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Best golf courses near Banner Elk, NC

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Banner Elk, NC. There are 14 courses within a 15-mile radius of Banner Elk, 5 of which are public courses and 9 are private courses. There are 13 18-hole courses and 1 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Diamond Creek
Private
Diamond Creek
Banner Elk, NC
4.6
122 Panelists
While architecture purists scoff at the notion of waterfalls on golf courses, there is something magnificent about a cascading water feature done right. Few are as effective as the one behind the par-3 17th green at Diamond Creek. Tom Fazio positioned the green nearly at the base of a sheer granite quarry wall, down which a slender stream of water drops more than 100 feet. Amazingly, the club entrance’s drive is also at the base of the quarry wall, hidden from view on the 17th as effectively as Fazio hides his cart paths.
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Elk River Club
Private
Elk River Club
Banner Elk, NC
4.4
55 Panelists
Elk River Club in Banner Elk is one of the best courses in North Carolina. Discover our experts’ reviews and where Elk River Club sits in our rankings.
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Linville Golf Club
Private
Linville Golf Club
Linville, NC
4.3
39 Panelists
Linville Golf Club in Linville is one of the best courses in North Carolina. Discover our experts’ reviews and where Linville Golf Club sits in our rankings.
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Grandfather Golf & Country Club
Private
Grandfather Golf & Country Club
Linville, NC
Back when Grandfather Golf & Country Club made the 100 Greatest in 2001, we wrote, “This is a Grandfather we haven’t seen often enough ... a reminder of the architectural talent of the late Ellis Maples ... With roughs of rocks and rhododendron amid ever-present hemlocks, and sweeping greens guarded by bold bunkers, Grandfather feels like home. Maybe this time he’ll stay.” He didn’t, dropping off in 2011. But Grandfather made it back on in 2015, only to slip to the Second 100 Greatest in 2017, despite some remodeling by Bobby Weed in 2016. Will it ever climb the summit again? Who knows, but it helps that there is probably no more attractive mountain course anywhere in the rankings. Never count this Grandfather out.
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Linville Ridge
Private
Linville Ridge
Linville, NC
4.2
40 Panelists
Linville Ridge Country Club in Linville is one of the best courses in North Carolina. Discover our experts’ reviews and where Linville Ridge Country Club sits in our rankings.
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