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 and is now in the National Register of Historic Places. 226 Fairway Dr., East Metro, Asheville, North Carolina, 28805. 828/298–1867; www.ashevillegc.com. Reservations essential.
Grove Park Golf Course. Dating from 1899, this beautiful course has been played by several U.S. presidents, most recently Barack Obama. Flocks of wild turkeys regularly visit the fairway. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are well worth the trip. Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., Grove Park, Asheville, North Carolina, 28804. 800/438–5800; www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/golf. Reservations essential.