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High Hampton Inn’s Spring Golf School – Q&A with Golf Professional Craig Hartle

May 11th, 2011 by Dowis

High Hampton Inn’s golf professional Craig Hartle has worked in his field for 28 years, with 25 of those years serving 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.

Craig Hartle, Golf Professional at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC

Golf Professional Craig Hartle

Craig is a skilled teacher, and he will be sharing his tricks of the trade at High Hampton’s Spring Golf School May 15-18th.  The golf school is open to 10 students, which will allow for plenty of one-on-one time with Craig to hone your skills!

He took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about the school and golf at the resort.

1.  What is the inspiration behind the golf school?

The Golf School at High Hampton was designed for couples to relax and enjoy the wonderful mountain air and the hospitality of High Hampton while learning about their golf game and what they can do to improve their skills.

2.  What are some of the most common mistakes people make when golfing?  Will you be addressing them in the school?

One of the most common mistakes in golf is thinking you need a perfect swing.  That is not the case.  During the school, we will learn the basics of the golf swing and how to trust your swing so that you are more confident in your game.

3.  What is the question that you get asked most often by golfers?  What advice do you give them?

The most common question asked by students is, “how do I get rid of the ‘yips’?”  The “yips” is the common term for a nervous jerk at impact, which usually occurs during the putting stroke. To stop the “yips,” you need to have trust and confidence in your swing.  We will study this at the Golf School.

4.  What is your favorite hole on the High Hampton course?

High Hampton's Award-Winning 8th Hole

High Hampton's Award-Winning 8th Hole

My favorite hole is our 8th hole.  Located on a peninsula that juts into Hampton Lake, the scenic par-3, 160-yard 8th hole has been designated “One of America’s Great Golf Holes” by Golf Digest for its breathtaking panorama featuring 360-degree views of mountains, the lake, and the resort grounds.  It’s a challenge, but its beauty makes up for its difficulty.

5.  Are there activities available for non-golfers during the golf school?

For the non-golfing roommate, we will substitute spa services at the Hampton Health Club & Spa. Choices include massages and manicures and pedicures.

It’s not too late to sign up for the spring Golf School.  Call (828) 743-2411 to reserve a place today.

America’s Only 11-Hole Golf Course

April 11th, 2011 by Staff

High Hampton Inn’s breathtaking scenery makes it the perfect location for a mountain golf course.  Unbeknownst to most people, the Inn was once home to the country’s only 11-hole golf course.

In 1923, E.L. McKee contracted J. Victor East to build a golf course on the stunning High Hampton estate.  Mr. East was a well-known Australian architect who designed the Biltmore homestead.

A female golfer lines up her putt at High Hampton Inn

Due to the times, East was given a limited budget to create the course.  As his creative ideas took shape and construction began, he realized that he would only be able to design 11 holes.  E.L McKee didn’t mind having the only sand green course in the United States with 11 holes, so he told J. Victor East to stop construction.

Historic photo of guests putting on the High Hampton Inn putting green

High Hampton’s golf course featured only 11 holes until the mid-1950s, when George W. Cobb was brought in to finish the remaining nine holes.  Once he had completed the course, he said it was the most beautiful one he had designed.

The highlight of the course is the par-3, number 8 hole that is located on a peninsula that juts into Hampton Lake.

Today the course features 18 holes and is considered a “players course,” with a little more than 6,000 yards.  It was designed to be enjoyable for golfers to play and features no sand traps, though it does include enough woods and water hazards to make it challenging.



Have you had a chance to play High Hampton’s bent grass greens?