The Highlands Golf Club at Fisher Mountain
|Forward (W)||71||4680 yards||67.7||121|
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|Gold M: 68.1/134||515||130||309||330||135||439||354||168||336||2716||337||287||488||310||318||352||310||148||400||2950||5666|
|Red W: 67.7/121||401||110||295||280||118||430||237||145||240||2256||270||263||402||290||251||282||240||140||286||2424||4680|
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Golf Advisor: Top Courses in West Virginia
Bang for your buck
Course in great shape even after recent rains. Greens rolled true but predictably slow due to undulation. Fairways mostly in great shape, with a few bad spots here and there. Rough thick, lush, and challenging. Only knock on the course: the bunkers. All filled with water and no sand, just pebbles. Suggestion would be to eliminate them completely. Layout and undulation of greens/elevation changes makes the course a good enough test without having bunkers. Also, yardage markers in the fairways would be helpful. GPS Apps do not work, since there is little to no service. Beautiful course. Love playing there when visiting West Virginia.
My nephew and I played the course a day after there was 2 inches of rain. No golf course plays very well after absorbing that much water. While I have played this course a few times and understood the challenge of putting on the greens, My nephew thought he would shoot par or less on the course. Needless to say he walked away very humbled. I average 1.7 to 1.8 putts per hole but had 40 on this round. Still shot in the low 80s but the putting is very frustrating.
Up for the challenge
If you want a challenging course this is the one for you! This course has no mercy with sloping fairways multi level greens and exaggerated doglegs. You’ll be hitting blindly into several fairways . The course also features an island hole in the middle of the pond that’s 118 yards from the end of the fairway. There is also a good change in elevation on several there is also a good change in elevation on several holes. Some of the greens are very large and even if you hit on your approach shot it may a rolloff or take you three putts to hole it out. The course is well-maintained and a beautiful location. You could fall in love with this course simply because of how picturesque it is. Bring plenty of spare bulbs and have fun .
this course is only going to get better and better. played it summer 17 and it was close to perfect. 2018 even closer. never crowded, nice staff. if you can get there you will be glad be glad you did. very sloped greens are also in great shape.
The course was in really good shape sand traps however we're suffering from the amount of rain. Play this course many times and it's very challenging. The greens especially are worth playing this course. There are no easy putts. However when you play and have a handicap flag on the cart staying in the rough to avoid tearing up the course. No one wants to be confronted buy a man mowing the greens. I told him to Pro said that we can do this and he said that flag means nothing. Wow
Worth the drive
Beautiful setting and scenery. It's in the middle of nowhere. The course is hilly and it was cart path only the day we played. My only concern is that there was no water provided on the course and the temperature was in the 80s. I did not address this issue in the golf shop after we played but I really was surprised that no drinking water was provided-I guess that's why there are no bathrooms on the course. Overall a nice, fun course to play
Best course around
For the value there isn't a comparable course. It's just a fantastic place to play. Friendly clubhouse employees, challenging holes, and a scenic mountain environment combine to create an overall enjoyable experience.
A hidden gem
Had a great day wide open on Sunday ran in to 1 foursome who let us play through on the 12th hole played in less than 3 hours it was just 2 of use. The greens are a little tricky but the course was in great shape very clean and well keep. We road 2 hours to play but it is worth the trip going back in July
Granted it wasn't the absolute perfect day for golf, however it was still an very enjoyable golf day. We were quite literally the only golfers there. Had the whole course to ourselves. Pretty sweet. Course in in great shape. Tough greens, they make you work for it here.
Fall colors/nice course
Very much a mountain course with sloping fairways and greens. Course was in excellent condition and not at all crowded. A friend of mine and I and our wives played and we almost had the course to ourselves, despite the great weather and nice course. My only real criticism is that the greens are actually too sloped, often making them too difficult to hold approach shots and quite hard to putt. I recommend the course.
Make the drive
With the Golf Now hot deal, as well worth the drive from the Shen.valley. Course was in great shape for how dry it's been. Enjoy Life
Great view. Excellent management. Course is very challenging .
A very nice course tucked away and beautiful West Virginia definitely a Hidden Gem
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 !
A real gem in the mountains of WVA
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!
Couldn't have been a better experience. Very enjoyable.
Great course tough greens good people running the course.
Fun When Your Game Is On, When It’s Not...Look Out!
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!
Enjoyed the golf course very much
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!!!!