Since it opened in 1987 as an 18-hole design, Heather Glen Golf Links has given plenty of publications reasons to sing its praises. The addition of a third nine the following year and nearly three decades later, nothing has changed. Heather Glen has been a repeat honoree for Golf World’s top-30 courses, and GolfStyles’ top-100 for the Carolinas.
Still, head professional Adam Snead called the course a bit of an “unknown.” Whether it’s Heather Glen’s location off the beaten path or something else, it should be considered a hidden gem. And with time, age has added another aspect to its original draw.
“We’ve got a little bit of elevation changes,” Snead said. “Don’t get me wrong - it’s no West Virginia Hills. But the trees are pretty mature. You see the hole you’re on, and that’s it.”
The three nines hold their own against each other, but the original 18th hole - “The Home Hole”, as it’s labeled - is still a fantastic way to end a round. The 587-yard plays straightforward off the tee, only to force players into a second-shot decision. Lay up in front of a large pond or go for the green in two.
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