January 4, 2017

Diamond Creek Golf Club

Banner Elk, N.C. / 7,175 yards, Par 70 / Points: 61.1453
Diamond Creek GC hole 7 and Hanging Rock Mountain
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90. Diamond Creek G.C.

Tom Fazio (2003)

While architecture purists scoff at the notion of waterfalls on golf courses, there is something magnificent about a cascading water feature done right. Few are as effective than the one behind the par-3 17th green at Diamond Creek. Tom Fazio positioned the green nearly at the base of a sheer granite quarry wall, down which a slender falls drops over 100 feet. Amazingly, the club entrance drive is also at the base of the quarry wall, hidden from view on the 17th as effectively as any Fazio cart path.

100 Greatest History: Ranked since 2011. Highest ranking: No. 87, 2011-2012. Previous ranking: 91


Panelist comments:
“Excellent golf holes and shear beauty sum up Diamond Creek. The first three holes were adjacent to the mountain, gently rising to the highest point on the course. Tremendous vistas.”

“As he does, Fazio took advantage of the setting and did a wonderful job routing the course through the valley and minimizing dramatic elevation changes.”

“Everything was in immaculate condition. You could putt on the fairways they're so firm and fast. They even hand-raked every bunker with a leaf rake.”

“Magnificent rock outcroppings, foliage, and azaleas and rhodos were planted for spring color and burning bush is planted to enhance the natural fall color from the forests.”

“With the influence of the mountains, the greens are quite tough to read. The greens are in great shape, but local knowledge is necessary.”


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Hole No. 7

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Hole No. 9

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Hole No. 16

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Hole No. 18

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