Sapphire National Golf Club

3.3694823529 3.4 stars from 5 (61)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6331 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6331 yards 71.0 137
White 70 5873 yards 68.6 132
Gold 70 5381 yards 65.8 122
Red (W) 70 4686 yards 66.7 126

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 2.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 61 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
24
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

55 out of 61 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"great layout"


savannahlakes's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

the course is beautiful and a great layout. It is a great challenge. If you are not able to keep in the fairway the course will cost you strokes. Greens are always to slow. The problem here is cost to play for condition of golf course. The bunkers were terrible and the greens to slow. The greens are in excellent condition and their is alot of grass on the course. I know that rain has been a real problem for maintenance but for the cost we should not see these issues. You could drive to sky valley and kingwood resort and pay less and play in excellent conditions. There are only three 18 holes courses in the area with non-member access. High Hampton and Old Edwards that are resort and the Sapphire Valley. I love the course and hate to see where it is at. Hope the management and staff get on this and bring it up to the standard it needs to be and to justify the cost to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Highlands weekend"


Denny3238812's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The worst course conditions I have ever seen on a course

Staff were not hospitable at all

Carts did not work well for the other twosome paired with us had to push there court most of the last 6 holes

Food selection not that great staff seemed inexperienced

No snacks available to take on course not even a cart person for any refreshments and yet they said the course was busy

Would not recommend this course at all as course conditions were atrocious


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Very mixed feelings"


joshjack's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First off, this is a beautiful mountain course. The staff are pleasant and casual. The setting alone makes this course worth playing. Many narrow fairways make for a challenging course, and none of the Par 3's are simple.

The day we played the fairways were in great shape, and the greens were good although very, very hard and fast. The tee boxes were often more sand than grass though with a liberal sprinkling of grass seeds.

It was also sad to see poor etiquette on such a nice course; very few people seemed to be raking or fixing their divots.

Lastly, it would be nice to see some beverage service here. The club-house pub is often very crowded as it serves the whole Sapphire Valley development (which is huge) so it would be nice to be able to order a beer without all the hassle of waiting up there.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"nc travel"


uGCJH3189GC's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although not a long course, it is difficult. It is unusual to get a level lie; everything is either downhill, uphill or sidehill. Putting is difficult - speed on downhill putts was hard to adjust to.


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Steven1857682's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course look forward to returning and playing again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Pity"


Bill6829182's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has the potential to equal virtually any course in the Sapphire Valley. Unfortunately, the conditioning of the course was very poor. The tee boxes were trashed and the fairways had many areas that appeared to have been infected with brown spot. Too many bare lies. The rough was difficult but needed mowing. The layout is superb and with some TLC this could be a fantastic course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very Scenic course"


smcc23's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging,but pretty course. A lot of elevation changes. Not much room for error on some holes.

3 out of four on- course water coolers were empty.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Sapphire Mountain"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape although the rough was very deep and was almost impossible to get a club on it, I think recent rains restricted being able to cut. Greens were excellent, fast but fair.


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


"First time playing here"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful, challenging, out in the middle of nowhere course on top of a mountain. Was very wet so it was cart path only. Score card showed 5 sets of tees- black, blue, white, gold, red. I usually play blue and was a little disapointed when i realized they were out where the black should have been, didnt see any black tees all day and played from the tips. Over 1 hour and 15 min drive both ways but i saved $100 off reg price for a two some by booking through golfnow. Fun!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout, condition of bunkers and fairways not so great"


Eddiesjr's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

This is a wonderful mountain layout. We found the course played much longer than the yardage would indicate. But you get hardly any roll. A lot of blind shots, so the yardage book is a must. The greens were in good shape, but due to weather, had not been cut. Also, it was imperative that you stayed out of the rough. If you found your ball in the rough, it was very difficult to get out, and virtually impossible to get out any distance.

We were also looking forward to eating at the Brewery afterward. Upon arriving, we found out it was closed for the day due to a party the day early. It would have been nice to know so we could have scheduled our tee time for another day.

The cart guy was very friendly, and gave us some tips prior to teeing off. The other two guys were all business though.

Our group was split, two didn't want to come back, and two would return. The blind shots and the thick rough were the biggest reason.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Scenic Cow Pasture"


karenellers's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

While the course looks beautiful in pictures, it is not kept up. The fairways and most of the greens were horrendous. There were weeds growing in the bunkers. We paid $60 but it is not worth that much. Pace of play was fine as there weren't many people playing that day/time. This was the only 18 hole non-private course we could find in the area, but I would not recommend it, and would not play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Interesting mountain course. Could use some maintenance help."


Don2582725's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful day. Staff very friendly.<br/> First time play makes it hard to see some of the blind shots. Scenery delightful.<br/> Greens were quite good but fairways , bunkers and tee boxes need help.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful but very challenging!"


McGeeL's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a lovely day. The course is breathtaking, but very hilly. A challenge for newer golfers. It's also very spread out so plan on a longer time to finish. The greens were in great shape but the fairways were just okay. We'd play it again!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Sapphire National"


Don2565152's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a spectacular Ron Garl mountain course with plenty of dramatic elevations, scenic three pars, mountain views, uphill, downhill and side hill lies, and even a hole built around a natural waterfall! The greens were soft but tricky to read, but the bunkers and fairway conditions in August were wet and in less than perfect conditions. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone in the Highlands-Cashiers area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"could be magical"


delcioppo's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have a lot to learn about mountain golf ! But I know how to pay attention to detail, and just be neat...

Best thing the course has gong for it, is it's nestled in one of the most magical places in the world.

Regardless the Fairways , plus the bunkers in the fairways and the bunkers around the greens are real hazards! I recommend lift clean and place in fairways. All bunkers seam to be luck of draw...

From the back tees There's great elevated tees with with great shoots. The elevation, scenery, combined with weather, make for a satisfying experience.

Do not expect good conditions the Maintenance is fundamentally sloppy.

The fringe curtains around the green are cut right into. Fairways have crab grass and dead spots, real sad...

I like to fill divots but our cart had empty filler...

Tons of unfilled divots on tees, and all over the greens. No one fixes divots on greens.

I found my self filling 5 or 10 divots on par threes cause the bucket of seed was their.

the condition of the track are rough!! kinda like a goat ranch... but I have fun every time..


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Overall"


0913bobd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course but poor sand traps<br/> Challenging par 3's


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"wet day on a good course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had wet weather on 11 holes of this tricky course. The course is short but interestingly challenging. Staff was helpful regarding safety during stormy weather. Course fairways and greens drain well considering heavy downpours.<br/> Definitely will return with better weather conditions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best Public Mountain Course"


Jared2630507's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have been in the Mountains of WNC for 6 years and have just now had the opportunity to play at Sapphire National. I was very impressed with the course. I would put it up against any of the other public courses here and possibly some of the private ones I've had the opportunity to play...I highly recommend this cours to any golf enthusiast.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Par 3 holes"


OldRochgolfer's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has a great tight challenging tract with fast but fair greens. Due to recent heavy rains, fairways and rough were a bit long.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Really Nice Course"


Duper89's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing this course and I really enjoyed it. The staff was excellent and the course presented a good challenge. The only real issue I had with the course is that the bunkers needed work. There was grass growing in several of them and the sand in them were packed down. Other than that it was worth the hour drive we drove to play. The par 3s were really fun especially hole number 16 which is an island green!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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