The Omni Grove Park Inn
|Gold (W)||70||5761 yards||70.6||125|
|Red (W)||70||5001 yards||64.2||113|
|Black M: 69.5/125||419||191||476||402||429||331||212||483||208||3151||380||421||477||334||183||332||351||179||393||3050||6201|
|Blue M: 67.7/123 W: 73.4/134||396||177||447||376||413||274||192||457||187||2919||362||411||464||329||161||326||351||162||384||2950||5869|
|Gold M: 65.4/118 W: 70.6/125||334||145||437||348||387||274||153||441||154||2673||345||391||445||321||144||319||286||145||338||2734||5407|
|Red M: 61.4/102 W: 64.2/113||283||117||388||256||278||240||133||352||154||2201||314||378||419||236||141||290||202||121||283||2384||4585|
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#9 - Last hole Bobby Jones played at the course. Photo submitted by u516863476
Plaque on 9th tee Photo submitted by u516863476
4th green looking toward the Grove Park Inn Photo submitted by u516863476
a beautiful day with a great course and a new friend or two. Photo submitted by FSUMike
started up cold and windy ...and then... Photo submitted by FSUMike
View from course of the resort. Photo submitted by Chad9256478
Nice and easy
Beautiful property. Greens were a little slow for winter but very enjoyable round. winter time is a slow time and was a little bit disappointed as to Beverages and food service.
Grove Park in January
Course was in good shape for all the bad weather we have had. Great layout and very tricky greens. Always nice to get to play this course.
Enjoyed an iconic course.
My wife and I played today in fairly cool conditions and enjoyed our round. Got a good deal on golfnow. The staff was very friendly and informative. The thing that got me was how people who claim to like to play golf and will not fix a divot or ball mark. These things are generally made by people that are decent golfer. Seems to me if you like to play you would respect the course and keep it where everyone can enjoy the game. If you don't fix these things don't complain about the course condition. Great round.
Omni Grove was great!
Play it if you get the chance. Donald Ross, in his prime, redesigned this course and made it special. Puts a premium on shot-making, staying out of bunkers and, certainly, getting it to the hole. His signature false front greens can get frustrating in a hurry!
Due to inclement weather I didn't play
Due to inclement weather in Asheville I wasnt' able to play. I talked to the pro shop at the Grove Park course and they said you would give me a refund. I would like to rebook for Sunday or early Monday. Sunday is goint to be the better day. Please get back to me or tell me how I can reach you by phone.
Thank you, Kim Herrlinger
Awesome donald Ross track, slow play all day
Wonderful old school greens, course was in great shape, classic Donald Ross design. Took just North of 5 hours to play. Pace of play is always hit or miss here unfortunately but worth checking out if you have the patience.
The course was ok at best. Staff was friendly I played as single and didn’t have to wait a shot. People on the course allowed me to play through which helped a lot. The course is tight so you had better hit it straight. The condition of the course is where I get lost at. It is definitely not worth 140 dollars or anywhere close.
Ross course stands the test of time
Played late afternoon (4 pm TT) on a day when it was very wet and raining. Nearly every shot plugged or at least had to be cleaned for the next shot. Course is true Donald Ross design, not long but difficult in the right spots. Greens being very wet would hold shots, making for good approach control with irons. I really enjoyed playing this course, even though I had 7-8 holes where the rain was pouring down, I got soaked but it was worth it. Sun came out on 13th hole and the last few were pleasant.
Classic Donald Ross design at an iconic resort
The Grove Park Inn has been a dramatic and special retreat for 100 years. It is worth just visiting just to see the place. The golf course looks fantastic from a distance as it is carved into the hills below the hotel. The ups and downs are challenging on club selection. The layout is classic and updated to today’s style of play. There was no room to expand so the back tees are capped at 6600 yds. It plays long though, so do not bite off too much on tee choice. Be prepared that there is no driving range so it may be good to have recently practiced and do some stretching beforehand.
I would have given 5 stars except for the greens. It was not that they we that bad but the texture is a little rough and the surfaces so soft that they were extremely slow for a high end course. Uphill putts required a serious rap. Bent grass greens that get a lot of play suffer from pitted ball marks that require daily maintenance. The area had received tons of rain recently so it was very soft with little to no roll. If you have a choice pick a day when they have had a dry spell or you will get lots of mud balls. Great experience though and beautiful.
Round was great, but wet as expected just after Hurricane Florance.
Fun course but needs more attention
Fun mountain course with nice views, but slow pace to start--had to jump in front of a foursome that managed to fall 2.5 holes behind after four holes. Also there were craters all over the greens. Other than that it was nice, but for $100+, I expect a good pace and cleaned up greens. The Omni can afford a GPS system or to pay a ranger.
Fun, Challenging Course - Pretty Views
This was my first time playing the course.
It was a very pretty course in average condition. I thought for $125 the condition of the course much would be much better and pristine.
This is a resort, mountain course. Because it is a mountain course, you will have a lot of uphill as well as down hill approach shots and tee shots. The course received a lot of rain the day before and so the course was cart path only today. The fairways and greens are bent grass and were quite soggy. I love to play on bent grass courses because they are always much more soft and forgiving than bermuda grass courses. Due to the heavy rains yesterday, the greens had not been cut today and hence they were much slower than I expected. The course does not give the appearance of being a tough/challenging course but in this case, looks are deceiving. This is a challenging classic Donald Ross design It makes for a very enjoyable yet challenging day.
Positives: Greens, Fairways were very lush and full.. Beautiful views and lots of wildlife (wild turkeys, deer, etc.)
Negatives: Cart paths are VERY rough and bumpy where tree roots have created large bumps and humps in the cart paths. Wet and soggy.
Definitely take the opportunity to play the course, but look for a deal because $125 is a little steep for the conditions.
This was even better than I expected! Great shape and a wonderful and challenging variety of holes. Bent grass fairways on which there was no need to improve your lie; bent grass greens that were fast and true. I will go back and play it again!
Beautiful mountain resort course.
This was a beautiful course in fantastic condition. But being a mountain course, you can expect a lot of uphill approach shots. The fairway grass was some of the tightest cut I've ever played and the greens were pretty fast, but not unreasonably so. There were very few people out there when we played and it seems like the kind of course that would never be overcrowded. It doesn't give the appearance of being a tough layout, but looks are deceiving. It makes for a very enjoyable yet challenging day.
Played early with the turkeys
I had an 8:10 tee times and dew was still being whipped from some of the later greens. The course was beautiful and I was paired with another GolfNow member. We flew around the course in little over 3 hours. The greens were wonderfully receptive and putted true although there were some that were a little slower than the rest - maybe that was just uphill.
The scenery was almost distractingly beautiful.
The Hotel is exceptional and the restaurant wonderful overlooking the course.