5 Memorable Summer Golf Getaways in North CarolinaRock Barn Country ClubRock Barn Country Club features two highly rated golf coursesWhen 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.Through the Peaks and ValleysEtowah ValleyPlaying golf during summer in the mountains offers pleasant temperaturesDiscover 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 six-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.More Mountains the MerrierThe Waynesville InnThe Blue Ridge Golf Course is considered to be the most challenging of The Waynesville Inn's three coursesThree nine-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 guestroom 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.Welcome to the ClubRock Barn Country ClubRock Barn features the only Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course in North CarolinaPlan your vacation with the country club experience in mind. At Rock Barn Country Club & Spa near Hickory, you can play two award-winning, 18-hole golf courses, including the Robert Trent Jones II Course. There are several dining options, including the upscale Champs Bistro and the family-friendly Rocker’s Lounge, while the spa is large enough to 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 pay a visit to the ultra-popular Hickory Furniture Mart, like more than half a million people do each year.Enjoy an Arnold PalmerScotch Hall PreservePlaying golf at Scotch Hall Preserve comes with views of the Albemarle SoundThe 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.Because the BeachThe Winds ResortDon’t be surprised to enjoy down time more than tee time at The Winds ResortFor 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.More FROM VISITNC.COMThere’s much to see and do in North Carolina, so read on.5 Perfect Summer Vacations on the North Carolina CoastFrom the Outer Banks to the Brunswick Islands, here are five coastal cities and beach towns where you'll wish you could stay all summer.Donald Ross Golf Getaway in Pinehurst and Southern PinesExperience the legacy of golf course designer Donald Ross by playing some of his most well-known works during a three-day trip to Pinehurst and Southern Pines.Golf in the MountainsWhether it’s a green guarded by boulders or a trout stream tumbling beside a fairway, golf is at its peak in the North Carolina mountains.