Ron Green Jr.: Trump’s fondness for golf was evident at Trump National Golf Club’s opening

Donald Trump visits Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville on Aug. 23, 2013 to play a round of golf. T. Ortega Gaines – ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Editor’s note: This column originally published in The Charlotte Observer on Aug. 29, 2013.

MOORESVILLE — There I stood, on the 10th tee at Trump National Golf Club, with The Donald himself behind me and Greg Norman – yes, that Greg Norman – standing directly across from me waiting to see me hit my opening tee shot in our little friendly game together last week.

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3 courses that make Yadkin Valley one of North Carolina’s top golf destinations

Photo courtesy of Cedarbrook Country Club.

For the majority of North Carolinians, Yadkin Valley is the home to Mount Airy, the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for Mayberry in “The Andy Griffith Show.” But what might surprise you is that it’s also one of the top value-golf destinations in the state.

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Once closed, Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club is now one of the best courses in the state

Photo courtesy of Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club at Tryon Resort.

From late 2012 to March 2014, after its owner, The Challenge Golf Group, LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Cleghorn Plantation Golf and Country Club in Rutherfordton remained closed.

Conditions rapidly deteriorated. And by the time former owner Ken Bortner reacquired it, the future of the George Cobb-designed course was bleak.

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Observer event gives peek into how the PGA Championship came to Charlotte

Johnson Wagner. Eric Risberg – AP

The moment the final group of golfers finished the first hole at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship last summer, crews moved in to prepare Quail Hollow Club for the 2017 PGA Championship coming to Charlotte in August. It’s been a whirlwind of activity since then as the course has gotten a substantial makeover.

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Mike Purkey: Why you want to play these 5 Charlotte-area public golf courses

The 10th hole at The Golf Club at Ballantyne. Photo courtesy of The Golf Club at Ballantyne.

When you’re looking for a place to play in the Charlotte area, a number of factors go into the decision – course condition, relative difficulty of the layout, decent pace of play.

But some courses have a little extra, something you didn’t know or expect that makes them a must-play. Here are five:

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5 reasons why you should play Tobacco Road Golf Club this summer

The first tee at Tobacco Road Golf Club. Photo courtesy of Tobacco Road Golf Club.

Consistently ranked as one of the top public courses in the United States, few can compare to Sanford’s Tobacco Road Golf Club, arguably the greatest work of the late Mike Strantz.

However, Tobacco Road is also one of the country’s most polarizing courses, boasting greens with massive undulations and what some golfers say are too many blind shots. Oh, and don’t forget the cavernous bunkers.

With a slope rating of 145 from the ripper tees according to the U.S. Golf Association, the challenges Tobacco Road presents might steer you away. But here are five reasons why you should make the drive 30 minutes north of Pinehurst and play the course this summer:

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