Within Fairways and Greens Golf Center’s 25-acre practice and instructional facility, resident aces equip golfers with score-shaving tools and techniques during lessons and club-fitting sessions. With an expert staff that earned a position on Golf Digest's list of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters, Fairways and Greens utilizes a vector launch monitor to deduce which metal sticks best suit each player’s swing, physical attributes, and genetic magnetism.
In Waynesville, the Frog Level historical district preserves the town’s old commercial center, where furniture stores, hardware stores, and groceries thrived well into the 1940s. Several local art galleries feature work inspired by the Appalachian Valley, including the metal sculptures at Grace Cathey’s Sculpture Garden and Gallery and the woodworks and quilts at the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Visitors enter a gleeful realm of recreation and friendly competition amid the indoor and outdoor attractions of Putt-Putt Golf & Games. The emerald corridors of 54 mini golf holes meander throughout the playscape, forming three 18-hole courses that gradually escalate in both difficulty and the territorial aggression of their native windmills. The thunderous clap of bat barrels smacking line-drives resonates from the baseball and softball cages, where mechanical hurlers sling baseballs at four different speeds and softballs at fast- and slow-pitch standards. More than 50 arcade and ticket-redemption games hungrily devour tokens in the game room, and guests can sate their appetites with pizza ($9 for a large), hot dogs ($1.50), and scoops of Blue Bunny ice cream ($2 for one scoop).
Bailey Links Golf Course at Cedar Hills' recently redesigned nine-hole course provides a grassy haunt for golfers of all stripes and an emerald training ground for pupils learning at the spike-soled feet of the club's PGA-certified golf guru, Keith McElroy. With a nine-hole round, players can hunt birdies across a player-friendly layout in expedited fashion, freeing up time to read their nine-irons bedtime stories later that night. Duffers can continue their path to on-course mastery at the complex's driving range, where practice balls help players commit new techniques to memory while whispering sage advice such as how to differentiate between expansive sand traps and makeshift nude beaches. Players can loop the links in a peppy golf cart or traverse the fairway chain aboard their trusty footmobile.
Golfers descend to valley floors and climb up mountain slopes as they traverse Smoky Mountain Country Club’s 18-hole, 6,097-yard course. Cleaved through dense curtains of trees, the course’s bermuda-grass fairways and bentgrass greens undulate over more than 400 feet of elevation changes, giving an advantage to golfers who can adjust their yardages when aiming at targets positioned uphill, downhill, or behind a large yeti.
Throughout the round, various shots from high elevation let golfers enjoy some extra distance off of the tee while offering sweeping views of the Smoky Mountain scenery. To prepare for their round on the par 70 course, golfers can warm up their swings at the club’s practice area and post-putt celebration dances on the putting green.
Set on a peninsula surrounded by the waters of Douglas Lake, Baneberry Golf and Resort's 6,735-yard course ripples through terrain lined with waterways and the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Golfers must evade water hazards on ten holes throughout the course while also keeping their shots from straying into tight tree lines. The 523-yard, par-five third hole is Baneberry's most difficult, combining considerable length with a pond that hugs the left side of the green, like a caddy trying to read a putt with his emotions. Before taking to the first tee, golfers can warm up at the driving range.
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