Son on golf course

[mks_dropcap style=”circle” size=”45″ bg_color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]I[/mks_dropcap]n early November, I pulled out my golf clubs (that prior to that had been mainly traveling with me and not doing much). I had some great times playing in high school and college, and then life happened and the time for golf disappeared. However, recently my interest in the game has rekindled.

During a vacation and a round of putt-putt the thought hit me: I need something to take me out of the rat race every now and then, to enjoy life, and find out things about myself. It helped too that my family and 7-year-old Josh showed the same enthusiasm.

So on a cold November afternoon in Franklin, N.C., at The Golf Club of Mill Creek, my son Josh and I went to the driving range. Josh loves sports. Any sports, any time. I was fortunate to have a great dad who taught me that love, and I’ve done my best to pass it along. He had a bunch of 7-year-old questions about the driving range like “where would get the balls?”, “how long could we stay?”, and “would we have a truck to pick them up in?” When we arrived we went to the range, where a couple was talking about the basics of a golf swing and hitting a few. I was thinking about how neat it is for families to enjoy golf together and have so much to talk about. Josh was ready with a ball and his driver!

Rumbling Bald Resort

Address
112 Mountain Blvd., Lake Lure, N.C., 28746

Golf Shop
Apple Valley — (828) 694-3043
Bald Mountain — (828) 694-3042

Websites
Apple Valley — www.rumblingbald.com/golf/apple-valley
Rumbling Bald — www.rumblingbald.com/golf/bald-mountain

Black Mountain Golf Course

Address
17 Ross Dr., Black Mountain, N.C., 28711

Golf Shop
(828) 669-2710

Website
www.blackmountaingolf.org/

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Address
6321 Hwy. 76, Young Harris, Ga., 30582

Golf Shop
(800) 201-3205

Website
www.brasstownvalley.com/golf/

Broadmoor Golf Links

Address
101 French Broad Lane, Fletcher, N.C., 28732

Golf Shop
(800) 238-5795

Website
www.broadmoorlinks.com

Cleghorn Plantation

Address
183 Golf Circle, Rutherfordton, N.C., 28139

Golf Shop
(828) 286-9117

Website
www.cleghornplantation.com

Connestee Falls Golf

Address
98 Overlook Clubhouse Dr., Brevard, N.C., 28712

Golf Shop
(828) 885-2005

Website
www.connesteefallsgolf.com

Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club

Address
20 Cummings Cove Pkwy., Hendersonville, N.C., 28739

Golf Shop
(800) 958-2905

Website
www.cummingscove.com

Dandridge Golf & Country Club

Address
1247 Stonewall Jackson Dr., Dandridge, Tenn., 37725

Golf Shop
(865) 397-2655

Website
www.dandridgegolf.com

Etowah Valley Golf & Resort

Address
470 Brickyard Rd., Etowah, N.C., 28729

Golf Shop
(828) 891-7141

Website
www.etowahvalley.com

Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club

Address
2360 Swiss Pine Lake Dr., Spruce Pine, N.C., 28777

Golf Shop
(828) 765-7436

Website
www.grassycreek.com

Graysburg Hills Country Club

Address
910 Graysburg Hills Rd., Chuckey, Tenn., 37641

Golf Shop
(423) 234-8061

Website
www.graysburghillsgolf.com

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

Address
290 Macon Ave., Asheville, N.C., 28804

Golf Shop
(800) 438-5800

Website
www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/golf

Maggie Valley Club & Resort

Address
1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley, N.C., 28751

Golf Shop
(800) 438-3861 or (828) 926-6013

Website
www.maggievalleyclub.com

High Vista Golf Club

Address
88 Country Club Rd, Mills River, N.C. 28759

Golf Shop
(828) 891-1986

Website
www.highvistagolf.com

Laurel Ridge Country Club & Event Center

Address
49 Cupp Lane, Waynesville, N.C., 28786

Golf Shop
(828) 452-0545

Website
www.laurelridgeexperience.com/golf/

Linville Falls Golf Club

Address
210 Blue Ridge Dr. N, Marion, N.C., 28752

Golf Shop
(828) 756-4653

Website
www.linvillefallsgolfclub.com

Patriot Hills Golf Club

Address
999 Victory Trail, Jefferson City, Tenn., 37760

Golf Shop
(865) 475-4466

Website
www.patriothillsgolf.com/

The Golf Club at Mill Creek

Address
341 Country Club Dr., Franklin, N.C., 28734

Golf Shop
(828) 524-4653

Website
www.thegolfclubatmillcreek.com

Mount Mitchell Golf Club

Address
11484 State Hwy. 80 South, Burnsville, N.C. 28714

Golf Shop
(828) 675-5454

Website
www.mountmitchellgolf.com

Reems Creek Golf Course

Address
36 Pink Fox Cove Rd., Weaverville, N.C. 28787

Golf Shop
(800) 406-3936

Website
www.reemscreekgolf.com

Rock Barn Country Club & Spa

Address
3791 Clubhouse Dr. NE, Conover, N.C., 28613

Golf Shop
(828) 459-9279

Website
www.rockbarn.com

Sequoyah National Golf Club

Address
79 Cahon’s Mt. Rd., Whittier, N.C. 28789

Golf Shop
(828) 497-3000

Website
www.sequoyahnational.com/index.php

Smoky Mountain Country Club

Address
1300 Conleys Creek Rd., Whittier, N.C., 28789

Golf Shop
(828) 497-7622

Website
www.carolinamountaingolf.com

Silver Creek Plantation

Address
4241 Plantation Dr., Morganton, N.C., 28655

Golf Shop
(828) 584-6911

Website
www.silvercreekplantation.com

Springdale Country Club

Address
200 Golfwatch Rd., Canton, N.C., 28716

Golf Shop
(800) 553-3027

Website
www.springdalegolf.com

Wolf Laurel Country Club

Address
2607 Wolf Laurel Rd., Mars Hill, N.C., 28754

Golf Shop
(828) 680-9772

Website
www.wolflaurelcountryclub.com

Western North Carolina Courses

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I let him go first, and after some brief talk about the swing and stance, he rared back and hit one. He loves baseball, so the idea of hitting a ball that wasn’t going to move was different. “You sure it will not move, dad?” Josh asked. “Nope. You’re good take a swing,” I answered smiling. He did, and the ball went a few feet in the air in front of us — to my applause and his broad smile. “Nice first shot, Josh!” I said.

“Your turn,” Josh said. Since I was never really a great golfer to begin with, I didn’t have to worry about finding my form again. But I did manage to hit the ball not so straight but toward the 150 marker. “Great shot Dad,” Josh beamed. I thought, it is always good to have 7 year olds who haven’t played with you to build your confidence when returning to golf.

The rest of the time was like that we didn’t talk about important chores or school work to be done and I didn’t think of important work I needed to do. We enjoyed being together and hitting balls.

After it was over, Josh proudly rounded up all the range buckets and looked up me and said, “We need to do this again.” We sure did — and have.

Golf is a sport that always can come and go, or stay in your life. I certainly hadn’t completely forgotten about it during time as a sports writer covering events and every year at the Masters I get the same itch everyone else does as the music we all know comes on to announce “the tradition unlike any other” signals the start of golf. But usually the feeling died down, and I moved to something else. Not this time.

This time I’m going to keep going and playing, and thanks to good friend Duane Cross and the super group at 2Bd Media Group, I’m hoping you will take the journey with me. Western North Carolina is a great place to live and play golf. The goal of this website will be to highlight that and the people and places that make it so. And I would love to hear feedback about what should be on this site and even why golf is the sport for you.

Until next time, I hope you have a “we need to do this again” golf moment with someone you care about soon. See you on the course!