Sapphire National Golf Club
|Red (W)||70||4686 yards||66.7||126|
|Black M: 72.0/120||595||225||433||445||530||135||425||225||388||3401||379||220||389||410||550||170||320||415||470||3323||6724|
|Blue M: 71.0/137||583||218||416||433||518||130||416||214||359||3287||370||203||384||401||543||153||301||408||453||3216||6503|
|White M: 68.6/132||544||201||387||415||491||112||372||195||315||3032||332||191||368||380||532||138||265||382||389||2977||6009|
|Gold M: 65.8/122 W: 65.8/122||506||187||329||400||442||97||351||161||298||2771||262||172||328||345||508||98||241||313||373||2640||5411|
|Red W: 68.0/113||423||109||283||314||424||79||338||134||281||2385||211||158||279||273||486||77||201||305||358||2348||4733|
Photo submitted by ThaiMD on 09/06/2021
Photo submitted by u406008007 on 06/21/2021
#13 par 4 with waterfall on right as you make your approach to green. Photo submitted by pgrich on 04/12/2021
#15 par 3 to island green. Photo submitted by pgrich on 04/12/2021
Great par three! Photo submitted by Michael5964850 on 09/25/2013
Photo submitted by suffia on 09/25/2013
Photo submitted by suffia on 09/25/2013
Not a course I would play again
Interesting layout. Not a walking course. Severe elevation changes and over 1/4 mile between many holes. Tough to start on a course that has NO driving range or practice green. Many tees are bumpy and little to no grass, especially par 3s. Bunkers are rock hard, lots of rocks, and deep crevices and gullies with NO raking. Greens extremely slow, hard to believe how hard you have to hit uphill putts. Fairways very spotty conditions. Have played many better muni courses.
Layout is phenomenal with mountain views and picturesque holes throughout the course. Island hole very similar to Sawgrass except surrounded by beautiful mountains. Unfortunately no driving range and due to staff shortages no bar/grill and course maintenance was lacking. Greens in decent shape but bunkers unkempt and fairways unevenly cut. Could be destination course but need proper staffing and grounds crew.
The course was in very rough shape. Fairways and tee boxes had very thin grass. Weeds in the fairways and sand traps had not been maintained all season.
Not worth the price
Great carts & friendly staff. The course was not maintained, grass was extremely long , even in the fairways, sand traps were in very poor shape. Won't be back.
First Time - Last Time
At $58 it wasn’t worth the price. Normally $90 which is crazy. Greens were ok, fairways were thick with clipping debris all over the place. We played it but wouldn’t play it again.
Beautiful Mountain Course
A really interesting layout with lots of hills, trees, uneven lies and water to make it interesting. A good variety of tee boxes to suit your game. Quite long grass on the fairway but that is probably helpful to allow carts on the hilly slopes as it dries after the rains. My only disappointment was the bunkers as they don’t hold up to the wet climate.
Otherwise, a great fun course which I will return to very soon.
This course has a great layout. Too bad the owners leave the tees, fairways and traps in horrible condition. To be fair, the greens are in good condition. This is not based on today's play only. We found the course in the worst condition ever. Over the years, this course continues to be bad. It's a $25 muni course! Not a $90 resort course.
This course is as has a ton of potential if a somebody would invest time and effort into it. It has a great layout, but it is in TERRIBLE condition. In my opinion this should be a $25 round NOT $90 in its current condition. Below are the issues with this course.
1. No driving range
2. No putting green
3. Fairways EXTREMELY shaggy (equivalent to links style course rough)
4. Bunkers.... completely unplayable (gem mines)
5. The grass that is cut has clumps all over it. (Not hard to bag grass...)
6. Pin locations on green breaks (not legal pins)
The group in front of us and behind us quit in the middle of their round because of the course conditions. Unfortunately if you are not a member of a private course in the area, don’t waste your money playing at this course.
The hey day for this course was a many years ago. Charging $90 for a round is understandable when it is the only public course around, but not really right.
Not sure when it rained the last time, but not one bunker was cleaned up. The fairways were shaggy, if not just hairy. Green were slow.
It looks like a lot of maintenance have been put on hold as there were numerous blocked off areas, huge chunks of grass everywhere, and so on. Like an unmaintained muni.
Now, the layout is way cool, ups and downs, right fairways and a shot makers course. The staff was nice and friendly.
An unkept gem
I can see how the course could have been included on a Golf Digest Top Public course list at one point in the past, but the course has gotten away from the maintenance crew and the rough folds into the fairway almost seamlessly. Bunkers are now washed out mine fields of rocks and tee boxes are a bit furry. But, this does promote a target golf style of game which is just fine, and the surrounding mountains are beautiful. If was a magnificent goat track but we enjoyed it. I just would have loved to see it better maintained. The greens were pretty decent which was nice.
As you drive up to this course you are fooled by the lush green appearance of the course. Look closer and you will see ALL bouncers are washed out of sand and some have standing water. This is not a condition which was recently caused by that week’s heavy rain. It is clearly a long standing issue. The grass in the fairways is unmoved and thick enough to make it difficult to get a club on the ball even in the middle of a fairway. The edges of the cups are overgrown and obviously have not been moved in weeks. If you need a practice tee you have to go back down the hill to the highway and go to a practice tee by the nine hole course. The greens are in reasonably good condition with a few bald sports.
Condition poor, maintenance not professional
The course has a challenging layout and excellent views. The staff was extremely courteous and upbeat. That is where the enjoyment ended. The course is not in good condition. Grass cut clumps throughout. The greens are bare, yet very slow. The pace of play was quite slow. The bunkers are not at all maintained, you can see rain runoff on the walls of the bunker, so nobody raking them.
It is a shame as the course is in a great location. The rates are pretty high for the quality. If taken over by someone committed to course care, it could be a great track
Over all bad experience
Made the drive from Ashville, just to quit playing after 9 holes, pace of play was terrible, fairways had patches of long grass in them and the greens were the worst I’ve seen in a while.. Overall bad experience…
Nice mountain course with lots of elevation changes
First time to play here and will definitely come back. Staff was very nice. One negative is no driving range or practice green, so it's a cold start.
Frequent recent rains have kept them from mowing the fairways for several days, rough was very thick and almost all of the bunkers were flooded and unplayable, but you can't beat the scenery and interesting layout.
Not a course you can walk since some tee boxes are hundreds of yards away from each other. This course was laid out to maximize the real estate potential, but home sites are not intrusive and the cart paths thru forest and ravines are very nice. Even one small water fall along the path.
Some of the par 3's are very long for a senior player like me, but the elevated tee boxes for them make it manageable, even if you have to hit driver to get there.
The uphill shot to the tiny 13th green next to the waterfall and the island green on 15 are worth the price alone.
This is the only public 18 hole course in the area, so don't miss it if staying in the Cashiers, Sapphire Valley area.
The brewery has good pub food and lots of beers to chose from with a great view of the 8th and 18th greens.
Tee boxes were very bare, the weather probably meant they hadn't been able to mow for a few days, and the bunkers were in poor shape, again due to the weather.