Golf News for Thursday, May 2, 2013 | Courses

Golf Channel’s GolfNow golfers rank Southeast courses

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Golfers who book their tee times on GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time service operated by Golf Channel, recently ranked their favorite courses in four Southeast markets. Their choices: Atlanta – Chateau Elan, Charlotte – Rock Barn, Nashville – GreyStone Golf Club and Raleigh-Durham – UNC Finley.

Golfers who reserve a tee time using GolfNow have an opportunity to review a course and provide feedback based on their experience. Golfers can rate a course with one to five stars, write a review and read reviews from other golfers. There are more than two million registered GolfNow users.

Built on 170 rolling acres north of Atlanta, the 7,030-yard Denis Griffiths-designed Chateau Elan course winds along three lakes and two creeks, bringing water into play on 10 holes. Eighty-seven bunkers give added definition to the course that sits adjacent to a vineyard and winery.

“I think Chateau Elan is one of the most beautiful and comfortable golf courses in Atlanta. Even though I am a member of another golf club, I usually go to the Chateau with my friends once a month,” Hoon Kim wrote in his review.

The Jackson course at Rock Barn (designed by Tom Jackson) is the shorter and less demanding of the two award-winning courses at the resort outside Charlotte, but golfers enjoy its elevation changes and the demands it puts on accuracy off the tee.

“This is what golf is all about to the weekend golfer,” Michael Ramsey wrote in his review of the Jackson Course at Rock Barn. “Staff is friendly and the course is always in wonderful condition. Took my dad (20 handicap) and he loved it.”

Designed by PGA Tour professional Mark McCumber, the GreyStone Golf Club outside Nashville measures 6,858 yards from the longest tees and offers plenty of challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

“Super-friendly staff. Greens are in great shape and course makes you think,” Ken Evans wrote in his review of GreyStone.

Course designer Tom Fazio created a highly playable layout at the UNC Finley course in Chapel Hill for everyone from touring pros to high handicappers. Fazio’s trademark false-front greens and greenside bunkers are evident, as are numerous risk-reward opportunities.

“I live in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst area, so I’m used to great courses. The Finley greens rank up there with the best I've played anywhere. The entire facility is first rate,” Bruce Kendall wrote in his review of the UNC Finley course.

The top-10 rankings by market are compiled using GolfNow’s star rating system and are calculated based on the number of recommendations a course receives from reviewing golfers.

The ratings-and-reviews feature not only highlights a course’s overall star rating, but also provides the latest information on course conditions and difficulty, staff friendliness, pace of play and value as rated by other golfers. Since the GolfNow ratings and reviews service was launched in October, more than 33,000 golfers have submitted a course review. More information on these and other courses that are part of the GolfNow network is at

About GolfNow
GolfNow is the Internet’s largest and most comprehensive online tee time reservation service. Using leading-edge technology, offers golfers more ways to stay connected to their favorite courses and tee times through the web, e-mail and iPhone and Android mobile apps. Golfers can go online 24/7, choose a course and pick a tee-time deal that fits their schedule and budget and book the tee time. Founded in 2001, GolfNow has expanded to more than 80 markets in North America, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and Bermuda, providing tee-time access to more than 4,000 courses for more than 1.1 million registered users. GolfNow is powered by Golf Channel, which is seen in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies, as well as by, a leading golf destination on the Internet. GolfNow is part of’s online platform of Internet sites designed to help the recreational player enjoy every aspect of the game. For more information, go to GolfNow and Golf Channel.

Bill Bryant, Bryant Marketing Communications, 678-366-3232

David Schaefer, Golf Channel, 407-355-4542