Tom Fazio (2000)
Playing Eagle Point Golf Club with club founder Bobby Long, a visitor remarked at the artistry of the 13th, how Tom Fazio's crew had dug a huge irrigation pond, piled the soil into a huge hill and covered it with mature pines to make it look like it'd been there forever. "You're wrong," Long said. "That hill was there before." The club pro then corrected him: "Sir, this was a pasture. Fazio created that." Long was astonished that he'd forgotten what it looked like before. Such is the magic of Tom Fazio. Eagle Point was selected as the site of the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, as the usual host of the annual PGA Tour event, the Tom Fazio-redesigned Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, will be site of the 2017 PGA Championship.
100 Greatest History: Ranked since 2009. Highest ranking: No. 48, 2011-2012. Previous ranking: No. 89
“There is a great "feel" to the club, and actually reminded me of Seminole in that regard. There’s an understated club experience that’s charming without being over the top.”
“New tees added by Tom Fazio for the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship on the PGA Tour make this incredibly challenging from the back tees (7.500 yards). A continued tree removal program over the past couple of years have opened up the course visually and made wind more of a factor on particular holes, in addition to helping the course play firm and fast.”
“Tweaking of bunkers, mowing patterns, native grass areas, several new tees, and walking paths are all subtle but terrific improvements.”
“Eagle Point is some of Tom Fazio’s best work. Great design variety and excellent shot values -- particularly on the par 5s, with interesting short par 4s and even some short par 3s. Conditioning is stellar; some of the best fairways I have ever played on.”
“The course is in outstanding shape, and PGA Tour event has found an ideal site. But the course lacks fantastic variety that inspires. It is not a course that you walk away from remembering each hole with detail. It's a good walk, has a good feel as a club, but I left the course tired rather than inspired.”