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."
Grandfather Golf & Country Club is a wonderful facility. The staff was extraordinary, and the experience stands out. The golf course, outside of the mountain backdrops, is only above-average. Our group all agreed that Diamond Creek and Elk River were much better layouts and much more dramatic than Grandfather. I'm surprised this one is consistently in and around various Top 100 lists.
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.
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.