#108 of 109 Asheville Things To Do

Asheville Municipal Golf Course

Visit the Historic Asheville Municipal Golf Course
Written by: Jasmin Diaz
Staff Score:
3 / 5
The Bottom Line:

This breathtaking course is a historic landmark that exemplifies the very best in the sport of golf. Though not expansive in its scope, The Asheville Municipal Golf Course’s purposeful design makes it a favorite of both visitors and residents alike. 

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

As one of the oldest courses in Western North Carolina, and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, the Asheville Municipal Golf Course off Fairway Dr. in Asheville, NC, was designed by a famed course architect Donald Ross in 1927. This historic course features a scenic design that accomplishes the difficult feat of being both challenging and fun. The Asheville Municipal Golf Course has a par 72 front nine, spanning 3,246 yards from the back tees. The 3,194 back nine place accuracy over distance. Therefore, although by today’s standards the course is not long, it does prove to be a great course overall. Since taking over the management of the course, Pope Golf has worked to improve the experiences not only of travelers but of area golfers as well who frequent the course.

All tees are par 71 and the championship course spans 6,240 yards with a slope of 122 and a rating of 71.0. The middle course spans 5,939 yards with a slope of 116 and a rating of 69, and the senior course spans 5,110 yards with a slope of 110 and a rating of 65.5. The lady’s course spans 4,568 yards with a slope of 115 and a rating of 67.2. In addition to the historic and picturesque courses, you can choose from when spending a day at the Asheville Municipal Golf Course, be sure to stop into the Pro Shop. This shop offers the best in the area in equipment and apparel, purposefully designed to compliment your game. You can visit the fully-stocked Pro Shop before or after your round. The friendly staff in the Pro Shop will assist you with tee times, golf cart rental, club storage, registration, and more. The shop also features a superb selection of golf clubs and related merchandise.  Sign up for golf lessons here as well.

It’s worth noting that the Asheville Municipal Golf Course architect Donald Ross, mentioned above, played a vital role in shaping the sport of golf all over the United States. Throughout the early 20th century, he designed over 400 courses, many of which remain respected and valued courses even today for those who hold the sport dear. Many of the 400 courses he designed are private, but at least a few are open to the public, such as the Asheville Golf Course, a present-day example of his ingenious design.

Some of Ross’s most famous designs can be found at Pinehurst No.2, Memphis Country Club, Oakland Hills, Inverness Club, Seminole Golf Club, and the Aronimink Golf Club. He gave great attention to course design detail, with his signature as a course architect being “naturalness.” Ross was also the first president and founding member of the American Golf Society of Golf Course Architects and was admitted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977.

In addition to the many course options, the on-site Pro Shop, the optimal design of the course, and other accouterments, the Asheville Municipal Golf Course also features chipping and putting area, which is the ideal place to improve your short game. The PGA staff at Asheville Municipal Golf Course is also available for lessons, which will allow you to take your game up to the next level and perfect your swing.

Whether you have been playing golf your whole life or you are just getting started, you will enjoy your visit to the Asheville Municipal Golf Course. This historic course provides both a look at golf history and an exemplary course design while offering modern accommodations and state-of-the-art equipment and apparel. If you have never before visited this beautiful location, request a tour of the facility upon arrival, which will answer any questions you might have before you begin your day on the green.

Insider Tips:
-It is a good idea to book a tee time when golfing on this beautiful course.
-The Asheville Municipal Golf Course supports Patriot Golf Day, the PGA Hope, and Folds of Honor.