Champion Hills Moves [Way] Up in Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses

by | Dec 15, 2021 | Where to Play

Tom Fazio ‘Mountain Masterpiece’ Recognized as One of America’s Top Layouts

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Champion Hills, Hendersonville’s premier private golf community, announces its Tom Fazio-designed “Mountain Masterpiece” has moved up 13 spots in Golfweek’s 2022 list of “Best Residential Golf 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 is ranked 51st on the prestigious list, up from 64 in 2021 to 70 in 2020.

“To move up 19 places in just two years without making any architectural changes to the golf course is a testament to Mr. Fazio’s timeless design and the unwavering commitment of our team,” says Dana Schultz, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at Champion Hills. “Year after year, Golfweek and its raters continue to have a deep appreciation for the design and conditioning aspects of this golf course.”

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. The result is one of the most playable mountain-style courses in the entire region.

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 we do 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.

The club offers a variety of golf memberships, ranging from Full Equity and Equity 55 Golf to National and Annual Explorer (a one-year trial). Golf and social memberships are “vertical,” extending the full benefits and privileges of golf and social memberships to immediate family at no extra cost.

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