New Life for an Old Course

As you drive along US 221 just south of Linville Caverns, you can’t help but be intrigued by the golf course along side the road. If you haven’t played the Linville Falls golf course, you surely wondered what it’s like.

It is a beautiful course, nestled in the upper reaches of the picturesque North Cove of McDowell County. The course meanders through a hardwood forest and over numerous creeks and the North Fork of the Catawba River. The inspiring views of the Linville Mountain range and Humpback Mountain frame the course’s back nine.

Linville Falls course opened for play in 1995. You also are probably aware the course has had more than its share of challenges and setbacks during its 17-year history. Its biggest challenge was a devastating two-hurricane flood in 2004 that shut down the course for 2 1/2 years. Another challenge has been a series of different owners and name changes that left the course with a bit of an identity problem.

There is a saying, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger,” and that is the case for the Linville Falls Golf Club. It has met its challenges head on and each time it got knocked down, like movie hero Rocky Balboa, it kept getting back up. What is in place now is an ownership committed to an excellent golf course and a genuine attitude of customer service and appreciation.

The Linville Falls story chronicles some of its earlier struggles, but the story has a happy ending and its focus is on a wonderful golfing experience that is available to enjoy today.