Duffer Dan – August 2007

Duffer Dan and the Undercover Gang at Rumbling Bald

Are you tired of the heat, the humidity, and the never-ending rain? Well I know a place where you can get away to that won’t cost you a second mortgage, with every amenity you can possibly think of, where the skies are clear, sweaters are recommended for evening attire and a round of golf will not leave you feeling like a wet dishcloth. In western North Carolina near the town of Chimney Rock is the magnificent mountain resort of Rumbling Bald. With easy access from Ashville, Charlotte or Columbia/ Spartanburg airports this timeless 3600-acre resort sits at the base of the towering cliffs of Rumbling Bald, a mountain with its sheer granite face keeping a watchful eye on the happenings below.

Located on the north shore of crystal clear Lake Lure, what started as a solitary boathouse has grown into a resort community unparalleled in its amenities. National Geographic called Lake Lure “one of the most beautiful man made lakes in the world” and with its’ 27miles of shoreline, this ‘Maltese cross’ shaped lake is home to a bevy of water sports, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and leisure boating. The resort has a 120 slip marina, various boats and gear for rent, a large private beach area and the Trout Stream recreational complex, nestled in a valley adjacent to the lake.

The outdoor activities at Trout Stream include basketball, volleyball, croquet, horseshoes and tennis for everyone at the resort. There are 3 pools, an indoor pool, a lazy river, a miniature golf course and a Spa & Fitness Center complete with a full service Aveda salon and spa with trained professional therapists. A Wellness Center offers fitness and water aerobic classes, walking tours, personal training, saunas, steam room, and a weight room with a large selection of workout equipment.

White water rafting and horseback riding are available as well. During the week they have guided tours to the Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock Park, Ashville and the North Carolina Arboretum, and a Winery tour. One of their very special tours is a hiking tour visiting a number of waterfalls where the movie “Last of the Mohicans” was filmed. You can do as much as you want, or as little, by sitting back and just enjoying the magnificent vistas throughout the resort.

Now let’s talk golf. There are two championship golf courses. Bald MountainGolf Club climbs its way up and descends its way down the mountain, with magnificent challenging holes. Although the back tees measure only 6253 yards, the layout will make you feel like you played a much longer track. Accuracy is a key component to your game here.

No matter what your score, the mere beauty and serenity of the design will astonish you. On the back nine you will find where a scene from the movie “Dirty Dancing” was filmed. Apple Valley, a Don Maples design, is the newer of the two and longer in length. Golf Digest selected both courses as “Places to Play” in 2007. The lush fairways, perfect greens and excellent condition provide a unique mountain golf experience. Art Colasanti, Director of Golf, and his outstanding staff are there to provide top-notch service, two fully stocked, separate and redecorated pro shops, tournament management, and golf instruction.

After a day on the links, the lake or touring, you can enjoy a diversity of enjoyable dining experiences. Both clubhouses have full service restaurants. Legends Bar & Grill at the Bald Mountain clubhouse has seating inside as well as outside overlooking the 9th and 18th greens with sandwiches and a full service bar. If you are staying on property, they have pizza delivery service throughout the resort. The Apple Valley clubhouse is home to Azaleas Restaurant, which overlooks the 1st tee box. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, and I can speak from personal experience, both the food and service are excellent.

They have a lounge as well. If you are looking for fine dining, you have to look no further than the Lakeview Restaurant and Hearthside Lounge serving the finest cuisine in all of Lake Lure. Now, if you want to taste the best of the Lakeside in a unique atmosphere you need to book an evening on the ‘Lure of the Lake” cruise. On a boat that seats around 20 people, you are served a choice of the Chef’s specials along with free beverages (wine & beer are included) with a skipper (ours was Ruth) who will tell you the history of the Lake and Rumbling Bald. Duffer Dan would give this experience 5 stars.

If you want to get away, enjoy cooler temperatures, or perhaps the unbelievable palette of the autumn in North Carolina, Rumbling Bald is the perfect resort for families, honeymooners, or your golfing buddies. So make your plans by calling 1-800-260-1040 or go to www.RUMBLINGBALD.com. You won’t be disappointed.