Posted on: April 9, 2021 Posted by: Sarah Giavedoni Comments: 0

Last Updated on April 19, 2023

Here in Western North Carolina, we’re fortunate to have so many options to live an active lifestyle. One of the most popular activities is golf. WNC boasts dozens of golf courses to choose from, both public and private, for a wide range of skill levels and price points. We even have courses designed by legendary course architects Donald Ross and Tom Fazio. Golf courses in Asheville and Western North Carolina have attitude, as well as altitude, challenging golfers in the most gorgeous of settings.

There’s nothing like playing a round of golf at high elevation to quicken the blood and make you feel alive. We’ve highlighted a few of the many local courses for you, below. Read more about living the golf lifestyle in our annual Welcome to Western North Carolina magazine.

Our favorite WNC golf courses

Swing for the Smokies: Golf at the Omni Grove Park Inn
Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

Omni Grove Park Inn

Condé Nast Traveler Magazine included the golf course at Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in its list of “Top 20 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts.” Designed by Donald Ross in 1926, the 18-hole, par 70 course has an undulating front nine and a back nine that can be steep. Over the years, the resort has invested $2.5 million to restore the course in a manner that Ross would approve. Golf immortals who have enjoyed its challenge include Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, and Byron Nelson, as well as PGA stars like Doug Sanders, Gene Littler, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Chip Beck.

290 Macon Avenue, Asheville | (828) 629-7071 |

Asheville Municipal Golf Course

One of the oldest in WNC, Asheville Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 course that opened in 1927. The front nine of this Donald Ross-designed course measures 3,246 yards from the back tees, calling for a driver on every hole. The course is open daily to the public, weather permitting.

226 Fairway Drive, Asheville | (828) 298-1867 | 

Biltmore Forest Country Club

The 18-hole golf course at Biltmore Forest Country Club went through a $2.5-million restoration, accompanied by an $8.5-million renovation of the clubhouse, just a few years ago. The upgrades brought both back to their 1922 splendor. Over the years, the course has attracted the likes of Bobby Jones, Bill Tilden, John D. Rockefeller, William Jennings Bryan, William Howard Taft, and Calvin Coolidge.

31 Stuyvesant Road, Asheville | (828) 274-1261 |

Champion Hills

Ranked the Number 1 year-round course in Western North Carolina by Golf Digest magazine, Champion Hills is part of The Executive Golfer Collection. This exclusive collection gives members access to over 115 private luxury golf clubs around the country.

1 Hagen Drive, Hendersonville | (828) 696-1962 |

Chestnut Mountain Golf Club

South of Asheville in Mills River is Chestnut Mountain Golf Club, whose golf course is open to the public. Established in 1976 and designed by Tom Jackson, the 18-hole course has dramatic elevation changes and winding fairways. 

88 Country Club Road, Mills River | (828) 891-1986 |

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

Sporting the only golf course in WNC designed by Jack Nicklaus, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is a par 71, 18-hole course that opened in tournament-ready conditions, according to the PGA Tour. Its greens, bent-grass fairways, clever bunkering, and elevation changes make it a challenge that calls for a sharp eye.

40 Club Village Way, Arden | (828) 687-7965 | 

Country Club of Asheville

The Country Club of Asheville has an 18-hole, par 72 Donald Ross-designed course with a distinctive clubhouse that overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains. It also boasts a state-of-the-art indoor tennis facility that has eight outdoor clay courts and a modern fitness facility. Also available are a 25-tee driving range and putting and chipping greens.

170 Windsor Road, Asheville | (828) 258-9183 |

Etowah Valley Golf & Resort

In Henderson County, Etowah Valley Golf Club has three 9-hole courses, all knitted together in one spectacular championship golf experience. Create the combination you want from six tee positions on a scenic mountain plateau 2,200 feet high.

470 Brickyard Road, Etowah | (828) 891-7022 |

Mount Mitchell Golf Club

Height matters at Mount Mitchell Golf Club, located near Burnsville. Lying at about 3,000 feet in elevation and bordered by peaks that exceed 6,000 feet, the course is relatively flat for its location. The South Toe River runs through it, a factor that must be taken into account for many shots.

11484 State Highway 80 S, Burnsville | (828) 675-5454 |

Reems Creek Golf Club

In Weaverville, just north of Asheville, sits Reems Creek Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course. Located in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, it’s surrounded by tall mountains through which the Blue Ridge Parkway passes. The 6,492-yard course was designed by Hawtree & Sons, a British firm that worked on Royal Birkdale, a course in the British Open rotation.

36 Pink Fox Cove Road, Weaverville | (800) 406-3936 |

Other top-notch golf courses in WNC

Rumbling Bald in Lake Lure, NC

In the mountain region west of Asheville, there are a handful of top-notch public courses, including the Sequoyah National in Cherokee (designed by Robert Trent Jones II) and the historic 27 holes at Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa. In the Cashiers area of Jackson County, the scenic High Hampton Inn has one of the most picturesque courses in the country. 

Here is a complete list of the remaining golf courses in WNC:

Apple Valley Golf Course

112 Mountains Boulevard, Lake Lure | (828) 694-3043 |

Bald Mountain Golf Course

112 Mountains Boulevard, Lake Lure | (828) 694-3042 |

Read more about these two Rumbling Bald golf courses.

Black Mountain Golf Course

17 Ross Drive, Black Mountain | (828) 669-2710 |

Bright’s Creek Golf Club

2222 Palmer Road, Mill Spring | (828) 694-4510 | 

Broadmoor Golf Links

101 French Broad Lane, Fletcher | (800) 238-5795 | 

Chatuge Shores Golf Course

260 Golf Course Road, Hayesville | (828) 389-8940 |

Cleghorn Golf & Sports Club

183 Golf Circle, Rutherfordton | (828) 286-9117 | 

Connestee Falls Country Club

99 Overlook Clubhouse Drive, Brevard | (828) 885-2005 | 

Crowne Plaza Golf Course

1 Resort Drive, Asheville | (828) 253-5874 |

Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club

925 Lakeledge Court, Hendersonville | (828) 891-9412 |

Dogwood Valley Golf Course

328 Dogwood Valley Road, Forest City | (828) 248-5222

Forest City Municipal Golf Course

211 Clay Street, Forest City | (828) 248-5222 |

Franklin Golf Course

255 First Fairway Drive, Franklin | (828) 524-2288 |

Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club

2360 Swiss Pine Lake Drive, Spruce Pine | (828) 765-7436 |

Hendersonville Country Club

1860 Hebron Road, Hendersonville | (828) 693-6507 |

High Hampton Resort

1525 Highway 107 S, Cashiers | (800) 648-4252 | 

Kenmure Golf Club

100 Clubhouse Drive, Flat Rock | (828) 697-1200 |

Lake Junaluska Golf Course

91 North Lake Shore Drive, Lake Junaluska | (828) 456-5777 |

Laurel Ridge Country Club

49 Cupp Lane, Waynesville | (828) 456-0545 | 

Maggie Valley Club

1819 Country Club Drive, Maggie Valley | (828) 926-6013 |

Marion Lake Club

2030 NC HWY 126, Nebo | (828) 652-6232

Meadowbrook Golf Club

1211 Meadowbrook Road, Rutherfordton | (828) 863-2690

Mill Creek Golf Club

341 Country Club Drive, Franklin | (828) 524-4653 | 

Orchard Trace Golf Club

924 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville | (828) 685-1006

Red Fox Country Club

106 Club Road, Tryon | (828) 894-8251

Rutherfordton Golf Club

191 Twitty Ford Road, Rutherfordton | (828) 287-3406

Sapphire National Golf Club

50 Slicers Avenue, Sapphire | (828) 743-1174 |

Sequoyah National 

79 Cahons Road, Whittier | (828) 497-3000 | 

Sherwood Forest Golf Club

101 Cardinal Road, Brevard | (828) 884-7825 |

Smoky Mountain Country Club

1300 Conleys Creek Road, Whittier | (828) 497-7622 |

Springdale Country Club

200 Golfwatch Road, Canton | (828) 235-8451 |

Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa

176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville | (828) 452-4617 | waynesvilleinnand

Wolf Laurel Country Club

2607 Wolf Laurel Road, Mars Hill | (828) 680-9771 |

Live the golf lifestyle in WNC

Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville, NC. Photo by Dave Theoret.

There are many different reasons why a golf lifestyle is so appealing. Living in golf communities provides all sorts of social and recreational opportunities. The well-manicured courses also supply a beautiful landscape from which to enjoy our mountains. Master-planned private communities like Hendersonville’s Champion Hills, Flat Rock’s Kenmure, or Arden’s The Cliffs at Walnut Cove are often a first choice for many golfers.

Some homeowners still prefer traditional neighborhoods like the Grove Park community, which surrounds the The Country Club of Asheville and the Grove Park Inn’s links. And if you want to enjoy big mountain views, there’s hardly a better place than Waynesville’s Maggie Valley Country Club.

Whether enjoying each day inside a master-planned community, or living in a traditional neighborhood that surrounds a course, WNC residents know they have many choices when it comes to spending time on the greens!

Are you ready to find your next golf home? Your Allen Tate/Beverly-Hanks REALTOR® is here to help you find the ideal golf course property that allows you to Live Abundantly in WNC. Find your dream WNC golf course home today.

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