Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country Club

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4.2
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
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4.2
Value
4.6
Layout
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Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
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4.2
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6762
Slope 136
Rating 73.3
Type Public/Resort
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Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6762 yards 73.3 136
Gold 71 6131 yards 70.6 128
Silver 71 5440 yards 67.2 124
Bronze (W) 71 4617 yards 68.0 117
Bronze 71 4617 yards 63.3 117
Scorecard for Cleghorn Golf and Sport Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.3/136 324 382 185 557 403 403 217 433 342 3246 423 412 187 407 530 391 198 395 573 3516 6762
Gold M: 70.6/128 314 349 170 519 369 357 182 365 307 2932 379 381 147 390 468 331 184 378 541 3199 6131
Silver M: 67.2/124 W: 69.2/126 254 318 118 496 329 328 156 336 277 2612 333 357 124 337 428 317 140 337 455 2828 5440
Bronze M: 63.3/117 W: 68.0/117 221 258 84 432 285 231 146 298 219 2174 226 352 119 272 381 276 110 265 442 2443 4617
Handicap 18 12 16 10 6 8 2 4 14 3 13 17 1 7 5 15 9 11
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 35 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 14 12 18 4 8 6 16 10 2 17 3 15 11 5 7 13 9 1

Course Details

Year Built 1972
Greens Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect George Cobb (1972)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Shirts with collars are preffered, sleeves required.

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4.4
205

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 20
19th Hole Specials 12
Brunch 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 52
Water Hazards 35
Bunkers 32
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 39
Advanced Golfers 34
Locals 34
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 49
In the 'Burbs 7
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Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Great course

My foursome had a great time at Cleghorn. The course was in excellent shape fairways and greens and we had no complaints at all about the course. This is a mountainous course with lots of elevation changes which will challenge you. We got an exceptional deal on golf now hot deal and thoroughly enjoyed our day there

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Cleghorn GC

One of the best golf courses in Western North Carolina, and a hidden jewel to us locals. Great course with immaculate greens. Staff are VERY friendly and headed by ex ND Irish coach Dave Long. Food is prepared by retired Disney Chef's in a gourmet kitchen and they love their creations. Very difficult course, Architect also designed Quail Hollow. Play for fairways.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great, as always

Used my golf now rewards to pay for this round The fairways are in great condition. Some of the greens are having some small problems with the turf. Several of the tee boxes are rock hard and you cant get a plastic tee into the ground so youll have to use a wooden one.

The 2 of us play pretty quickly and other groups let us play through. This is typical for other times we've played here before.

This is a fun layout to play and we will be back again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Cleghorn golf and sports club

Really like the course it is challenging to all will play it again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club – Taking Mountain Golf to New Heights

Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club at Tryon Resort (formerly Cleghorn Plantation) has a rich history. In 1764, the Crown Governor of the Colony of NC granted land to John McDowell who grew wheat, cotton and corn on his plantation. Eleven years later, the plantation was purchased by William Cleghorn. Over 50 years later Cleghorn built the Manor House which has survived to this day!

Over the years, the plantation was passed down through the Cleghorn family. In 1972 it was transformed into Cleghorn Plantation Golf and Country Club by famous golf course designer George Cobb. Cobb has well over 100 golf course designs to his credit, most notably the Par 3 Course at Augusta National and Quail Hollow in Charlotte, NC, home to the 2017 PGA Championship!

Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club at Tryon Resort has been acclaimed by the PGA as one of the best courses in North Carolina. Golf Digest has also listed Cleghorn in their “Best Places to Play” and they have been voted “The #1 Golf Course in Rutherford County” multiple times by readers of the Rutherford Daily Courier.

Whether it’s an elevated tee box, a well-bunkered green or rolling fairways, each hole has its own distinct character; Cleghorn aims to please even the most discerning golfer. The course plays 6,762 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 73.3 and a slope of 136. With all of the ups and downs associated with mountain golf, most golfers will get all they can handle from the Gold Tees (6,131/70.6/128). Ladies typically play from the Bronze Tees (4,617/68/120). In all, a total of four sets of tees offer distances suitable for every golfer. Pick the right set of tees and Cleghorn could quickly become your favorite golf course in the area.

Memorable Golf Holes

Most Memorable Hole: Number 15, Par 4, 331 yards (Gold Tees). Although it’s a short par 4, it was George Cobb’s favorite and that’s good enough for us! It’s a dogleg right with water all down the right side so play a hybrid or 3-wood down the left side of the fairway. Push it right off the tee and it’s most likely wet. The creek crosses the fairway in front of the green so be sure to take enough club to get it there. Avoid the bunker on the right side and a good score can be had.

Favorite Par 3: Number 7, 182 yards (Gold Tees). This long par 3 requires you to carry the ball onto the green off the tee to this highly elevated green. Anything that lands even a couple feet short of the green is going to roll all the way to the bottom of the fairway and require an interesting uphill chip shot that could start the process all over again. Par is a good score here.

Favorite Par 4: Number 1, 314 yards (Gold Tees). Better get it while the getting’s good! This straight par 4 is ranked the easiest hole on the course. Although the fairway narrows as you near the green and the right side of the green is guarded by three bunkers, you should be able to get your round off to a great start. Hit anything long and left and you’ll make things tougher than they need to be.

Favorite Par 5: Number 18, 541 yards (Gold Tees). Although the hole plays straight, you start with a blind tee shot with not much trouble around. With a large lake in front of the green, the second shot is not a tough decision, layup! Just be sure to hit it far enough to get to the bottom of the hole, or you’ll be looking at a long iron into an uphill green from a downhill lie. The green has some moderate undulations and will make you earn that par.

Before your round, spend some time on the grass driving range. It’s a great opportunity to work on your accuracy, something you’ll be grateful for once you get out on the course. There’s also a large practice putting green to give you an idea of what’s to come and let you warm up your short game.

Lodging Options

All lodging is located at the Tryon Equestrian Center and there are several options available. Tryon is about 8 minutes away from the golf course.

Stable House Inn – Located just a one-minute drive up the road from the show grounds, the Stable House Inn offers convenience and comfort and each room features two queen sized beds, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, full bathroom, mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee-maker. You can park your car directly outside the room.

One-Bedroom Log Cabin – A tiny home, without the wheels. These new cabins have 1 master bedroom with a queen size bed and sliding pocket doors for privacy as well as a pull-out sleeper sofa and a loft with a full-size bed. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, full-size refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker and oven as well as a flat screen television in living room and free wi-fi. All units also have a washer and dryer and an 0utdoor, screened-in patio with access to a grill. The parking area is located directly next to the entrance of each cabin. Pets are welcome (subject to deposit and fee).

Tryon also offers 3 and 5-bedroom log cabins as well as 3, 4 and 7-bedroom rental homes. Check their website for details.

Last Word

Cleghorn is truly one of the best places to play golf in Western North Carolina. George Cobb has created a course that is much more than 18 holes of golf; with the views it offers it is an experience you will not soon forget. You’ll find the front nine to be tight and hilly, while the back nine has a lot more water and opens up a bit. The Champion Bermuda greens have been reworked and are in pristine condition, firm and fast. The bunkers have undergone their own restoration process with new edging and sand in all 58 bunkers throughout the layout. After your round stop by the pro shop and pick up some logoed merchandise to remember your golfing experience by. They stock new golf polos, shoes, balls and gloves and sell them at very moderate prices. If you’re looking for a course in Western NC that will put all of your golf skills to the test, play a round at Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club. Cleghorn offers stay and play packages that will soon be listed on their website.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Best

I play several times a week and play a wide variety of courses. This is the best course I have played in the past couple of years. My group got a great price on Golf Now ay $29 each. This is a must play course just over the SC NC line above Spartanburg SC. Tough layout, large greens, great condition. I can’t think of one complaint that my foursome had except for some of our own golf. Lots of elevation changes and challenges. I will go back. We are just under 2 hours away but we’ll worth the drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great track

Had a great experience with my GolfNow booking at Cleghorn. This was a getaway opportunity, playing with my wife, her from the bronze and I from the gold tee boxes (6100 yds). There has been a lot of heavy rains recently so there were some areas with wash out but none of which effected the fairways, bunkers or greens which were in great shape. Some holes were very unusual and challenging. All in all this was a great value and we would return again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

No rain and the course was wide open

Played at 12:30 and the rain didn't come until 3:30. Course was wide open and I played in 2 1/2 hours. Great layout and conditions. The only problem was that most of the tee boxes were rock hard and difficult to get the tee in the ground. Beware that #18 is a 3 shot hole including a layup (par 5). It plays longer than it looks. Play it this way and you will avoid the water.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fantastic Course

Course had 3 inches of rain yesterday; therefore, we were on cart path only on the second nine. Greens were bumpy and slow because they had recently been punched. Great course that I will absolutely play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout and value

A great golf course for the money. Greens were recently aerated (reflected in price). Rest of course was in VG shape

Will play it again!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

Course was in great shape except that they plugged the greens last week.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great track for a great price!

What a bargain!. My wife and I paid the Hot Deal $18 to play. The regular rate for the week was $20. TAKE THE DEAL!!! This is a very well maintained course with great scenery. The aerated greens were not a big deal given the excellent condition of the rest of the course. Challenging layout but certainly fair. We played in about 3 hours as there were very few on the course. Gem of a course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great comeback

I haven't played this course in years but I will go back frequently. After lots of uncertainty about what would happen it's the course it has comeback in style. Conditions are excellent. Fairways are well covered and they run nicely. Greens are firm, moderately fast and true. It is a delight. The Pro Shop was warm and welcoming. We arrived very early and he sent us right out. Congratulations for bringing this challenging treat back. Go play Cleghorn, enjoy the test and send your friends.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Staff and Great Greens.

Staff was so helpful and genuinely glad to see us. True family atmosphere where we saw the Golf Pro helping the staff with food preparation for the members 4th celebration. Will keep bringing all friend that come to visit to this great course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played

Good shape! Tough Course!

Played for the first time in a long time at Cleghorn this morning. First the course is in really good shape. If you are not hitting it well this course will absolutely eat you up. It did me especially on the front 9! The greens are near perfect. Firm and pretty fast but not overly so and really smooth. The fairways and tees were mowed or in the process of being mowed and were in good shape. Only thing that stops it from being 5 Star is there are a few spots on the fairways and tees with winter kill still and there are some spots around the edges that are rough. But you can see evidence that they are working on those areas. I had the first tee time off on a Friday morning and thought it was a good value for $36

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good round

I was disappointed that the back 9 was closed due to flooding. Otherwise, it was all good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 06/05/2018

This was my 1st time playing Cleghorn and I have to say I was disappointed that the back 9 was closed due to flooding! The front 9 looked great and I was having a great round until me and my friends got to the 7th hole and found the grounds grew cutting the greens and did not stop and move off the green for use to play thru. So we got thru then played the 8th hole and got on the 9th hole and there was the grounds crew on the 9th green again. Needless to say I was very unhappy it was 2 in the afternoon and they only had 9 holes that golfers would be playing why did they not cut the greens early in the morning! None the less why would the grounds crew not get off the green when there was golfers on the tee box. I voiced my thoughts to Mr Long the manager of the resort and he was a super nice gentleman and told us to play as much golf as we wanted the rest of the day and gave us vouchers to return and play 18 holes for free at anytime. I was disappointed but the pro shop staff was super nice and accommodating. I can’t wait to go back and play the whole 18 holes and I think things were said to the head grounds keeper and the grounds crew will be more respectful to golfers from now on. Thank u Mr. Long!!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful setting with rolling hills

Very challenging course but in great shape. Definitely a place to return. Staff very friendly. The only negative was playing the same day a tournament was scheduled.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

can't wait to go back to Cleghorn

Don't forget to pack your camera with your clubs! Incredibly true greens.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Disappointing

Had a good friend visiting from Michigan and looking for a challenging course to play in western NC. After visiting the website and reading reviews, most of which were favorable we decided to give Cleghorn Plantation a try. Upon arrival we were greeted by an attendant in the parking lot who brought us a cart, so far so good. Couldn't believe that the round was only $33 and that the course was nearly empty at 9 A.M. proceeded to the 1st hole and lost my tee shot to the left after hitting the fairway and watching my ball slide off to the left and into the woods. Unfortunately we were to soon discover that the majority of the holes had severe slopes with little grass to hold a shot. I live and play on a mountain course in the Asheville area and am very familiar with a challenging track, but Cleghorn is ridiculous and hardly what I would describe as fair, more like penalizing. Greens had recently been punched and were hard and fast. Most of the tee boxes were devoid of grass and signage was poor. Aside from the staff and views, there is very little to recommend here. Save your money and look elsewhere for a mountain course, there are plenty in western north and south Carolina that far outshine this one.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Many improvements

You can see they have put a lot of work in on condition of the entire property. It is paying off. Best shape I've ever seen it. And ive played it many times over the last 9 years

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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