First Tee Mountain Golf Vacations in North Carolina


Choose your own courses or let our professional staff make recommendations. We play these courses on a regular basis, and will provide detailed information about each course to help guide you as you plan your golf getaway.


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*Private Courses

First Tee Mountain Golf - Apple Valley Golf Course

Apple Valley

The Blue Ridge Mountains deliver you to a golfer's paradise with two distinct 18 hole golf courses, and 27 miles of shoreline on beautiful Lake Lure. Apple Valley, designed by Dan Maples, features well guarded greens and tight fairways. Golf Digest's "Places to Play" called Apple Valley


Bald Mountain

Bald Mountain was built in 1968. Seen in the hit movie "Dirty Dancing," it was named for the rockfaced cliffs towering over the course. Bald Mountain offers a true challenge in a lovely setting. Popular with players of all abilities, its beautiful conditions received high marks from Golf Digest readers.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Bald Mountain Golf Course
First Tee Mountain Golf - Balsam Mountain Preserve Golf Course

Balsam Mtn Preserve

Private Course

Balsam Mountain Preserve may best be described as a sanctuary, a place virtually untouched by man. The same can be said of its Arnold Palmer Signature Course, an impeccably manicured gem lightly woven into the folds of the hills and valleys of western North Carolina. A sublime experience for our owners and their guests.


Bear Lake Reserve

Private Course

The spectacular, private, 9-hole/par 29 course situated along the summit of Bear Lake Reserve offers a diverse collection of strategically-designed holes, crafted by world-renowned Nicklaus Design®.


Special note*

As a guest of First Tee Mountain Golf, once on property you will be treated with full membership privileges for the day, including complimentary use of the driving range, unlimited golf, all recreational facilities including tennis, swimming pool, hiking, and dining at the very exclusive Lake Club.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Bear Lake Reserve Golf Club
First Tee Mountain Golf - Black Mountain Golf Club

Black Mountain

Black Mountain Golf Club is located at the foot of the beautiful Black Mountain Range in western North Carolina. This 6,215-yard par 71 18-hole facility is the home to the 747-yard, par 6 17th hole, which at one time was the longest hole in the world.

Boone Golf Club

The Boone Golf Club sits at 3,346 feet of elevation and was designed by Ellis Maples (protégé of Donald Ross) in 1959. You may recognize Maples name from his designs at over 60 southern U.S. golf clubs, including Whispering Pines, Pinehurst #5 and Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club, which ranks consistently within the top 10 courses in the region. Likewise, Boone Golf Club is considered one of the highest-rated public golf courses in Western North Carolina.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Boone Golf Club
First Tee Mountain Golf - Brights Creek Golf Course

Brights Creek

Private Course

Tom Fazio is a master. His designs are renowned the world over. No one uncovers the subtle beauty of a mountain golf course like Fazio. He is a genius at sculpting “the hidden layout” that flows naturally with the lay of the land. The challenging 19 holes at Bright’s Creek are a testament to his skill – and an absolute gift for players of all levels. Best of all, the course is open year-round for members and guests, thanks to our mild regional climate.



Set among the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Broadmoor is the region's only links-style course. Step back in time as you play a flat, natural terrain that lies in the Mills River Valley, beside the mighty French Broad River. You will enjoy a 6,921 yard, Par 72 championship course that is playable for every golfer.

First Tee Mountain Golf - The Broadmoor Golf Club
First Tee Mountain Golf - Burlingame Country Club Golf Course


Private Course

Tom Jackson’s creative vision plays out masterfully, in collaboration with Burlingame’s natural terrain of mountains, vistas, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and old growth forests. Burlingame’s 18-hole championship golf course continues to mesmerize members and guests alike. At elevations ranging between 3,000 to 3,500 feet, Burlingame Country Club offers one of the most inspiring courses you’ll ever discover.


Cleghorn Plantation

Ranked 94th out of 450 North Carolina courses. Golf Digest's "Places To Play" Guide 1994/95 World-renowned golf architect George Cobb designed this championship course amidst the varying terrain, wooded mountainsides and beautiful streams of the North Carolina foothills. Each hole has its own distinct character and is sure to please and challenge the most discriminating golfer.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Cleghorn Plantation Golf Course

Connestee Falls

Nestled in the cool foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Connestee Falls was designed to preserve the natural envirinment. Golf course architect George W. Cobb created this challenging 6400 yard par 72 course against a spectacular backdrop of the mountains and forest. This lush mountain course is very secluded and located in a gated community near Brevard, NC. Guests enjoy playing on manicured bent grass tees, fairways and greens.


Cummings Cove

Winner of a coveted 2006 "National Best Renovation of the Year" award, the new Cummings Cove Golf Course has everything that makes playing golf in the mountains special. The memorable 6,400 yard, par 71 course features 18 distinctly different holes and is playable for all skill levels. You will enjoy elevated tee boxes, tree lined fairways, lakes, streams, waterfalls, and see-forever views. Three unique par 3 holes highlight the back nine, one virtually hangs from a cliff. And like Baltustrol, home of the PGA Championship, the course finishes with back-to-back par 5's

First Tee Mountain Golf - Cummings Cove Golf Course
First Tee Mountain Golf - Dandridge Golf and Country Club


Dandridge Golf & Country Club is located west of Asheville near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and offers 27 holes of exciting golf designed by Dan Maples with breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains.


Etowah Valley Golf Club

Founded in 1967, the Etowah Valley Golf Club & Lodge features a stunning 27-hole championship golf course with full-service club and resort-style lodging facilities. The course has been ranked among the world's top 50 golf destinations by Golf Digest.

Etowah Valley Country Club & Golf Lodge is nestled in the foothills with the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Etowah Valley's 27-hole championship golf course adds to the beauty from the balcony of your room. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, exercise room, hospitality rooms, cottages, guests rooms, Wi-Fi, cable TV, horseshoes, driving range, tennis courts and croquet. Enjoy a full country breakfast in the morning, lunch and dinner at our dining hall, grill and pub.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Etowah Valley Golf Club
First Tee Mountain Golf - Grassy Creek Golf and Country Club

Grassy Creek

The golf course is a reflection of the mountains which surround it. It is challenging to the low handicap golfer,yet friendly to those with higher handicaps. Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club is truly a golf enthusiast's dream. Beautiful rolling terrain and long-range views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains makes this course one of the most enjoyable & picturesque golf courses in Western North Carolina.   An 18-hole, semi-private course that offers small, fast bentgrass greens that are rather painstakingly maintained for your golfing pleasure.


The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

Winner of a coveted 2006 "National Best Renovation of the Year" award, the new Cummings Cove Golf Course has everything that makes playing golf in the mountains special. The memorable 6,400 yard, par 71 course features 18 distinctly different holes. The Golf Course at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa first opened for play in 1899 and was redesigned in 1924 by Donald Ross. The 6,720-yard, par 70 layout is a shot maker's challenge with emphasis on accuracy rather than power. 

First Tee Mountain Golf - The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa
First Tee Mountain Golf - Kenmure Country Club and Golf Course


Private Course

Kenmure is western North Carolina’s premier gated golf community. It is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to a Joe Lee-designed golf course that has been voted by “Golfweek” as one of the “Top 50” developed courses in the southeast. This Private Community Golf Club is a spectacular designed course featuring magnificent golf and mountain views. Kenmure is located in the charming village of Flat Rock, North Carolina which is also a proud home to famed writer Carl Sandburg as well as North Carolina's renowned state theater, the Flat Rock Playhouse.


Linville Land Harbor

This beautiful member owned, public mountain golf course boasts 18 challenging holes of golf with tree lined fairways, several water features and excellent conditioning. The layout follows the natural contours of the land, which creates the perfect setting for a strong test of golf with exhilarating views. Green speed is maintained at a fast and fair pace, as the design combines a good variety of undulating and level putting surfaces.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Linville Land Harbor Golf Club
First Tee Mountain Golf - Laurel Ridge Golf Course

Laurel Ridge

The sculpture of this magnificent course is Robert Cupp, Jack Nicklaus's chief designer for 14 years. The contour of the land, the flowing streams, reflective ponds, sand and grass bunkers are employed masterfully to give each hole its own unique character. Laurel Ridge is Haywood County's  only private golf club community  and is located among the meadows and mountainsides overlooking Waynesville, North Carolina.

Maggie Valley

The golf course at Maggie Valley Club has been rated One Of America's Best by GOLFWEEK and a Top 50 Southern Resort Course by the Southern Living Travel Guide, one of only six courses so rated in North Carolina. Beautiful, large bent grass greens are the finest in the area. We keep them soft so good approach shots are rewarded. The fairways are Kentucky Blue Grass and remain green all year long.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Maggie Valley Golf Course and Country Club
First Tee Mountain Golf - Mount Mitchell Go!f Course

Mount Mitchell

The Mount Mitchell Golf Club has been rated four and a half stars (out of five) by Golf Digest Magazine. It is a player friendly par 72, with no blind shots and scenery that makes it hard to keep your mind on golf. It features bent grass tees, greens and fairways. It is in the Toe River valley and is virtually flat. The golf course opens in April and closes during the month of November.


Mountain Glen

The history of Mountain Glen begins with several tracts of land including a 400-acre dairy farm were secured and golf course architect George W Cobb was hired to draw up plans for an 18 hole layout. Cobb fell in love with the area and described it as one of the most beautiful natural locations for a course he had ever seen.  The first 9 holes were completed and opened for play on July 4, 1964, and the second 9 holes on May 29, 1965.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Mountain Glen Golf Course
First Tee Mountain Golf - Patriot Hills Golf Club

Patriot Hills

Patriot Hills Golf Club is the sister course to Dandridge Golf & Country Club and located only 1 1/2 miles from I-40 near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, rated 4 stars by Golf Digest, and has georgeous panoramic views of the Smokies.

Reems Creek

This most unique mountain golf experience is located only minutes away from Asheville, in a beautiful valley completely surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. The Reems Creek Golf Club, designed by Hawtree & Son of Oxford, England.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Reems Creek Golf Club
First Tee Mountain Golf - Rock Barn Golf Course & Spa

Rock Barn

The Rock Barn Golf & Spa, site of the Champions Tour event - The Greater Hickory Classic. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rock Barn hosts two award winning courses. The Champion's Course being the more challenging course has been named America's 4th best in Golf Digest. Their Tom Jackson Course being the less demanding has picturesque elevation changes that earned them a rating of 4 1/2 stars out of 5 in Golf Digest.


Sequoyah National

Owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, and managed by Troon Golf of Scottsdale, Arizona, this Robert Trent Jones II design offers golfers an idyllic 18 hole journey, filled with scenic vistas, beautiful landscapes and challenging golf. Native American golf pro Notah Begay III was the design consultant for what is considered to be one of the most dynamic golf courses in Western North Carolina. The course features integrated iconic images with views of the majestic Clingmans Dome peak, the Snowbird Mountain range and the historic Thomas Valley. Sequoyah has been rated the second best course built in 2009 that you can play in the United States by Golf Magazine.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Sequoyah National Golf Course
First Tee Mountain Golf - Smoky Mountain Golf Course and Country Club

Smoky Mountain

Picture a place surrounded by 5,000-foot peaks which descend into deep, shaded gorges where trout-filled streams turn into rushing whitewater rivers. Add to nature's awesome beauty the challenge of a spectacular and scenic championship golf course. Welcome to Smoky Mountain Country Club, located minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 


Springdale Country Club

Sculpted from the foothills and valleys beneath Cold Mountain,   Springdale 's Championship course offers a challenging day that could only be overshadowed by its spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At Springdale , golf reigns supreme, from the gradual elevation changes of the front nine toward Rocky Face Mountain, to the wide open fairways that await you on the back nine where Cold Mountain serves as a spacious backdrop.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Springdal Country Club and Golf Course
First Tee Mountain Golf - Sugar Mountain Golf Course

Sugar Mountain

Voted the #2 Short Course in the USA, the Ole Esval Sugar Mountain Public Golf Course may be the best kept secret in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Located near Boone, Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 18-hole public course is the “Every Player’s Club” in a region home to premiere private country club communities. The fabulous short course opened for play in 1974, the design of Frank Duane, previously the senior project manager for more than two decades for Robert Trent Jones, the undisputed dean of golf course architecture.



Private Course

The spectacular natural beauty that characterizes Trillium's sophisticated golf course reminds us of why we play "The Old Game" in the first place. We combine natural elements with careful design and a traditional approach to the game of golf. Together, this top-rated course and inviting Clubhouse are an integral part of the Trillium lifestyle and the heart of a warm, welcoming community.

First Tee Mountain Golf - Trilium Golf Course and Country Club
First Tee Mountain Golf - Wolf Laurel Golf Course

Wolf Laurel

Private Course

The Course is designed to take best advantage of the beautiful forest setting while offering breathtaking vistas wherever you turn.   The highest point on the course is over 4,800 feet with the lowest at 3,595 feet.   Tee to Green elevations can change as much as 310 feet.   The most unusual design feature of the course is that there are virtually no parallel fairways, which allows for wonderful sounds of nature to be the accompaniment of your round.