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Friday, October 22, 2010

TPC Piper Glen

I had the opportunity to play the TPC Piper Glen Golf Club this spring. The TPC Piper Glen is located in Charlotte North Carolina and is a terrific golf course in a magnificent setting. The TPC is a championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer that is very playable for all skill levels. The course can stretch from 4,771 yards at the Forward Tees to 6,901 yards from the Championship Tees. So, there are a number of options for players of all skill levels to choose from.

The course has a nice variety of geographical features and elevation changes. Many of the holes are tree-lined with plenty of lakes and water features. The water features provide beauty and challenge as they are strategically placed. Most of the holes are fairly generous off the tee. However, many of the green complexes are well-protected with sand and water. This makes positioning off of the tee important and knowing your yardages into the green imperative.

In addition to a fantastic design, the setting is beautiful. Even though the course is surrounded by custom and executive homes, it still feels very peaceful and tranquil. It is listed as one mile from the city center in an urban environment, although you would never know it during a round.

The driving range is first rate, as you would expect at a Tournament Players Club facility. In addition to the teeing ground, they offer a separate short game area and bunker complex. This is where I need to spend more time, especially practicing in the bunkers. Whether you are looking to just warm up or seriously practice, this facility will fit the bill.

In addition to the golf course, the clubhouse and pro shop are very professional and well stocked. If you are looking for a gift to take home as a souvenir or golf attire you will not be disappointed. The locker room is complete with lockers (get a locker key from the pro shop) and full amenities.

There is a lot of history at this club so take a few minutes to look at the photos and take a look around.

If you ever get the opportunity to play TPC Piper Glen in Charlotte, don’t pass up the chance. You will surely be challenged, and don’t get distracted by the gorgeous scenery.

Hole 14
source; tpcpiperglen.com

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