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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.

Opening Weekend Q & A with General Manager Clifford Meads

April 22nd, 2011 by Staff

As High Hampton Inn prepares to open for its 89th season of family fun, General Manager Clifford Meads took some time out of his busy schedule to give some insight on the upcoming season and on some of his favorite things about High Hampton Inn.

General Manager Clifford Meads

1.  What is new at High Hampton Inn in 2011?

High Hampton Inn is known for being a destination that adheres to time-honored traditions.  This year we are excited to announce two new events and one new House Party that are sure to become High Hampton favorites.

For music lovers, the Coast to the Mountains Summer Concert Series on June 23, July 28, August 25, and September 22 will be the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while listening to music from the coast.  Food lovers will enjoy the Dinner in the Dahlias series on August 30 and September 13.  Thirty guests will be seated at a long table decorated with and surround by the heirloom dahlia blooms. The experience will allow diners to intertwine the flora, food, and wine of High Hampton.  The Apple Festival on September 24 will be the perfect way to honor fall’s favorite fruit. This House Party style weekend will celebrate the apple with a variety of tasty products from area growers and producers.

We are also excited to announce the addition of the Hampton Market.  The market will feature fresh produce, meats, gourmet cheeses, prepared gourmet salads, party platters, wine, beer, rustic breads, desserts, a selection of dry goods, and gourmet deli sandwiches.

Guests staying in our lovely cottages will also notice the addition of kitchenettes the feature marble counter tops, a refrigerator and microwave.

2.  What is your favorite time of year at High Hampton?

High Hampton Inn is beautiful year-round, but my absolute favorite time is in late May – early June when all of the mountain laurel and rhododendron are blooming.  Bursts of pinks and purples dot the lush green landscape, making for quite an amazing sight.

Dogwoods bloom at the enterance of High Hampton Inn

 

3.  Where does High Hampton get its produce from?

High Hampton is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables.  We work with local farmers and markets to provide our guests with produce at the peak of perfection.  Many guests love the tomatoes that we feature on the buffet, which we purchase from a local farm stand, guaranteeing that they will always be delicious and perfectly ripe.

 

4.  Where on-property do you like to go to relax?

I love being outdoors, so when I have free time I like to take my dogs hiking on one of the many trails that surround the Inn.  It’s a great way to unwind while taking in all the stunning sights.