ome of the best golf courses in the entire state of Georgia are found right here in the North Georgia mountains. While you may not have as many courses to choose from as you'd like, some of the most challenging golf courses around can be found right here in Towns County and our Lake Chatuge sibling, North Carolina's Clay County.

The golf club at Brasstown Valley Resort has been ranked by both Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America as one of the top courses to play in Georgia. A Denis Griffiths-designed course, a professional driving and practice range, and an on-site PGA, Pro Brett Beazley, who offers golf clinics and lessons and customizes special tournaments, highlight the award-winning golf facilities. From the well-equipped Pro Shop to the Glow Ball Night events for conferences, great golf is the goal.

Making the most of the stunning mountain and valley terrain, the par-72 course begins and ends at The Lodge. It weaves around protected wetlands, up and down tree-lined hillsides, and along Brasstown Creek. You'll enjoy the beauty and the challenges of 10 water holes, blind shots, and countless bunkers. Four different sets of tees make it fun for all levels of play (It's 6,957 yards from the yellow's!). The course is literally right outside the resort's windows. Combine this convenience with the unique combination of beautiful mountain scenery and an old links-style layout, and it leaves a lasting impression on all who play it.

In the summer, with a few hours of daylight remaining, the first tee at Chatuge Shores Golf Course becomes a popular spot. In fact, some of the most sought-after tee times are mid-afternoon - quite the opposite of many courses where early morning slots are typically the most prized. Opened in 1969, and designed by John V. Townsend, Chatuge Shores is routed on the side of a shallow valley next to Lake Chatuge (pronounced Sha-Toog) in western North Carolina.
Townsend clearly built the course with the goal of maximizing playability and enjoyment. The fairways are wide and few will feel the need to throttle back to a fairway wood or long iron off the tee. The driver can be produced and swung fully on all the par-4s and par-5s. Only the truly wayward shot will find serious trouble.However, those who believe that their work is over after a long and straight drive soon discover that Chatuge Shores is the proud owner of a solid set of small greens that resist low scores. Chatuge Shores Golf Course amenities include a practice range, practice green, snack bar, rental clubs and pro shop. Lessons available by appointment, walking mainly allowed at certain times during the week. For more information call (828) 389-8940.

Ridges at Mountain Harbor Golf Course
, beautiful 18 hole course located outside of Hiawassee in Hayesville, NC, was designed by architect Willard Byrd and is nestled in a lush valley surrounded by breathtaking views near Lake Chatuge. Since its acquisition Eagle Greens has been improving the already beautiful course by renovating several greens complexes, replacing the aged bluegrass fairways with Tift 419 bermuda, and re-soding tee complexes.

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