Like falconry, golf demands a sharp eye, an appreciation of nature, and the ability to summon birdies at will. Master this ancient art with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get 18 holes of golf for two with cart rental (up to a $118 value) and two buckets of range balls (an $8 value) at the Smoky Mountain Country Club golf course in Whittier (up to a $126 total value).
An Arcadian oasis encircled by acres of lush forests and parklands, Smoky Mountain Country Club sends paired players on a par-70 odyssey across verdant valleys and grassy mountaintops. Long drives fired from the course’s high points linger in the air, leisurely engaging their dimpled landing gear before making the 400-foot descent to bent-grass greens below. Designed by famed course architect Thomas Walker, the course’s 18 fairways are entirely surrounded by scenic peaks. A peppy golf cart saves the breath spent on grueling mountain hikes so that it can be taken by stunning panoramic views upon arrival at the top.
Golfers can gear up to master this uniquely challenging course with two buckets of range balls to fling across the driving range, chipping area, and putting green. Having hosted famous patrons such as Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, and Heath Shuler, Smoky Mountain Country Club boasts enough star power to guide golfers safely out of water hazards and Bermuda grass-triangles.
Smoky Mountain Country Club's golf course rates fluctuate throughout the season.
Smoky Mountain Country Club
Smoky Mountain Country Club seems to grow out of its mountainous surroundings, with peaking green rooftops and wooden balconies above the trees. The resort's décor takes a cue from its rustic setting. Every condo comprises at least 1,330 square feet of hardwood floors, granite kitchen counters, and fireplaces with stone-seated hearths. Adjoining outdoor patios, each furnished to hold six guests, overlook the resort's 335 gated acres of parkland.
The resort's centerpiece, an 18-hole golf course, winds its way across low-lying dales and along precipitous crags, ranging in elevation by 400 feet from lowest to highest point. Mountaintop tee offs loft golf balls so far into the air that they seem to float or enter geosynchronous orbit.
Smoky Mountain Country Club also counts a fitness room, men and women's locker rooms with heated saunas, and two lit tennis courts among its amenities. Beyond the resort grounds, more than 1,000,000 acres of national parks afford opportunities for whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River and fishing in mountain streams.
1300 Conleys Creek Rd.
Whittier, North Carolina 28789