Golfers have many fine courses to choose from in Transylvania County and the surrounding area.
•Sapphire National Golf Club was built in 1982 and has scenic views, stone bridge crossings over mountain streams, and varying elevations from tee to green on its par-70 course, measuring 6,503 yards. The course is open to the public and is located on Slicers Drive in Sapphire, roughly 24.8 miles from Brevard. Call (828) 743-1174 or go to www.sapphire national.com for more information.
•On U.S. 276 in the Cedar Mountain community is Sherwood Forest Golf Club. This 18-hole par three course is open to the public and is perfect for practicing one’s short game. From the back tees, the course measures 2,450 yards. The course was built in 1970, and nine of its holes run along the headwaters of the Little River, while the other nine cut through scenic woods. The course has received the first stage of certification from the Audubon Sanctuary Golf Course Certification Program. One unique aspect of the course is that it has llama caddies. No reserve tee times are required at the course. Brian Lautenshlager is the golf professional. Call (828) 884-7825 or go to www.sherwoodforestncgolf.com for more information.
•Mountain Range Golf Center is located at 700 Old Hendersonville Highway. It is the only public range in Transylvania County that offers Bermuda grass tees, a covered mat hitting area and a practice green for chipping and bunker shots. Open year round, Mountain Range has a convenient automated machine that allows golfers to access balls during hours when unattended by staff. For more information, call (828) 885-2722 or go to www.mountainrangegolf.com.
•Connestee Falls Golf Course, located in a gated community on U.S. 276 South, was established in 1973 and designed by George Cobb. The course is semi-private but is open to the public. From its back tees, the 6,517-yard, par-72 course offers a nice and challenging layout, with stunning views from some holes. The course has a full-service golf shop and offers a driving range, short game areas and professional instruction. Trey Wyatt is the head golf professional. For tee times and other information, call (828) 885-2005 or go to www.connesteefallsgolf.com. The golf course is located roughly 9 miles from Brevard off U.S. 276 South.
•Etowah Valley Country Club, which sits across the Henderson County border on U.S. 64, has 27 holes and is semi-private. The course was built in 1967. Any combination of the nine holes totals approximately 6,000 yards for 18 holes. Six tee positions are available. Tee times are required. For more information, call (828) 891-7022 or go to www.etowahvalley.com. The country club is located on Brickyard Road roughly 11.5 miles from Brevard. Private
•Burlingame Country Club is a private 18-hole course at roughly 3,200 feet elevation. The course is located on U.S. 64 West, roughly 20 miles from Brevard, and is open to members and their guests. For more information, call (828) 966-9200 or go to www.burlingameccwnc.com.
•Lake Toxaway Country Club borders the southwest side of Lake Toxaway and is located roughly 20 miles from Brevard off U.S. 64. The 18-hole, par-71 private course was renovated in 2008 and measures 6,148 yards. It is also open to guests of members. For more information, call (828) 966-4020 or go to www.laketoxawaycc.com. For more information about all local activities, go to www.transylvaniaexplorer.com.
Sherwood Forest Golf Club offers a unique service — llama caddies. Just as its name suggests, the golfer who doesn’t want to lug his golf bag can hire a llama to do the job. This unique service has been in place for several years at Sherwood Forest Golf Club, a popular par-3 course in Transylvania County, and has attracted national and international coverage, including from the BBC, CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. For reservations and information about the llama caddies, contact Brian Lautenschlager at (828) 884-7825.