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Grandfather Golf & Country Club

Linville, NC Private

Overview

Back when Grandfather Golf & Country Club made the 100 Greatest in 2001, we wrote, “This is a Grandfather we haven’t seen often enough ... a reminder of the architectural talent of the late Ellis Maples ... With roughs of rocks and rhododendron amid ever-present hemlocks, and sweeping greens guarded by bold bunkers, Grandfather feels like home. Maybe this time he’ll stay.” He didn’t, dropping off in 2011. But Grandfather made it back on in 2015, only to slip to the Second 100 Greatest in 2017, despite some remodeling by Bobby Weed in 2016. Will it ever climb the summit again? Who knows, but it helps that there is probably no more attractive mountain course anywhere in the rankings. Never count this Grandfather out.

About

Holes 18
Length 7101
Slope 142
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1967
Designer Ellis Maples, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2015.
2023-'24 ranking: 154th.
Previous ranking: 144th.

100 Greatest: Ranked from 1971-1978, 1993-1994, 2001-2010, & 2013-2014.
Highest ranking: 65th, 2007-2008.

Best in State: Ranked Top 5 in North Carolina from 1977-1985 & 1993-2009; Top 10 in 1987 & since 2011.
Current Ranking: 8th since 2017.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.2

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.3352
Character
7.455
Challenge
7.3065
Layout Variety
7.2874
Fun
7.3828
Aesthetics
7.6408
Conditioning
7.4668

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