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 is back in good condition.

“Our goal is to make this tournament the biggest around here,” she said. “We want to get people out here and see our course conditions, either for the first time or to come back and see how much better it is now. We’ve made some updates to the course and the clubhouse, and we’ve spent a lot of money to improve everything here.”

Tig Munson of Cherryville was working on his game at the Broadmoor practice range – one of the few among WNC public and semi-private layouts – and said he sees a huge difference in the course.

“I always liked this course because it is so different that the other mountain courses. Flat, links golf with a lot of water,” he said.

“It was in pretty rough shape a year or two ago, but it’s really nice now and it is back to being a great place to play.”

WANT TO PLAY?

WHAT: 5th annual Asheville Amateur Tournament

WHEN: Sept. 16-17

WHERE: Broadmoor Golf & Event Center

FORMAT: 36 holes of stroke play, gross scores flighted after first round

FEE: $120, includes 36 holes, cart, green fee, range balls, dinner on Saturday

REGISTER: 828-687-1500 or broadmoorlinks.com