Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club

Cashiers, NC Private

Overview

Unlike nearby Wade Hampton G.C., the Tom Fazio design that was routed through natural valleys to forego the need for dynamite, Mountaintop was blasted from solid rock. Some holes were forged through slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, like the par-4 sixth, edged by a 30-foot-high wall of granite on the right. Conservative estimates are that all that rock removal raised the cost of construction of this continuous-18 layout to $1 million per hole. The opening tee shot drops 100 feet, and six holes also play over a deep gorge formed by Hurricane Creek. Mountaintop proves there is no property too rugged for Tom Fazio.

About

Holes 18
Length 7127
Slope 145
Facility Type Private
Designer Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2017.
2023-'24 ranking: 111th.
Previous ranking: 113th.

100 Greatest: Ranked from 2011-2016.
Highest Ranking: 74th, 2011-2012.

Best in State: Ranked Top 5 in North Carolina from 2011-2018; Top 10 since 2009.
Current Ranking: 5th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.5

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.4558
Character
7.5793
Challenge
7.4073
Layout Variety
7.4602
Fun
7.426
Aesthetics
7.8279
Conditioning
7.7875

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