The Eastern Band of Cherokee selected Chicago based KemperSports to manage the Robert Trent Jones II Signature design, Sequoyah National Golf Club, ‘created by the wings of the buzzard and gently reshaped by RTJ II.’ PGA Professional and Golf Channel commentator Notah Begay II consulted on the layout, which is located in Whittier, North Carolina, about one hour west of Ashville. Sequoyah National is one of only two RTJ II designs in the state and offers picturesque views of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park as it intimately routes its way through the surrounding valley and native landscape.
I was at the grand opening in 2009, when the golf course opened to high acclaim including being recognized by GOLF Magazine as the Number 2 on their list of the ‘Best New Courses You Can Play.’ The elevation changes and shear beauty of the unspoiled area make it a place anyone would want to visit and a golf course of significant challenges and aesthetics.
“We are thrilled to partner with KemperSports to manage Sequoyah National,” said Curtis Wildcat. “Their experience working with some of the best resort courses in the country as well as their knowledge of working with other tribal nations will be an invaluable asset to us.” Sequoyah was the originator of the Cherokee alphabet, syllabary and writing, and to this day, many of the Nation still communicate using it.
Sequoyah National plays 6600 yards from the tips with 5 par 5’s and 5 par 3’s at a par of 72, featuring bluegrass fairways and bent grass greens. There are many opportunities to take a moment and enjoy the vistas, but when you reach the par 4 15th, on a clear day you can see Clingman’s Dome, one of the highest points in the Great Smokey Mountains and the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. The clubhouse houses a pro shop and the Sequoyah Grill for light fare and beverages. Don’t just get in the car and leave after golf. Take a few minutes to grab a bite, a drink and sit outside enjoying the view. You won’t be disappointed. The expansive practice area includes a driving range, with separate putting and chipping areas right there as well. If you need instruction or a summer camp for the kids, Carr Crowe, a PGA Professional, is available to help. Visit SequoyahNational.com for more information.
You can play all day and all night. Stay at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort about 5 miles from the golf club and enjoy gambling, great dining, fun for the kids and the Mandara Spa, an 18,000 square foot oasis promising unadulterated relaxation and pampering. The 21 story Resort Hotel has 1,100 outstanding accommodations and a full array of gaming and dining options. There are specials available at Caesars.com/Harrahs-Cherokee.
“Sequoyah National is recognized as one of the top golf courses in the state in a spectacular setting,” says KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner.
“We look forward to working with the Eastern Band of Cherokee and the Resort team to further enhance the golf experience.” For more information go to KemperSports.com.