In 1752, King George II of Great Britain gave William Cleghorn a “King’s Grant” of 2,000 acres in Rutherford County, North Carolina.  William settled in Rutherfordton, married Lettice Cleghorn and started a family.  They slowly built Cleghorn Plantation into a self-sufficient farm and community, planting corn, cotton, and other crops to support themselves.  In 1837, the Manor House was built where descendants of William and Lettice lived for many years.  The house survives to this day.

Over a period of time, land was sold by the Cleghorn family to pay their expenses.  In 1972, they retained George Cobb, a well known golf architect, to design the Cleghorn golf course as we know it today.  Mr. Cobb also designed over 100 courses including the Par 3 course at Augusta National as well as Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

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Cleghorn has been upgraded from tee to green so your golf experience is second to none.

  • The course tips out at 6762 yards with a course rating of 73.3 and slope of 136.
  • Four sets of tees accommodate players of all abilities and ages.
  • New electric Club Car golf carts are extremely quiet and comfortable.
  • Large putting green for short game practice.
  • Grass driving range for warming up before your round.
  • Pro shop fully stocked with balls, gloves, shoes, and shirts.
  • Food & Beverage available – serving sandwiches, hotdogs, snacks, and Pepsi products.
  • Make your tee times on this website and enjoy fast, free, and easy reservations.

Welcome back to Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club at Tryon Resort, mountain golf at its finest.


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