The Highlands Golf Club at Fisher Mountain

4.8349882353 4.8 stars from 5 (28)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6796 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

  • Troublesome Valley Rd, Franklin, West Virginia 26807, Pendleton County
  • (304) 358-2261
  • (304) 358-2348
  • www.fishermountain.com

Year built: 2006
Architect(s): Bill Ward (2006)
Type: Public/Resort
Golf Season: April - November

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6796 yards 73.7 144
White 71 6258 yards 71.0 138
Gold 71 5666 yards 68.1 134
Forward (W) 71 4680 yards 67.7 121

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 28 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

28 out of 28 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens  

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u586932465's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"WOW"


bucklewbob's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a great course. Course conditions are excellent. Greens are interesting, sloped and beautiful. Had been a lot of rain in the past couple days so they were not real fast and it was still tough to two putt if you got above some pins. Not unfair just needed your best touch. This course may be the crown jewel of out of the way destinations. Not a single house on the entire layout, It is not a easy layout, but well placed tee shots give you a good look at getting on in regulation. I drove two hours to get there and boy was it worth it, This area of West Virginia is as they say Wild and Wonderful. It will be on my yearly must play list as number one destination. Find a way and go play !


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A real gem in the mountains of WVA"


pda24486's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

What a great course.I have been playing here for some time now and the course is well maintained.Staff is very friendly and glad to see you.Pace of play is excellent. The greens can be a real test of your putting skill. The island green (#10) kicks my butt about every time,but look forward to playing it every round.Make the drive and play,you will be glad you did. Enjoy Life!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


u530524660's avatar
Age:  65+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Couldn't have been a better experience. Very enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great shape"


u282107848's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course tough greens good people running the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun When Your Game Is On, When It’s Not...Look Out!"


MizunoBen's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

When you’re having an off day on the course, it can sometimes be hard to not blame the course itself for at least part of your woes. And looking at the slope rating on the scorecard for the Highlands Golf Club, you certainly shouldn’t expect a personal best. But there’s a difference between a hard course that’s still fun to play and just a plain hard course.

Those who have not played this course before will find added difficulty in the various blind shots, multiple hazards, thick rough, and green contours that take inspiration from the steep West Virginian mountains that surround the course.

The layout itself is similar to other traditional mountain courses (my favorite flavor of golf courses) with elevated tees, fairways that slope down, up, and sideways, and beautiful scenic vistas. Most holes have their own unique character, from the over-hill-and-dale par-5 6th and the right-angle-fairway par-4 9th to the iconic island-green par-4 10th. There is certainly inspiration in the design and they’ve added some rudimentary signage to keep you accidentally jumping from #9 to #12 like I did on my first visit last year.

Course conditions were a mixed bag when I played. Fairways and rough were lush and well maintained and there were no signs of summer burnout on the greens. Unfortunately, to prevent burnout, it appears they’ve heavily watered the greens and grown them long; they are soft and slow. Most glaringly, however, are the disrepair of the bunkers, which I voluntarily played as GUR until I saw signs that indicated as such. There’s no sand in them to speak of, just rocky dirt.

The soft, slow greens are actually welcome do to the rather extreme slope of the putting surfaces. Miss a putt by an inch and you’ll be lucky to have less than 8 feet left coming back. As mentioned before, there are many blind shots and with no cell service in the area, you’ll often be left guessing yardage, so bring a rangefinder.

The staff is friendly if minimalist (no starter or beverage cart) as are the off-course amenities (though they have separate putting and chipping greens). Pace of play is what you’d expect from a difficult mountain course and the distance between the cart path and greens doesn’t help. That said, the course is far from crowded so if you play as a single, you’re not likely to get completely stuck behind a train of foursomes.

The Highlands Golf Club is more suited for locals who play there frequently and know the course well than for someone just stopping by for one round. With the current poor course conditions and long drive from VA, even the VERY cheap GolfNow hot deals probably won’t be enough to entice me to keep coming back to learn the course enough to enjoy it. But if you find yourself in Franklin, WV for a decent amount of time, play a few rounds and decide for yourself!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed the golf course very much"


u00000537's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the fourth or fifth time I've played here, and always enjoy it. Lots of slopes make it challenging, and the condition is usually pretty good. This time, the greens were a little slower, and the bunkers needed some work, but considering it's still early in their season, I definitely wouldn't hold that against them. Will definitely go back!!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Highly Recommend"


tidewaterirons's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A hidden gem. Spectacular mountain course in the middle of the WV mountains. Well worth the trip to play as the course is extremely well maintained, excellent pace of play due to minimal golfers, fantastic value for the course, first class clubhouse, and very friendly staff. Will definitely play again and have already highly recommended to golfing friends as a must play trip.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great remote gourse"


gsandridge's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful mountain course one hour from Interstate 81. Greens are in great shape - although there will be discussion regarding the shape of the greens. Not pool tables. Three puts common and some are hard to hold. Worth the travel. You will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Must Play!"


wwoodson's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Highlands has always proven to be a challenging course and is always in great playing condition. It is one of the most beautiful courses in the area and will leave you shaking your head after many holes. Must see it and play it!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful views"


jryoakum's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We visited the course with friends and we all enjoyed the course, the views and the overall excellent condition of the fairways and greens. I will say that several of the greens are challenging as they have significant undulations.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course, in great condition"


Stephen6991624's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of our favorite courses to play. Great conditions and mountain views. Greens are in terrific shape....and tricky!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"good course"


mich1golfer's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape but very difficult. Not very many flat lies in the fairways and greens were huge and very undulating. decent players will enjoy, not a course for average golfers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Most beautiful course I've ever played!"


hjbraunig's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very scenic, very wooded, & just beautiful. Lots of elevation changes, sloping fairways, contoured greens,difficult, but fair. Greens were immaculate, & not too fast or too slow,. Scenic & interesting drive to get to, but worth the drive. I would love to see a,PGA tournament there. They might have trouble.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Gorgeous, challenging course."


campin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is in the Potomac Highlands--gorgeous mountainous area of WV. It is a mountain course, with all the associated challenges. The course was in excellent shape, only negative comment was some golfers are not repairing their divots. I'd read the reviews on GolfNow and expected a good experience. I was not disappointed. Firstly, we received excellent service from both GolfNow and the course, allowing my twosome to combine two different tee times in order to get the best rates and still play together. We teed off just as the busy time was ending, and were behind a foursome, who courteously allowed us to play through when we caught up, so pace of play was good.

We often visit Massanutten Resort in Harrisonburg, VA and have played all the local courses, including one called Packsaddle Ridge. This course is about an hour west of Harrisonburg, and reminded us of Packsaddle. It is a hidden jewel and I would recommend it to anyone who will be in this area. One note: It is called The Highlands at Fisher Mountain Resort, which will come in handy when trying to find it with GPS. We kept asking ourselves: where are the houses? Where is the resort? This course was remotely located: a matter of taste, but I appreciate mountains and woods. If you do, also, please go there. You won't regret it!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful views."


mettiger08's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Recommend fall playing for beautiful fall foliage view. Nice course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


EpsilonXPhi's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is an exceptional course hidden in the mountains of West Virginia. I was amazed at the course conditions, as they were excellent. The greens were moderately fast with some having significant undulations. I was able to book a time as a single and ended up playing alone. However, on a Saturday I only encountered two groups who quickly allowed me to play through. There are a few blind shots, and driver is not required on all par 4s for longer hitters. There are not a lot of directional signs and yardage markers are hard to come by. All that said, if you have a chance to play this course, don't pass it up! The lady in the pro shop was not very friendly, and I played so fast I didn't stop in the snack bar. Didn't see a refreshment cart or ranger during the round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Beautiful course"


u000005532355's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a beautiful course in a gorgeous setting which I enjoyed playing and look forward to playing again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun Mountain Course"


ShamrockTopper's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed the round(s). Enjoyed the first time around so much, took advantage of a very reasonable replay rate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Worth the trip but not for the faint of heart!"


MShipway88's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is a great test. A one horse town with a 5 star course. Slope rating of 144 will test your ego. People are great and willing to help with your needs. This course is a hidden jewel. The greens are very tough to putt and requires total concentration or you will 3 and 4 putt. A premium is placed on hitting fairways and greens. Anything in the rough will require a punch out. Give a shot and write a review.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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