Apple Valley at Rumbling Bald

by | Sep 8, 2021 | Where to Play

Named one of the most beautiful mountain courses around by Golf Digest’s Places to Play, The Apple Valley Golf Course located on the North end of stunning Lake Lure is one of the two courses at Rumbling Bald.

The course features shimmering mountain lakes adorning 12 holes, but with water coming into play only occasionally. The wide fairways and large, undulating greens and expansive views of Bald Mountain make this course definitely #BuckList worthy.

Architect Dan Maples, son of famed Ellis Maples, designed the course with a layout that will take you through the valley and then up toward Youngs Mountain and then back down again. Featuring five sets of tees playing from 4600-6800 yards, Maples was able to design the course with the vast majority of holes playing either level or downhill, making this a course enjoyable by players of all abilities.

There are several holes at Apple Valley that will capture your attention but the back nine is widely regarded as one of the best closing stretches in the Western Carolinas. The Final Four will leave you wanting to come back to play again another day.

Number 15 is a par 5 that plays 534 yards from the white tees. It’s almost a straight shot to the green, only a slight outcropping of trees approximately 100 yards from the green on the left. The ideal tee shot is down the middle with your second shot a little right of center, will leave you an easy approach to the green, protected by a lone front right bunker.

Number 16 is a 357 yard par 4 with a slight left bend in the fairway as you approach the green. The only bunkers to consider are behind the green. A good tee shot will leave you a 7-iron into the green with a chance for birdie.

Number 17 a relatively long par 3 at 163 yards and is slightly uphill with a forced carry over water. Play it safe with one club longer than what you think and you should have another opportunity for birdie.

Number 18 is a great finishing hole. Playing at 532 yards this par 5 says Grip it and Rip it. Water runs down the right side tee to green, so keep your shots middle or on the left side. Don’t get greedy, play for the par and end your round on a high note.

Things to Do at Rumbling Bald

  • Massage/Salon Services – Be sure and check out the Massage and Salon Services, the highly trained and skilled staff can help you wind down and relax after a full day on the course or at the lake.
  • Lake Tour– If you visit, be sure and take the boat tour and you will discover the beauty and charm of Lake Lure. Listen to the legends of the lake and learn about the natural and cultural history of Hickory Nut Gorge. You won’t believe what’s beneath the lake and the history of Lake Lure.
  • Dining – Whether you’re looking for a formal dinner or just a quick bite between rounds, Rumbling Bald has a variety of dining experiences offering something for everyone.
  • AccommodationsRumbling Bald on Lake Lure offers the most extensive variety of Lake Lure vacation rentals and lodging options. Experiencing time at Rumbling Bald is the perfect way to unwind, make family memories, or just pamper yourself. The Lake Lure vacation rental options range from private mountain homes to spacious condos or comfortable studios. All of the accommodations come with its unique qualities, whether a stunning Mountain View or just a few steps to the golf course.

Rumbling Bald is the perfect destination…you can sit back and relax by the lake, enjoy boating, play golf, explore the mountainous area or do it all. No matter what you choose to do, the common denominator is fun! Lake Lure has it all.


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About the Author

<a href="" target="_self">Alan Darty</a>

Alan Darty

Alan is the founder and publisher of Golf One Media and the former publisher of eSouthernGOLF—a second-generation Florida native who loves all things Florida. You can usually find him with his wife, watching their two daughters coaching volleyball at Oviedo (FL) High School or Mississippi State University when he's not golfing, hunting, or fishing.