(photo credits: VisitFayettevilleNC.com)
Fayetteville, NC doesn’t have the venue cache of its nearby acclaimed neighbor Pinehurst. In fact, when driving on I-95 the full impact of what Fayetteville provides can only be appreciated when leaving the highway.
Known primarily as home to Fort Bragg — Fayetteville takes justifiable pride in its military connections. More recently, Fayetteville reclaimed major portions of the core downtown and, what was once a desolate location, now hums with activities day and night for young and old alike. Fayetteville has been chosen 3 times – more than any other community in the USA – with the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.
Core golfers need to realize Fayetteville and its golf options are not comparable to Pinehurst #2. However, you won’t be getting sticker shock during peak times. Often ignored because of the proximity to the Pinehurst brand name, Fayetteville demonstrates value in a range of areas – for golfers and non-golfers alike.
COURSES OF NOTE …
*Anderson Creek Club – 7,215 yards / Par-72 – Spring Lake, NC 28390 – T (910) 814-2115
The best aspect in playing Anderson Creek is its isolation from everything else. Just over 10 miles from Fayetteville, the Davis Love III designed course is the first layout the PGA Tour star and this year’s Ryder Cup captain designed in his home state of North Carolina. Anderson Creek is blessed with superb terrain that rolls up and down but never abruptly. Love was smart enough to provide sufficient elasticity. For those who dare the back tees have more than enough muscle with a 75+ rating and 144 slope. The course is relatively young and the facility is a gated community which provides outside access play. Be sure to include it when in the area. andersoncreekgolf.com.
*Cypress Lakes – 6,943 Yards / Par-72 – Hope Mills, NC 28348 – T (910) 483-0359
The most accessible to I-95, Cypress Lakes used to be owned and operated by the Floyd family — as in Raymond Floyd the PGA Tour Hall-of-Famer. The course starts slowly but things pick up considerably at the par-4 4th and 5th holes. Shaping shot at these holes is a must and it’s a skill you’ll need for a number of others as well. The real issue for Cypress Lakes is that the layout and facility need a bit of a makeover. The bones are present — it’s the body that needs a bit of a refresher. cypresslakesnc.com.
*Gates Four Golf & Country Club – 6,895 Yards / Par-72 – Fayetteville, NC 28306 – T (910) 425-2176
As part of a gated community and with a very active membership — Gates Four is a county club option for those wishing to have all the necessary creature comforts. The William Byrd designed course opened in 1967 and the holes work well as the routing takes you to all corners of the property. The concluding two holes on each side are nicely done as well but for those looking for real inspiration you’ll need to head elsewhere. gatesfour.com.
*Bayonet at Puppy Creek – 7,036 Yards / Par-72 – Raeford, NC 28376 – T (910) 904-1500
When you enter the grounds at Bayonet at Puppy Creek one has little idea on what lies ahead. The 1st hole is a vanilla starter but as the round progresses you head for the more hidden recesses of the property and the course comes to life quickly. Another Byrd design here and the overall pacing of the holes is well done. Bayonet at Puppy Creek proves what public golf can be — focus attention on the layout and provide turf conditions that add considerably to the design itself. Pound for pound – the Fayetteville’s best bang for your dollar. bayonetgolf.com
*Keith Hills CC – 27 Holes (Black, Orange & White) – Buies Creek NC 27506 – T (910) 893-5051
Affiliated with Campbell University, Keith Hills offers 27-holes consisting of a Black, Orange and White nines. Nearly three years ago there were 36-holes and now the course uses the Black and Orange nines which previously were called the Creek Course. The White nine is the remaining portion of holes from what was once the River Course. The main issue of concern is the up and down cycle in terms of turf quality. Plenty of water to avoid on the original Black and Orange nines. keithhillscc.com
Custom golf package information is available at www.GolfOnTheReady.com or by calling 1-800-577-3787.
FIVE THINGS TO DO BESIDES GOLF …
1. Airborne & Special Operations Museum — only US Army museum not on an army base. Facilty tells the comprehensive history of the US Army Airborne test platoon to present day. Smithsonian quality – one of a kind and directly across parking lot is NC Veterans Park. Honors NC Veterans from all brances of service. See the oath wall which houses sculptures of one hand from four veterans in each of NC’s 100 counties. Both facilities are in downtown Fayetteville. asomf.org
2. Cape Fear Botanical Garden — 77 acres of specialty gardens. Something in bloom throughout the year. Scavenger hunt for kids with lots of family friendly activities. capefearbg.org
3. Cultural Heritage Trails packages the communities rich history into 15 distinct themes. Fayetteville dates to pre-Revolutionary War are. The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, still active today, was chartered by George Washington.
4. Zipquest — Mountain-sized thrills in the Sandhills of NC. The 2 1/2 hour canopy tour takes you over the largest waterfalls on the east coast of the Carolinas. Includes 8 zips, 3 bridges, spiral staircases and more. Your feet don’t touch the ground the entire time — kids 10+ can do this. zipquest.com
5. Gillis Hill Farm — 9th generation farm. Learn about farming, the history of the Fayetteville area and enjoy some home-made ice cream. gillishillfarm.comWHAT'S YOUR REACTION?