If hitting the links on world famous golf courses — without leaving your neighborhood — is your thing, there aren’t many places in the world that rival western North Carolina. The sheer beauty of the landscape, courses developed by internationally acclaimed designers, and a wide variety of family-friendly amenities make communities like Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway highly sought after destinations.
Here’s our list of the best golf communities in western North Carolina, categorized by neighborhood:
Cashiers is a quintessential mountain resort town, full of shops, fine restaurants, first-class golf courses and country clubs. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cashiers is an easy place to enjoy the seasonal festivities offered in town or escape to nature, taking in lush foliage and cool mountain summers as you hike, bike, horseback ride, or get in the water.
Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club
Between the towns of Highlands and Cashiers, perched atop the Blue Ridge mountains, Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club is famous for its Tom Fazio-designed golf course. Members have access to a world-class spa, lifestyle concierge assistance and a private lake lodge offering boating and other water sports at nearby Lake Glenville. With temperatures averaging 10-15 degrees below those of surrounding areas, Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club is the perfect summer retreat.
Mountaintop is a Discovery Land Company community. Discovery Land Company specializes in building luxury residential private club communities and resorts, known for their distinct architectural styles, world-class amenities, and high levels of service. View available Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club homes for sale.
Wade Hampton Golf Club
The Wade Hampton Golf Club is home to another course designed by Tom Fazio. The course has earned top rankings from Golf Digest and Golf World, and the heritage of the club is unmatched. Wade Hampton III bought property in the Cashiers Valley in 1855. He spent his summers here for many years, including during his service as Governor of South Carolina, United States Senator, and U. S. Railroad Commissioner. His heirs sold the estate to a group led by E. Lyndon McKee, who transformed it into a summer resort. Families continue to visit High Hampton Resort, enjoying old fashioned mountain hospitality, and of course the Wade Hampton Golf Club. View available Wade Hampton homes.
At 4,118 feet elevation, Highlands is another modern mountain resort town, featuring a charming boulevard, art galleries, music, spas, antique shops, and award-winning restaurants. All of this is surrounded by pristine mountains, brimming with sparkling lakes, streams and waterfalls. Hiking trails, fishing spots, and bike paths are all within a short drive of the boulevard.
The Cullasaja Club is a private mountain club known for its high level of personalized service and down-to-earth quality. Arnold Palmer designed the championship golf course, carefully carving the fairways into the natural landscape, among a trio of waterfalls and around Ravenel Lake, offering both beauty and challenge. The Cullasaja tennis center’s Har-Tru surface courts host plenty of enthusiastic matches, clinics and private lessons. Members can also enjoy friendly games of golf croquet on the full size court, “The Lawn at Cullasaja.”
Whether you prefer mountain views, a retreat on the water, or real estate right on the golf course, Cullasaja Club has luxury mountain homes offering all the right rustic ingredients.
Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove
The Old Edwards Club — an exclusive private club — features a Tom Jackson-designed golf course. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the clubhouse affords panoramic views of the landscape and the first tee. The club’s fitness center, heated outdoor mineral swimming pool, clay tennis courts, and destination spa offer activities and relaxation for everyone in your family. Members also enjoy access to amenities at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, including Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden, Art’s at The Lodge, the fitness center and classes, and Old Edwards Spa and Salon. See homes for sale in Highlands Cove.
Sapphire Valley is located between Cashiers and Brevard, in the heart of “the land of waterfalls.” Sapphire offers year-round adventure with its ski resort, award-winning golf courses, great restaurants, hiking trails, and renowned trout fishing waters.
Burlingame’s top-ranked, 18-hole championship mountain golf course is just one of many attractions. Glistening lakes, fast-dry tennis courts, a newly renovated club, and the Burlingame wine society make the community a place to celebrate life and family. View available homes for sale in Burlingame.