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Traditions of the Course: As early as 1919, British golfing greats Harry Vardon and Ted Ray made summer stops to play exhibition matches here. Since then, the greatest golfers of their respective eras have enjoyed the course. The PGA Tour made yearly stops at The Golf Course from 1933-1951 and saw golf immortals like Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson make annual visits here. Recent exhibitions have featured PGA stars Doug Sanders, Gene Littler, Fuzzy Zoeller and Chip Beck. Hall-of-Famers Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player have also walked these legendary fairways and greens.

The Golf Course at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa continues to earn accolades after a complete restoration of its original Donald Ross design in 2001.

In 2005, The Golf Course was rated 32nd best in the state by the North Carolina magazine golf panel. This ranking is 37 spots better than the previous year when it debuted in the "N.C. Top 100" at #69. This also signified the largest jump in stature by any golf course in the state from 2004 to 2005.

Also, in 2005, Golfweek magazine included The Golf Course in its 2005 "America's Best" listings. The Golf Course is rated as the 8th best in North Carolina with five of the seven courses rated higher located at legendary Pinehurst.

Other honors bestowed upon The Golf Course include Golfweek's "Best Restoration" designation in 2002 after the resort spent $2.5 million to reclaim the past glory and spirit originally inspired by the great Donald Ross. Also, Golf Digest listed the course as "One of the ten best courses in the United States that is 100 years old or more" in 2004.

Hole
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Out
Back
445
210
525
430
425
360
220
515
220
3350
Middle
420
180
495
410
415
340
190
500
190
3140
Foward
300
135
400
300
325
285
140
420
150
2455
Handicap
11
9
17
1
7
15
5
13
3
Par
4
3
5
4
4
4
3
5
3
36
Hole
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
In
Total
Back
420
450
530
370
190
400
400
190
420
3370
6720
Middle
400
430
520
350
170
375
390
150
410
3195
6335
Foward
290
390
410
270
150
320
246
120
350
2546
5001
Handicap
2
4
16
8
18
14
6
10
12
Par
4
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
35
70

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