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Thanks to J Gary Dropcho for these pictures.

Hole 1 tee and basket.

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Holes 7 & 10

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Any idea what year those pics were taken ?
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That's Brent Hambrick in the top picture and maybe Dr Rick 2 over from his right

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That looks like Steve Valenica on the right w/ the UpTime shirt.

Got to the tournament one year and believe that it would still stand up as a 4+ DGCR rating easily. Compares with Ashe County favorably - not even close. I seem to remember all holes were scored as par 3s, increasing perceived difficult greatly. Course did favor counter-spin deliveries a bit. This advantage was also slightly increased by equipment limitations of the day. Locale seriously 'distorts' one's perceptions of distance and made your home course seem puny and half-assed upon one's return. Intimidating power-player's delight, but also kept one honest most every shot, certainly when windy. Cruelly punishing rough in some areas. No cliche - absolutely breath-taking scenery/environment, lacking only a major water feature. This type of environment is only matched by my excursions to Colorado (and the fantasy courses in my head).

Personal highlight? Parring #18 all 4 rounds. Roller off the tee each time.
It's a real shame it's gone, but Laurel Springs undoubtedly lit fires under many designers' asses...

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1990 - 1994 time frame.
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A score card from one tournament there. It has all the distances for the holes.

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Forgot to add: I had heard the course was designed with lids...
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1990 - 1994 time frame.
Judging by the height of the Christmas trees, that would have to be 1990, or else they weren't fertilizing their trees.
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Compares with Ashe County favorably - not even close. I seem to remember all holes were scored as par 3s,
Interesting, I thought it was par 72.
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Interesting, I thought it was par 72.
Their score card does have it at 72 but back then that was a major break thru to have a course with any par besides 54 so most, if not all, who have played those tournaments will always remember it as par 54.

From the Facebook discussion they said the 1st year Dave Greenwell was the only one to get close to shooting a 54.
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