Built during the period when Tom Fazio was still working with the existing landscape rather than ignoring it, Wade Hampton is an exercise in restraint. The fairways flow through a natural valley between flanking mountain peaks. Some holes are guarded by gurgling brooks, but Fazio piped several streams underground to make the course more playable and walkable. Selected as Golf Digest’s Best New Private Course of 1987, it has never been out of the Top 40 since it joined America’s 100 Greatest.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1991.
2023-'24 ranking: 32nd.
Previous ranking: 26th.
Highest ranking: 15th, 2007-2008.
Best in State: Ranked 1st in North Carolina since 2011-2022. Current: 2nd.