Sept. 11, 2018
The High Country of the North Carolina mountains offers spectacular dining, shopping, real estate opportunities. Most of all, people flock to Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and the surrounding area for the world class outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing, skiing and let's not forget the golf!
There are numerous golf courses dotting the verdant landscape ranging from exclusive courses with club memberships climbing toward the six figure mark, to 9-hole par 3's and everything in between.
With so many to choose from, it can be hard for visitors to decide, so here is a quick list of golf options in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Boone Golf Club
18 holes over 6,680 yards with a par of 71
433 Fairway Drive Boone, N.C. 28607
(828) 264-8760 http://www.boonegolfclub.com/
Rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest and one of the top 50 golf courses to play in NC and hidden gem of the North Carolina Mountains. Boone Golf Club features a fully stocked pro shop, practice facilities and a sister location of one of the High Country's favorite restaurants - Casa Rustica's Fairway Cafe serving breakfast and lunch.
Linville Land Harbor
1665 Goose Hollow Road Linville, N.C. 28646
This course features a distinct difference in front and back nines. The front nine is more than 1,000 yards longer than the back with the course's only two par 5s. The back nine meanders through the mountains and will test your short game.
For a detailed description of each hole or to schedule a tee time visit https://linvillelandharborgolf.com/
Mountain Aire Golf Club
18 holes over 6,404 yards with a par of 72
1104 Golf Course Road West Jefferson, N.C. 28694
(336) 877-4716 http://www.mountainaire.com/
A moderate length golf course that can be enjoyed by all skill levels nestled in beautiful West Jefferson.
Mountain Glen Golf Club
18 holes over 6,723 yards with a par of 72
1 Club House Drive Newland, N.C. 28657
(828) 733-5804 https://boone-asheville-nc-mountain-golf-course.com/
A 4 star GolfDigest rated George Cobb (ie Quail Hollow, Charlotte) designed course that is layed out to be rewarding and enjoyable. With practice facilities and clubhouse grill, this course has one of Western NC's best par 4 holes. Take a look at the layout of the course with a drone virtual tour of each hole.
Red Tail Mountain
18 holes over 6,884 yards with a par of 72
300 Clubhouse Lane https://www.redtailmountain.com/
Just over the NC boarder, this TN golf course is only 20 minutes from Boone. noted as a top 10 retirement location in TN, this newly renovated course features amazing views and wildlife.
Sugar Mountain Golf Course
18 holes over 4,560 yards with a par of 64
1054 Sugar Mountain Drive Sugar Mountain, N.C. 28604
(828) 898-6464 https://seesugar.com/golf/
Located just minutes from Boone, Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 18-hole seniors course is an affordable and accessible "Everyman's Golf Course" in a region home to some of the world's premiere private country club communities.
Willow Creek Golf Course
9 holes over 1,663 yards with a par of 27
354 Bairds Creek Road Vilas, N.C. 28692
(828) 963-6865 http://www.willowvalley-resort.com/
Willow Creek is a 9-hole Par 3 Executive course designed by Tom Jackson. Yardages range from the 137-yard sixth hole to the signature 221-yard ninth hole. The course has varying elevation changes with four tee boxes for all levels of play!
Course Rating: 45 Slope Rating: 113
Driving Range -Mountaineer Golf Center
115 Beverly Heights Ave. Boone, N.C. 28607
Private Golf Clubs in the High Country on North Carolina
This exclusive country club rises nearly 5000 feet above sea level putting it on a pedestal as the highest golf course east of the Mississippi River. With breathtaking views and an average summer high of 75, this renovated golf course in ON , not IN the NC mountains looking eye to eye with Grandfather Mountain.
$60,000 initiation fee and annual dues of $15,000
Social membership allow up to 10 rounds of golf per year limited to 1 per week after 2;00 PM and can be obtained for a mere $30,000 initiation and $7,500 per year in dues.
Elk River Club
One of North Carolina's top 10 golf courses and Jack Nicklaus first signature course in the state, Elk River runs with the natural topography and beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The course features fairly wide fairways, but challenging approaches to the undulating greens.
Full membership for property owners start with a $75,000 initiation fee, or you can get a limited associate membership for an initial $25,000 fee and $14,500 annually.
Besides golf, Elk River offers a private airport, equestrian center and world class trout fishing.
Grandfather Golf and Country Club
Membership to Grandfather Golf and Country Club is by invitation only, but if you are fortunate enough then you are in for a treat with two courses to choose from. Listed as one of America's 100 greatest courses by Golf Digest, the Championship course features beauty that may distract you from your game. If you are looking for a shorter game then the 18-hole par 59 course is a great option with 13 par 3 and five par 4 holes.
Yet another top 100 4.5 star course in the High Country! Jefferson Landing is an award winning par- 72 golf course spanning 7,110 immaculate yards along the New River. Designed by US Open and two-time PGA Champion, Larry Nelson, this course is fair but challenging.
Become a member of this award winning golf club for a one time initiation of $7,500 and annual $5,700 dues with a 500 minimum food.
Blowing Rock Country Club
The only Seth Raynor golf course in North Carolina, Blowing Rock Country Club has been challenging golfers since 1915 and rewards accuracy over distance. The club is open from May through October and features many events and tournaments throughout the season.
Sponsored membership begins at a $60,000 initiation fee for those 56 or older (just $47,000 for the younger crowd.) Club dues are $5,700 annually with a $1,200 food minimum. Add $2,000 per year and you are all set to enjoy one of the most beautiful courses the NC mountains have to offer.
Hound Ears Golf Course is a private course open to club members and their guests. Rental guests are also allowed to play the course if they are staying in a property that has full access to the Club.
The course winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains around lakes waterfalls and streams.
Membership: $30,000 initiation |$9,025 annual club dues | $1,500 annual golf dues
Guests: $80 Greens Fee | $25 cart fee
Golf Properties in The High Country