Grandfather - North Carolina - USA

Grandfather Golf & Country Club,
2120 Highway 105 Linville,
North Carolina (NC) 28646,
USA


  • +1 (0) 828 898 4531

  • Norris Clifton

  • Ellis Maples

  • Chip King


Grandfather is the highest of the Blue Ridge Mountain peaks and at the feet of the old man nestles Grandfather Golf and Country Club. There are two 18-hole courses at Grandfather, a short executive track and the championship course. Ellis Maples designed each layout, but the championship course is naturally the one and is considered the finest mountain course in the Carolinas.

The architect stated in a letter back in 1965 that, "the magnificent scenery afforded by the west slope of Grandfather Mountain as it towers above the Linville River Valley provides a golf setting that is unequalled in North Carolina. Tremendous trees line the fairways and the lake, streams and topography afford opportunities for a great variety of interesting golf holes."

Set in a valley between two mountain ridges, the Championship course is routed through dense woodland with fairways generally isolated from each other. A number of small creeks meander through the property, crossing several of the fairways, and this type of hazard is most noticeable on the par four 15th where water threatens both the fairway landing area and the approach to an exposed plateau green.

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Description: Grandfather is the highest of the Blue Ridge Mountain peaks and at the feet of the old man nestles Grandfather Golf and Country Club. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 4

Superb design nestled in the Appalachian mountains. Pay careful attention to the topography as a drive "right down the middle" may very well end up in the rough or worse. The club also has a robust croquet program, whites only! I also recommend relaxing at the Grandfather winery.

4 / 6
Grandfather
July 09, 2018


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A hidden gem (literally) in the mountains of North Carolina crafted by Ellis Maples. This is a perfect example of 18 really enjoyable holes, each of which is unique and you can’t see any other hole from the fairway you’re standing on. Right from the first hole, you are battling against the wonderful changes in elevation. Many holes challenge your ability to land tee shots on the correct side of a fairway as the land pitches strongly from one side to the other. This course doesn’t get a lot of attention; however, the members take advantage of one of the best courses in the State despite the short season (May to October) due to the snowfall in the winter months. I really enjoyed every hole at Grandfather!
5 / 6
Grandfather
July 27, 2015


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It’s a beautiful day in the Allegheny Mountains of North Carolina. We’re in Linville, home of Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club at the base of Grandfather Mountain. It took us a few hours to drive from Charlotte over the twisting mountain roads, but the drive was worth it. Grandfather Mountain, designed in 1968 by Ellis Maples, is the third Maples course I’ve played. He’s a brilliant designer who’s never gotten enough acclaim.

It’s peak leaf weekend here in the Allegheny Mountains, the temperature is a sunny 65 degrees, and the colors surrounding this special golf course are brilliant. The course meanders up and down foothills at the base of Grandfather Mountain, with many streams winding through the trees. There are wonderful elevation changes on this course and the greens are very challenging – sometimes too challenging. It’s hard to really pick out the most beautiful hole, but Number 7 really got our attention. After a slightly downhill tee shot that puts you at the bottom of the valley, you look up to see the fall splendor of Grandfather Mountain topped by a swinging bridge at its peak. What a view!

The club is private, but I got on simply by calling the head pro. If you are ever in North Carolina, make a call and see if you can get on. It’s well worth it. Larry Berle.
4 / 6
Grandfather
December 06, 2014


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Keith Baxter
December 06, 2014
The above review is an edited extract from A Golfer’s Dream, which has been reproduced with the author’s kind permission. A Golfer’s Dream, by Larry Berle, tells the story of how a regular guy conquered America’s Top 100 Golf Courses (following Golf Digest’s 2001/2002 list). Larry has exclusively rated for us every course in the hundred, using our golf ball rating system. However, Larry did not rate the 100 courses against every golf course he has played, but instead he rated them in relation to each other within the hundred. Consequently, in some cases, his rating may seem rather low. A Golfer’s Dream is available in Kindle format and also on Kindle Unlimited via Amazon... click the link for more. 
Grandfather is a wonderfully secluded course in the mountains of western NC. It has many features which are strikingly similar to the courses in the Pinehurst area. The greens are shellbacked (for the most part) just like Pinehurst #2. The feeling in many of the fairways and the clubhouse is very much like Mid-Pines. It is kind of odd, but I am sure that is due to Ellis Maples' relationship and linkage to Donald Ross. Nevertheless, in its own right Grandfather is a very nice golf course. Challenging, beautfiul, and secluded. Great course for challenging your game and a great club for your family.
4 / 6
Grandfather
June 27, 2010


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