrove Country Club one of the most unique in the nation.
The original log building was completed in 1924 by Col. L.B. Musgrove, wealthy bachelor, as a place to entertain his business associates and friends from Wall Street and over the nation.
The Colonel lived at the Jasper Inn when in town and maintained a suite at the Waldorf Astoria in New York . . . but it was here at the Musgrove Country Club that he invited his friends to golf, hunt, fish, dine, dance and relax.
All of the 556 logs in the original building were cut from the 228 acres of "forest primeval" club property. They were hauled to the site, creosoted and chain-hoisted into place at a rate of three to four logs per day.
When it became apparent to Colonel Musgrove that he has losing his fortune in the stock market crash of 1929 he was determined to have his "country estate" for the citizens of Walker County . . . and he did by leasing it to a group for 100 years. It was purchased in 1932 when 45 of these citizens formed the Walker County Holding Company and paid $100 each for a share of stock in the company to become charter members of the "Musgrove Country Club."
In 1992, the architect, Jerry Pate, designed improvements to the course; making it one of the best in the state. Bent-grass greens and lush 410 Bermuda fairways compliment the design. Connecting the golf course with the pro shop and clubhouse are two wooden, swinging bridges that cross Blackwater Creek near the dam built originally to furnish electricity to the Club.
Today Musgrove Country Club members and guests relax in the comfort of dining room, lounge, and grill additions to the original building. The clubhouse also contains the original lobby and ballroom with hardwood floors and huge back-to-back stone fireplaces. Outdoors, they swim in an Olympic-size pool. At the tennis facility there is a fully-stocked pro shop and 6 Rubico Courts. In 1960, nine holes were added to the original 9 holes built by Col. Musgrove.
Through the generosity of Colonel L.B. Musgrove, the sacrifice and determination of charter members, the efforts of succeeding members and club presidents, the Musgrove Country Club, once the playground of the very rich, is today the recreational spot of some 525 resident and non-resident members.