“This is one of my favorites to play, because we weren’t trying for a lot of length or difficulty. It’s on a small piece of land, so we had to maximize the shot values of the property. It’s a course where you don’t have to hit driver on a lot of holes, but it’s still challenging.”
— Tom Jackson, architect
Welcome to Links O’ Tryon. Our course designed by noted architect, Tom Jackson, plays to a par of 72 with five sets of markers to accommodate players of all ability levels. Conceived in 1985, the course has been a favorite of area golfers for 30 years and counting.
Selected as one of the Best Places to Play by Golfweek magazine and rated Four Stars by Golf Digest the course is challenging yet enjoyable for players of all skill levels. The new Diamond Zoysia greens along with revamped bunkers (added in 2014) insure a top level golf experience for each round.
The course is routed through the natural terrain to give each hole its own very distinct feel and play. There’s never a feeling of being crowded on a golf course — it’s more like a walk in Nature!
We’re sure not short on the variety of terrain here. You’ll encounter a new look around every corner. Playing here is like playing 18 different courses on one, with some mountain views, foothill, lakeside, hazards, pine and sand hills.
We stay open year-round and play as long as Mother Natures gives us the “OK.” Here you’re playing on Bermuda 419 tees, fairways and roughs, and the new Diamond Zoysia greens. Our warm-season grasses do go dormant in Winter, but we “cheat” a little and shoot a little paint here and there to make it look good.
We asked Marc for a few pointers and general thought about the course.
How do I kick off my round at Links O’Tryon?
Number One is a simple, straight Par-4 of about 360 yards. Good start!
Talk about your Par-5 holes; what can I expect?
We have four great Par-5’s. All Par-5’s are reachable for big hitters, with each having its own characteristics that make them challenging in either bunkering, shape, etc. You’ll finish on a Par-5; 18 sets up an an exciting finishing hole that can be played in birdie.
The Signature Hole: #13 — “Wee Bit O’ Hell”
Number 13. It’s a short Par-4 that plays 317-355 yards. It’s a tee shot, then a pitch across water with a rock wall guarding and a narrow, sloping green. This is the hole where you’ll often hear "how can the shortest hole, play the toughest?"
What is the best Par-3 on the course?
That would be #15, a downhill Par-3 guarded by water. Like most of our Scottish-influenced holes, there’s more rock wall , along with an undulating green with a rock wall guarding the water on the left. It plays from 108-199 yards.
What is the toughest hole on the golf course?
It’s not easy to determine our toughest hole. Some holes “look short” on the scorecard but play very differently due to water, bunker hazards and green complexes. However, Number Eight is a tough Par 5, and our number 1 handicap hole.Then there’s Number 16, a Par-4 with a peninsula green.
What is the most difficult green on the golf course?
You’ll encounter undulation on all of our greens, so it’s hard to say which is most difficult. They all present unique challenges of their own — if you get on the wrong tier on any green, a three-putt is coming your way! Our greens feature rolling, hidden bays behind bunkers (welcome to Scotland!) It’s not over just because you’re on the green!
What can I expect as I finish a round at Links O'Tryon? A chance to salvage the round? Is it rough? Fun?
Holes 15 through 18 encapsulate what you find throughout a round here at Links O'Tryon:
Number 15 is a beautiful Par-3 with treachery to the left, a stone wall and a pretty look downhill …
Number 16 is a Par-4 that you can drive — but has a peninsula green that creates all sorts of havoc …
Number 17 is a beautiful, uphill Par-4. Some players try to cut the corner and knock it over the trees, and there’s water right and left to a big, undulating, elevated green …
Ending at 18 you’ll play an uphill Par-5 that gives you a chance to redeem your round, even a good chance to finish with a birdie and cap off a good round!
|Rock Tees 73.4/140 6877 yards|
|Blue Tees 71.1/137 6425 yards|
|White Tees 68.0/124 5772 yards|
|Gold Tees 65.7/116 5338 yards|
|Red Tees (women) 69.8/128 5079 yards|
|Golf Shop||7:00am – 6:30pm|
|Winter||8:00am – 5:00pm|
|Restaurant||8:00am – 2:00pm|
|Office||9:00am – 5:00pm|
Proper golf attire required
No outside beverages or coolers allowed
Tee times may be made up to 14 days in advance