Asheville Municipal Golf Course. This municipal course beside the Swannanoa River, owned by the city of Asheville but since 2012 under private management, is known for its firm and fast greens. Designed by famed golf architect Donald Ross, it opened in 1927. 226 Fairway Dr., Asheville, NC, 28805. 828/298–1867. www.popegolf.net/asheville_home/. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6420 yds. Par 72. Green Fee: $22–$36. Facilities: putting green, pitching area, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, pro shop, lessons, snack bar.
Omni Grove Park Inn Resort Golf Club. Formerly the course for the Country Club of Asheville, this beauty first opened in 1899 and was redesigned by Donald Ross in 1927, then restored in 2001. It has been played by several U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama. Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville, NC, 28804. 828/252-2711 Ext. 1012 information; 800/438–5800 tee times. www.groveparkinn.com/golf. Reservations essential. 18 holes. 6400 yds. Par 70. Green Fee: $140 weekdays, $160 weekends, $85 after 3 pm, mid-Apr.–mid-Nov.; lower rates rest of year. Facilities: putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, rental shoes, pro shop, golf lessons, restaurants, bars.