By Jesse Wood
April 4, 2014. The elation and warmth of spring has arrived and that means it’s time to pull the golf clubs out of the closet and head to the Sugar Mountain Golf Course, which will “open in some form or fashion on Saturday, April 5” depending on weather and snow removal, according to a message on the businesses answering machine.
The last snowstorm dropped a couple inches on the golf course.
The Sugar Mountain Golf Course is located at 1054 Sugar Mountain Drive atop Sugar Mountain. For more information, call 828-898-6464 or click to www.seesugar.com/golf-and-tennis.html.
About Sugar Mountain Golf Course
The Sugar Mountain Golf Club may be the best-kept secret in mountain golf. Located just minutes from Boone, Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 18-hole municipal course is “Everyman’s Golf Course” in a region home to some of the world’s premiere private country club communities. The fabulous golf course opened for play in 1974, the design of Frank Duane, previously the senior project manager for more than two decades for Robert Trent Jones, the undisputed dean of golf course architecture.
The par-64 layout maximizes every view, every mountain brook, and every stand of rhododendron and forest on the 60-acre site. The course features nine par threes, eight par fours, and a single par five. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, the course features immaculate putting surfaces, hailed by those who play here as second to none. Any suggestions that the diminutive creation is anything less than a stellar test, or a grand stage from which to enjoy the drama of mountain golf, are quickly assuaged for the first time visitor.
All who play Sugar Mountain leave won-over, marked for life by the brilliance of the routing and the magical quality of the putting surfaces. The layout courses through a verdant land rich in laurel and rushing streams and exploits every panoramic view the property possesses. Best of all, the course delivers an enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels.