The Omni Grove Park Inn

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Experience the game of golf at a Donald Ross course in the rolling, forested hills of Asheville’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Omni Grove Park Inn’s 18-hole, par-70 Grove Park Golf Course in Asheville, North Carolina, clears a bright green path of 6,400 yards through the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Elevated points give players spectacular views of the mountains and the magnificent Arts and Crafts-style historic hotel. The historic course is described as the “only rival” to Pinehurst in a state ranking of Donald Ross courses by Visit NC. The course opened for play in 1899 and it was beautifully redesigned in 1926 by Scottish golf course architect Donald Ross.

Ross was a Scottish-born immigrant who trained as a young man with the great Old Tom Morris at St. Andrews during the 1890s. He then spent the majority of his career and life in the United States, where he designed many of the world’s championship courses during the Golden Age of Golf. Ross specifically built dozens of iconic fairways throughout the country, including Aronimink Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, the Oak Hill Country Club, and of course, the legendary Pinehurst No. 2. His influence on the game and its architecture continues to this day, on his historic courses and on new courses his designs inspired.

Several years after it opened, the championship-caliber Grove Park Golf Course was a stop on PGA Tours between 1933 and 1951. It has even been played by PGA stars Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus, and more recently by former President Barack Obama one of ten U.S. presidents to stay at the resort. The Grove Park course was updated in 2001 and retains master-designer Donald Ross’s vision, feel, and look. The Omni Grove Park Inn first opened in 1913 and the resort was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2000.

It has since earned nods from Conde Nast Traveler (Top 20 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts in 2011) and North Carolina Golf Panel (Top 100 Golf Courses in the State). This historic course has consistently been acknowledged as one of the Top Resort Golf Courses in North Carolina by Golfweek Magazine.


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