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“A Real Find”

Sapphire National Golf Club
Ranked #4 of 7 things to do in Sapphire
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Owner description: Sapphire National Golf Club, conveniently located in the Sapphire Valley and Cashiers Plateau Resort area, boasts premier playing conditions, tranquil mountain views and dramatic elevation changes. Sapphire National Golf Club is the only golf course in the Highlands, Cashiers, and Sapphire region that is open to the public. Recipient of the prestigious 4 ½ star golf course rating from Golf Digest; the golf course also recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Sapphire National Golf Club offers the ultimate memorable experience for all avid golfers, from its dramatic par 4, 13th hole that is nestled beside a majestic waterfall, to the postcard Par 3, 15th hole that hosts an island green. For more information regarding Sapphire National Golf Club call:
Durham, North Carolina
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“A Real Find”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

The starter told us, "Be sure to bring your camera." Excellent advice for this beautiful mountain course. In fact, photo ops could upset pace of play. And though the course is challenging, the rewards for good shots are exhilarating and in the end score seems to matter less here than on many other courses. The staff was very friendly, the course in the week before Memorial Day was in fine shape and the weather, an independent variable, was superb. We played twice and can't wait to get back next year.

After a morning round, there's a reasonably good restaurant on the premises. But the slow service that I've noted from earlier reviews hasn't improved. Half-hour between order and serving a hamburger and a sausage sandwich seemed excessive, to say the least.

Visited May 2014
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SMBC M, Food and Beverage Director at Sapphire National Golf Club, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you for your review, we appreciate all of them because they help us improve. Yes, we have had an issue with slow service and that is being address and soon that will no longer be a problem. I hope you will join us again soon.
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Franklin, United States
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“A beautiful mountain setting golf course”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

My wife and I have golfed at this lovely course four or five times over the past 10 years and love playing it. The views are spectacular and the course is in wonderful shape. The staff is helpful and friendly. However, we left the restaurant in the clubhouse after sitting there for a few minutes and being ignored by the waitress staff, so we don't know how good the food is.

Visited May 2014
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SMBC M, Food and Beverage Director at Sapphire National Golf Club, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you for your review. It is a spectacular golf course and the restaurant will have a new menu shortly. I'm sorry if you felt ignored by the wait staff. Usually they greet people immediately upon entering and are quite attentive. I hope you return to play another round we will do our best to impress you as much as the course does.
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Winter Springs, Florida, United States
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“Challenging public golf course in Sapphire, NC”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Sapphire National Golf course is easy to find, right off of Highway 64 and a few miles east of the Cashiers "crossroads" at Hwy 107 and Hwy 64. Reasonably priced greens fees, a very accommodating professional staff and a challenging 18 holes await you. Rolling countryside in the mountains of Western NC makes for some challenging, rolling and angled fairways. Very different from playing more level courses! Hole #2 is a target hole par 3, with the elevated green protected by a rock face on the left and a significant drop-off on the right. Not to mention the sand trap on the right as well. Other holes include a difficult but photogenic par 4 "waterfall hole" at #13, and a hard to hit "island hole" at #15. The rough tends to be unforgiving, and can make for easily lost golf balls. So come prepared. Many of the rough areas have been newly manicured, with the weeds cut back significantly. Beautiful scenery, and a dramatic view from the clubhouse, where you can stop for good food and libations after the match. Can be physically taxing if wet conditions and "cart path only". There is no driving range, which is a drawback, but a practice net is available.

Visited September 2013
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South Florida, Florida
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

I am seasonal to the area and have seen the course and it's restaurant evolve into a destination. My friends who have played there enjoy it VERY much .

The views from the restaurant cause people to grab their cameras . Our visitors always say that next time they are bringing their clubs,

It is a good place to bring people who are new to the area.

Visited September 2013
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“Good condition of golf course”
Reviewed 11 August 2013

I played this course for the first time and enjoyed it very much. The area this year has had more rain than usual and I was expecting the course to be in worse shape. But it was well maintained and even though it was golf cart only, it was well worth the experience.

Visited August 2013
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