Bryan Park & Golf Club. These two public courses, 6 mi north of Greensboro, have 36 holes of great golf. The Players Course, designed by Rees Jones in 1988, features 79 bunkers and eight water hazards. Jones outdid himself on the lovely 1990 Champions Course, in which seven holes hug Lake Townsend. 6275 Bryan Park Rd., Browns Summit, NC, 27214. 336/375–2200. www.bryanpark.com. 2 18-hole courses. Players: 7057 yds. Champions: 7255 yds. Players: Par 72. Champions: Par 72. Green Fee: $36–$59. Facilities: Driving range, golf carts, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant.
Grandover Resort & Conference Center. Greensboro's only resort hotel tempts you with 36 holes on the East and West courses, designed by golf architects David Graham and Gary Panks. Golf packages are available; the deluxe package includes dinner for two at the resort's Di Valletta Restaurant. The resort is parallel to Interstate 85, but it's set so deep into 1,500 acres that you'll never think about the traffic. 1000 Club Rd., Greensboro, NC, 27407. 336/294–1800. www.grandoverresort.com. 2 18-hole courses. East: 7100 yds. West: 6800 yds. East: Par 72. West: Par 72. Green Fee: $61–69. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.
Greensboro National Golf Club. The clubhouse is known for its hot dogs, so you know this course lacks the pretense of others in the area. Called "a golf course for guys who like golf courses," the Don and Mark Charles–designed public links features wide fairways, expansive greens, and layouts that are challenging without resorting to blind spots and other trickery. 330 Niblick Dr., Summerfield, NC, 27358. 336/342–1113. www.greensboronatl.com. 18 holes. 6261 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $35–$47. Facilities: Driving range, golf carts, pro shop, golf academy/lessons, restaurant, bar.