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list just published this spring. Perhaps even more impressively, Roaring Gap will also be featured as one of renowned de- signer and author Tom Doak’s “Gourmets Choice” selections in the renewal of his architectural cult classic “Te Confidential Guide,” scheduled for release in early fall. A “Gourmet’s Choice” is Doak’s premier


award given to those select golf design that Doak says “stir the soul” and that he would “most likely take a good friend to play.” Only one course is selected per architect, meaning Roaring Gap represents all Donald Ross-designed courses in North America.


the faceliſt has continued recently with the addition of a new roof, a new portico, and new carpet, floors, paint, draperies and cabinetry around the dining room and throughout the clubhouse. “Going into our next 50 years we really


wanted to freshen up the clubhouse and put our best foot forward,” Updike said. “We’ve done it all with member support.” Te High Meadows golf course was


originally designed by Savannah, Ga., native George Cobb, a scratch golfer who began designing courses during his military service and who later sketched the Par-3 course at Augusta National among many other popular layouts around the southeast. Construction at High Mead-


AFTER CELEBRATING ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE, HIGH MEADOWS CONTINUES MOMENTUM WITH MAJOR ENHANCEMENTS


In 2013, High Meadows Golf &


Country Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in grand fashion. Tree years later, the development


continues to ride the strong momentum. Te High Meadows clubhouse, orig-


inally designed by Claus R. Moberg, an acclaimed architect from Blowing Rock, was constructed in 1966. Following some restoration work around its 50th birthday,


ows began in 1963 and Cobb was on site regularly. Te original first nine opened in 1965 and the back nine a year later. Te only golf course in Roaring Gap


open year round, Cobb’s layout at High Meadows is a classic that gently rolls over hills and valleys while serving up breath- taking views, with no arduous climbs and no two holes alike. Te course is impec- cably maintained and takes full use of


the wonder provided by Mother Nature. Laurel Branch Creek crosses the golf course on holes 13 and 14, while meander- ing streams and ponds come into play at various intervals around Cobb’s layout. In 1985, one of Cobb’s associates, John


LaFoy, completed a revision to the course and provided the club with detailed draw- ings of each hole, which have been used as an aid for golf course improvements through the years. Te signature 12th hole tee offers a spectacular view of the lake with the mountains of Southwest Vir- ginia in the background; while the par-5 finishing hole plays around two lakes and a green complex guarded by a deep bunker front and leſt. Following major work on the green


complexes and bunkers this winter, High Meadows is now beginning construction on a new short-game practice area, with a variety of bunkers, along with a new chip- ping and putting green to allow members and their guests to effectively and com- fortably practice all elements of the short game. “We invested in new equipment for the


golf course, so we came back better than ever this spring,” Updike said. “Across the board we’re really trying to make the club shine.” High Meadows head pro Todd Hutch-


erson, a Winston-Salem native and accomplished tournament competitor, has continued a Pro-Am program by host- ing a late summer event that to date has raised more than $43,000 donated to the non-profit Allegheny County Foundation. Club members have also conducted a “Boot Drive” to ensure that no local chil- dren go to school in the winter without a pair of boots. In addition, the High Mead- ows Ladies Golf Association has donated backpacks filled with school supplies. “Our members are constantly doing


good things around the community,” Updike said. “Tey’ve provided crazy, incredible support helping the kids in our community who need a hand.”


OLDE BEAU GOLF CLUB CONTINUES TO REPRESENT ONE OF THE STATE’S BEST GOLF VALUES


When first established in 1991 directly


across from High Meadows, Olde Beau Golf Club was almost immediately billed as the “Augusta of the Smokey Mountains,” while two-time U.S. Open champion Cur- tis Strange described the design as “one of the greatest mountain courses ever built.” Named for the original developer and golf course designer Billy Satterfield’s faithful bulldog and constant companion, Olde Beau lives up to the hype. Golfers feel as if they are playing on top of the world as they navigate Olde Beau’s emerald green fairways overlooking an ever-changing palette of color of wildflowers, rhododendron and seasonal foliage.


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Olde Beau features one of the more scenic putting experi- ences in all of North Carolina. Photo by David Droschak.


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