5 Memorable Summer Golf Getaways in North Carolina

Rock Barn Country Club5 Memorable Summer Golf Getaways in North Carolina

Rock Barn Country Club features two highly rated golf courses

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.

Through the Peaks and Valleys

Etowah Valley Golf

Etowah Valley

Playing golf during summer in the mountains offers pleasant temperatures

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 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 Merrier

Blue Ridge Golf Course at The Waynesville Inn

The Waynesville Inn

The Blue Ridge Golf Course is considered to be the most challenging of The Waynesville Inn's three courses

Three 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 Club

Rock Barn Country Club golf course

Rock Barn Country Club

Rock Barn features the only Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course in North Carolina

Plan 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 Palmer

Scotch Hall Preserve golf course

Scotch Hall Preserve

Playing golf at Scotch Hall Preserve comes with views of the Albemarle Sound

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.

Because the Beach

The Winds Resort

The Winds Resort

Don’t be surprised to enjoy down time more than tee time at The Winds Resort

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.

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