The Triad of N.C. – the region that includes Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point – is well known for its wealth of public access golf. Here are five must-play daily fee courses in the Triad:
Bryan Park (Champions), Browns Summit: Just outside Greensboro is the Champions Course at Bryan Park, designed by Rees Jones – the son of Robert Trent Jones, Tanglewood Park’s architect. When it opened in 1990, it was met with a number of accolades by the national magazines that rank courses. In fact, it is consistently ranked in the top 10 courses you can play in N.C. The USGA brought the U.S. Amateur Public Links to Bryan Park in 2010. The Players Course, designed by George Cobb in 1974, is the other course at Bryan Park. For more, www.bryanpark.com.
Tanglewood Park (Championship), Clemmons: If you want to play a course that has hosted a major championship in N.C., you don’t have to know a member at Quail Hollow or pony up to play Pinehurst No. 2. Instead, you can take on Tanglewood Park, just outside Winston-Salem. Tanglewood hosted the 1974 PGA Championship, won by Lee Trevino by one shot over Jack Nicklaus. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Tanglewood opened in 1958. Tanglewood also hosted the 1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links and hosted the Vantage Championship on the Senior PGA Tour from 1987-2002. The Reynolds Course is also on property, if you’re in the mood for 36 holes. For more, golf.tanglewoodpark.org.
Grandover Resort (East), Greensboro: Grandover Resort was the dream of real estate developer, the late Joseph Koury. He built two golf courses and a luxury hotel and spa on the 1,500 acres that includes the surrounding community and office space. Both the East Course and West Course were designed by David Graham and Gary Panks, who mostly plied their trade out west. The East Course opened in 1996 and is considered the better of the two. There were serious discussions about bringing the Wyndham Championship to Grandover when it left Forest Oaks Country Club. Instead, the Wyndham returned to Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. For more, www.grandover.com/recreation/golf.
Greensboro National Golf Club, Summerfield: For those looking for a kinder, gentler course, Greensboro National is 17 miles north of Greensboro. Says Shane Sharp on Golf.com, “To paraphrase an old television network slogan, this is a golf course for guys who like golf courses. The fairways are wide; the greens are large; the hills are gently rolling; and conditioning is immaculate.” And if the pictures on the menu are to be believed, you must make time for lunch. For more, www.greensboronationalgolfclub.com.
Oak Hollow Golf Course, High Point: Owned and operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of High Point, Oak Hollow is a Pete Dye design that when it opened in 1972, received a lot of national attention. It was immediately ranked in the top 25 courses you can play by a national magazine and for years was consistently in the top 75 of that same ranking. It has typical Dye features – railroad ties, pot bunkers, several peninsula greens and an island tee. For more, www.oakhollowgc.com.