Mountaintop Golf Course
...may be the best course in North Carolina.

Story by: Bill Hensley

The Mountaintop golf course may be the best course in North Carolina that you probably haven’t heard of.

That’s because good news doesn’t always travel fast from the remote village of Cashiers (population 2,500) to the rest of the Tar Heel state.  The town is tucked away quietly in the picturesque southwestern mountains in the area where the borders of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia meet. In short, it’s off the beaten path.

Yet it’s a land of immense beauty—the Land of Waterfalls, a garden spot—and is a popular vacation area for residents of the southeastern states.  A few of our own citizens go up, too, but they are more familiar with the Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk area.

The prestigious Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club was opened ten years ago and has achieved lavish praise from everyone who has played it.  It was designed by Tom Fazio, and the famed architect outdid himself on this one.  It has everything a great course must have along with a unique aura that is constant.

The course is ideally situated on 750 scenic acres between Whiteside and Yellow Mountains and offers magnificent views of the towering peaks and lush valleys that surround it.  The scenery is so splendid that gawking is an acceptable part of the experience.

This is a strategic course where no two holes are alike and a player will use every club in his bag before the round is over.  Par is 70.

Golf Director Micah Hicks said that the course was designed to be enjoyable.  “There are numerous challenges out there,” he remarked, “but the course is playable and is in immaculate condition.  We are extreme proud of the course and the fine reputation it has earned.”

A number of members of the North Carolina golf panel recently played the course and were deeply impressed and enthusiastic with what they found.

“It was an excellent course in every respect,” said Ronnie Hampton of Conover. “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Everything at Mountaintop is first class all the way.”

Larry George, the Golf Director at River Landing in Wallace, agreed.  “This is a fabulous golf course.  One of the very best I have played.”

The course measures 7127 yards from the championship tees and has other tees at

6580, 6118, 5567 and 4887 yards. The greens and tees feature various strains of bentgrass, and the rough is seeded with Kentucky bluegrass.

Ironically, the town of Cashiers is also the location of the Wade Hampton course, another Fazio gem which is highly rated nationally.  The two courses are about five miles apart and are friendly but competitive. There are a dozen courses in the Cashiers and Highlands area that offer golfers a wide variety of experiences.

The private Mountaintop club has a membership of 350 with many members coming from the Atlanta and Birmingham areas.  It should be noted that the Atlanta Journal is sold at on-street racks in Cashiers and Highlands but the Citizen-Times, from nearby Asheville, is nowhere to be found.

In addition to outstanding golf, the club also features tennis, swimming, hiking, a lake club that offers a variety of water sports, a kids’ camp, a general store and enough friendly service to accommodate even the hardest to please.

The clubhouse, dining facilities, golf shop, half-way house and locker rooms are spacious and impressive.

Now you have heard about Mountaintop.  Spread the good news……..

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