It’s difficult to hit a target from far away, which is why holes-in-one are rare and the Goodyear blimp has never been shot successfully with an arrow. Drive hard with a vengeance, thanks to today’s Groupon: for $55, you get a one-hour golf lesson for two with PGA Pro Patrick Warren at High Vista Country Club in Mills River (a $110 value).
Framed by the bucolic splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, PGA-certified instructor Patrick Warren imparts mulligan-defying advice at the practice areas of High Vista Country Club. The passionate pedagogue readily dedicates one-hour lessons to any facet of the game, including reading putts, mastering sand-trap shots, or using tees to free up sinuses. The two-person lesson ensures that golf-loving couples or friends seeking a hobby receive ample attention, and pupils may benefit from observing the pitfalls and successes of their fellow apprentice. As practice balls somersault into the sky, clubbers can bask in views of the club's picturesque azaleas, Carolina pines, and ponds brimming with the spirits of drowned golf balls.
High Vista Country Club
When Tom Jackson designed the golf course at High Vista Country Club in 1976, he made sure that the 540-acre parcel would complement the soon-to-be clubhouse, a stone-hunting lodge constructed on the site in 1928 that overlooked the dramatic surroundings. From its lofty perch, visitors can survey the valley below and the Chestnut Mountain Ridge in the distance. The founding "fore" fathers appropriated the magnificent old structure as the first clubhouse, a suitable starting place for the 18-hole championship golf course.
Referred to as the “Old Club House” today, the building still watches over the 6,831-yard championship course, which features frequent elevation changes and mountain-fed ponds that come into play on at least six holes. Towering oak and pine trees frame the course's fairways, and bright azaleas punctuate the grounds to lend the greenery a dose of vibrant color, especially if the surrounding leaves go on strike and stay green during autumn.
Aside from the championship golf course, High Vista Country Club also features a private dining hall, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and social clubs. The club offers holiday party packages for up to 125 that include a cash bar, buffet or plated dinner, cleanup and setup, linens, tables, chairs, silverware, centerpieces, and use of the dance floor.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,652 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 72.7 from the back tees
Course slope rating of 138 from the back tees
Five sets of tees per hole