Each of the 18 holes of High Hampton Golf Course provide a new scenic experience. Lined by towering pines, hemlocks and mountain laurel, and surrounded by mountain peaks, all of the tees, fairways and greens are as beautiful as they are pleasurable to play. Both the highly-skilled golfers in the High Hampton community and their less-experienced family members and guests find the challenges and rewards they seek.
Designed by eminent golf course architect, the late George W. Cobb, ASGCA, this North Carolina golf course features bent grass greens and plays at 6,012 yards from the back tees. The par 3, 137-yard famed 8th “island” hole — upon which Golf Digest bestowed the title “One of America’s Great Golf Holes” — is rivaled by 17 others, all offering unique experiences.
In addition to the course, there are two putting greens and an excellent practice range at this Blue Ridge Mountain golf resort in Cashiers. The tee area of the practice range is covered for protection from occasional rains.
“I have yet to see a course, designed by me or by others, with greater natural beauty, or one more enjoyable to play.” — George W. Cobb, renowned architect of High Hampton Golf course.
High Hampton’s Golf Pro
Craig Hartle has served as the PGA Golf Professional for High Hampton Inn since 2010. Craig comes to High Hampton from the Atlanta-area and has been a Golf Professional for 29 years, 26 of those as a Class-A PGA Professional. He brings to the resort years of experience that he has gained from working with, consulting for, and teaching at resorts and private country clubs. Prior to arriving at High Hampton, Craig served as the Director of Golf/General Manager of the Echelon Golf Club/Georgia Tech Club in Alpharetta, Ga.
Throughout his career, Craig has been an active member of the Georgia PGA. He has served on numerous committees and on the board of directors for the organization. From 2004-2006, he was the Georgia PGA Tournament Chairman, and he served as the Tournament Director of the Georgia State Open from 1988-1993 and again in 2003.
Craig was chosen as the Golf Professional of the Year for the Georgia PGA in 2006. He has won more than 33 professional golf events, and is a two-time Georgia PGA Champion (winning in 1986 and 1995) and three-time Georgia Senior-Junior Champion.