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6 Best Golf Courses in Western NC

Western North Carolina is full of scenic and challenging golf courses for any level of golfer to enjoy. North Carolina is one of the country’s premier golf states. The natural slopes, cliffs, sparkling lakes, ponds and waterfalls that are abundant in Western North Carolina offer beautiful, but formidable hazards for any course. Not to mention, the lush greens, colorful blooms, and mild temperatures are ideal for the perfect round of golf. Below are 6 of our favorite Western North Carolina golf courses you are sure to love. 

1. Lake Junaluska Golf Course

Spread out over 5,000 yards along the shore of Lake Junaluska, this 68 par course offers an 18-hole round of golf for all levels. A major benefit to this course is that it is a part of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center featuring just about any fun activity you can imagine. They have pools, kayaks, canoes, a fitness center, hiking trails, museums, even tennis courts, and a mini golf course. And if that isn’t enough the surrounding towns of Waynesville and Maggie Valley are sure to offer a fun day for everyone. So, if golf isn’t anyone’s game, they can enjoy an outing and meet up with you for dinner!

2. Smoky Mountain Golf Club

Located in Whittier, North Carolina, this idyllic par 71 course is spread out over 6,100 yards along the Great Smoky Mountains. The course boasts incredible views at each hole. With over 400 feet of elevation changes and strategic bunkers, this course is the definition of mountain golfing North Carolina is praised for nationwide. You will need to shoot with precision as you go through hills and gorges with every shot. Every single hole is perfectly manicured and maintained by renowned course maintenance staff. Spend the weekend teeing up on the course, using the amenities including spas and tennis courts, or enjoying the numerous outdoor activities allowed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

3. Sequoyah National Golf Club

This picturesque par 72 championship course, is a must for any golfer looking to test their skills. Enjoy this 6,600 yard, 18 hole course with professionally manicured greens, fairways, and bunkers. Each hole offers a different view of the Great Smoky Mountains, sure to make it difficult to concentrate. Practice your swing on their driving range, or work on your short game at their putting and chipping greens. After you win some money from your friends, have them settle up with lunch at the clubhouse featuring a deck with 180-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. When you are done take time with the family to enjoy a few of the best things to do in Cherokee, NC. If one day is not enough, make sure to book a trip at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

4. Waynesville Inn Golf Resort

Waynesville Inn Golf Resort is the ultimate golf trip location. The resort features not one, but three golf courses for you to enjoy. The Dogwood Course, Carolina Course, and Blue Ridge Course are sure to offer a number of natural and designed hazards for your group. Each is a 9 hole, par 35 course offering a unique terrain with the Blue Ridge Course being the most challenging. If you are sore after a long day of golf, take advantage of their full-service spa to help you relax and loosen up for the next day. When you are done, enjoy their on-site taproom or go downtown to a local Waynesville brewery.

5. Red Bird Golf Links

Set in Sapphire Valley, NC this public 9 hole golf course spans 32 acres along the gorgeous Horsepasture river. This course offers 6 par-3’s and 3 par-4’s and boasts a challenge for anyone looking to learn the game. A great course for beginners to learn, or bring your whole family for a fun round! This is an easily walkable course perfect for practicing on before you try your hand at any of the Championship Courses in Western North Carolina. Make sure to visit the surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina for plenty of family fun, shopping, and dining options. 

6. Omni Grove Park Golf Course

Located in Asheville the Omni Grove Park Golf Course on the Historic Biltmore Estates, features 18 holes, for a par 70 spread out over 6,400 yards of timeless green. Hit a few balls while you straighten up that drive on their scenic range. Take a lesson with their skilled pros who know the course and the game better than anyone. Spend the weekend on the links while you stay in the renowned Omni Grove Park Inn. Also check out their comprehensive spa packages sure to help you unwind. Not playing like you hoped? Take a break and explore all that Asheville has to offer including great eats and a truly inspiring art scene.   

Whatever course you decide to place a tee, you are sure to be surrounded by the breathtaking hills and scenic vistas that are naturally a part of the North Carolina mountains. When you are done on the links, make sure to visit one of the many Western North Carolina towns surrounding the courses that are filled with unique shopping and dining experiences for the whole family. Better yet, make a weekend trip out of it! Clean your clubs, practice your swing and come be a part of a rich golf heritage right here in Western North Carolina.