Lake Junauska hole No. 9

[mks_dropcap style=”circle” size=”45″ bg_color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]W[/mks_dropcap]hen I began to think about playing golf again people I talked to in western North Carolina recommend Lake Junaluska Golf Course as a good “starter” course. Much like that “starter” home it is a good place to begin when you are a beginner.

This Tom Bendelow (http://www.golfadvisor.com/architects/3065-tom-bendelow/) course was built in 1919 in Haywood County. At 5,034 yards this par 68 course is known to be great for beginners all for a good price. With a regular daily green fee is $15 it can be easy to play. More details at http://www.lakejunaluska.com/activities/golf_course/

 

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

There is an abundance of golf courses in Western North Carolina — all with spectacular views — and ones that fit your skill set.
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With seven par 3s it is a nice place to practice short game. Staff works hard to keep things moving and slow play wasn’t a problem either of the days I was there. The course isn’t long and there are several blind tee shots or blind approach shots to the greens. So far my driver isn’t where I want it to be so it was nice to have a more forgiving course on distance.

I’ve played it a couple of time and enjoyed it both times. The views of the lake are pretty amazing, too. The 152 yard No. 9 is a beautiful hole as you look to your left and see a portion of Lake Junaluska.

People are friendly. One day I played with a father and his high school aged son. The dad had been playing since March and it was July so we were a very even pair. And during one round I ended up playing with a neighbor from up the street.

If you are looking for a course to get into or back into the game of golf this one is the right one to start with. Have you played Lake Junaluska before let me know what you thought in the comments below? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the course.