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50 Slicers Ave
Sapphire, NC  28774-9405
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Sapphire Mountain Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

70 par | 6,147 yards | 119 slope

69.3 rating | Other grass

Sapphire Mountain Golf Course

The 18-hole "Sapphire Mountain" course at the Sapphire National Golf Club facility in Sapphire, North Carolina features 6,147 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 69.3 and it has a slope rating of 119 on Other grass. Designed by Ron Garl, the Sapphire Mountain golf course opened in 1982. Adam Poroslay manages the course as the Owner.


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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Golf course designer Ron Garl has created over 250 golf courses around the world and Sapphire National Golf Club is certainly one of his finest. It has received a 4 ½ star golf course rating from Golf Digest. Garl has stated that his goal at Sapphire National “was to design an exciting, innovative and unique golf course that artfully employs the natural characteristics of the mountainous terrain and waterfalls yet adheres to sensitive land design where both the environment and man can not only coexist- but also thrive.” I’ll go along with his statement for the most part although in some parts of the Sapphire National layout, it’s the course that does the thriving!

Sapphire National Golf Club is the only 18-hole golf course in the Highlands, Cashiers, and Sapphire region that is open to the public and doesn’t require a hotel stay. Sapphire National offers players five sets of tees that play anywhere from 6,724 (Black Tees) to 4,686 (Red Tees). Choosing the right set of tees is critical to the amount of enjoyment you will derive from Sapphire National Golf Club. The rule of thumb is: Right tees are delightful, wrong tees are frightful! And, in the event your round’s not going well, step back and look at the beauty God has surrounded you with. That’s what I did; come to think of it, I spent a lot of time looking at nature!

Sapphire National plays to a par of 70 on bent grass tees, fairways and greens. The front nine features three par 3s, four par 4’s and two par 5s and only one par 5 on the back. As you make your way around this 18-hole championship mountain course, you can’t help but admire the beauty and splendor of the location. Scenic mountain views, dramatic elevation changes both up and down and lush forests give way to water features and picturesque bunkering throughout the layout.

Most Memorable Hole: Number 2: Par 3, 225 yards (Black tees). This is one of the most intimidating par threes you will ever face. Even though the green is less elevated and more than twice its original size, it is still a challenge to hit and hold off of a tee box that sits over 100 feet above it. The rocks to the left add not only aesthetic value but can also offer the occasional friendly carom; unfortunately, not for me! Avoid the pot bunker on the right side or face a tough up and down. Back right pin placements can be exceptionally challenging. It’s not often that a par 3 is rated one of the 3 hardest holes on a golf course.

Favorite Par 3: Number 15, 170 yards (Black tees). In addition to being known for creating replica holes from famous golf courses around the world, Ron Garl loves to throw in the occasional island green. Although it’s not an exact copy of Number 17 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, it is very reminiscent of it. The island green sits 70 feet below the tee box and the pot bunker on the front left side brings on an added challenge. Find it off the tee instead of the green and your par just became a whole lot tougher. With the lake surrounded by woods, this hole looks like it belongs on a Hallmark card!

Favorite Par 4: Number 13, 410 yards (Black tees). Not only is this one of the most famous and photographed golf holes in all of North Carolina, it also rates as the toughest on the inward 9. It’s a dogleg left that requires you to hit a long tee shot to make it to the turn; trees guard both sides of the fairway making it that much tougher. Your approach shot plays up a rise of about 50 feet to one of the smallest greens on the course and is protected on the right side by a beautiful waterfall. There’s also small pot bunkers that sit several feet below the putting surface in the front left and front right of the green as well as another in the back. Par is an outstanding score here.

Favorite Par 5: Number 1, 595 yards (Black tees). Nothing like getting the longest hole out of the way quickly. Your first shot of the day – provided you’re not playing in a scramble – requires a decision: try and carry the creek off the tee or not. Your second shot requires some accuracy in order to avoid the two fairway bunkers on the right and one on the left in the landing area. Success so far means all that’s left to do with your approach shot is to fly the creek and strategically placed bunker that guards the front of a small green and make your putt. Is there a better way to start your day?

After your round, be sure to stop by the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, conveniently located in the clubhouse. This family-friendly establishment is a full-service restaurant and bar, showcasing over 100 of the area's finest craft beers. The restaurant and adjoining patio overlook the 8th and 18th greens. The food is outstanding and not your typical clubhouse fare. Appetizers such as Soft Pretzel bites, which are served with their homemade beer cheese sauce, or Hillbilly peppers, fire-roasted jalapeno peppers filled with fresh cream cheese and wrapped in applewood bacon, served with a smoky coulis. Their “Pub Grub” features an Angry Bird sandwich; it’s grilled chicken with sriracha mayo, pepper jack cheese, jalapeno peppers, lettuce, tomato and onion served on a soft bakery bun. Good thing you’ve got ice cold beers to wash down all those hot ingredients. They may not cool down the fire in your belly, but those craft beers will sure have you feeling good! In case you’re extra hungry SMBC’s Baby Back Ribs or 12 oz Ribeye steak dinner is sure to satisfy the biggest of appetites. Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company also offers wood-fired pizzas and calzones with that one-of-a-kind wood fire flavor. Their signature pies are handcrafted, rolled and tossed the old-fashioned way and then baked in a wood-fired oven. They offer 12 varieties or you can create your own. Whatever your palette desires, you won’t be disappointed.

The golf course at Sapphire National underwent extensive renovations several years ago and now it’s the Brewery’s turn! Renovations and expansions are planned for the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company that will make it the most happening nightspot in the area. There are also plans to greatly expand the practice facilities. On your next visit, take a look at the pictures of the proposed expansion. And, in case you want to play the course multiple times, lodging is available nearby.

No matter the state of your game, Sapphire National will prove to be a worthy adversary.

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Reviewed June 04, 2018

The course is fun and challenging, especially for its modest length, but leaves you wondering if the conditioning were better, how truly wonderful this track could be. Sapphire National is characterized by an enormous variety of hole designs, massive topographic changes and inconsistent quality of holes, partially a result of spotty conditoning. In short is has tremedous, ableit unfulfilled, potential. The extraordinary elevation changes throughout the round lead to a some of the most unique holes you will ever play, a prime example of which is the 225 yard par 3 second hole. Your tee shot must pass though a narrow shoot to land on a plateued green. Because of the 100'+ drop to the green, the shot plays to only 170-180 yards, with little margin for error. If you are a virgin foursome, the pplayer with honors serves as a guinea pig on this par 3, as well as all of the other par 3s given their substantial elevation drops. The par 3's are unquestionably the stars of this show. The 410 yard par 4 14th is an equally impressive golf hole which consistents of an extremely elevated tee shot to a generous fairway and then back up hill to an elevated green that is framed by an active waterfall. The par 3 15th, with its island green and the par 4 eighteenth are also well designed, the latter leaving you with a distinct-TPC 17th like-lasting impression. Unfortunately, for every gem, there is a dude. For example, the blue tees on the par 5, 577 yard first hole, requires you to to either lay up to 150-175 yards to avoid a wide cross stream, not ideal for a par 5, or smoke a drive at least 255+ yards to reach the fairway across the cross stream. This is far from ideal, particularly given there is no range to warm up on. The 577 yard hole then plays up a decently sloped hill which makes it play closer to 600 yards. This is not a great introduction to the course. The par four third lists at 388 yards but plays more like 425 yards and the fairway was cut at about 270 yards, hence anything shorter was in deep rough and didn't seem a fair design. This may have to do with limited grass cutting due to exceptional spring '18 rain but prior reviews seem to confirm lackluster conditioning is a consistent feature at Sapphire National. For $80 bucks, the experience is well worth the greens fees and this course will be amongst the most memorable you will, even for trophy hunters who are deep into Golf Digest's top 100 list. The inconsistentcy quality of holes and dubiuous conditioning will ensure it never cracks event the top 200.

Reviewed June 12, 2012

This is a true mountain course which rewards you for hitting the ball straight with strategic placement. The greens were all in excellent shape and the fairways were all in really good shape. Twilight rates are a bargain for the area and I had the course pretty much to myself. I played twice this week and I look forward to coming back.

Reviewed August 07, 2011

I played this weekend, and the course was a mess. Perhaps they should look for a better greens keeper. Many of the tee boxes had little or no grass. The fairays were patchy and sparse. I had to move my ball in the fairway to find a patch of grass on almost every shot. The management should definitely warn customers of the current condition when calling for a tee time and offer a discount until the course is in decent shape. The current condition certainly does not justify the price.

Reviewed October 26, 2010

i played this course last year and it was immaculant so i planned another trip to play it last weekend. ( It is a 3 hour drive from my house.) To say we were dissapointed would be a understatement. I found out that the course has changed management once again during the year. The tee boxes were dirt and sand, the fairways were hit and miss. Some holes they were descent but others were not good. The greens were ok but nothing spectacular. Do yourself a favor and avoid this dog track. It is a shame because the scenery is spectacular and it was a outstanding course to play last year. I understand we had a rough summer but you can drive 5 miles down the road and look at high hampton and there course looks good.

Reviewed April 26, 2010

Reviewed April 21, 2009

This is definitely a hidden gem went there recently with 3 of my buddys from savannah ga, we thought it was one of the greatest courses we have ever played,with probably the best par 3's in the world. Just the overall beauty and scenery of the whole place is awesome. The pro Tom was so cordial and warm you would think he has known you for years. I think the only way this place could improve is with a practice range but as far as the golf course there is no need to improve perfection and i recommend that if you are planning a golf trip to western carolina or north ga then this is definitely a must course for you to play.

Reviewed November 01, 2008

Good course, recently renovated, just reopened May 08. The course in almost always in good shape. Greens are rolled and cut short, some of the fastest/toughest greens in the area. The layout is good rather difficult course. Beautiful scenery. Ammenities are ok, nice pro shop and restaurant. However no practice green, chipping area or range. Rather expensive but their twillight rate is affordable. This course will be in great condition 09! One of the top public courses in the Cashiers area.

Reviewed October 04, 2008

Not in good condition, price increase 9/08 (prior rating '06)


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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Jim S. 36 114 78 05/27/09
2 Dan D. 17 96 79 08/21/12
3 Harold B. 4 89 85 07/11/11
4 Larry C. N/A 97 97 05/27/10
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Sapphire National Golf Club

Resort and Community facility

18 regulation holes

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