Golf Course Real Estate in Highlands Area of Macon County, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010

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The Back Nine Could Be Your Backyard

The popular resort town of Highlands in the Macon County region of Western North Carolina is nestled high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, and has long served as a seasonal retreat to nature lovers, connoisseurs, and shoppers alike. Steeped in history, its downtown district offers a distinctive blend of quaint inns, unique shops and fine cuisine. Just outside the “Main Street” corridor lies a wonderful network of communities, featuring resort quality amenities and incredible custom built homes – many designed and crafted by local artisans.  What you may not realize about this exceptional mountain retreat set in the clouds – is that the area has been a golfers paradise for nearly 80 years, drawing the likes of some of golf’s greatest players such as Bobby Jones and Arnold Palmer. The natural beauty of the area, the gently rolling hills and the native water features all serve to enhance the game in ways that are unmatched anywhere else on Earth.  The best part is, YOU have an opportunity to have the back nine of one of the following superlative golf developments as YOUR backyard.

Situated in the mountains between Highlands and Cashiers at 4,250 feet above sea level, Cullasaja Club combines luxury living and the ultimate in leisure for a truly one-of-a-kind community. At the heart of this exclusive gated enclave lies a par 72, 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course featuring incredible vistas of the mountains and the Nantahala National Forest, plus 6,651 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 (est. 1989). Tucked within the community’s secluded 685+ acres, Cullasaja’s clubhouse features sweeping views of the 9th hole, four stacked stone fireplaces, and both casual & formal dining with the Club’s award-wining chef. Cullasaja Club also boasts one hard surface and five lighted clay tennis courts, state-of-the-art fully-staffed fitness and activity center, and canoeing, kayaking or fishing on fully-stocked Lake Ravenal.

As suggested by its name, nature plays a central role at Highlands Falls Country Club. In fact, the Club’s moniker is derived from a magnificent waterfall that is the highlight of the 15th hole on the club’s 18-hole golf course. Originally opened in 1962 and re-designed by golf course architect Joe Lee, ASGCA, in the 1980’s – the course and waterfall have been featured in Golf Digest, Golf Course Management and Carolinas Green Magazine. The cascade feeds into the Cullasaja River, which winds throughout most of the property providing for a lush landscape throughout the Country Club. The course boasts 6,130 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. Tucked behind an elegant gated entryway, the course, amenities and surrounding neighborhood rest on nearly 550 acres of beautiful natural landscape. HFCC amenities include an active community tennis program on any one of four Har-Tru courts, large heated swimming pool, fully equipped fitness center with a staff of personal trainers and massage therapists, six ponds stocked with bass and trout for year round fishing, and gourmet dining (courtesy of the Executive Chef) and dancing at the Clubhouse. The neighborhood is made up of approximately 350 classic mountain home sites and is located just two miles from the upscale shopping and dining establishments of downtown Highlands.

As the oldest and most established country club in the Highlands area, Highlands Country Club is rich in both history and tradition. Set foot on the links of its 18-hole championship golf course and come to the realization that you are teeing off where the legendary golfer Bobby Jones once played. Designed during the Golden Era of Golf by golf course architect Donald Ross and refurbished by Ron Pritchard, the course originally opened in 1928 and is believed to be one of the most challenging along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. It features 6,255 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. Besides incredible golf, amenities included with Club membership consist of an elegant clubhouse with a pro shop and 19th Hole Grill overlooking the course, two Har-Tru tennis courts and a heated pool. Located within Highlands city limits, Highlands Country Club is within walking distance of the quaint shops and restaurants that line the highly popular Main Street district.

Nestled at the base of the north face of Whiteside Mountain, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club was built to accommodate those with both discerning taste and a love of the natural splendor found on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Situated between the resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands, there are plenty of activities and amenities to keep residents within the gates of this private membership club. Built on the highest elevation of the Plateau, the Wildcat Cliffs Golf Course – designed by noted golf course architect, George W. Cobb in 1961 – offers plenty of challenges, as well as incredible views. It features 6,493 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Central to the community, the 21,000 square foot clubhouse features a fabulous dining room with cathedral ceilings, lounge and bar area, outdoor terrace overlooking the putting green and pro golf shop. Other amenities include an indoor pool kept at a comfortable 84 degrees year round, a 12-foot-wide stacked stone hot tub strategically placed next to a roaring fire in the cooler months, a fully staffed and equipped Fitness and Activity Centre, a lakeside pavilion and picnic area, three Har-Tru tennis courts, and exclusive Glenville Lake Club. Wildcat Cliffs provides a family-friendly environment to all of its residents and promotes camaraderie amongst its Club members. It is everything a country club should be – “a club based on personal relationships and shared affinities.”

To schedule a tour of any of these exceptional communities and their courses – or learn more about additional golf course communities in the area, call the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group TODAY.  You can reach us by calling 828-743-1999, by e-mailing us at or please feel free to just drop on by! Our offices are conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide.  We look forward to introducing you and your family to this little slice of Heaven we call the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau!


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