FLETCHER – A return to glory is the theme for both Broadmoor Golf & Event Center and the 5th annual Asheville Amateur Tournament.
Broadmoor, Western North Carolina’s most unique links-style golf course, has recovered from a severe winter kill two years ago that robbed the course of a lot of its grass and some of its reputation as one of the area’s most popular and fun 18 holes.
And officials at Broadmoor are hoping the 36-hole Asheville Amateur Tournament, set for Sept. 16-17 at the 6,369-yard, par-72 Karl Litten design, will introduce or reintroduce golfers to this layout that features water to avoid on 11 holes.
Entry fee is $120 per player, which includes 36 holes of stroke play, green fees, cart, range balls and dinner on Saturday. Practice rounds for $25 are available Monday through Friday the week of the tournament.
Gross scores will be flighted after the first round in regular and senior flights.
The tournament began in 2013 and a year later featured more than 100 players. But as the course struggled with its condition after the severe winter kill in 2015, interest and play in the event dwindled.
Last year’s field was about 60 players, but general manager Hollie Storrier hopes to double that number this year.
“The field has dropped off the last couple of years due to the conditions, and we had just overseeded the course (with rye grass) before last year’s tournament, but this year we really are reaching out to the community and try to draw in many more players,” said Storrier, a New York native who has been with Broadmoor since last year.
“Overseeding last year really helped, and we want to do that every September. Rounds and revenue are up, almost double our best year in 2014.”
Hosting the Asheville Amateur is just part of the plan of Storrier and her bosses with Warrior Golf, which owns Broadmoor and Reems Creek GC in Weaverville, to get the word out that Broadmoor…