Golf Course Real Estate in the Lake Toxaway/Sapphire Lakes area in Transylvania County, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Tee Up to Golf Course Living in these Distinctive Mountain-Lake Communities of Transylvania County, North Carolina

Until you’ve seen the sun setting over a lake against a backdrop of painted mountains in the distance, you might think that great golf courses were draw enough for residents and visitors of Western North Carolina – Transylvania County, in particular. Even the most serious and concentrated golfer will find it hard to ignore the awesome beauty that is native to this area.  Most avid golfers feel the breathtaking vistas and natural “surprises” at every hole actually serve to enhance the game, rather than play the role of unnecessary distractions. When speaking of golf in the Transylvania County region of Western North Carolina, two highly sought-after communities immediately come to mind.

Lake Toxaway Estates (please click on the link to view homes for sale) – Set upon the first artificial lake built in the Appalachians (est. 1902), Lake Toxaway Estates is the largest community on Lake Toxaway, made up of a network of individual neighborhoods and outstanding amenities. Neighborhoods of this premier vacation home destination include Bear Wallow Springs, Club Colony, Deep Ford Falls, Hawk Mountain, Lakeside Mountain, Meadow Ridge, Panther Ridge, Sutton’s Cove and Toxaway Mountain. The settings for home sites in Lake Toxaway Estates vary widely – from a scenic view of either Lake Toxaway or Lake Cardinal, to the peace and quiet of a heavily wooded forest, to the excitement of a golf course or the majestic scenery of a mountain view. Amenities include access to the state’s largest private lake, as well as Lake Toxaway Country Club, featuring fine dining, tennis, swimming, fitness center and golf on an exclusive 18-hole championship golf course. The front nine consists of the original 9-hole course at the Lake Toxaway Country Club, which features 6,600 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Designed by Reg Heinitsh, it opened in 1962. The back nine is a 9-hole course designed by Kris Spence, which opened to rave reviews in 2007. Imagine enjoying the mild climates and panoramic views of the mountains while playing a round of golf, then taking an evening boat ride under a canopy of stars – life just doesn’t get much better than this.

Burlingame at Sapphire Lake  (please click on the link to view homes for sale) –  Established in 1983, Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes is an equity club and master-planned community in the popular Sapphire Valley area of Western North Carolina. Burlingame Country Club lies at the heart of the development and features an exquisitely appointed Clubhouse with three dining rooms and two lounges, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, top-ranked championship 18-hole golf course, four Har-Tru tennis courts and one hard court, heated swimming pool and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Real estate opportunities in Burlingame range from scenic riverfront home sites and luxury mountain view homes to rustic lodge-inspired condos that line the golf course. The private 18-hole course at Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes features 6,640 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Tom Jackson and John LaFoy, ASGCA, it opened in 1985. Recently renamed, this country club was previously known as Sapphire Lakes Country Club. You could be enjoying the “good life” in a low-maintenance condominium with grand views of the golf course every day! Burlingame at Sapphire Lake offers an incredible “Discovery Package” – which is a terrific way to get a ‘taste’ of the good life and explore the club and its many amenities before joining. Call the Silver Creek team at 828-743-1999, and we’ll tell you all about it!

For more information about either of these communities, Transylvania County or other opportunities for golf course living in Western North Carolina – call Silver Creek Real Estate Group’s experienced team of brokers at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at or drop by our offices conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide.


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