Golf

You will feel at home on the gently rolling terrain of the eighteen hole semi private course. Small, fast bentgrass greens are painstakingly maintained while the mountain scenery you came for looks on quietly.

Local Golfing Trivia: “Mitchell County Sand at Augusta National”
For over 40 years the bunkers at The Masters have been lined with “sand” from Spruce Pine, NC”

Mitchell County is known as the most important mining district in the world.  One of these important minerals have had significant impacts on golf as we know it in North Carolina, and the country. Feldspar is a quartz derivative used to make ceramics.  When ground up and washed, feldspar looks like pure white sand. Clifford Roberts, co-founder of August National with the immortal Bobby Jones heard about ‘some real good sand up here’. Local businessman Claude Greene mined the sand and he was asked to send some to Augusta to be tried out. The “sand” which was ground up washed feldspar was whiter than sand and the contrast with the green fairways makes a golf course look great. This ‘sand’ worked out for Augusta and since then countless numbers of courses across the country and locally get their “sand” from Mitchell County.-taken from “Grassy Creek” as a story by Harris Prevost.