Famous names in golf are flocking to WNC to build new golf course communties

Famous names in golf are flocking to WNC to build new courses

Tom Fazio in Linville, Tryon and Cashiers. Jack Nicklaus in South Asheville, Lake Lure and Highlands. Arnold Palmer in Balsam, Etowah and Polk County. Phil Mickelson in Cashiers. Gary Player in Upstate S.C. near the N.C. line. Tom Kite in Watauga … All of a sudden Western North Carolina has become a mecca for famous names in the game of golf who have built or are planning to design golf courses.

It was just a few years ago that this area, while boasting a significant number of layouts by famed architect Donald Ross, was shy in numbers when it came to 18-hole layouts by some of the more famous architects and players who had moved into the field of golf course design.

Nicklaus built Elk River Club in Banner Elk more than 20 years ago, Palmer designed Cullasaja Club in Highlands almost two decades ago and Fazio produced Wade Hampton in Cashiers and Champion Hills in Hendersonville, and that was about it.

But that’s all changed as WNC becomes more and more desirable as a retirement and second-home golf community.

On the assumption that all projects are completed, within a couple of years at least a dozen new designs in WNC with famous names attached will be available for the high-dollar, private-club set to enjoy.

see also:
Golf Course News, North Carolina
Sapphire Mountain Golf Club
Golf Course Communities
Cashiers, Highlands & Franklin Golf Courses
Sapphire Valley Golf Course

For a list of Golf Course Communities in the Western North Carolina area contact info@carolinapg.com or call 828-226-8837