Inside the course: Bright's Creek, Carolina, Thornblade

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The ninth green at Thornblade Club -- the host course for the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
May 10, 2009
PGA TOUR staff

The Nationwide Tour heads to the Carolinas for the BMW Charity Pro-Am, which will be played over three courses: Thornblade Club (the host course), The Carolina Country Club and Bright's Creek Golf Club. Learn more about the host course.

Fast facts
Course Superintendent Randall A. Long
Original architect Tom Fazio (1989)
Par value 71
Number of TOUR events as host venue 2 (including 2009)
Course ranking Ranked 15 (out of 33) in difficulty on the Nationwide Tour in 2008
Yardage history 6,707 (2008-present)
Grass Bermudagrass (Fairways, rough, tees); Zoysiagrass (rough); Bentgrass (Greens); Meyer zoysiagrass; Empire zoysiagrass; Palisade zoysiagrass (Tees)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 99
Water hazards 10
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Won Joon Lee
Gary Christian
Roger Tambellini
Year
2008
2008
2008
Round
2nd
3rd
4th
Finish
T10
T24
2nd
Holes-in-one
There have been no aces recorded at Thornblade Club
2008 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-3 211-yard 17th The longest of the par 3s, it is 211 yards to a spacious green surrounded by a large grass bunker with two small sand bunkers in front.
2008: 0 eagles, 14 birdies, 142 pars, 62 bogeys, 7 double bogeys, 0 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 533-yard 2nd A three-shot par 5 with the tee shot being paramount: Large bunkers frame the landscape area. From there, a fairway wood or long-iron shot is required, followed by a short-iron shot to a well-mounded green.
2008:4 eagles, 115 birdies, 95 pars, 94 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and 0 others.
Thornblade Club2008 rankings
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank
1 4 4 4.018 13
2 5 5 4.511 18
3 4 4 4.231 4
4 3 3 3.076 10
5 5 5 4.551 17
6 3 3 3.084 8
7 4 4 4.049 11
8 4 4 4.249 3
9 3 3 3.222 5
10 4 4 3.822 15
11 3 3 3.262 2
12 4 4 4.018 12
13 4 4 4.080 9
14 4 4 4.151 7
15 5 5 4.933 14
16 5 5 4.698 16
17 3 3 3.276 1
18 4 4 4.169 6
Last year was the first time the tournament was played at Thornblade Club, so there is only one year of hole statistics.
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Thornblade Club/Bright's Creek GC/Carolina CC Greer, S.C./Mill Spring N.C./Spartanburg S.C. 2008-present
The Cliffs GCC/Valley Course/Keowee Vineyards Course/Cliffs at Walnut Cove N.C./S.C. 2005-2007
The Cliffs GCC/Valley Course/Keowee Vineyards Course N.C./S.C. 2001-2004
Verdae Greens Golf Club Greenville, S.C. 1992-2000

THORNDBLADE CLUB, Greer S.C.

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