(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) – Maintaining readiness is paramount for the army of soldiers who make Fort Bragg — located in the northwest portion of Fayetteville — its home.
Like the military, golf in the North Carolina Sandhills has to be formalized. It has to be organized. Most of all, it has to be modernized — continually.
The trend continues at Gates Four Golf and Country Club, Fayetteville’s top semi-private golf experience, which hosts the NGA Pro Golf Tour’s Max Motion Physical Therapy All American Golf Championship presented by Marriott from July 10-13.
Says Gates Four general manager Kevin Lavertu: “The pros are going to have a challenge with the course, which is in great shape. We will put our best foot forward to promote Fayetteville and our facility.”
To better test today’s bombers, Gates Four has been stretched to more than 7,000 yards with the recent addition of three new championship tees on Holes 9, 13 and 15 – highlighted by the 13th extending from 536 yards to 605 yards. In addition, the tournament will play at Par 71 with the 487-yard 4th hole playing as par 4.
Last year, Gates Four unveiled a new 3,600 square-foot Golf Pavilion, a 10-acre park and new tennis courts. This accompanies an even more recent multi-million dollar golf course renovation by architect Kris Spence, who brought all the greens back to USGA specifications using A1/A4 bent grass as well as an entire bunker renovation, improved practice area, chipping green and the addition of several new tees.
The North Carolina Golf Panel has taken notice by ranking Gates Four No. 7 among the top courses in the state’s Eastern Region and Top-5 among the area’s “Best Three Finishing Holes.”
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to its members, Gates Four completed a multi-million-dollar, 29,000-square-foot clubhouse in 2001 that has grown into a wonderful focal point for the facility and the surrounding gated community. In the early part of the century, esteemed designer Dan Maples was called on to etch his imprint into the original Willard Byrd-designed course in 1967, which included reversing its two nines so that players could conclude their rounds with a wonderful view of the grand clubhouse.
Tournament info at www.ngatour.com and Fayetteville golf info at www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com/golf.