Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Located just two hours north of Atlanta and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountain’s naturally breathtaking scenery, Brasstown Valley Resort is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary. Offering a spectacular mountain retreat experience where you can do as much, or as little as you’d like. Nature’s beauty surrounds you from the moment you arrive. The resort is carved our of five hundred acres of wildlife preserve with only a hint of man-made influence. Whether you’re experiencing the Blue Ridge Mountains or just wanting to have a getaway, you’ll find a place with plenty of room to roam where life’s special moments happen.
With nature all around you and the comforts of a warm mountain retreat within, you will find Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa very accommodating indeed.
As soon as you walk through the door of the rustic lodge you will experience a massive stone fireplace and oak-vaulted ceilings. After having a moment to take all of that in, you can gaze out the windows for a panoramic view of the first tee and breath-taking mountain views.
- Five Hundred (500) acres of wildlife preserve.
- One hundred and two (102) lodge guest rooms.
- Eight (8) mountain cottages.
- Casual and fine-dining.
- More than fifteen-thousand (15,000) square feet of meeting space.
- The Equani Spa to comfort and relax you.
- Championship golf with scenery as breathtaking as the play is challenging.
- Easily navigable mountain trails for horseback riding or hiking.
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa Golf Course
The Brasstown Valley Golf Course is 6,957 yards of championship golf. Carved out of a five hundred (500) acre wildlife preserve in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains…what’s not to like?
Designed by Denis Griffiths, the golf course has been ranked by both Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America as one of the top Georgia courses to play. With five sets of tee boxes, the course sets up competitively for players of any skill level. The golf course winds through the wildlife preserve with ponds and streams framed in by the mountains. It’s great for the corporate outing, couple’s getaway or the guy’s weekend. The facility also offers full practice options, well-equipped Pro Shop and customized special tournaments. Golf lessons and clinics are also available through the Director of Golf, Steve Phelps, PGA Professional.
The course is truly a nature-lover’s dream. The Brasstown Valley Resort Golf Course offers a well-bunkered, Scottish links-style layout of rolling hills and bent grass greens with water coming into play on ten holes. One of the most environmentally – sensitive courses in the United States, Brasstown Valley’s links utilizes only 13 of its 210-acres of woodlands.
Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 6,957 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 5,028 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 9, a par-5 that plays to 582 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 5, a par-3 that plays to 165 yards from the back tees.
You won’t be disappointed, until your round comes to an end.
I played in early November, after a couple of frosts had wiped the lush green color from the fairways and rough but I still found incredible course conditions. The color of the grass wasn’t the same as the pictures I had seen but the conditions were as good as any I have ever played. The Bent Grass greens were immaculate and putts rolled true.
On the plus side of coming to Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa at this time of year is that the crowds were gone. The leaves had already peaked and the crowds had returned to the city, so it was even more peaceful and relaxing. The temperature was fantastic, low forties early in the morning but a very pleasant shirt-sleeve day by late morning.
A quick overview of the holes that made the biggest impression on me. (Yardages are from the Teal Tees)
Number 1 (Par 4, 357 yards) – The Intimidator, it’s really not as hard as it looks.
When you step up to the tee, the first thing you see and the ONLY thing you are thinking about is getting over the ravine. Don’t let it get the best of you, once you clear the ravine it is a relatively short approach shot to the elevated green, but to be safe club up one club.
Number 5 (Par 3, 165 yards) – Gotta Get There
No room for error here. If you leave your tee shot short you will be re-teeing and hitting three. It’s a big green, just get it there and rely on your putting to get you a Par.
Number 8 (Par 4, 322 yards) – Let it Ride.
The smart play says to keep it left away from the water, but be careful, you can run out of fairway and end up in the strategically placed bunker, ruining a great tee shot. If you stay out of the bunker, you will have a relatively short second shot that you should keep on the left side of the green. Par is obtainable here.
Number 11 (Par 5, 478 yards) – Easy Money.
This relatively short par 5 can be the hole to get back a stroke. Long hitters can go for the green in two and putt for Eagle, while average players should be able to reach the green in three and putt for Birdie
Number 15 (Par 5, 503 yards) – THE Hole.
This is the hole…the one that will make you come back because you played it so well you want to do it again or you played it so bad you are looking for a do over. A long dog-leg right, with water all the way down the right. Keep your drive and second shot on the left side away from the water, anything to the right of middle will roll towards the water.
Number 18 (Par 4, 422 yards) – Coming Home.
A great finishing hole, but the Number 1 handicap hole. Keep your drive left one more time to avoid the trees and bunker on the ride side of the fairway. Second shot needs enough muscle to get up to the elevated green, don’t be short and left or you’ll find the bunker.
It is rare to find a resort where guests can relax so much, play so much golf and feel like you are miles from everything.
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa amenities were all first-class, and I didn’t even have an opportunity to visit the Spa or go horseback riding. That’s a must do next time I visit.
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
6321 Highway 76 – Young Harris, GA 30582