Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Young Harris, Georgia
With the North Georgia mountains filling the horizon, the 7,500-square-foot Equani Spa next door, and horseback-riding stables each competing for their attention, it would be easy for visitors to overlook the 18-hole course at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa. Thankfully, the Denis Griffiths–designed course holds its own among the diverse recreation that surrounds it. That’s because the beautifully sculpted golf course weaves through leafy wildlife preserves, eight lakes, and one winding stream that intersects the course multiple times. Measuring in at more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, the course cuts a lengthy track through elevation-changing terrain—a challenge made slightly less difficult by thin mountain air to extend ball flight and frequent sand traps in which to scribble words of self-encouragement.