Golfweek’s Best Residential Golf Courses rankings were just released, and our Tom Fazio-designed “Mountain Masterpiece” is ranked 54th in Golfweek’s 2023 list of “Best Residential Golf Courses.”
The annual selection of the country’s 200 top real estate-focused layouts is determined by Golfweek’s elite team of more than 850-course evaluators. Each year, the raters survey over 3,600 facilities, grading each in accordance with Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Champion Hills is tied for 51st on the prestigious list, up from 64 in 2021 and 70 in 2020. For further frame of reference, there are more than 16,000 courses in the U.S.
We love that our course is actually Fazio’s former home course and club. The legendary golf course architect devised a brilliant routing through the heavily forested hills, deep ravines and cool mountain streams of its Blue Ridge Mountain setting. He and his team of shapers pulled ridges into valleys and filled hollows to create “playing platforms” providing golfers with level lies amid 350 feet of elevation change. The result is one of the most playable mountain-style courses in the entire region.
Said Fazio about his mountain masterpiece: “Six holes play slightly uphill on the entire course, but only six. Overall, the majority of holes play downhill. We did it through grading and do it through transition areas from the green to the next tee.”
Champion Hills features five sets of tees, delicately balancing strategy and playability, with all five rated for women. Additionally, “combo tees” placed 15 to 30 yards in front of forced carries eliminate stressful shots for higher handicap golfers or those with slower swing speeds. Members are treated to inspiring elevation changes on several holes, including a 125-foot drop from tee to green on the par-3 ninth hole.
The club offers a variety of golf memberships, ranging from Full Equity and Equity 55 Golf to National and Annual Explorer (a one-year trial). Golf and social memberships are “vertical,” extending the full benefits and privileges of golf and social memberships to immediate family at no extra cost.
We enjoy an enviable location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains just south of the acclaimed “Main Street Town” of Hendersonville and 45 minutes from burgeoning Asheville. Members enjoy a balanced and relaxed lifestyle steeped in golf, tennis, fitness, hiking and swimming, all surrounded by the recreation, entertainment and culture of Western North Carolina. Unlike many private, seasonal mountain communities, Champion Hills offers year-round golf and activities, as well as casual and fine dining options.
If you’re interested in learning more about our modern membership offerings, or if you’d like to schedule a tour with our Director of Membership and Marketing, Heather Myers, click here.