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Pros: The remote natural location in the Nantahala Forest of western North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountains, has plenty of great vistas of mountains and trees.
Elevation Galore! (Fans of The Princess Bride movie can envision Inigo Montaya in his Spaniard's voice saying to Miracle Max-- "Elevations galore!")
Good tee signs, good rubber tee pads, and new double chain DISCatcher baskets.
Length variety is very good. 1of 138/ 5 of 200-299/ 7 of 300-399/ 5 of 400-499. (Hole 1, the short one, sticks out from the rest.)
Water- not a whole lot, but a creek is in play or in view on holes 2 and 16-18.
Golf carts are available, except in the winter.
Cons: I wish there were more holes in the woods. The mixed layout I played had 4 Woods/ 6 Open/ 8 Mixed foliage. For my preferences there are too many wide open holes for a course in that kind of terrain. There could be some awesome holes in the woods up on the hillsides, but they'd have to cut some trees.
Beware of potential safety issues. Resort roads come into play on 5 holes and 3 holes have tees too close to the previous basket so errnant drives can hit the tee.
Fairways shape variety is low- on the layout I played 12 St/ 2 Lt/ 3 R/ 1 L.
The lengths on the tee signs don't always match the lengths on the score card.
Course Level = White. The level is a tweener between longer, higher scoring White or easier Blue. (White CR Par = 59, and White est Score Avg = 58; Blue CR Par = 56 and Blue est Score Avg = 54)
My favorite hole was #11. At 468 ft with a 40 ft elevation drop, and a quite open fairway, it's fun to let it rip. Other fun holes with huge elevation drops were 2, 8, 18
-I'm very glad to see that hole 1 has been redesigned since I played there.
It's the westernmost course in NC. Being a 2 hour drive west of Asheville it's probably a long drive for most NC players.
Pay to play. $5 per round; $10 all day
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Look there in the Files section for my Overall Rating notes and Hole-by-hole ratings.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
well worth the trip
Pros: 1st of all it's worth going to because it's at fontana village which is very beautiful and a wonderful place to stay. It's got plenty of holes over 500 ft for the folks who throw the long bombs. You don't have to wander around looking for the next tee either. It's well marked. There's a good mix of open and wooded fairways and was very fun to play.
Cons: Not as wooded and tight as i had hoped for and the golf carts were unavailable due to winterizing. Other than that it's great.
Other Thoughts: Still young so I can see this becoming a 5 star course with more tees/pin placements. Plus Fontana village has enough room and woods to make it 36 holes or more if they wanted. It would be nice if they put at least 9 in the woods for some tight line shots.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Fontana Village DGC: Winter 08
Pros: Moderately long at over 6000' from the pro blues. Only 1-2 shorter holes. More moderately open fairways with fewer narrow wooded lines. Ride a golf cart , drink beers, and get 72 holes or more in a day. Very challenging roughs in some places. Lodging available overlooking the course. Somewhat significant elevation change on this mountain valley course. Young course with mucho potential.
Cons: New course, open summer 07 at private resort. Still much fine tuning and beautification to do / in progress .Pay to Play+cart fees but packages available.. Some sports car and motorcycle traffic in the summer on Tail of the Dragon.
Other Thoughts: Great layout from Disconcepts, just needs some tweaks and polish. Multiple pin placements and alt tees to come. Easily expandable/changable in the future for some solid tournament action. As interest in the course/area grows, additional courses are projected.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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