TANGLEWOOD GOLF CLUB
Course Name: Tanglewood Golf Club, Championship (West) Course
Location: Tanglewood Park on Yadkin River between the towns of Clemmons and Bermuda Run on the outskirts of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Year of Design: 1957
Redesigned: Between 1965 and 1970, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., built a second 18-hole layout at Tanglewood that was originally known as the East Course but was later renamed the Reynolds Course, in honor of Reynolds family foundation whose funds enabled Forsyth Country to build both of the golf courses for public recreation.
Owner/Developer: Tanglewood Golf Club was built thanks to a grant from the Zachary Smith Reynolds Foundation, which was established in 1936 as a memorial to the youngest son of the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. (Born in 1911, Z. Smith Reynolds was an amateur aviator whose tragic life story was the basis for two movies, Reckless, in 1935, starring Jean Harlow, which dealt with the scandalous marriage between Reynolds, the young tobacco heir, and torch singer Libby Holman, and the popular 1956 classic, Written on the Wind, starring Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall. Z. Smith Reynolds died under mysterious circumstances in July 1932, at age 21, from a pistol shot through his head.) Over the years since its establishment in 1936, the Zachary Smith Foundation made grants to organizations in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Through the building of this golf course, Trent Jones became a friend of many members of the Reynolds family.
Number of Holes: 18 later 36
Par: 35-35=70 (men), 38-36=74 (women)
Length—Back Tees: 3,526 front nine, 3,496 back nine, 7,022 total
Length—Middle Tees: 3,339 front nine, 3,239 back nine, 6,638 total
Length—Forward Tees: 3,094 front nine, 2,920 back nine, 6,014 total
Course Description: Hilly and heavily wooded, with large undulating greens and a panoply of fairway and green-side bunkers as was typical of the Robert Trent Jones courses of the late 1950s.
No. 5—608 yard par-5
No. 7—243 yard par-3
No. 17—580 yard par-5
No. 3—444 yard par 4
Par 3 Lengths: 190 (2nd), 243 (7th), 235 (12th), 183 (16th)
Par 5 Lengths: 608 (5th), 580 (18th)Longest Par 4: 490 yards (11th)
Shortest Par 4: 364 yards (10th)Average Par 4 Length: 415 yards
Chief Hazards: 99 bunkers, tree-lined fairways
Major Championships and Title Winners:1974 PGA Championship (Lee Trevino)1986 USGA Amateur Public Links Championship (Billy Mayfair)1987-2002 Senior PGA Tour’s Vantage Championship (won by such notables Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson, Jim Colbert [three times], Bruce FleisherCourse Record: 60 by Bruce Fleisher in second round of Senior PGA Tour’s Vantage Championship
Course Ranking: Consistently ranked as one of the top public courses in the nation. Ranked as #1 public course in the state by North Carolina Magazine.
Anecdote: Lee Trevino, brandishing an old putter he had found in the attic of his rental home, won the first of his first two PGA Championships at Tanglewood in 1974, finishing one stroke ahead of Jack Nicklaus by shooting rounds of 73-66-68-69 for a total of 276 or 4-under par. Sam Snead, at age 62, finished in a tie for third at the event, two shots behind Trevino, with scores of 69-71-71-68; it was the third consecutive top ten finish in the event for Snead, but also the final major in which he was in contention. The course played difficult, with 122 over-par rounds on the first day for an average of 74.85. The second day had 119 over-par rounds for an average of 74.5. As Dan Jenkins wrote in Sports Illustrated “He Left Them Laughing,” 19 Aug. 1974), Trevino expressed a “devout love” for the golf course, but hardly anyone else did. One reason for the disgruntlement was that the golfers played the event during a week of steady rain.
Expert Comment:”Tanglewood Park is scenic beyond description. The golf course, now officially known as the PGA Course, is demanding and yet rewarding for those who hit golf balls straight.” Bill Nichols, “Tanglewood, Site of 1974 PGA, More Than a Public Golf Course,” The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), 10 Aug. 1974.