How Can I Play Quail Hollow?

The host venue of the 2022 Presidents Cup offers a challenge for anyone, but how can you play a round on it?

A general view of Quail Hollow
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Quail Hollow in Charlotte is one of the most famous courses in the US and one of the best in the Carolinas

The regular host of the Wells Fargo Championship is also the venue of the 2022 Presidents Cup. Not only that, but it has been the scene of several other prestigious tournaments, including the 2017 PGA Championship, which was won by Justin Thomas. Meanwhile, it will host the Major again in 2025.

The parkland course was designed in 1961 by George Cobb, and it’s undergone several improvements since, notably in 1986, when Arnold Palmer made changes to several holes, then 11 years later when Tom Fazio was tasked with a redesign. Fazio was again at the helm in 2016 when several holes were modified.

Rolling terrain and undulating greens are prevalent on a course that takes full advantage of the beautiful natural terrain its built on. Standout holes include the dogleg left 14th, which features a lake on the left-hand side and a long, narrow tiered green. The 17th is another hole with water prominent. Players hitting over the water in search of the green also need to be mindful of a bunker guarding it. Meanwhile, even it you land on the green, too far to the left could leave your ball rolling into the water that stands just six feet off the putting area.

The 14th hole at Quail Hollow

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The 17th is one of three closing holes that comprise the course’s infamous Green Mile – known as one of the most challenging finishes on the PGA Tour. They play as holes 13-15 for the Presidents Cup to ensure this daunting run of holes plays an integral part in the tournament. Meanwhile, off the course, another well-known feature is the grand Southern-style clubhouse, replete with oak floors and an opulent ballroom.

The Clubhouse at Quail Hollow

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The club is private and exclusive, with only around 350 members. Indeed, becoming one can only be achieved after a recommendation from a current member of the club. Meanwhile, initiation fees are reportedly around $100,000 with monthly dues of $800. Another option could be to play as a guest of a member. Otherwise, qualifying for the Wells Fargo Championship is probably the next easiest option.

Can Visitors Play Quail Hollow?

The club is both private and exclusive, with only around 350 members. Anyone wishing to become a member has to be recommended by a current member, while initiation fees are reportedly around $100,000.

Who Are Members At Quail Hollow?

Of its approximately 350 members, notable names include NFL team Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, Webb Simpson and Harold Varner III. Rory McIlroy – who holds the course record of 61 – is an honorary member.

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.