For 50 years, Cedar Rock Country club was a private facility. It has since made the switch to semi-private status, inviting members and guests alike to test their skills on one of the toughest golf courses in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The course's 570-yard third hole is especially difficult?it features an uphill layout, a two-tiered green, and a creek, meaning golfers should consider themselves fortunate whenever they make par or whenever their ball doesn't scurry away out of sheer terror. Away from the course, Cedar Rock boasts an expansive practice facility and a fully-lit tennis area with four composite courts. The property also has an Olympic-sized swimming pool that, much like the lemonade stand outside of the White House, remains open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Located just a short distance from Charlotte and Winston-Salem, The Spa at Rock Barn is considered a "hidden treasure." The Spa offers a variety a spa treatments along with an unforgettable state-of-the-art spa area including a heated indoor mineral pool, therapeutic waterfall whirlpool, Jacuzzi's, sauns and steam rooms.
Inside Nevada Bob's, everything is dedicated to golf. For instance, one wall is lined with golf bags and another showcases rows of shimmering golf clubs from top industry brands such as Mizuno, Nike, and Callaway. Customers can roam in between this corridor of quality golf equipment to browse golf shoes, inspect the latest golf ball technology, and find the right pair of golf gloves capable of bench-pressing a golf cart. The store also features a repair facility, an indoor golf simulator, and private lessons with an accredited golf pro.
The Cork & Cleaver, the most popular restaurant in Waynesville according to TripAdvisor, serves luscious food with exceptional service. Starters on the menu include upscale favorites such as oysters rockefeller, baked with spinach and mornay asiago sauce ($8). Skim over soups and salads to land on the meaty terrain of the 20-ounce Braveheart black Angus porterhouse steak, including the tender filet and the hearty loin ($26). The Cork & Cleaver also offers natural meats, ranched sustainably and without a trace of hormones or antibiotics. All steaks are served with pillowy mounds of roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, a loaded baked potato, or the vegetable of the day.
Stepping onto Reems Creek Golf Course, you may get the feeling you've been transported to the Scottish Highlands. Course architects Hawtree & Sons designed the layout to suggest that region's rolling topography, its sense of quiet solitude, and its roving bands of Brigadoon extras. Undulating hills seem to shift under the shadows of trees swaying in the wind, and dense forest in the foreground gives way to majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The 18-hole, 6,492-yard course tests players' mettle with a number of challenges. The long, slightly curved drive of hole 3 seems an open shot, but a guarding sand bunker punishes ill-aimed drives for the green. Hole 16 ups the ante with a pond and two sand bunkers directly in front of the cup.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,492 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Black Mountain Golf Club can trace its roots back to 1929, when Scottish-born course architect Donald Ross—one of the most prolific course designers of all time—designed the 9-hole course that would later become the front side of the Club's 18-hole, 6,215-yard layout. Perhaps it was the peaks of the Black Mountains that drew Ross to the area, seeing them as both a picturesque backdrop to the course and a breeding ground for the goats that served as the club's first caddies. Golfers should bring a confident putting stroke to the course, as tricky greens supply the bulk of the difficulty. After rounds, players can unwind over burgers or tacos at the grill, which overlooks the scenic surroundings.