The par-4 13th hole at Bryan Park.
Courtesy of Bryan Park
By Tom Mackin
Thursday, August 16, 2012

The PGA Tour returns to the Tar Heel State for the final event before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. If you're in Greensboro this weekend, here are four area courses you should check out.

BRYAN PARK (CHAMPIONS COURSE): Not many holes are more fun than the par-4 13th at Bryan Park's Champions Course, venue for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links. This hole plays as short as 326 yards or as long as 457, and the sharp dogleg right features a peninsula green that juts out onto Lake Townsend. It's a highlight of this Rees Jones design, which opened in 1990. ($32-$59, bryanpark.com, 20 minutes from Greensboro)

TOT HILL FARM GOLF CLUB: From the downhill opening tee shot to the closing par 5, this design by the late Mike Strantz is one of the tougher tests in the state. Plenty of elevated tees will give you good views of the surrounding countryside. ($44-54, tothillfarm.com, 45 minutes from Greensboro)

TANGLEWOOD PARK (CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE): In 1974 this Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout became one of the few public courses to ever host a PGA Championship, with Lee Trevino holding off the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and 62-year old Sam Snead for the title. Be wary of a very busy tee sheet, but the price makes it a worthwhile visit. ($38-$48, forsyth.cc, 50 minutes from Greensboro)

GRANDOVER RESORT (EAST COURSE): Grandover Resort has recently lowered its rates to make it the ideal stay-and-play for the week. You have two 18-hole layouts to choose from, designed by David Graham and Gary Panks, and you might just see some players around the hotel lobby. ($50-$75, grandover.com, 20 minutes from Greensboro)

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