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.
Date: December 06, 2014