5 Memorable Summer Golf Getaways in North Carolina
When planning a vacation, if making time to play golf is a top priority, then pick a destination where it’s easy to enjoy tee times and summertime. There are many great golf resorts and accommodations across North Carolina, offering the amenities – and views – to make your experience unforgettable.
To help make trip planning simpler, here are five golf getaways you’re sure to enjoy this summer.
1 Through the Peaks and Valleys
1 Through the Peaks and ValleysEtowah Valley Golf & ResortSee on map
Discover a great mountain escape at Etowah Valley Golf & Resort in the small town of Etowah (though the mountains are big). Ranked as one of the top golf resorts in North Carolina, Etowah Valley features a 27-hole championship golf course of lush fairways and manicured bent grass greens. Plenty of amenities will keep your time pleasantly filled, including tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a 6-acre lake and Zeke’s Greenside Tavern. Plus, it’s located only 15 minutes from Hendersonville, where the wineries, cideries and festivals make it perfectly suited for a summer day trip.
2 More Mountains the Merrier
2 More Mountains the MerrierThe Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & SpaSee on map
Three 9-hole golf courses await you at The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa including the Carolina Course, designed by Donald Ross. Tee off while taking in views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as the resort is located just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Let those views linger by choosing a guest room that features a private balcony overlooking the mountains or golf course. And when you’re ready for enhanced relaxation, book some time at the on-site Balsam Spa. Also, be sure to venture out to explore downtown Waynesville’s restaurants and craft breweries.
3 Welcome to the Club
3 Welcome to the ClubRock Barn Country ClubSee on map
Plan your vacation with the country club experience in mind. At Rock Barn Country Club & Spa near Hickory, you can take a swing at the semi-private Tom Jackson Course, which consistently makes Golf Digest's list of the "Best Places to Play." Dining options include Sue's Grill and The Spa Cafe, while the 20,000-square-foot spa could be a destination all its own. The lodging options will make you feel at home, as fully furnished luxury townhomes are available for your stay. Speaking of furnished, you can’t spend time in this area and not visit Hickory Furniture Mart, like more than half a million people do each year.
4 Enjoy an Arnold Palmer
4 Enjoy an Arnold PalmerScotch Hall PreserveSee on map
The championship golf course at Scotch Hall Preserve consistently ranks as one of the top public courses in North Carolina. And while you’ve likely never heard of the coastal town where it’s located, Merry Hill, you’ve certainly heard of the legend who designed the course: Arnold Palmer. In between your daily tee time, relax at the Soundside Beach Club & Grill, overlooking the beautiful Albemarle Sound, or head to the marina where the sports shop offers jet skis, paddle boards and kayaks for rent. Take advantage of stay-and-play rates at The Inn at Scotch Hall or the Chowan Villas.
5 Because the Beach
5 Because the BeachThe Winds Resort Beach ClubSee on map
For many, summer travel isn’t complete without a trip to the beach. The Winds Resort Beach Club should be a hit with every member of your group, who might be surprised to discover a tropical paradise surrounded by palm and banana trees here in Ocean Isle Beach. Who can resist the oceanfront poolside tiki bar or beach games? While golf can easily take a back seat – and there’s no course at the resort – The Winds actually offers “free summer golf” with complimentary access to a half-dozen golf courses in the area, including Brick Landing Plantation and Carolina National Golf Club.