Historic North Carolina municipal course reopens following renovation

Historic North Carolina municipal course reopens following renovation

Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Tanglewood Park hosted the 1974 PGA Championship.

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October 26, 2018
GCI Staff
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The Championship Course at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, North Carolina—a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that hosted the 1974 PGA Championship and the 1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship—has reopened after five months of implementing major portions of a long-range golf course refinements master plan prepared by Jones Sr.’s son, Robert Trent Jones Jr., chairman and master architect of Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects.

The master plan, prepared at the request of the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department, called for refinements to many elements of the golf course, notably all bunkers, tees, tree management, and resurfacing the greens with new turf. 

“The changes are outstanding,” reports Michael Wilcox, Tanglewood Park’s director of golf. “The updated playability, strategy and picturesque vistas will create a unique and memorable golf experience. Once the newly grassed areas are fully established, the Championship Course will once again be one of the premier public courses in the U.S. A new chapter at Tanglewood has begun.”

“I give the officials in the Forsyth County government a big standing ovation for realizing the tremendous asset that the Championship Course at Tanglewood Park represents to their County Parks System,” says Bruce Charlton, president and chief design officer of RTJ II. “Our intent was to update the course in keeping with the RTJ Sr.’s design philosophies while polishing this gem to meet the demands of today’s game. It has been a pleasure implementing our visions in collaboration with Richard Mandell, an ASGCA member based in Pinehurst, N.C.”

Both Wilcox and Charlton noted the contributions of course superintendent Lee Barefoot, The Wadsworth Construction company led on this project by Matt Lohmann, and consultant Steve Johnson of Brown Golf Management.