King's Grant Golf & Country Club Rules Above Others in Fayetteville

By Sonny Jones, Contributor

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Two years ago Ron Hall Jr.'s vision for King's Grant Golf & Country Club was clear: Embrace more play from the public, lower rates and improve course drainage.

Thus far, Hall appears headed in the right direction. Play has increased by about 3,000 rounds per year, rates range from $25 to $39, and carts are now allowed on fairways of almost all par 4s and par 5s. The end result to you is a round of golf on a good course at a great value.

King's Grant features narrow, rolling fairways, subtle bentgrass greens often surrounded by mounds and swails, and some intimidating holes such as the 511-yard 15th, an uphill dogleg right that's virtually impossible to reach in two.

"If I had to characterize the golf course, it's more of a shot-makers golf course," said Hall, the 32-year-old pro who is part of the investment group that bought King's Grant in January, 1998. "It's not a long course by any means. You need to hit it straight and hit it in certain spots."

Hall's correct when he says King's Grant is not a long course. The five sets of tees measure from 6,654 yards to 4,983. But looks can be deceiving. "It's definitely a challenge visually," Hall said. "It can be a very visually intimidating course."

Want examples? Try these:

No. 2, 483 yards, par 5: Your tee shot must travel through a narrow chute over water to reach the turn in the dogleg right. It's not a difficult shot by any means, especially when you look back from the fairway. But looking out from the tee box can give you an uneasy feeling early in your round.

No. 5, 401 yards, par 4: There's water running down the entire left side and a huge hill along the right side. The landing area for your tee shot is narrow and your approach shot is into a small, two-tiered green. It's rated the second toughest hole on the course.

No. 12, 410 yards, par 4: The approach shot leaves almost no margin for error. Rated as the toughest hole on the course, it's a straight line from tee to green. An above-average tee shot is mandatory to have any chance to reach the green in two. The long, narrow green is fronted by a stream, has a deep swail and a Cypress tree to the left, a bunker on the right and virtually no landing area beyond.

No. 14, 390 yards, par 4: Easily the most intimidating tee shot, especially if you've never played the course. From the tips, your tee shot must travel 170 yards over water, but it appears much further. Your approach shot must again carry water in front and to the right. There's a bunker to the front right, a deep swail to the front left and a mound in the back left. It takes two precise shots to have a chance at par.

No. 15, 511 yards, par 5: A tee shot out of a chute over rough and marsh to a wide landing area. The last 275 yards are all uphill … really, really uphill. You most likely won't be able to see the flag for your second shot.

No. 18, 510 yards, par 5: A great finishing hole. It's a sharp dogleg right with water down the right side from tee to green. You need to shape your tee shot so your second shot will be able to cut off some of the dogleg.

"The course gives you options," Hall said. "It's just a fun golf course."


Conditions: B
Layout: A
Service: A
Practice Facility: B
Club House/Pro Shop: B
Pace of Play: A
Value: A
Overall Rating: B+

Location: The King's Grant subdivision is located on U.S. 401, about two miles north of Methodist College. After turning into the subdivision, drive about a mile on Shawcroft Drive. Turn left at the King's Grant sign. It's about a 10 minute drive from Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base.

Opened: 1990

Designer: Jim Holmes

Rates: Weekdays, $25-$29; Weekends and holidays, $35-$39. Walking is allowed during the week and after noon on weekends and holidays, but you better be in good shape.

Yardage, Rating, Slope:
Black: 6,654, 72.2, 133
Blue: 6,238, 70.7, 126
White: 5,736, 68.2, 117
Gold: 5,321, 66.7, 111
Red: 4,983, 69.2, 120

Par: 72

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, tennis courts, swimming pool.

Sonny Jones, Contributor

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