at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

Play your best game at Walnut Cove's top-rated golf course.

Walnut Cove’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course features elevation changes from 2,100 to 2,250 feet and, thanks to the southern exposure of the course, welcomes golfers year-round. The par-71 course is surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, making it easy to mistake your golf game for a sightseeing trip. Golfers appreciate the playability of the bentgrass fairways, rolling slopes, and challenging greens, taking them through mountain meadows and around creeks and streams.

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The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course—at a Glance

The Nicklaus Signature course at Walnut Cove is designed to challenge and reward players of all skill levels in a championship-level facility. Players will find challenging greens, bentgrass fairways, and clever bunkering—all set in the beautiful rolling meadowlands cradled in a natural amphitheater harbored by the Pisgah National Forest.

The first nine wind through open fields of once rolling farmland, lying over and across soft ridges with plenty of bunkers to provide a variety of obstacles—and opportunities—for smart play. The back nine crisscrosses over and around mountain streams carved through local woodland in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This spectacular course offers the kind of play that makes lifelong memories.

Golf Digest

Best in state


Among America's best residential courses


Among the best private golf courses in NC

Designed by one of golf's all-time greats, Jack Nicklaus.

In addition to being one of the most accomplished golfers in history, Jack Nicklaus has been recognized for his excellence in championship course design. Members of Walnut Cove enjoy convenient access to this remarkable course—one of two Nicklaus-designed courses in The Cliffs' seven communities.

“Walnut Cove provides an extraordinary natural setting for golf. There are areas on the course that make you feel as if you are playing through a national forest.”

— Jack Nicklaus, on the unveiling of his Signature Golf Course at Walnut Cove, 2005.

A Course for everyone

Walnut Cove's course is designed to provide all golfers a peak golfing experience. The course includes four sets of women's tees, including a nine-hole set for beginners, and five sets of men's tees.

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124.0 – 148.0

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4,646 – 7,270 yards

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66.8 – 75.8 front to tips

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Jack Nicklaus

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The Club Village

Walnut Cove's Club Village is packed with luxury amenities to help ensure peak performance on the course, from the Tudor-style clubhouse (awarded Best New Clubhouse of 2006 (by Golf Inc. Magazine) to the nearby Golf House.

The Clubhouse

Whether you've worked up an appetite after a day of play, or simply want to gather for a scenic lunch or dinner, The Clubhouse is the perfect retreat. A farm-to-table English-style tavern, dining room, wine lockers, wine room, and board room offer places to relax and refuel.

Tudor-style club house

The Golf House

Find essential accessories for your next game or spiff up after your round in this European-style golf house. The men’s and women’s facilities feature shower facilities, lockers, a terrace, and easy access to the full-service golf shop and practice area.


The Pro Shop offers ample golf clothes and accessories, featuring a wide selection of women’s products, befitting the home facility of the UNC Asheville Women's Golf Team.

homes near the golf course

Club activities and events

Walnut Cove's course has hosted UNC Asheville women's golf tournaments and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Academy, as well as numerous women's and men's club events throughout the year, including club championships, member/guest events, men's and ladies' days, afternoon women's programs, and seasonal events. Many member-run groups are open to new residents looking to make friends and join in on the fun.

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Play One of the Best Courses in the State.

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Walnut Cove has a complete set of amenities available to property owners who choose to become members of the onsite private club that is owned and operated by The Cliffs Clubs & Hospitality Group.