A beautifull sunset view of hole #3 at Sapphire National Golf Club
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3.2
111 Reviews (111)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
13
1 Stars
7
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.0
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
2.7
59.6%
Recommend this course
83 out of 111 reviews
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3.1
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
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Conditions
2.6
Value
3.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
58.3%
Recommend this course
21 out of 36 reviews
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3.1
43 Reviews (43)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
5
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
60.5%
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26 out of 43 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort/Public
Par 70
Length 6331 yards
Slope 137
Rating 71.0
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Sapphire National Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1982
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 12/31
Architect Ron Garl (1982)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

3.2
111 Reviews (111)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 18
19th Hole Scenic Views 16
Patio Dining 14
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 27
Undulating Greens 20
Water Hazards 18
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 22
Advanced Golfers 19
Locals 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 18
At a Resort 13
Near Local Attractions 8

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4.0
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Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Handicap 25+
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3.0
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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.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Incredible layout

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rough shape

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Plays A few times a week
2.0
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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.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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3.0
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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.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Previously Played

Dogtrack

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Wasted Potential

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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First Time Playing

Rough

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

No maintenace

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.

Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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…

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Needs grass

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.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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