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Getting To Know: Waynesville Inn Golf Resort

An Insightful Interview With Travis Smith, Director of Golf

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Travis Smith who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The Carolina Course was designed by the legendary Donald Ross and completed in 1926! Enthusiastic response from the community led to the club purchasing an additional 50 acres and completing the Dogwood Course in 1929. In 1935 the Lodge was built of native stone and included a pro sop. Prominent Southern families came to the inn staying for a month or longer to play golf. In 1985 additional acreage was purchased and The Blue Ridge Course was designed by golf course architect Tom Jackson. We have been rated Four (4) Stars by Golf Digest - Best Places to Play.

Over the years the Waynesville Inn has hosted many well known national figures including President Richard Nixon, Reverend Billy Graham, Sam Sneed, Chi-Chi Rodriguez, Arnold Palmer, and NBA greats Artis Gilmore and Otis Birdsong, Willy Nelson; and numerous others.

The Inn offers 115 guest rooms; swimming pool, exercise room; complimentary Wifi; and the Balsam Spa. Shopping is a half mile away in downtown Waynesville. Nearby, outside activities include hiking, biking; fly-fishing and elk tours.

The courses have spectacular views of the Blue Ridge and Balsam Mountain range. It's a favorite of Seniors. We have been home to numerous State Golf Associations annually. Our Director of Golf and staff are knowledegable in running tournaments. With two on site restaurants, The Cork & Cleaver for more upscale dining (open seasonally) and The Tap Room Sports Bar & Grill for casual fare, guests arrive, park their cars and walk to all amenities. We are known for preserving a certain character, tradition, charm, and Southern hospitality across five generations. We invite you to become part of our long, proud tradition.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The courses are fun yet challenging to play. Seniors and mid to high handicap golfers find it enjoyable to play. Wives love to play the courses so the husbands automatically like it. Overall, the course is in great condition and voted the best in the area.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course? The course is very open
The course does not have a lot of water. Plus, you'll need eagle eyes to read the greens - they are tough

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course? Golf Digest Rated 4 Stars - Best Places to Play
* Haywood County Favorite Golf Course
* Best Country Club in Haywood County 2012

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole? Number 5 Blue Ridge
It has a panoramic view of two golf courses with a back drop of the mountains.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Number Two - Blue Ridge
Tee off from an elevated tee box, downhill. Take one club length less than the yardage dictates

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Our famous Signature Hamburger and a locally brewed beer by Highlands Brewing Company

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Duane Page - scored 61 - He's a Pro

Back Tee Stats
Par: Carolina 35; Dogwood 35; Blue Ridge 35
Yardage: From the Tips 5900
Slope: Carolina/Dogwood 120;Dogwood/Blue Rdge 119;Blue Ridge/Carolina 122
Rating: Carolina/Dogwood 66.2/120; Dogwood/Blueridge 66.2/119; Blue Ridge/Carolina 67.4/122

More Information
The Waynesille Inn Golf Resort & Spa
176 Country Club Drive
Waynesville, NC, 27686


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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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