Grandfather Golf & Country Club

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Grandfather Golf & Country Club

Architect: Ellis Maples
Year: 1968

2120 North Carolina 105
Linville, North Carolina 28646
(828) 898-4531

Course Access: Private

driving range available
motorized golf carts available
on-site accommodations


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Grandfather Golf & Country Club

For over a century the mountains of North Carolina have served as a summertime oasis for those who wish to enjoy the cool temperatures found here during the peak of summertime and the beautiful changing of the seasons in the fall. Ever since George Vanderbilt constructed his world famous Biltmore Estate in 1895 the mountainous areas of North Carolina have been synonymous with leisure activities. A number of decades after Mr. Vanderbilt began entertaining guests in Asheville and several hours away in the Sandhills region of North Carolina a young man by the name of Ellis Maples was quickly developing a reputation for himself in the golf community. Maples’ father Frank served side by side with Donald Ross for a great many years. Ellis learned the game of golf and agronomy from watching Ross and his father tend to the golf courses in the Pinehurst area. After the passing of Ross in 1948 Ellis Maples inherited his reputation as go to guy in North Carolina for golf course design. When the owner of the land that was to become Grandfather Golf & Country Club needed to hire a course designer there was no need to look any further than Ellis Maples. While much of his work is located in the central part of the state the crowing achievement of the Ellis Maples legacy ended up being in the mountains of North Carolina. I was planning a trip to Tennessee for a weekend at Douglas Lake so I thought I would… More >