By Scott McKie B.P.
One Feather staff
Golf Magazine has named Sequoyah National Golf Course #2 on its 2009 list of “Top 100 New Courses that You Can Play.” The course, which is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, was designed by famed golf designer Robert Trent Jones II and opened in late August.
In its review of the course, Golf Magazine wrote, “It’s spectacular throughout, but stray off the tee and you’ll have a better chance of beating the casino than you will of making par.”
Sequoyah National boasts green fees ranging from $65-$110. The new course at French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN took the top spot in the Golf Magazine list. Its green fees are $350.
“Being named the #2 Best New Course in the country by Golf Magazine is an accomplishment in which every member of the Eastern Band should take pride,” said Jeremy Boone, CGCS. Boone, an EBCI tribal member is the Golf Course Superintendent at Sequoyah.
In a pre-opening interview in August, Boone commented that the views on the course are breathtaking and are truly one its focal points. “There’s place on this golf course where, if you stand still, all you hear is birds and wind. You don’t hear traffic. You don’t see houses.” He said, on a clear day, you can see Clingman’s Dome located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Vice Chief Larry Blythe, who was instrumental in the golf course project, said he was very proud of the accomplishment and said the golf course is truly “world class”.
Ryan Ott, director of golf at Sequoyah National, stated, “Being named #2 Best New Course by Golf Magazine is great national publicity for Cherokee as a destination. We are very excited to showcase the facility to the world this spring.”
For more information on Sequoyah National Golf Course, call (828) 497-3000 or visit www.sequoyahnational.com.