Nothing beats the lush emerald green of a golf course this time of year. Dust off your clubs and get into the swing of spring with a golf getaway to the NC Smokies of Haywood County.
With five stunning courses in one incredible mountain setting, this golf destination ranks among best-kept secrets of golf insiders in the Southeast.
The sweeping panoramic vistas of distant mountain ranges offer a spectacular backdrop for a day on the course. Bask in the glory of a long drive with long-range views, breathe in the fresh mountain air and let your spirit soar as high as your ball.
Golfers know how critical it is to keep the rest of family happy on a golfing vacation. With the quaint mountain towns of Waynesville and Maggie Valley at your doorstep, they’ll find plenty to keep them busy while you focus on your game.
There’s another trait that makes Waynesville and Maggie Valley a top destination for golfers. You don’t have to fight over early morning tee times to beat the heat. While the masses sweat it out in Pinehurst and Augusta, the courses of the NC Smokies enjoy the perfect climate, with moderate shirt-sleeve temperatures through spring, summer and fall.
Golfers are known for their camaraderie, but we also crave the exhilaration and freedom of wide open spaces, and the relaxation that comes with quiet time on the fairway. With 26 million golfers in the United States all jockeying for green time, it’s rare to find an exceptional course with plenty of elbow room, but a golf escape to the NC Smokies is a true diamond in the rough.
With five spectacular mountain courses to chose from, you can go all in and play the full circuit, sampling the distinct character of each course in this golfers’ paradise. Or settle in for a resort experience — wining, dining and lounging the day away between tee times.
The renown Waynesville Inn Golf Resort boasts three distinct courses — the Dogwood, Carolina and Blue Ridge — that cater to pros and novices alike. Cradled by a ring of mountains, the exemplary greens meander through coves, valleys and rolling hills, with a combination of long drives and tight, precision shots.
On-site amenities include a well-appointed pro shop, fine dining, casual bar and grill, outdoor veranda and full-service day spa. Packages include various lodging options with golf, dining and spa pairings.
Course stats: three 9-hole courses with a total of 8,772 yards and par 35 for each 9-hole layout.
Spectacular scenery and impeccable greens are highlights of a golf experience at Maggie Valley Club.
Designed for all skill levels, novices can comfortably play the front Valley Nine, while even the most seasoned players will get a challenge from the back Mountain Nine. The resort has a full-service dining room and bar overlooking the course. Golf packages offer green-side condos.
For non-golfers in your group, Maggie Valley Club & Resort has a pool and hot tub, fitness center, walking trails, tennis and pickle ball, plus the renown vacation destination of Maggie Valley at your doorstep.
Course stats: 18-holes with 6,466 yards and par 72.
A great public course for a casual game, the Lake Junaluska Golf Course is tucked away in the heart of Waynesville with views of a glistening lake flanked by mountain ridges. The front nine is good for groups with a spectrum of skill levels and easily walkable. A club house, basic pro shop and café with standard fairway fare
The nearby Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat is a veritable gold mine if you have a family in tow, with a playground, lakeshore greenway, swimming pool and boat rentals during summer, and even free mini golf.
Course stats: 18-holes with 5,034 yards and par 68.
Springdale Country Club is a true hidden gem, tucked away in a scenic mountain valley and a stone’s throw from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Cruso. Family owned and known for its Southern hospitality, Springdale has been catering to destination golfers for 40 years.
The greens boast diverse views ranging from the breathtaking face of Cold Mountain to the rushing waters of the Pigeon River. The golf resort had a dining room and turn stop café. Packages with onsite cabins include unlimited golf and cart use, plus meals.
Course stats: 18-holes with 6,800 yards and par 72.
A private, championship course, Laurel Ridge is an exceptionally beautiful course with contoured fairways, undulating hills, well-manicured greens, meandering streams and a kaleidoscope of landscape plantings.
Onsite amenities include a full-service pro shop, dining room and bar with sweeping views of the course and an outdoor veranda, turn stop café on the course, and outdoor pool during summer months. Golf instruction includes private coaching, clinics and group lessons, including youth.
Course stats: 18-holes with 6,904 yards and par 72.