The coveted 18th hole is where golfers will wrap up the Greater Hickory Classic next week, but the journey to get there will be different this year after summer flooding damaged the course.
At the end of July, torrential rainfall soaked the course at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa community. A total of eight holes ended up underwater and large chunks were washed away from a main bridge connecting the 18 holes of the Jones course.
Executive Tournament Director Jim Correll said nearly 100 volunteers from the community and tournament helped to clean up the mess then the work to repair the course began.
"It's probably close to a million dollars that it took to get the course back in the shape that it is today," Correll said.
Crews were not able to fix the bridge so Correll said they decided to work around it.
This year, 81 golfers will play nine holes on the Jones course where the contest has been played since 2003. The nine additional holes will be played on the Jackson course, which has never been used for official tournament play.
It's all been re-branded as "The Champions Course."
"It's like a brand-new tournament, a lot of excitement," Correll said. "We're really excited about next week."
It also provides a brand-new opportunity for neighbors living along the Jackson course to get a bird's eye view of the action.
Resident Sue James said, "Never been back behind our homes and this part of the course has never been used, so it's very exciting."
Golfers will start hitting the links Tuesday. The tournament wraps up next Sunday.
Golfer Fred Funk took the title last year. This year's purse is $600,000. The winner will take home $240,000.