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Highlands, NC  28741
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Old Edwards Course

18 hole regulation length course

Private golf course

71 par | 6,606 yards | 137 slope

71.6 rating | Bent grass

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Old Edwards Golf Course

The 18-hole "Old Edwards" course at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa facility in Highlands, North Carolina features 6,606 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.6 and it has a slope rating of 137 on Bent grass. Designed by Tom Jackson, the Old Edwards golf course opened in 2009. Jerry C. West manages the course as the General Manager.


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Reviewed September 29, 2020

Old Edwards is truly a destination course. It’s located in the North Carolina Blue Mountains, and it’s part of a larger property that includes a hotel, spa, restaurant and events space. This would be a great couple’s destination if your spouse doesn’t like to golf and would rather enjoy the amenities of this course.

I recommend getting an early morning tee time. Not because this course gets too busy, but for the opportunity to see the early morning mist on the blue mountains. It’s a really spectacular thing to see. This is definitely one of the most scenic golf courses I’ve visited.

Since the course is in the mountains, you can expect dramatic elevation changes. One of the favorite parts of my round was riding up to the first tee. It was about 300 feet up. Expect plenty of uphill and downhill lies and dense treeline surrounding the holes on this course.

The course is in excellent condition with bent grass fairways. It opened in 2009, and the upkeep is on the same level of many of the private courses that I’ve visited. Old Edwards is an 18-hole regulation course with membership options. The design of the course blends nicely with the natural surroundings.

My biggest tip for this course would be to follow the club recommendations on the scorecard. You can even ask the staff for pointers before your round, as there are 3 golf pros on staff.

Oftentimes, you’ll find yourself with better luck if you hit with an iron off the tee instead of a driver. This is due to the steep lies and blind corners that you’ll encounter on this course. Even better, play a round under the guidance of one of the golf pros or a local golfer (if you’re lucky.) Experience with this particular course comes in handy.

You’ll even find a few unusually short holes (#4, #8, #11 and #17 are all under 110 yards) on this course, but don’t be fooled, they are still Par 3’s for a reason. Take your time with club selection and set up, and you should be fine. Most holes hover around the 300 yard mark which makes this a shorter course with good pace of play.

After your round, enjoy a meal at the excellent on-site restaurant called The Grill Room. It offers American cuisine with a southern twist plus 270 degree views of the golf course from floor-to-ceiling windows. The course is located just over 50 miles from Asheville, NC, but I’d recommend staying overnight to enjoy the full experience and maybe even fit in a second round.

Fees are on the higher side ($100), but the value is there to back up the price. Meticulously maintained greens, friendly staff, a beautiful setting and a challenging round all make the Old Edwards Inn a worthy golf destination.

Reviewed July 07, 2008

Great public golf course. The front nine is goofy typcial mountain golf, 100-200 ft drops from tee to fairway, etc.... The back nine is awesome and maybe the best 9 holes in the area. I have played Cullasaja, Highlands CC, and Wildcat; the back 9 at highland cove was the best out of the bunch. Classic, fair, beautiful, the tees and greens fit so well into the enviorment that you would think the land was made for a golf course.

Reviewed September 04, 2007

Highlands Cove is an excellent golf club. A big clubhouse with a nice restraunt, set the scene of where you'll be playing. And taking that ride from practice green to the 1st tee is unreal. You climb 300 feet in elevation to start the 1st hole. The 9th hole drops 300 feet in elevation from tee-fairway. The price is a bit steep at $100, but it's an excellent experience.

Reviewed July 24, 2007

My son (a 15 handicap) and I (an 11) played this course and really enjoyed it. The front 9 is pure mountain golf with lots of elevation changes and gorgeous scenery; the back nine is down in the valley with some elevation changes but not nearly as severe. My advice is to read the scorecard suggestions carefully on club selection if you're not familiar with the course. I hit an eight iron on the 2nd hole (145 yards) over the green and into the woods behind the hole; the scorecard says pretty clearly to take two clubs down from normal but I didn't read it until afterwards. Of course, I found a dozen new golf balls (from others who also didn't read the scorecard) back looking for mine so it worked out! We played after 3 p.m. which has twilight rates which are very reasonable for the quality of golf. We belong to a nice private club in Atlanta and the maintenance on this course is very comparable.

Reviewed September 17, 2006

Highlands Cove

There are not many options for "public" golf in the Highlands/Cashiers area. Highlands Cove is a great option. The front (Highlands) 9 is very much up and down. The back (Cove) 9 is much flatter. For one of the few "public" courses in the area, it is in great condition. Tee boxes can get somewhat worn toward the end of the season because of the amount of play. The maintenance of the course is excellent. My advice is to play with someone who has played the course before if you are a first time player.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 tim O. 23 51 28 07/31/08
2 Taylor B. 22 99 77 05/28/07
3 chris C. 17 98 81 09/01/07
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Golf Course Information

About Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Community facility

20 tees driving range

27 regulation holes

Awards at Old Edwards Inn and Spa

No recent major awards have been noted.

Tournaments of Old Edwards Inn and Spa

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Course Staff

Jerry C. West, General Manager
Jordan Kenter, Director of Golf
George D. Mason, Superintendent

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