Champion Hills — Hole No. 1
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Ultimate Golf Photo Tour: Champion Hills

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Champion Hills — Hole No. 1
Champion Hills is located in Hendersonville, N.C., which is known as the The City of Four Seasons. And for good reason. Nestled amid the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina — 30 minutes from Asheville — the region offers the very best of spring, summer, fall and winter. A key draw to Champion Hills, a private-membership community, is the Tom Fazio-designed course.  (Photo: Dave Sansom)
Champion Hills — Hole No. 5
Tom Fazio makes his home in Hendersonville, N.C., so Champion Hills holds a special affinity for himself and his Fazio Design team. In creating Champion Hills, Fazio used the mountainous contours to his advantage, and the result was something unique from start to finish. "It's hard to have a favorite hole because this property has a lot of variety to it,” Fazio said. "It has a lot of different angles, views, elevations, backdrops. It has a lot of settings. You take and go through each golf hole. They all look different.” Shown is the fifth hole.  (Photo: Dave Sansom)
Champion Hills — Hole No. 9
The teeing ground at the par-3 ninth hole offers a 180-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Once that view has soaked in, the task at hand is a shortish hole that has a drop in elevation of as much as 125 feet — it is the mountains after all. Club selection could change by three clubs. (Photo: Dave Sansom)
Champion Hills — Hole No. 13
Champion Hills has been ranked by Golf Digest as the No. 1 year-round course in western North Carolina. Designer Tom Fazio has described Champion Hills as "a golf course in the mountains, not a mountain golf course." Fazio took what the land gave him and, as a result, the course features 14 holes that play downhill.  (Photo: Dave Sansom)
Champion Hills — Hole No. 18
The par-4 18th hole incorporates all that the mountain land has to offer. An active mountain stream runs along the hole's right side, from teeing area to green. Also, the hole, which features an uphill approach to a two-level green, is generously lined with White Pines, Tulip Poplars, Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel.  (Photo: Dave Sansom)