Inside the course: Rock Barn Golf & Spa

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The view from the first tee at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
September 08, 2008
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Original architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. (2001)
Course superintendent Guy E. Hollar
Number of Champions Tour events as host venue 6 (including 2008)
Course ranking Ranked 19 (out of 30) in difficulty on the Champions Tour in 2007
Par value 72
Yardage history 7,023 yards (2003-2004)
  7,046 yards (2005-2006)
  7,090 (2007-present)
Grass TifSport bermudagrass (tees, fairways, rough); A-1/A-4 creeping bentgrass (greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 89
Water hazards 15
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Course record
Player
Joe Inman
Andy Bean
R.W. Eaks
Year
2003
2006
2007
Round
2nd
1st
1st
Finish
T16
WON
WON
Holes-in-one
There has been one ace recorded at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
Player Hole Year
Gil Morgan No. 9 2005
2007 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 11th
Tree-lined from tee to green and flowing naturally with the terrain, the 11th hole is notable for its attractive setting, but golfers should not let the aesthetic pleasures block out the golfing challenge. Long hitters may want to carry the bunkers along the left side, but the smart players will eventually discover that a well-struck tee shot up the right side will produce the same results. The green is bisected by a deep swale and an accurate approach shot will be critical for par.
2007: 0 eagles, 17 birdies, 142 pars, 63 bogeys, 12 double bogeys, 0 others
Easiest hole in 2007
The par-5 18th
The home hole is a stern test that demands you finish your round with a series of strong shots. Uphill from tee-to-green, the hole finishes dramatically in front of the majestic clubhouse for all to see. Two straightforward shots position you for a short iron approach to a well-guarded green. Err on the long side and your mistake is easily rectified. Miss short in the deep bunkers fronting the green and par from this position will be well earned.
2007: 10 eagles, 124 birdies, 92 pars, 8 bogeys, 0 double bogeys, 0 others
Rock Barn (Jones)2007 rankings Last 5 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 436 4.004 10 3.986 10
2 4 476 4.226 3 4.150 4
3 3 187 3.081 7 2.998 8
4 5 568 4.872 12 4.910 13
5 4 415 4.051 9 3.992 9
6 4 451 4.192 4 4.164 3
7 5 507 4.611 17 4.664 17
8 4 335 3.752 16 3.834 16
9 3 197 3.132 5 3.122 5
10 4 431 4.068 8 4.047 7
11 4 451 4.299 1 4.257 1
12 4 375 3.936 11 3.984 11
13 4 433 4.103 6 4.110 6
14 5 573 4.816 15 4.876 15
15 3 150 2.842 14 2.886 14
16 4 389 3.855 13 3.912 12
17 3 190 3.278 2 3.187 2
18 5 526 4.419 18 4.620 18
NOTES: The par-4, 451-yard 11th hole was the 37th hardest hole on the Champions Tour in 2007.
• Last season, the par-3, 190-yard 17th hole was the 10th hardest par 3 on the Champions Tour.
• The Champions Tour pros went low in Hickory in 2007, averaging 35.921 strokes on the front nine and 35.616 strokes on the back. On the par-72 course, where each nine is 36 strokes, that meant they averaged 0.463 strokes below par for three days over all 18 holes.
Course origins
Rock Barn Golf & Spa has the first Robert Trent Jones Jr. course in North Carolina. In addition to the Jones course, it also has a Tom Jackson course and a 20,000 square-foot spa.
The name comes from a local landmark which still stands just east of the property and was built in the 1700s. Rock Barn opened in 1969 and the Jones course opened in 2002. The Jones course was voted the Best New Course in N.C. in 2003.
The No. 3, 210-yard par-3, is Rock Barn's signature hole. The green sits 55 feet below the tees and rock-lined Lyle Creek crosses the hole diagonally tee to green, providing a scenic and challenging golf hole.
-- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Rock Barn Golf & Spa (Jones) Conover, N.C. 2003-present

The Champions Tour heads to Conover, N.C., for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Here's all you need to know about the course:

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