Win tee times at some of the world's premier courses.
Balsam Mountain Preserve

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Sylva, North Carolina
Rotate for Gallery View
ArchitectBadgeArnold Palmer
Sylva, North Carolina
  • AddressBalsam Mountain Preserve, 81 Preserve Rd, Sylva, NC 28779, USA

Within the U.S. National Park System, “preserves” are areas generally set aside with little intent of hikers or other recreational activity pursuants from ever finding them. That’s the general idea at Balsam Mountain Preserve as well, but a small part of the development’s 4,400-acre property has been set aside for residential purposes and an Arnold Palmer golf course. The rest remains untouched for the betterment of the fauna wildlife living within the Great Smoky Mountains.

Rotate for Gallery View

Palmer didn’t stretch the yardage too far for those tucked within this mountain paradise, but he probably didn’t need to. The downhill tee shots and surrounding penalty areas on this well-sloped property will enforce accuracy-before-distance. Many of the tee boxes at Balsam Mountain will offer views to die for, while the aforementioned fauna can probably make a killing by selling the lost balls they find in the woods at the turn.

If you don’t find the fairway but keep it outside of the woods, you’ll still need to contend with a litany of white sand bunkers, conveniently placed by Mr. Palmer.


Course Reviews

Leave a Review

* Required
  • 5 images maximum
  • Images must be a jpg file type and no more than 5mb
Sort By:

This course has not been reviewed.

If you have played this course, consider .

Thanks for the review

Your review has been successfully submitted and will be reviewed for approval.

Course Reviewed

You’ve already submitted a review for this course.

Please Sign In

Please sign in before submitting a review.

Sign In

Course Architect

View All
Arnold Palmer

Arnie teamed up with Ed Seay in 1972, forming the Palmer Course Design Company which was later renamed Arnold Palmer Design Company when the firm moved to Orlando, Florida, in 2006.

Explore More Courses



Thank you

You've been subscribed.

Already Subscribed

You are already subscribed to our newsletter. Thank you for subscribing.

We've made some changes

Top 100 Golf Courses has a new look and feel. If you have comments or questions about the changes, please let us know.

Submit Feedback