Course Review and Comments
This may sound obvious but this course is NOT for beginners or even most intermediate golfers. Beautiful, but challenging this course will test your ability to figure out how far you can hit it with constant elevation changes. The course was in great condition and features many tee boxes at elevation above the fairway. On par 3's it appears that the trade off for playing a flatter hole is tighter landing areas and or challenging greens. If you can keep it in the fairway (some landing areas are quite narrow) then you can score well on this somewhat short yardage course. Be aware that when you go off the fairway it will probably cost you several strokes as there are many steep drop offs and plenty of woods to find, along with just enough water to keep the round interesting. Also there are plenty of traps in typical landing areas so you need to have your sand game ready. Unlike many Wnc mountain courses sequoyah national actually seems to maintain their traps with nice fluffy, predictable sand.
The views on this course are hard to beat, scenic mountain vistas in every direction! We were able to hit free balls on the range before our round and since it is setup on top of a mountain gave good practice on down hill tee shots and distances. If you know how you hit the ball and can enjoy the scenery when you do not you can have a very fun round here.
On to the few cons
1.- Limited facilities, meaning 2 on course bathrooms (one was porta-potty) and since the course does not do a 9th hole turn at the club house they have setup a hotdog cart on the 12th hole. Cash only and no alcohol are drawbacks of that setup.
2. growing (up) pains- this course clearly took a lot of earth movement to achieve, and is super scenic, but there are some glaring blights on the course especially with maintenance cart tracks all around some holes. They spent plenty of $ on cart paths but the maintenance folks seem to not want to use them to save just a few minutes of their day going from hole to hole. Additionally I feel the crew that cleared the trees for the holes went way too aggressive on certain holes. especially around 13. As the course matures and some trees are replaced or planted (ps cover up the views of the maintenance building on 16). I will be back and ready again for the challenge that Sequoyah National brings to my golf game.
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