The Cherry trees along the road in Apple Valley Golf Club are really welcoming when they are in full flower in April, but to see them on November 2nd is equally satisfying. This course is one of two championship links inside the Rumbling Bald Resort at the northern end of picturesque Lake Lure.
My car found the perfect place to rest overlooking the front nine.
Who wouldn’t want to be on this course on a day like this?
At almost 4,000 feet, Mt. Shumont dominates the horizon above Apple Valley Golf Club.
Dramatic Rumbling Bald Mountain has its eye on an approaching storm from the north. This imposing rock dominates the western ridges above Lake Lure.
National Geographic Magazine has called Lake Lure the most beautiful man made lake in the world, so you can see why so many families have chosen to have vacation homes around its shores.
Boathouses and townhomes line the shore below Rumbling Bald Mountain. Lake Lure is famous for its many and unusual boathouses, most of which have sun decks on their roofs.
Hickory Nut Gorge is a major opening along the Blue Ridge Escarpment for travelers heading west toward Asheville. World famous Chimney Rock is perched on the steep cliffs on the mountain to the left.
From the highest road on the eastern ridge, 4,000 foot Sugarloaf Mountain shows the beauty that a 3,100 foot elevation change can bring to this man made marvel.
This Red Oak has the prime vantage point for watching the colors sweep across the ever changing slopes. The following video will give you an idea of the strong wind that was doing its best to blow those colorful leaves off the trees. If you’re viewing this as part of your e-mail, just go up to the headline at the top of the post, and click for access to the full blog and video. You’ll be glad you did.