Though the Scottish shepherds who invented golf liked it for its challenges, Scottish sheep liked it because it gave them ample time to nap in shepherds’ pickup trucks. Find your own reason to enjoy golf with today’s Groupon to Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier. Choose between the following options:
- For $59, you get a round of golf for two with cart rental (up to a $65 value each; up to a $130 total value)
- For $110, you get a round of golf for four with cart rental (up to a $65 value each; up to a $260 total value)<p>
The 18-hole golf course at Smoky Mountain Country Club overlooks horizon-hugging ridges and valley creeks from its scenic setting amid the smoky blue crests of the western North Carolina mountain range. Designed by golf architect Thomas Walker, the 6,097-yard course meanders through low-lying dales and over precipitous crags, challenging golfers with more than 400 feet of elevation changes and bunkers that are filled with sand Sirens. Golfers can launch gravity-defying orbs across lush, bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens. Swings can be fine-tuned at the practice facilities, which improve short games, distance shots, and ability to distinguish a 9-iron from a plunger. The practice area provides a driving range, chipping area, and putting green.
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.