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Bald Mountain at Rumbling Bald to reopen in April following major enhancements

Playability, shot values and conditions all upgraded on storied W.B. Lewis design

(LAKE LURE, N.C.) – Bald Mountain, Rumbling Bald’s original W.B. Lewis-designed mountain-style golf course, is scheduled to reopen April 1st following a series of enhancements to beautify its surrounds, increase overall playability and restore original shot values.

Tree canopy coverage will be reduced throughout the 6,300-yard layout, allowing for more sunlight to penetrate areas around tee boxes and green complexes. On several dogleg holes, tree lines will be restored to their original borders, providing golfers more options on approach shots into greens. New turf will be installed on several tee boxes and in fairways running up to green complexes.

Rumbling Bald — New

“Bald Mountain is loved by so many people and we’re excited to give golfers a fresh look at the course they enjoy so much,” says Golf Operations Manager Adam Bowles. “Bald Mountain is a blast to play and has so much character, and with the new Champion Bermuda greens on Apple Valley, the golf courses are the best they’ve ever been heading into the golf season.”

Golfers playing either course will encounter new branded signage throughout all 36 holes, at both clubhouses and around the entire 3,000-plus acre Blue Ridge Mountain retreat. Apple Valley and Bald Mountain are sporting new E-Z-GO cart fleets, bag drop areas and water coolers, and both practice ranges have brand-new performance-engineered mats and spacious hitting bays.

“We’re committed to creating one of Western North Carolina’s best multi-course golf destinations, and the enhancements at Bald Mountain are a major step in that direction,” says General Manager Jeff Geisler. “There are other exciting projects in the pipeline, and we look forward to showcasing Rumbling Bald to golfers this year and in the years to come.”

Bald Mountain — Hole No. 8

With spring just a few weeks away, Rumbling Bald recently rolled out its 2021 golf packages. Starting at $345 per person, the “Hole-in-One” package features a two-night stay, two rounds of golf on Apple Valley and Bald Mountain, breakfast both days and complimentary, unlimited range balls. Lodging options abound, including the recently updated Apple Valley Studios and two- and four-bedroom Fairway Villas.

Paying homage to the 2021 Ryder Cup at Destination Kohler’s famed Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, Rumbling Bald is offering a limited availability “Ryder Cup Package.” Expert golf vacation planners are available to design an exciting, Ryder Cup team formatted event for golf groups in search of an unforgettable experience.

The Ryder Cup Package starts at $589 per person and includes: three nights lodging; three rounds of golf scored and handicapped; complimentary replays on either course; a team shirt and hat; private, one-hour opening reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres and unlimited use of the practice facilities.

Apple Valley — Hole No. 12

For groups of 12 or more, Rumbling Bald offers gratis golf for group leaders upon booking their first trip to the property. The “12+ Comp” is ideal for PGA Professional-member trips, tournaments, or large golf buddy trips.

To learn more about Rumbling Bald’s golf courses and packages, visit, or email To book packages directly, or to speak with golf vacation planner, call (828) 694.3072.

About Rumbling Bald
Tucked along scenic Lake Lure and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rumbling Bald is secluded yet eminently accessible from myriad metro areas. Charlotte, Asheville and Raleigh, N.C., Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn. and Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C. are all between one and five hours away. The idyllic retreat features two contrasting 18-hole layouts: W.B. Lewis-designed Bald Mountain and Dan Maples-designed Apple Valley.

Rumbling Bald’s marquee course, Apple Valley, stretches to nearly 6,800 yards and features expansive views of Bald Mountain and the surrounding Lake Lure area. Maples estimated 75% of shots at Apple Valley are either level or downhill, virtually unheard of for a mountain course. Shimmering mountain lakes adorn 12 holes, but water only occasionally comes into play.

Bald Mountain, at 6,300 yards, is renowned for its unique configuration of five par 5s and five par 3s. Movie buffs appreciate the 16th green, the backdrop of a scene from the movie “Dirty Dancing.”  A protégé of golf course architect George Cobb, Lewis is known for his traditional approach to course design. This philosophy is reflected in Bald Mountain’s playability from tee to green.

The property’s 150 vacation rental homes, condos and studios are ideal for golf groups of various sizes and feature golf course and mountain views. Post round, golfers can relax at Legends on the Lake, casual dining along the shores of Lake Lure, or grab a hearty sandwich and cold drink at Pinnacle Southern Kitchen at the Apple Valley clubhouse.

Rumbling Bald is rich with amenities and activities, including scenic Lake Lure boat tours, boat rentals, tennis, pickleball, a full-service spa and hiking trails. Families enjoy the Trout Stream Pool and Lazy River, winding its way through the outdoor pool area where guests relax under fan-cooled covered seating. It’s the perfect basecamp for exploring the natural wonders of western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Shane Sharp
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