Scenic Golf Courses in the Foothills NC

Scenic Views Foothills NC

If you’re a “baby boomer”, you’re probably aware that many of your generation who are retiring plan to spend a lot of time on the golf course. But the actual statistics may surprise you.

First, a full fifteen per cent of boomers play golf. And that equates to roughly seven million people approaching retirement age who will be hitting the links more often when they have the free time to do so.  Currently, the total number of golfers is only around three million.  What’s more, retirees play about 80 per cent more rounds than the 50-to-64 age group.

All of this will impact golf courses in at least three important ways.  Boomers are expected to spend a large portion of their retirement money on equipment, apparel, memberships and travel. They will gravitate to communities like the real estate in Lenoir North Carolina, that afford them the opportunity to play as often as they want to.  And the courses themselves are likely to be designed with shorter yardage and lower slope ratings to accommodate those older players who want to be challenged but not overwhelmed.  But that doesn’t mean they’ll have to be boring.

In the foothills of North Carolina, the clear mountain air, varying elevations and magnificent scenery offer golfers of any age a truly remarkable course experience.  Around any bend, there’s likely to be a postcard view of majestic mountains and breathtaking foliage.  And thanks to the mild Caldwell County weather during all four seasons, courses around Lenoir are playable much more frequently during the year than are those in other areas.

Here are some examples:

Orchard Hills Golf Club in Granite Falls

Carved out of what was once an apple orchard, this semi-private course takes golfers over 18 holes of rolling terrain that’s part of the Baron Community of Western North Carolina.  It measures 6134 yards from the longest tees, for a par of 72.  The overall rating is 68.9, and it has a 111 slope rating on Bermuda grass.  There’s a full-featured clubhouse.

2515 Connelly Springs Rd
Granite Falls, North Carolina 28630
Phone: (828) 728-3560

Granada Farms Country Club in Granite Falls

This Tom Jackson-designed course, with a clear view of Grandfather Mountain, is 6616 yards and par 72, with three sets of tee boxes.  Granada Farms Country Club is semi-private and has a putting green, a driving range and a pro shop.  It’s USGA-rated at 71, with a slope rating of 121.  The greens are bentgrass, and fairways are 419 Bermuda.

10 River Drive
Granite Falls, North Carolina 28630
Phone: (828) 396-2313

Lenoir Golf Club in Lenoir

Located near downtown Lenoir, this popular public course draws golfers from Hickory, Morganton, Boone and Blowing Rock.   It’s a par 71, with a slope rating of 125 on Bermuda grass, and rated 71.3 overall.  The Donald Ross design features two meandering creeks and amazing views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.  Total yardage is 6385.

701 Norwood Street SW
Lenoir, North Carolina  28645
Phone:  (828) 754-5093

Cedar Rock Country Club in Lenoir

One of the most challenging courses in the foothills of North Carolina, the 72-par Cedar Rock is 7153 yards long and has a 75 overall rating and a slope rating of 144.  Tees are Bermuda, and the beautifully-manicured greens are bentgrass.  The private club and the village of Cedar Rock were built around Hilbriten Mountain, and Ellis Maples designed the course.

2605 Cedar Rock Estates Drive
Lenoir, North Carolina 28645
Phone: (828) 758-4451

The Coves Golf Course in Lenoir

The 5554-yard, semi-private Coves At Round Mountain is rated 66.9 by the USGA and has a 121 slope rating.  There are two sets of tees.  Nicknamed “Coves At Round”, it takes full advantage of the year-round great Caldwell County weather to afford golfers the opportunity to play in some of the most spectacular natural surroundings in the country.

1875 Beaver Helton Way
Lenoir, North Carolina 28645

Phone:  (828) 754-1992

When you’re thinking of buying real estate in Lenoir North Carolina, The Coves Mountain River Club is a smart choice.   It’s conveniently located between Charlotte and Asheville and just minutes from the mountain towns of Blowing Rock, Morganton and Hickory.

This beautiful 3600 acre NC mountain real estate development is nestled along the Johns River at Wilson’s Creek.  There are 39 miles of hiking, biking and riding trails, a two-story mountaintop lounge with a saltwater infinity-view swimming pool and a fitness center and so many more amenities.  HOA fees are low at less than $1000 a year. Choose Carolina mountain property with long range views, river frontage property for sale, private wood estates, nature settings or larger equestrian parcels.

Make it a point to visit The Coves Mountain River Club, play a round or two of golf, and see how just wonderful your retirement lifestyle could be in the remarkable foothills of North Carolina.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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