Who doesn’t want their ball to roll further? Imagine hitting your longest drive ever and telling everyone about it. All of that is possible in the mountains, especially in the NC Smokies. We have five unique golf courses right here in Haywood County, North Carolina you’re sure to find that perfect location for your next golf trip.
We truly believe we are a “best-kept secret” when it comes to golfing in the Southeast. Not only do you get to enjoy incredible mountain views and comfortable temperatures, the quaint mountain towns of Canton, Maggie Valley, and Waynesville are just a few steps away.
Golfers know how critical it is to keep the rest of the family happy on a golfing vacation. With the quaint mountain towns of Waynesville and Maggie Valley at your doorstep, they’ll find plenty of ways to stay busy while you focus on your game.
Here’s another trait that makes Waynesville and Maggie Valley a top destination for golfers: there’s no need to fight for that early morning tee time to beat the heat. While the masses sweat it out in Pinehurst and Augusta, the courses in the NC Smokies enjoy the perfect climate, with moderate shirt-sleeve temperatures through spring, summer, and fall. A true perk of mountain golf.
Golfers are known for their camaraderie, but we also crave the exhilarating 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 choose 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 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. There are plenty of accommodation options for groups of any size, and golfers enjoy spending multiple-day stays here.
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. Grab an early tee time to see why we call them the Smoky Mountains!
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 pickleball, plus the peaceful vacation destination of Maggie Valley at your doorstep.
The Pin High Bar & Grill is currently open for dine-in and carry-out. Stop by to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere or take home some of the best grub in the Valley.
Course stats: 18-holes with 6,466 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.
On-site 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 an outdoor pool during summer months. Golf instruction includes private coaching, clinics, and group lessons, including youth.
Currently, the fitness center here is closed and all classes are postponed. However, dining is open! They’re serving lunch and dinner to members and guests Tuesday – Saturday from 11:30am – 2:30pm, and brunch on Sunday is open to the public.
Course stats: 18-holes with 6,904 yards and par 72.
A great public course for a casual game, players who take their game to the Lake Junaluska Golf Course enjoy beautiful views of the mountain-flanked lake. The easily walkable front nine is good for groups with a spectrum of skill levels. It’s also equipped with a clubhouse, basic pro shop, and café with standard fairway fare.
The nearby Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is a lovely getaway if you have a family in tow. There’s plenty to keep them busy, like a playground, lakeshore greenway, swimming pool, and boat rentals during summer. And to round out a vacation on the greens, you can even play free mini-golf.
The Lake Junaluska Pro Shop is operating at limited capacity currently. New course rules require no more than one person per golf cart.
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 more than 40 years. A new family has recently purchased the course, revamping tee boxes and bunkers, and completely renovating the clubhouse.
The greens boast diverse views ranging from the breathtaking face of Cold Mountain to the rushing waters of the Pigeon River. Inside the golf resort, you’ll find a dining room and turn-stop café. Packages with onsite cabins include unlimited golf and cart use, plus meals, making this a great weekend getaway with your best buddies.
Course stats: 18-holes with 6,800 yards and par 72.
So, now that you’ve heard a little more about golfing in Haywood County, where will you start? Once you book your trip, make sure to sign up for our traveler’s newsletter to get more information about things to do on your trip to Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, Lake Junaluska, and Clyde.