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Monday, August 29, 2011

Whispering Woods Golf Course/Pinehurst NC

Whispering Woods Golf Club

26 Sandpiper Drive Whispering Pines NC 28327

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Over thirty years ago, Ellis Maples, inspired by a picturesque, rolling track of land in the Pinehurst NC area, carved out another challenge for golfers in the Sandhills. His work, the Whispering Woods Golf Club Course, stands as a credit to him and a pleasure for many. Dan Maples, son of Ellis and renowned golf course architect in his own right, described Whispering Woods this way: “It is a golf course designed with the average player in mind, but good players won’t find a pushover. The well groomed condition of the course enhances the design and complements the roll of the land. Golfers experience left to right, short shots, long shots, uphill and downhill holes. And the quick bent grass green will keep you honest.”

Our goal at Whispering Woods is to see you smile, and have you promise to return. We are known as the friendliest course in the Pinehurst Area. Contact us with your golf needs, and you will always receive the best of service.

Course Layout

Plan your strategy before you begin your round.  Click on the hole number links in the Main Menu for all the information you need for a great round.

Friday, August 26, 2011

London Downs Golf Club

London Downs Golf Club




Russell Breeden


1614 New London Road
Forest, VA 24551

Golfers will remember the breathtaking mountain views of this Russell Breeden designed golf course. Four sets of tees, gently rolling hills and undulating greens make London Downs challenging but fair for golfers of all skill levels. London Downs has hosted two SBC Futures tour events and a Teardrop tour event. Our amenities include practice green, driving range, pro shop and snack bar. Located in historic Bedford County, just 12 miles west of Lynchburg on Rt. 460, and only 45 minutes from Roanoke. Play London Downs and see why we are a favorite for golfers all over Virginia.

London Downs Golf Course is one of the state's premier semi-private golf courses located right in the heart of Virginia. With very reasonable green fees and frequent specials, London Downs is the choice of many for enjoyable rounds of golf.
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About 75% of the play is public with special rates for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays and women on Monday and Wednesday. During the winter months, the course offers its popular Winter Special.
In its 16-year history, London Downs has hosted two SBC Futures tour events and also the Teardrop tour, and plays host to numerous charity and corporate events throughout the year.

Fair test for most!!: London Downs is a fairly new course that came into being alongside a fairly upscale housing development. Fortunately for everyone most homes are not too close to the course. The course is well conditioned and the designers maximimized the course to suit the land. It's hilly enough to consider not walking. It's failry long for the older golfer and beginners and enough water to present some problems, however it's not completely unplayable to those groups. Most holes are fairly wide open. and only two holes absolutely require a forced carry over water of any distance. They also offer seasonal and late day discounts. The staff is also a nice group of folks.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lexington Golf & Country Club

Ellis Maples & Ed Seay

141 Country Club Road
Lexington, Virginia 24450

The centerpiece at Lexington is the magnificent 18-hole, par 71, Championship Golf Course—home of the VSGA championship golf tournament. With two nine hole loops players have a challenging variety of shots. The course promises enjoyment for golfers of all skill levels. The course plays from 4,845 to 6,386 yards with four sets of tee boxes. A wide angled driving range, large practice green and short game practice area allow members to warm up before teeing off or just fine tune their swing or putting stroke. Golf course architects Ellis Maples & Ed Seay, masterfully designed the existing Lexington course in 1971.
The Pro Shop
Lexington provides a full service golf shop including clubs, balls, bags, shoes, hats, gloves, and clothing for men and women. Special orders are made to fill customer's needs when items are not in stock.

The club provides handicapping service, bag storage, practice range plans, club rentals, club fitting, re-gripping, and quick turnaround on club repairs. Range balls are available for practice and warm up.
Clinics are scheduled for juniors and adult groups throughout the year. Individual lessons are available anytime upon request.

On site tournaments are scheduled for ladies and men's groups with interclub matches (both home and away) are available to members of the ladies or men's associations. Couples golf events are scheduled for all levels of players.

Outings for small and large outside groups can be arranged. The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and Washington & Lee (W & L) alumni groups are frequent visitors. Lexington Golf & CC is home to the W & L golf team.

Pro Shop Hours:

thru August, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Carts available for use until dark if signed out before 6.

Golf Rates:

18 hole cart - $15 per person
9 hole cart - $8 per person
18 hole greens fee - w/ member, $30
w/out member, $40

Lexington Golf & Country Club, Lexington, VA

by Tim Gavrich
The Lexington Golf & Country Club is a private course located adjacent to one of the town's most upscale communities, with home values averaging in the mid six figures.  (The median value of houses in Lexington is $230,000.)  The houses, however, do not encroach at all on the golf course.   Housing prices in Lexington have escalated in the last few years as people from Washington, D.C., and Richmond have begun investing in Lexington's downtown property and some of the horse farms in the area.

The original golf course was laid out in 1902 by the club's charter members and redesigned and expanded to 18 holes in 1971 by Ellis Maples and Ed Seay.  It is located just south of town and a few miles from Interstate 81.  The club permits some outside play at times of low traffic (call ahead as we did; the folks in the pro shop are very friendly and accommodating). 

Lexington is home to Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute.  It is a charming town with good restaurants, interesting shops and a friendly vibe.  It is a nice place to visit, to go to school and to live.

Golf Course Setting: 7 ~~ Lexington Golf & Country Club is set on approximately 150dsc_01182007-06-29lex7.jpg acres of rolling hills.  Trees come into play on most holes and make positioning off the tee critical to a good score.  Views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains provide nice framing to many holes.  The driving range is barely 225 yards long and, therefore, permits only iron play off the practice tees.  The clubhouse sits on a hill overlooking the 9th and 18th greens and 1st and 10th tees.

Golf Course Conditions: 7 ~~ The greens at Lexington were medium speed, mostly owing to the recent rains that had also softened the fairways that had not been mowed in a few days.  The course, whose rating and slope are fairly high for a short layout, would have played even tougher with slicker greens.  Though a little hairy, turf both on and off the greens was in fine shape.

Quality of Green Complexes: 7 ~~There are some "classical" movements in the greens at Lexington.  Most of them are pitched from back to front in varying degrees dsc_01282007-06-29lex9.jpgof severity. You won't find the dedicated chipping areas prevalent in modern course designs, but missing Lexington's greens left, right and especially long will make bogey a real possibility.  Lexington saves its most challenging green (by far) for last at the 18th, a kidney shaped surface with three tiers that make it tough to land an approach shot on the same level as the pin.  But it also makes for creative bank shots from off the green.

Quality of Par 3s: 5 ~~ The par 3s are not terribly compelling at Lexington.  Holes 4 and 17 are of similar length (about 170 yards), and both play across ponds to fairly mundane greens.  Holes 2 and 8 play downhill and are within six yards of 170 from the back tees.  The best of the five par 3s is the 14th, which has an interesting oval-shaped green that is slanted away from the tee and offers a narrow landing surface.

Quality of Par 4s: 7 ~~ The par 4s at Lexington are a fair challenge, but only two extend beyond 400 yards from the men's tees (total yardage 6,068).  The narrowdsc_01472007-06-29lex16.jpg fairways, however, demand precision tee shots.  Even for the grip-it-and-rip-it players, there are no drivable par 4s.  The most compelling four-shotters at Lexington are holes 10 and 12, both of more than 430 yards from the tips that call for the player's best drives and accurate long irons.

Quality of Par 5s: 6 ~~ The four par 5s at Lexington provide the golfer with four great chances to gain ground on par.  They are all reachable in two, although the 6th green is protected by a stream and should be approached with caution.  The strongest of the par 5s is the 11th, which calls for a tee shot that bends right to left to a fairway that tilts down in the same direction.  The second shot is a downhill thriller to a green benched into the side of a hill; shots that run through the green will leave the player with a steep uphill pitch.

Routing of Golf Course/A Good Walk: 7 ~~ Because of its relatively short length and the proximity of most tees to the previous greens, Lexington is an enjoyable course to walk.  The presence of ample trees and shade also provides welcome relief from the summer heat.  There are a few healthy walks from one green to the next tee, but they are nothing like the distances on more modern courses.

Overall Rating: 6.5-7 ~~  On its small scale, Lexington Golf & Country Club is an enjoyable course.  It has classic good looks, a well-groomed landscape and enough variety of shots to retain a player's interest over many rounds.  In styling, it stands in stark contrast to the brawny Vista Links, the other quality course in the area that was reviewed here earlier.  Lexington requires more brain than brawn.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hanging Rock Golf Club

Hanging Rock Country Club

Russell Breeden

1500 Red Lane
Salem, VA 24153

One of Russell Breeden best designs in Virginia, Hanging Rock Golf Club offers a superb mountain location and a championship layout that assures players of all handicaps a challenging round. Hanging Rock was voted “Best Course” by the readers of the Roanoker Magazine 15 of the past 20 years including the last 3 years; awarded a “3 1/2 Star” Rating from Golf Digest for Places to Play; named one of the top 3 courses in Virginia by The Golfers Guide readers survey and selected as one of Washington Golf Monthly’s 100 must play Mid-Atlantic courses. For a golf memory to last a lifetime, play Hanging Rock on your next trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Valley of Virginia, Hanging Rock Golf Club is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. The course, designed by Russell Breeden, offers a championship layout that guarantees golfers of all skill levels a challenging and exciting round.

Hanging Rock has earned numerous accolades, including:
  • Voted "Best Golf Course in the Roanoke Valley" by readers of The Roanoker magazine 16 out of the past 20 years including the past 3 years (2009, 2010, & 2011).
  • Awarded a 3 1/2-star rating by Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play".
  • Named one of the top 100 Must Play Courses in the Mid-Atlantic by Washington Golf Monthly magazine

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ashley Plantation/Roanoke Virginia Golf Desination?

Ashley Plantation

Russell Breeden

919 Greenfield Street
Daleville, VA 24083

The newest residential golf community in the Roanoke Valley in over 25 years. Surrounded by views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our stately Georgian-style clubhouse offers a full service pro shop, practice facilities, restaurant, bar, outdoor pavilion and indoor banquet facilities. The championship 18-hole golf course was designed by premier architect Russell Breeden and provides a variety of shots off of rolling hills and mountain vistas. Named “#1 Golf Course In the Roanoke Valley,” by Roanoker Magazine, this course features L-93 bentgrass greens and tees with bluegrass fairways. Test your luck on our signature hole 14, a par 6 that plays a whopping 721 yards long from the back tees. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Roanoke and 4 miles north of I-81 on 220 North in Daleville, VA.

"Where Golf is a Way of Life"

Ashley Plantation is the only 27 hole public access facility in the Roanoke Valley. Established in 1999, Ashley Plantation is a residential community featuring picturesque views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a beautiful Georgian-style clubhouse, conveniently located 5 minutes from Interstate 81 just north of downtown Roanoke in Daleville, Virginia.

We offer many affordable membership packages that we feel will meet any golfer’s needs including our “Plantation Platinum” packages that include unlimited cart fees and unlimited range balls, great daily rates, a full service restaurant, tennis courts, a swim club featuring three pools and a cabana and a Golf Academy with a full-time PGA Professional instructor.

If you have not been to Ashley Plantation lately you will be surprised at the changes. Our three distinctive 9’s offer challenging yet playable holes, and players love our two signature holes; Our Par 6 that stretches to 725 yards from the tips and our island green Par 3 finishing hole on the brand new Orchards 9.

Currently under construction is our new 3-level practice range - featuring a full acre of grass tees - slated to open in spring 2011.

Consider Ashley Plantation as the site to host your corporate or charity event, as we pride ourselves in the service we deliver. Our goal is for you to enjoy your event at Ashley Plantation and let us take care of every detail!

Check out everything that Ashley Plantation has to offer, we know you will be glad you did!

Course Details - Ashley Plantation

Our three 9’s:

The Meadows; Featuring wide fairways, two reachable Par 5’s and one of the most picturesque holes on the property in the Par 3 9th. The Meadows also features two of the more demanding Par 4’s we have in the uphill 2nd hole and the downhill 5th hole.

The Hills; The most challenging of our 9’s, the Hills plays over 3700 yards from the tips and as the name suggests there are numerous elevation changes. The Hills features one of our signature holes – the Par 6 5th hole which plays 725 from the back tee. You will also encounter two of our more challenging Par 3’s in the 222 yard down – hill 7th hole and the tricky 155 yard 2nd hole.

The Orchards; Opened in 2009 is a true shot-makers 9. There are 3 fantastic Par 3’s on the Orchards. The player who makes par on all 3 par 3’s in their round can truly be proud – but you’ll have to get by another one of our signature holes, the island green 159 yard 9th to do it! You can also test your driver on the Orchards and see if you can drive the 303 yard 3rd or the 295 yard 8th but you’ll have to watch out for the Out-of-Bounds.
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Woodlake Golf & County Club, Pinehurst

Woodlake Golf & Country Club

Donald Ross was an apprentice under Old Tom Morris, Frank Maples was an apprentice under Donald Ross, Ellis Maples, who designed and built Woodlake was an apprentice under both.  I wouldn’t exactly say that there is a direct connection between Old Tom Morris and Woodlake, but the quality of great golf course architecture that is passed down from generation to generation is certainly prevalent today at Woodlake Country Club.  In 1971 Ellis Maples created a course described by many as one of the most challenging and beautiful golf courses in the Southeast. In 1995, a second course was added to the Woodlake inventory when Arnold Palmer put his design team to work.  Winding gracefully around the largest, private, man-made lake in North Carolina, Woodlake’s two championship courses will provide you with a golf experience for a “king”. 
Yards Rating Slope
Prof. 6962 NR NR
Blue 6882 72.9 133
White 6283 70.3 124
Red 5054 65.0 109
Yards Rating Slope
Prof. 7043 74.4 136
Blue 6791 73.2 134
White 6272 71.0 129
Red 5276 71.6 130

Course Architect:

Ellis Maples & Arnold Palmer
Vass, NC

Woodlake Resort and Country Club is nestled in the rolling hills of North Carolina’s lush Sandhills only minutes away from Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base and Fayetteville, North Carolina and is a gated community. Our convenient location affords easy access to Raleigh and the Raleigh Durham International Airport. Employment and amenities within the Research Triangle are readily accessible.

Woodlake Resort and Country Club offers two championship golf courses, the Ellis Maples and the Arnold Palmer. Our sister course is Pinehurst’s famous Carolina just 15 minutes away. Our Centerpiece is a 1200 acre spring-fed lake offering members boating, swimming, fishing and water skiing. A 25 meter pool overlooks the lake and our clubhouse facilities and tennis are within easy walking or biking distance of any portion of Woodlake Resort and Country Club.
The Historical Oates House, built in 1792 completes the vision with casual and fine dining. Breakfast and Lunch are served daily with a Sunday Buffet Brunch 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Dinner is served Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Historical Oates House

Woodlake Resort and Country Club is the perfect spot for a secluded corporate retreat, golf tournament, business meeting or special event.Historic Oates House at Woodlake
The Historical Oates House at Woodlake Resort and Country Club is a magnificent reminder of colonial residents. Originally constructed in 1792 in nearby Fayetteville, NC, the house first served as an inn and later became the home of John A. Oates, a judge, historian and civic leader. In a continuing effort to preserve the historic significance of the area and enhance the beauty of the lakefront, The Historical Oates House was moved to Woodlake Resort and Country Club and completely renovated and expanded to serve as a clubhouse. It has now become the social center of the community.

The LakeView Dining Room and outside terraces offer casual and fine dining with panoramic views of the lake.  The picturesque setting, overlooking a 1,130 acre lake offers a magnificent backdrop for your special event.

Whether you’re planning a Family Reunion, Private Party, Rehearsal Dinner, or Wedding and Reception, we offer the perfect setting. Our friendly, experienced staff will work closely with you to arrange all your decorating and catering needs.

For Weddings and Special Events please call 910-245-4970

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tot Hill Farms Golf Course/Pinehurst NC

Tot Hill Farm Golf Club

Creative course designer Mike Strantz has struck again with 18 holes that will leave your imagination running absolutely wild and your golf clubs screaming for more. Winding through a maze of majestic rock formations and creeks, Tot Hill Farm inspires its players with a vast array of heart-pounding shots and breath-taking views. The expansive greens offer rolling undulations and a wide variety of pin placements. Your trip will not be complete unless you take on this awe-inspiring course.

Breathtaking.  Awe-inspiring Golf.

Rated 4.5 Stars Best Places to Play & Ranked the 7th Hardest Course in America by Golf 

Are you ready to experience the most breath-taking, awe-inspiring golf you've ever played?  Mike Strantz, the designer of such greats as Tobacco Road, Caledonia, True Blue, Royal New Kent and Stonehouse, added yet another masterpiece to his collection with the creation of Tot Hill.  Whether you live in the heart of North Carolina, traveling to the famed Pinehurst area for your next golf trip, or simply passing through to another southern golf destination, you will want to schedule a round at the 7th Toughest Course in America as rated by Golf Digest in 2007.  It's a golf experience like no other. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Seven Lakes Country Club, Pinehurst NC

Seven Lakes Country Club
Four Stars
Peter Tufts 1976
18 holes/Par 72 

Seven Lakes Country Club

Championship four-star rated golf course emphasizing the traditional and classic design elements that present a true Sandhills experience. Practice range, chipping and putting greens, 6 Har-Tru tennis courts, full service Lounge, Dining Room and meeting rooms.

2000 Seven Lakes South
Seven Lakes, NC 27376
910-673-1092, 1-888-47LAKES
Fax 910-673-7522

Seven Lakes Country Club golf course, designed by Peter Tufts III in 1976, presents a true Sandhills experience. Awarded a FOUR STAR rating by Golf Digest, the contoured fairways wind through longleaf pines and are bordered by a landscape of azaleas, magnolias and dogwoods.
Whether local to North Carolina or traveling from afar, make this course one of your prime targets for a memorable round of golf.

Most SLCC members are very active in golf. Women members have established the Women's Golf Association (WGA) with a full schedule of events for both 9 and 18 hole players every Tuesday and Wednesday. The men have a
Men’s day event each Wednesday (9 holes) and Thursday (18 holes).

There are also individually formed men's and women's groups that play throughout the year as well as with other clubs in the Sandhills area. 

A suitable test for novice golfers and a challenge for the seasoned player, the course is always in wonderful condition, receiving praise from all golf professionals who have played here.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Pinewild Country Club Of Pinehurst

Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst
Four Stars Holly Course
Gary Player 1996
18 holes/Par 72

Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst

The Magnolia, which has just recently undergone a comprehensive renovation, is a "Traditional masterpiece" which meanders through the longleaf pines. The Gary Player designed Holly is a classic "risk reward" layout. All complimented by beautifully wooded terrain, rolling hills, ponds and streams. Pinewild has hosted the PGA's Tour School Qualifying, the LPGA's Pinewild Championship, and continues to play host to various USGA Qualifying Events.

PO Box 3369,
Pinehurst, NC 28374
910-295-5145, 1-800-523-1499
Fax 910-295-9644

Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst is situated in the heartland of American golf.
Here, golf is more than a pastime.  It's a way of life.  Located just one mile from the quaint and historic Village of Pinehurst, this gated club offers its residents a gracious and private lifestyle, with spacious homesites and pristine views surrounded by three of the most beautiful golf courses found anywhere in the world, one of which was designed by the legendary Gary Player.  Pinewild is a residential country club with singular credentials . . . a world where fairways spread emerald meadows beneath candelabra pines, and winter barely whispers past a golfing season that never ends.  We invite you to experience exquisite Pinehurst area living.

Pinewild members never have to leave the private gates of the plantation to fulfill all their recreational needs. In addition to all the other recreational attractions, Pinewild Country Club of Pinehurst boasts forty eight holes of golf.
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The world-class facilities include two championship golf courses, the Magnolia and the Holly, which are both stunning and challenging to golfers of all skill levels. The Magnolia, a "traditional masterpiece", was designed by Gene Hamm, and has played host to the PGA Tour Qualifying School, the LPGA's 's Pinewild Championship, numerous Carolinas PGA events, as well US Open Qualifying. The Holly, a Gary Player Signature Course, is fast becoming an area favorite, due to its' panoramic beauty, "risk reward" layout, and some the best greens in the Sandhills. The Holly has played host to many USGA Qualifying events, as well as Carolinas PGA Championships.
Whatever your choice of course, you are sure to enjoy the Bermuda grass blanketing the fairways, and velvet bent grass greens.

The Azalea course is a nine-hole par 3 course, which includes some of the more scenic holes on property. The remaining holes consist of three practice holes, which make up part of the world-class practice facility. Included in the practice facility are two large putting greens, a chipping green, a short-game complex and a magnificent range with greenside and fairway bunkers. The fine practice facilities are home to the   Pinewild Golf Academy. The Academy combines a great facility,  state-of-the-art video, and qualified PGA instruction, to create a learning opportunity for golfers of all skill levels.   
Whether you visit and play Pinewild for the day, or whether you call it your home, the golf experience enjoyed, is sure to be one of the more memorable.

THE MAGNOLIA COURSE…”a traditional masterpiece”
Originally designed by Gene Hamm, the 18-Hole, par 72 Magnolia Course opened to rave reviews in 1989, and within two months was ranked as one of the top 50 courses in the entire southeastern United States by Golf Week.

The Magnolia has seen a complete multi-million dollar redesign, to include new greens complexes with Crenshaw Bent Grass, bunkers and cart paths.

The result is a truly fantastic lay-out with emphasis on risk-reward golf.
In an area that boasts numerous award winning courses, the Magnolia remains a local favorite. The course is characterized by vast elevation changes, generous driving areas, and spacious challenging greens. In the summer edition of the 2003 Pinehurst Magazine, the Magnolia was ranked as the fifth best course in the area, by the 43 PGA Golf Professionals.
Locals aren’t the only ones who know a great course when they play it. LPGA players heaped praise on the course when the LPGA’s Pinewild Women’s Championship was contested in 1995.  The Magnolia has been a qualifying site for numerous US Open Championships, the US Amateur Championship, as well as PGA Tour School Qualifying.
With the back tees measuring almost 7,500 yards, we like to say that the NEW Magnolia is "NO BARK, BUT ALL BITE".

…”Gary Player’s gift to Pinehurst”
A special signature design by golf’s legendary world traveler, Gary Player, the Holly course is the perfect compliment to the Magnolia. The Holly features fewer bunkers, more water and smaller greens. Vast areas of longleaf pines were left untouched, and the course features numerous natural waste bunkers.  The design utilizes the property’s many lakes, ponds and streams that wind through numerous wooded areas throughout the course. Multiple tees present a variety of challenges, but the course is definitely playable for golfers of all skill levels.

The Holly is proud to have hosted the Carolinas PGA Pro-Pro Championship, as well as numerous other Carolinas Golf Association and USGA qualifying events.

THE AZALEA COURSE …”the best 60 minutes in golf”

As a group, these holes represent some of the finest par-3 holes you will ever play, using every iron in your bag to play them. The course traverses natural, rolling land that is tucked within the back nine of the Magnolia course. The Azalea plays to a nine-hole par 27, but two sets of tees enables you to get 18 different looks. 

Donald Ross style bunkers, that appear as though they are green side, but are in fact up to fifteen yards short of the putting green, are scattered throughout the course. After the sixty minutes, you’ll know you didn’t just play a nine-hole par 3 course; you’ll describe it to your friends as a “collection” of great par 3 holes.