Swing in the Smokies: Pack the Clubs for a Unique Golf Experience This Fall

Maggie Valley ClubHAYWOOD COUNTY - Western North Carolina is one of the foremost places in the U.S. for those looking to experience an assortment of colors this autumn. In Haywood County, visitors can enjoy the swing from summer to fall on one of six fantastic golf courses.

Surrounded by striking fall scenes and breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains, Haywood County offers players of every ability excitement from tee to green. Whether you're looking for fun outings with family and friends or for a more serious competitive challenge, whether you're a scratch golfer or 20-handicap with an unmatched love for the game, pack your bags, and your clubs, of course, and swing into the season. 

Like the game of golf itself, there are plenty of ups and downs on these mountain courses. The setting for a round of golf is nothing short of spectacular, no matter where you might find yourself on the course. The golf courses in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, and Lake Junaluska are among the most unique in the East, with a mix of flat valley fairways, blind tee shots, major changes in elevation, and undulating greens - all during the same round. Best of all, it's affordable.

"The combination of natural scenic beauty and expertly designed, well-maintained courses really makes Haywood County a unique golfing destination," said Lynn Collins, executive director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. "Thanks to the mountain setting and comfortable, crisp mountain air, golfing couldn't be more enjoyable and rewarding."

The Waynesville Inn's Blue Ridge 9

"Playing golf this fall in Waynesville and Haywood County will be a great value, even more so than years in the past, with better packages at better prices," said Jeffrey Young, sales director at The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa. "What makes Haywood County a unique destination for golf is the weather, the mountain backdrop and the people," he added. "Golfers can enjoy great fall weather and really get to enjoy the short-range and long-range mountain views while the leaves change color."

Now's the time to start planning a golf trip to Haywood County for the fall season, when the mountains and valleys are transformed by the changing leaves into a cornucopia of color-perhaps the only distraction you'll find on these peaceful courses. Visitors can choose from on-site lodging or one of the 180-plus accommodations in Haywood County.

Swing in the SmokiesIdeally located in the center of the Southeast, only hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, Haywood County offers golf enthusiasts a complete experience, whether they're looking for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation.

"They can golf in the morning, hike in the afternoon, and have an array of dining and shopping at their fingertips," Young said. "Or they can kick back on their balconies for some much-needed relaxation."

The Courses of Haywood County

Maggie Valley Club

An 18-hole, 6,500-yard, par-72 layout that gives golfers the impression that they're planning two different golf courses over the course of one round. You'll begin with the flat Valley Nine, which serves as a "warm-up" for the Mountain Nine that features an 800-foot rise in elevation and an increased challenge. For more information call (866) 659-4725 or visit www.maggievalleyclub.com.

The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa

A picturesque 27-hole course designed by the legendary Donald Ross that features three separate and distinct par 35, 9-hole courses that start and finish at the clubhouse. The Blue Ridge Course is the most mountainous; the Carolina Course is the flattest; the Dogwood Course is the shortest. In any combination, a round here offers everything one might expect from a Western North Carolina course. Call (800) 627-6250 or visit www.thewaynesvilleinn.com.

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Cold Mountain

Springdale Country Club

An 18-hole, par-72 course that stretches to more than 6,800 yards (from the tips). The layout features gradual elevation changes on the opening nine that flows toward Rocky Face Mountain, and a stunning back nine characterized by wide open fairways. The world-famous Cold Mountain serves as a more than adequate backdrop. For more information call (800) 553-3027 or visit www.springdalegolf.com.

Laurel Ridge Country Club

Fast, undulating greens, lush tree-lined fairways and spectacular panoramic views highlight this 18-hole, par-72 championship course. From the back tees, the semi-private course spans 6,904 yards and offers every challenge expected of a mountain course, yet does so with a delicate balance of fairness and playability. Call (800) 769-1177 or visit www.laurelridgegolf.com.

Lake Junaluska Golf Course

At this 18-hole, 5,034-yard course, length and distance take a backseat to accuracy and placement. A number of blind shots, especially coming in, makes this a challenging but fun par-68 for the entire group. For additional information please call (828) 456-5777 or visit www.lakejunaluska.com.

Iron Tree Golf Course

This 9-hole, par-35 course features 2,616 yards (from the back tees) in a natural mountain setting that will "test your mental game and keep you entertained." Call (828) 627-1933 for more information. 


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