Oak Hollow GC in High Point, NC would be my (first) entry into this thread (great thread topic by the way). It's a Pete Dye design that has a lot of the unfair Dye slopes in the greens, with the normal Pete Dye risk/reward setup on several holes. I played it with some cousins during my family reunion and thought it was fantastic. We normally play Starmount Forest (I'm a ClubCorp member), Grandover, or Bryan Park (both have 36 holes and both are fine facilities), but I think I want to make Oak Hollow my preferred course when I go to visit my NC fam. For the price, it just can't be beat. I think we paid $40 on a Saturday morning (8am tee time) and it was definitely worth more than that with several holes on a large lake and excellent fairways and greens.
I do really like the layout but would love if this course changed to Bermuda greens. Playing at 8am is ok but later in the day the greens are pretty beat up in the summer. But they got to keep them long and watered.
It was a pretty nice crowd out there. I felt like, due to its location and some of the guys I saw playing the course, it’s not as appreciated as it should be. You’re right that with the right type of grass for the greens, it could be a MONSTER of a great course. I still plan to play it again. It was fun and very challenging. I definitely remember many of the holes after only playing it once compared to both Bryan Park courses and both Grandover courses, both of which I can only remember a few holes between the 72.
I used to live in Greensboro, and I loved playing this course. Conditions were often a bit rough, but the bones of the layout are great. It's early Dye with a number of interesting holes, a couple blind landing areas, and some great bunkering. Holes 6 and 7 are a great par 4/par 3 combo out along the lake. The par 4 asks you how much lake you want to bite off as the boomerang fairway curls around to the green, and the par 3 asks how much you're willing to tempt the railroad timbered bunker in front of a green that slopes away. It's a great track. (Though I'll also give a lot of love to Starmount and Bryan Park, which are really good courses. Next time you're there, try Tanglewood in Winston too.)