A round of golf at one of the four courses in Lexington and Davidson County is a great way to work off all the barbecue for which the area is known.
The Lexington Golf Club is an old course with a new feel. The course was built in 1938 but underwent an extensive renovation in 2003. Six of the 18 holes were completely redone and significant changes were made to the other 12. The greens were replaced, bunkers were added in strategic locations, and new tee boxes were created for women and seniors. In addition, an irrigation system was installed for the first time, which helps keeps the course in quality shape during the hot summer months.
Golf Inc. magazine named the work done at Lexington Golf Club as one of the top-five renovations in the country. The changes added more than 500 yards of length to the course, but the par-71 Lexington Golf Club still comes in at a relatively short 6,116 yards from the back tees. The compact size of the course allows for brisk playing times, instead of the five-plus hours it can take to complete a round at some longer courses. That, in turn, enables golfers to have more time to enjoy some barbecue.
If you want a true workout while playing, leave the golf cart behind and walk the hilly terrain at Winding Creek Golf Course in Thomasville. There are elevation changes through the 6,367-yard course, especially on the back nine. This allows for some picturesque views of the surrounding countryside. And while the hills can prove to be challenging even to experienced golfers, the open fairways provide enough leniency that beginners can still enjoy the course.
Also located in Thomasville is the Colonial Country Club, which was created in 1973 by famed designer Gene Hamm. The course was carefully carved through the hardwood forests, resulting in a 6,600-yard layout that provides both beauty and a stern test of golf. The presence of 75 bunkers scattered throughout the course adds to the challenge, which is one of the reasons why Colonial has been the site of U.S. Open Qualifying.
Back in Lexington, the Sapona Country Club is a well-conditioned, 6,620-yard course that offers a variety of delicate shot-making possibilities. Good luck with the 11th hole, an uphill 430-yard par-4 that requires both power and precision. You’ll definitely need some barbecue after that one.