High County golf is par for the course

With picturesque mountain views, cool temperatures and the greenest of greens, there’s no better place to “let ’er rip” than the High Country.

The northwest corner of North Carolina offers several choices and levels of play, from the novice to the expert. From Avery County to Ashe County and points in between, golfers’ choices are, well, the sky’s the limit.

Boone Golf Club, located at 433 Fairway Drive in Boone, offers 18 holes of what Golf Digest considers “rated 4.5 stars.” The course was designed by Ellis Maples in 1959 and boasts 6,680 yards of golfing bliss. The par 71 course has blue, white, gold and red tees with three par 5 holes, 11 par 4 holes and four par 3 holes.

Boone Golf Club also has a pro shop stocked with the latest apparel and equipment for both men and lady golfers. It offers club repair, demonstrations, junior clinics and private instruction.

Mountain Aire Golf Club, located at 1104 Golf Course Road in West Jefferson, has 6404 yards of mountain views and challenging holes throughout its course.

With four par 5 holes, 10 par 4 holes and four par 3 holes, Mountain Aire has four sets of tees to challenge anyone’s skill level.

If there isn’t time for a full round of golf, check out Willow Creek Golf Course, located at 354 Bairds Creek Road in Vilas. It is a 9-hole, par 3 executive course with varying elevations and lush, green views all around.

Willow Creek was designed by Tom Jackson and has hosted many a golfer since its opening in 1975. With no tee times, Willow Creek operates on a “first come, first serve” basis.

The Mountain Glen Golf Club, located at 1 Club House Drive in Newland, was designed by George W. Cobb in 1964 and has remained unchanged ever since.

The front nine has mostly flat and open fairways and the back nine goes upward to what was once called “Cranberry Draw.”

Mountain Glen also offers a driving range with flag markers up to 200 yards, a practice putting green and chipping area.

For anyone would just wants to hit the ball without keeping score, the Mountaineer Golf Center, located at 115 Beverly Heights Ave. in Boone, is the perfect spot for teeing up and smashing a few balls.

Mountaineer Golf Center offers a practice facility with multi-level teeing stations, elevation stations to hitting areas and more. It also offers lessons with PGA professional Lee Sayre, who provides more than 40 years of experience and can help correct any golf swing, regardless of your experience.

The links at Sugar Mountain Golf Course, located at 1054 Sugar Mountain Drive in Sugar Mountain, reach elevations more than 4,000 feet above sea level and offer a course that is second to none. 

The par 64 course includes nine par 3 holes, eight par 4 holes and only one par 5 hole. Many have referred to the course as Sugar Mountain as “Everyman’s Golf Course.”

Beech Mountain Club, located at 103 Lakeledge Road in Beech Mountain, features an 18-hole, ridge-top golf course, boasting spectacular views of mountain ranges in Tennessee and Virginia.

Originally designed by William Byrd, the course has undergone renovation during the last 10 years, using a master plan developed by noted golf course architect Tom Jackson.

The renovation provides several sets of tees and new greens, while extending the course to 6,250 yards in length. As such, the course ranges in elevation between 4,200 and 4,700 feet, meaning the average summer temperature rarely exceeds 72 degrees.

Since Beech Mountain Club is private, the club is collaborating with the town of Beech Mountain to offer a “Summer of 79° Stay & Play” deal, meaning non-members will have the opportunity to golf at BMC through the rental of qualified lodging. For more information on the offer, visit

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