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Old 03-03-2013, 11:42 PM
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Staying in Bryson City, NC

After practicing at Cedarock for a couple days for the Masters, my wife and I are staying in Bryson City, NC for a few days.
My wife is a solid player, but does not throw far.
Is the course in Fontana Village worth the trip?
Or would we be better off going to Richmond Hill in Asheville??
We also plan to play Ashe County on the way back north.
She doesn't mind tough courses, just not the monster long ones.
Or is there a hidden gem elsewhere nearby.
Any advice will be appreciated.

BTW - If anyone knows Olav Seimer from Asheville tell him to message me.
We played at Am worlds in Rochester, and I'd love to throw with him while in his area.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:45 PM
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I've never played the Fontana course but I've heard really good things. I highly suggest you go to the lake either way just to enjoy one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen.

Richmond Hill is fun, tons of big valley shots.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:57 PM
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Sugaree should also be on your list to hit up while in wNC. IMO, Richmond Hills is a good course (overrated on DGCR) and one that doesn't offer much that is truly unique/mind-blowing. In other words, do not go out of your way to play it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:13 AM
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Thanks for the input guys.
I want to play Sugaree, but it is currently listed as closed.
Hopefully it'll be cleaned up soon.
KJ
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:14 AM
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I assume you all agree that Ashe Co. is a must?
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:19 AM
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I haven't been to Ashe since it has been expanded to 18, but hole 9 (which was part of the original 9) alone makes it worth it!
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:19 AM
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Fontana Village is definitely worth the visit. It's not a great course, but is a very good course. It's beautiful. And surprisingly for a course set deep in the mountains, it has good elevation but not extreme elevation. (Hole 1 is inexplicably lame, however).

Ashe County is a fabulous course, but for your wife's sake be aware that it has some pretty extreme elevation, which makes it as grueling as a monster long course. Especially from the long tees.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:22 AM
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Fontanta is a great course. If it wasn't so far out of the way, I think it would be getting a lot more recognition. It's definitely worth a play.

If you want a very, beginner-friendly course in that area, Jackson Rec in Cullowhee is a good option. Mostly wide open, with many short holes, it's aimed at the casual player.

As for Sugaree and Jefferson, they're 2 and three hours respectively from Bryson City, so that's an entire day-trip. Sugaree is absolutely worth the drive. I'd lean towards playing Fontana over Jefferson, and saving 4-5 hours in the car.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:09 AM
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All good advice from above...

From Bryson City, Fontana Village is a must. The course sorta has the feel of a ball golf course in the mountains... you can even rent a golf cart. Because of the golf cart, the course is a breeze to play, so the long uphill walks will be more fun go-cart-like experiences. Beautiful drive there.

While in Bryson City, check out the Nantahala Brewery! Their IPA is amazing. their other beers are too.

Richmond Hill. People seem to LOVE Richmond Hill. When out-of-towners come play it, they always rave about what a great course it is and how lucky us Ashevillians are to have it. However, I tend to agree with Dave242, that it's slightly over-rated and doesn't have that Awe-factor.

Ashe County is an amazing course. There are some huge holes, massive bombers off a mountain side on Holes 9 and 18. A big water-crossing hole, etc... It's definitely one of the best courses in NC.

HOWEVER, if you're driving North, I'd go through the Johnson City TN area and play Harmon Hills. 27 Holes, Par 99, championship level golf. It is in my Top 5 out of the 220-ish I've played... and probably the course I'd choose to go play if I had my choice to go anywhere in the world, right now. It's just beautiful Appalachian Farm / Mountain golf.

When are you coming through?
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:29 AM
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Ashe Co is a must. It's my home course up here. It's not terribly long and the Am tees will probably suit your wife well. Winged Deer in Johnson City, TN is pretty great. That's a bit out of the way, but just throwing some ideas out there.

But yes, play Ashe and Sugaree or Black Jack. All the courses up here in the mountains are great.
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