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Heading to the mountains? Put some fun in your game at Cherokee Valley
There are many organizations and committees in the golf world grinding out reports on how to attract new golfers to the game. I’d like to suggest those committees take a trip to Cherokee Valley Club.
Just a short drive from downtown Greenville, SC it is a jewel of a golf course designed by P.B. Dye and set in the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains.
It’s also a study in how these innovative, independent golf course owners have taken matters into their own hands by offering a number of initiatives to keep existing golfers playing and getting new golfers on the course, and it’s pretty much all in the name of fun.
The impeccably maintained golf course is the major attraction as it winds up and down the hills with elevation changes and breathtaking views found only in some of the best mountain courses.
The course is not for the faint of heart. It will test every shot in your arsenal, but it is also forgiving to your wayward shots. Just when you think your ball is OB, it rolls back down into a valley like a gift and allows a straight shot into the green. There are so many scenic holes, including the 16th hole with a gorgeous waterfall and #8, a par 3 that drops 70 feet with the Blue Ridge Mountain views providing a backdrop.
From the moment you arrive at Cherokee Valley you feel the “fun vibe”. This is an elegant Southern-style property but certainly not stuffy. The average membership age is 40 so it’s no coincidence the course boasts the largest fleet of Finn cycles east of the Mississippi. These two-wheel battery-powered “mini bikes” are perfect for hugging the curves of this mountain course. At a top speed of 20MPH, they also provide an ideal, single-rider option for those who want to practice social distancing. “We have golfers who drive from Atlanta just to experience the fun of riding the Finn cycle.” says Matt Jennings, PGA Director of Operations/Owner.
Also on the fun list is a new fleet of the most luxurious golf carts offering JBL mounted Bluetooth speakers to pair with your phone to listen to your favorite tunes while you play. The E-Z-Go RXV carts also feature seats that are as comfy as your couch at home and GPS systems, which is especially great if it’s your first time playing the course.
The folks at Cherokee Valley also like to eat well. The food is well prepared and in abundant servings – a step above what you would find in a regular golf shop. Check out the beer butt chicken salad sandwich where the chicken is smoked for over three hours. Later this year, they will open a full-service restaurant, CORE 450, featuring a contemporary, casual theme with a diverse menu ranging from small plates and pizza to five-course meals. Executive chef Todd Warden, who studied under James Beard award-winning chef Bob Kinkead, leads CORE 450.
So the kids can join in the fun there is a First Tee facility at the course and the North Greenville University men’s and women’s team practice at the golf training facility and expansive practice range.
Stay and Play options are available in The Cottages, conveniently located just a few steps from the golf shop and the first tee. Each Cottage is equipped with four separate bed-and-bath suites that offer panoramic views of the course and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The versatile Cottages can be rented as a one-bedroom suite or the entire house. A resort-style pool next to the clubhouse is a great way to cool down, post-round.
The owners of Cherokee Valley have combined championship golf, fun ways to get around the course, great food and practice facilities, and elegant stay and play opportunities – so what’s left? Price, of course! Cherokee Valley is making golf affordable through a variety of membership options, but also the daily fees are surprisingly low for the caliber of golf and amenities. It’s no wonder they were recently recognized as one of North America’s ‘Most Innovative’ Golf Courses by Golf, Inc. magazine.
To learn more about golf packages and other programs and amenities, visit CherokeeValleyClub.com , or contact associate director of operations Lauren Landreth at [email protected] or (864) 895-6758 x2.
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