Championship Course

The historic Championship Course was designed by legendary architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Since opening in 1958, it has consistently ranked as one of the top public courses in the nation and has a deep, rich tradition of hosting some of golf's most prestigious tournaments; the most notable being the 1974 PGA Championship -one of golf's four majors. In a thrilling finish, Lee Trevino edged Jack Nicklaus by a single shot to take home the Wanamaker Trophy. Seasoned veteran, Sam Sneed, at the age of 62 finished tied for third.

The United States Golf Association selected the Championship Course for the playing of the 1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The best amateur golfers from around the country came to Tanglewood to try and win one of the most coveted amateur titles, which was won by future PGA Tour standout, Billy Mayfair.

From 1987 to 2002, the top players on the Senior PGA Tour competed each fall in the Vantage Championship. Won by such notable names as Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Larry Nelson, it was the first "million dollar purse" on the Senior Tour and remained the richest prize purse for several years.

Thanks to Jones's vision, each picturesque hole, built on gentle rolling hills surrounded by nature, is beautifully framed and guarded by many of the course’s 98 bunkers. Five sets of tees offer golfers of all abilities a fun, challenging and memorable day of golf on the storied fairways where the legends of golf have roamed. Come and see why the Championship Course was voted the #1 public course in the state by North Carolina Magazine!

After playing, take in the stunning vista while relaxing on the clubhouse patio. The sunset is magnificent!

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General Park Information

  • Tanglewood is open daily from 7:00 am – Sunset (except on Christmas Day).
  • Pets must be under control of their owner and kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. All pets must have current inoculations for rabies. Pets must be kept and never left unattended. Pet owners are responsible for their pets using the designated waste area and cleaning up after their pets at the designated area.
  • Golf, Horse Stables, Hiking Trails and Accommodations are available year-around.
  • Gardens are open year-around. Blooming seasons vary.
  • Tennis activities are available from April to November.
  • Water activities can be enjoyed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Entrance Fee:
    • $8.00 - Buses
    • $2.00 - All others
    Annual passes can be purchased at the Front Gate or Welcome Center for $25.00. Entrance fees & Annual Admission do not include Admission to Special Events.

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