Seminal Tom Fazio Design Recognized as One of America’s Top Layouts
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Champion Hills, Hendersonville’s premier private golf community, announces its Tom Fazio-designed course has moved up six spots in Golfweek’s 2021 list of “Best Residential Courses.”
The annual selection of the country’s 200 top real estate-focused layouts is determined by Golfweek’s elite team of more than 850 course evaluators. Each year, the raters survey over 3,600 facilities, grading each in accordance with Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Champion Hills ranks 64th on the prestigious list, up from 70 in 2020.
“We’re honored to receive this recognition from Golfweek, one of the most respected publications in the industry,” says Dana Schultz, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at Champion Hills. “Our operations and agronomy teams manage and maintain this course to championship standards, and our Fazio design has truly stood the test of time.”
Champion Hills is Fazio’s former home course and club, and the legendary golf course architect devised a brilliant routing through the heavily forested hills, deep ravines and cool mountain streams of its Blue Ridge Mountain setting. He and his team of shapers pulled ridges into valleys and filled hollows to create “playing platforms” providing golfers with level lies amid 350-feet of elevation change.
Said Fazio about his mountain masterpiece: “Six holes play slightly uphill on the entire course, but only six. Overall, the majority of holes play downhill. We did it through grading and did it through transition areas from the green to the next tee.”
Delicately balancing strategy and playability, Champion Hills features five sets of tees, including three rated for women. Additionally, “combo tees” placed 15 to 30 yards in front of forced carries eliminate stressful shots for higher handicap golfers or those with slower swing speeds. Members are treated to inspiring elevation changes on several holes, including a 125-foot drop from tee to green on the par-3 ninth hole.
Champion Hills is a private boutique club in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just above Hendersonville and 30 minutes from Asheville. Champion Hills is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon, the world’s largest golf management company. At Champion Hills, residents enjoy the perfect balance: a relaxed lifestyle that offers golf, tennis and much more.
All surrounded by the recreation, entertainment and culture of western North Carolina. Unlike many private, seasonal, mountain communities, Champion Hills offers year-round golf, activities, and casual and fine dining options. And since 2013, property ownership is no longer a requirement for Champion Hills membership. For more information, visit www.championhills.com or call (828) 696-1962.81