Bryan Park Champions Course
|Blue M: 75.8/142||408||464||519||204||440||536||176||408||437||3592||397||543||215||472||232||492||417||435||469||3672||7264|
|White M: 72.4/136||381||413||454||139||409||510||155||373||394||3228||345||493||180||431||191||456||386||407||419||3308||6536|
|White/Gold M: 70.5/132||381||381||454||139||390||510||121||373||357||3106||345||470||157||325||179||456||358||376||379||3045||6151|
|Gold M: 69.7/130 W: 75.4/140||358||381||424||112||390||449||121||349||357||2941||310||470||157||325||179||410||358||376||379||2964||5905|
|Red M: 65.7/125 W: 71.7/128||352||320||376||111||353||421||101||317||348||2699||284||330||119||290||157||363||318||326||351||2538||5237|
Should you, an avid golfer, find yourself in the Greensboro, NC area during golf season- which according to Bryan Park General Manager and Director of Golf Kyle Kolls is all year – you need to book a round on the Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf Club.
Bryan Park Golf Club is a 36-hole facility. The Players Course opened in 1974 and was originally designed by George Cobb. Rees Jones did a major redesign of the course in 1988. The Champions Course opened in 1990 and is 100% Rees Jones; it has quickly become one of his best works. With seven holes bordering Lake Townsend, the views are just about as spectacular as the golf course. And, when the leaves change color in the fall, the scenery gets even better.
The Champions Course was ranked number 2 in Golf Digest’s list of Best New Public Courses in 1990 and hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2010. Year after year, the course is nationally ranked by major golf publications and is by far the Greensboro area’s most prestigious public course.
Before your round on either course, be sure to take advantage of Bryan Park’s impressive practice facilities. The driving range is full-length and allows you to hit every club in your bag. There’s also a chipping green where you have plenty of room to work on a variety of short shots as well as improving your bunker play. The practice green is one of the biggest I have ever seen and has the ability to accommodate the largest of outings.
The Champions Course has it all: significant elevations changes, forced carries over water, sand and deep chasms, tree-lined fairways and wide-open holes. There’s something for everyone here as well as a tee box with yardage suitable to your golf game and ability. From the Back Tees, Champions plays 7,264 yards and carries a course rating of 75.8 and a slope of 142; much higher than its sister course, the Players. The White Tees at 6,536 yards (72.4/136) will give most non-touring professional golfers all the golf they can handle. Seniors will enjoy the Gold Tees at 5,905 yards (69.7/130) while Ladies will have a blast from the Red Tees (5,237/71.7/128). A 5th set of tees – a combination of the White and Gold Tees - appears on the scorecard in the form of circles; I imagine this combo yardage will be added next reprint. From these tees, the course plays 6,151; for me the perfect yardage.
The 3rd hole is a challenging par 5 that plays 482 yards from the White Tees. Longball hitters who can carry the ball over 250 yards in the air should definitely try and cut the corner and get home in two. For the rest of us, the third fairway bunker on the left is the perfect aiming point off the tee, however if you pull it right you could easily find yourself in one of the neighboring sand traps. There’s ample room in the landing area for your layup shot, setting up a short chip into an elevated tiered green. Odds are you’ll have to fly the ball on as the three deep-lipped bunkers that surround the green will swallow up anything that is hit short. Not the longest par 5 out here, but still a challenge.
The par 3 holes also present a challenge, especially on the inward nine. Number 12 plays 180 yards and gets you ready for Number 14 at 210 yards. Number 14 also features two sets of tees and depending upon the mood of the superintendent that day, can make or break your round. The harder set of tees play over a finger of Lake Townsend and, if you tend to fade the ball, you’re in trouble. A deep bunker guards the entire front of the green and there’s a nasty pot bunker right as well. Mounding on the left side can make for a difficult lie and a tough up and down. The second set of tees play just as long but take most of the lake out of play.
The need for accuracy off the tee is really stressed on the back 9. Standing on the tee on Number 10, you get the feeling that you’re going to have to make a good shot if you want to score well. After all, at only 345 yards – most of it downhill – how hard can it be? All that is visible off the tee is the retaining wall in front of the left side of the green. Water doesn’t come into play off the White Tees unless you hit it over 250 yards, so most players can hit driver. Bunkers on the left and large grass mounds on the right beckon you to keep your tee shot in the fairway. A good drive that carries down the hill will leave a short iron into a two-tiered green guarded by water in the front left, a large bunker on the right and three pot bunkers in back.
Target golf continues on Number 11, a 501-yard par 5 that is more of a 90° angle then a dogleg right. Your tee shot is a 200+ yard carry over water and a deep chasm as well as two large bunkers. Success off the tee does not insure victory over the hole; you’ll need to hit two more accurate shots to reach the green. The fairway is narrow and slopes off on both sides all the way up to the green. A good line on your layup shot is the left bunker. Leave it short, and you’ll have the best angle of attack into the large green that features modest undulation. This was by far my favorite hole.
Number 13 is the most challenging hole on the Champions Course. It’s the longest par 4 at 435 yards (White Tees) and requires a long carry off the tee. Lake Townsend sits to the right of the tee box and figures into the equation all the way down the right side. As you get closer to the green, you will notice that you are on a peninsula in the lake, with water and deep bunkers on both sides. Mounding and sand make for a tough approach shot, especially if you hit it short. Depending on pin placement, an up and down can be a challenge.
The final three holes on the Champions Course play away from the lake, but still offer some significant challenges. Number 16 (382 yards) is a dogleg left with a well-undulated fairway that slopes right to left and is guarded by heavy woods on both sides. Your approach shot is all carry to one of the layout’s smaller greens which is protected in front by a complex of 5 bunkers.
Number 17 is a long, straight par 4, that plays 408 yards from the White Tees. The only trouble off the tee is a pot bunker on the left side about 230 yards out. The elevated green is guarded by two large and deep bunkers on the left. Two good shots and you could be rewarded.
The finishing hole on the Champions Course is a long par 4 at 443 yards (White Tees). The towering pine trees on the right shouldn’t come into play, however the same cannot be said for the large fairway bunkers on the left. A long tee shot is still going to leave a long approach shot to a large, elevated multi-tiered green that falls off on either side. Pars (or better) can be hard to come by on this hole.
Last Word: Bryan Park is one of the nicest public golf facilities I have ever had the pleasure of playing and writing about; and that goes for either course. Although the Players Course may not be quite as challenging, it is by no means an “easy” golf course.
The Champions Course on the other hand, demands a complete golf game from its players. You’ll need both length and shot making ability if you want to score well here. A couple of the par 4s are extremely long, in fact, I’ve played shorter par 5s. The front nine provides a great warmup and is the side you’re going to score well on. Be sure to save your energy and deductive reasoning skills for the back side, you’ll need to hit a few long carries and think your way around.
If you’re serious about the game of golf and want to get an idea if how good (or bad) you really are, the Champions Course will be a great barometer. If you can get around this course and still feel good about your game, you’ve accomplished something. If you’re playing poorly, just take a minute and look around; especially on the backside where some of North Carolina’s best golf vistas can be found. It’s just you, mother nature and that little white ball.
Beauty Meets Challenge
Anyone who plays golf in the Greensboro, NC area is no doubt familiar with the Bryan Park golf facility. This 36-hole facility is home to two stellar courses: The Champions Course and the Players Course. The latter is an 18-hole championship course designed by George Cobb in 1974 and redesigned by Rees Jones in 1988. It features Bermuda grass fairways and tees and Bentgrass greens. The Players Course has been named as a 4-Stars Best Places to Play by Golf Digest and one of America’s Top 100 Courses for Women by Golf for Women Magazine. General Manager Kyle Kolls has been there over 12 years and has assembled a great staff that is professional, friendly and truly seems to love what they do. Most of the employees have been there for quite a few years. It truly is a treat to play and should be played by anyone in the area.
From the back tees, the Players Course measures 7018 yards with a course rating of 73.3 and a slope of 133. Mere mortal golfers will find that the White Tees (6,342/70.9/127) will give them all the golf they can handle and still leave with a little bit of dignity. Ladies can give it their best from the Red Tees (4,713/69.9/117). Four sets of tees make The Players Course fun and challenging for golfers of all abilities.
Before your round, be sure to hit the practice range located behind the starter’s shack; it’s included in your greens fees. It’s a full-length range, so you’ll be able to hit every club in your bag, which isn’t a bad thing, since you will probably use them all. There’s also a large practice putting area where you can get your speed down and try and figure out some of the breaks.
The Players Course features everything you’d expect in a Carolina golf course: elevation changes, challenging green complexes, water and sand hazards, and tree lined fairways. And then there are the greens – well-undulated, true rolling, generous and fast. Keeping it in the fairway off the tee is only half the battle, hitting the green and making the putt is the other part of the equation. Master these tasks and you’ll find this course can be tamed; stray off the beaten path and things can get tough.
Several holes bear witness to this philosophy. The par 3, 3rd hole plays 169 yards from the White Tees, and has it all. The green sits well below the fairway and plays significantly downhill; about 8 – 10 yards shorter than the stated yardage. The tee shot plays over water and over sand; in fact, there are bunkers protecting three sides of the green. The green is large and set on an angle from back right to front left; it also features a lot of undulation.
One of the more memorable par 4 holes is number 6. This dogleg left plays 363 yards from the White Tees and features trees down the left side off the tee and a lot of mounding on the right side, which adds a great look to this hole. The fairway bunkers on the left side require a long carry of about 250 yards and probably aren’t worth the risk. A well struck drive down the middle of the fairway will leave a short iron. Your tee shot plays slightly uphill and your approach shot slightly downhill. Left pin placements can be tough with two deep bunkers guarding the front, one of which is a gnarly little pot bunker. The green is large and crowned adding to the stress of a front left pin placement. Great hole!
Of all the members I spoke with during my round, the par 5, 12th hole was their favorite. Number 12 plays 493 yards from the White tees and features a lake on the left, which catches a lot of balls from unsuccessful attempts to cut the corner. Once you reach the corner, the hole moves downhill, with a narrow fairway to hit on your layup; woods and sand encroach on the right. Although the putting surface is large, you’ll need an accurate approach shot; the green is surrounded with large, deep bunkers. It takes 3 well-executed shots to score here. I think this hole is so well-liked because of the lakeview behind the green; it’s absolutely stunning; Especially in the fall with the leaves changing color.
Number 17 is another par 3 where a par or better is well earned. It plays 179 yards from the White Tees, slightly uphill and over water. The green is large and slightly elevated with large bunkers on either side and a third in back.
By far, the staff’s favorite hole on the Players Course is Number 18, a long and challenging par 4 that plays 417 yards from the White Tees. It’s a long way to the corner of the dogleg and anything pushed too far left is going to run down a steep hill and off the fairway into the trees. Your approach shot requires precision into a small, shallow, two-tiered green protected by bunkers and a lot of mounding on the front right side and back left. A par or better here and you’ll have something to celebrate in the clubhouse.
After your round, stop by the Grill Room for your favorite post-round libation. They have several local and domestic beers on tap, which are ice cold. Their food offerings stray from traditional clubhouse fare with items such as a Carolina Burger; everything is well prepared and tastes great. The pro shop is full of logoed apparel from many top golf companies such as PING, FootJoy, Antigua and Callaway Golf.
Last Word: The Players Course may not be as tough a test as its sister course, the Champions, but it will still test your mettle. Just be sure to pick the set of tees that best compliments your ability. As you make your way around the course, you’ll be treated to scenic lake views which are worth their weight in gold when the leaves change color. The elevation changes and hazards add to the challenge of this wonderful golf course.
On either side of the Players Course, you get the par 5 holes out of the way relatively quick. I’ve always liked par 5s and view them as holes I can score well on. If you feel the same way, make sure to hit some fairway woods and long irons on the practice range so that you are properly warmed up and ready for them early on in your round!
The scorecard shows four sets of tees: Blue, White, Gold and Red, with the difference between the White and Gold a whopping 570+ yards. Although it is not officially reflected on the scorecard yet, Bryan Park has created a 5th set of tees. By playing the circled yardage on the scorecard which combines these sets of tees, you’ll come up with a yardage just over 6,200 yards, which is perfect.
There isn't much to say about this course besides perfect.
Play the Champions course in Championship condition
I have played the champions course many times and never a bad round. The course is always in great condition and this time was no exception. The tee boxes, fairways and greens are excellent. Running a little slow maybe 8-9. Bunkers are consistent in depth and feel. Greens are firm and but will hold and are consistent as well. Overall I love playing this course as it challenges every part of my game.
Bryan Park is a solid golf course all the way around. The Champion Bermuda greens are very fast. Have to be cautious on the greens because they're very fast. It's also a pretty difficult driving course. That said, the rough wasn't too long. Overall, it's quite challenging mostly because the greens are so firm and fast.
Very nice park course
I enjoyed the course. The greens were in excellent condition and the ball rolled true. It's nice when you get the ball on line, the ball has an actual chance of falling in the hole. A few tee boxes were in need of a good level, but they were few.
My only complaint of the course is the lack of a quality system of viewing of the hole for someone who doesn't know where to land their tee shots. A couple of the holes are blind from the tee and the small pics on the card is completely inefficient. On hole #15, there isn't signage on the tee warning you that you can drive it into the first instance of water if you are of moderate length. Use a fairway metal or iron!
Amazing every time
I have gone to visit a friend who moved to NC every year for about 4 years around Easter time. We have played Bryan Park each time I have visited, sometimes each course per visit, as well. I like the players but the champions is amazing. The conditions are always great and the layout is fun and scenic. I cannot say enough about the course and the price is amazing. I come from New York and have yet to find a course anywhere near as nice for less than 100 a round. I love coming and playing here.
Wow...Course is in GREAT shape!
We decided to tee it up at Bryan Park Sunday morning, before heading over to Sedgefield to watch the final round of the Wyndham. Understanding that they had recently reopened due to recovering from winter kill in the fairways, we didn't know what to expect. Well, WOW!! The course is in unbelievably great shape, with plush fairways (cart path only, which is understandable, and totally fine) and greens that are in great shape, and rolling true and fast. After walking around Sedgefield, it felt like we played a championship course in the morning, as the conditions at Bryan Park were spectacular...we'll be making the trip from Raleigh back to Bryan Park again soon.
Challenging Golf Course
A very challenging golf course. Played with some 10-15 handicappers and the course was very difficult for all of us. It is the Champions Course but may need to add some forward tees. Greens fast and a lot of undulation. Course was packed in in good shape as I played just prior to Bermuda turning green. The Players Course may be a better fit for the 10 plus handicapper.. Only a poor to fair experience in the clubhouse..
If you are in this part of the world - this is a must play. Back nine is challenging but fair and the vistas are unbelievable.
Good fun on both courses
I saw that review that hated the greens. I played both courses and the Players (the cheaper one) had been aerated a week earlier and still rolled okay. The Champions Course - and this is in late March after several icy winter storms, offered the best greens I ever played.
There is no way to describe the TRUE roll of putts on these greens.
But too many bunkers! I get it course designer. Forget about bump and run. Two, three and more greenside bunkers?
I will not play either course again. One time? Absolutely
Incredible Site for a Golf Course!
Bryan Park might be the best public golf course in the country - 36 holes with no houses and build around a large lake. Spectacular!!!
Best Value in Greensboro
For the money there is no better course in Greensboro. Conditions are always good, tight fairways green speeds around 10.5 and challenging rough. Course hosted the Pub Links a few years back and this course can be as challenging as you want. New mini verde greens really set it apart.
Bryan Park Players course might have the worst greens in the triad.