Wade Hampton--Cashiers, NC

 

-Rankings as of 7/16/2013--14th best U.S. Modern Course (Golfweek); 22nd best U.S. Course (Golf Digest); 58th best U.S. Course (Golf Magazine)

 

Wade Hampton is an exclusive private golf course located in the high end community of Cashiers, North Carolina.  It was designed by Tom Fazio and Links Magazine is quoted as having said the following about it: 

 "If Wade Hampton Golf Club were a painting, it would either be on display somewhere or locked away as part of some collector's private gallery."

 

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With regards to that quote, there is no argument.  Wade Hampton is one of the most picturesque and serene places to play the game of golf on the planet.   

But the thing that stood out to me was how all the little details fit together like a hand and glove at Wade Hampton.  For instance, take a look at this photo of how the cart path transitions into the line of play, over a small stream, and onto a green.  This seemingly mundane aspect of the course is flawlessly laid out; beautiful and functional.

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And if you play enough golf here, you'll encounter some interesting golf shots.   

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