Golf group experts assist every step of the way.
Rumbling Bald’s Golf Group Sales Manager J.P. Doran gets it. In addition to his nearly two decades in the golf packaging and tourism business, he’s also a leader of his own group’s annual golf getaway. He understands how to find the middle ground between the golfer who is all about value, and the other who is all about the bucket list experience. Then there’s lodging – some prefer to bunk alone, others don’t mind a roommate. And tee times … you’ve got those who prefer morning golf, those who insist on the afternoon and others who toe the line for 36 holes a day. The list goes on, and on.
“Being in charge of a large golf group or even planning a trip for a foursome is challenging on many levels, and our goal is to flip the script and make the process easy and enjoyable,” says Doran.
Rumbling Bald is rolling out its new Golf Vacation Planning service in advance of the 2020 golf season to help group leaders hit the “Easy Button.” The resort’s expert golf vacation planners offer a concierge-level experience helping golf groups plan, organize and executive trips and events of all sizes. They are literally there every step of the way, says Doran. “It doesn’t end when the trip is booked,” he says. “We are here every step of the way, from the first call or email until the last putts are holed out.”
And with two contrasting, 18-hole layouts, there will be plenty of opportunities to putt. Home to Apple Valley and Bald Mountain golf courses, Rumbling Bald is one of the region’s only 36-hole golf destinations.
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 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 resort’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 on shores of Lake Lure, or grab a hearty sandwich and cold drink at Pinnacle Southern Kitchen at the Apple Valley clubhouse.
Rumbling Bald recently announced its 2020 golf package lineup, including:
- Hole-in One – Starting at $345 per person (based on double occupancy, including taxes and fees), it features: a two-night stay, two rounds of golf on the Apple Valley and Bald Mountain courses, breakfast both days and complimentary, unlimited range balls. Lodging options include the recently updated Apple Valley Studios and two- and four-bedroom Fairway Villas.
- The Ryder Cup Package – Starting at $589 per person (based on quad occupancy, including taxes and fees), it includes: three nights lodging; three rounds of golf scored and handicapped; complimentary replays on either course; a team shirt and resort hat; private, one-hour opening reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres included; and unlimited use of the practice facilities.
Getting Here: Rumbling Bald is tucked along the shores of scenic Lake Lure and surrounded by Blue Ridge Mountain foothills. While it feels a world away, the resort eminently accessible. Charlotte, Asheville and Raleigh, N.C., Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn. and Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C. are all between a one and five-hour drive.
To learn more about Rumbling Bald’s golf courses and packages, visit www.rumblingbald.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To book packages directly, or to speak with golf vacation planner, call (828) 694.3072.