in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina
Springdale Country Club is the hidden gem of mountain
golf. Family owned and operated since 1968 Springdale's
roots are firmly planted in a mix of golf, food and good
old Southern Hosptitality.
Our golf packages include unlimited golf,
your personal golf cart for two, full country breakfast
buffet and family style dinners each evening. Come discover
the best golf retreat in the mountains.
From your cabin take your cart on a winding
path through the woods to the Dining Room for a full country
breakfast buffet. Then it's on to the first tee and full
day of mountain golf. At the turn stop by the Hole-In-The-Wall
for a sandwich and beer and your off again for another
assault on the spasm.
Park your cart at dinner time and come
in and enjoy our country dinners served up family style.
Meat Loaf, Chicken Pot Pie, Turkey and Dressing.... Still
some daylight left? Go on out for a few more holes, work
off that Banana Pudding. It'll be breakfast time again
before you know it.
In the Shadow of Cold Mountain
In early 1968 Fred Tingle, an executive
with the Butterick Corporation in Manhattan, purchased
550 acres in Western North Carolina with dreams of building
a nine hole golf course and retiring among the mountains
nature had provided and the fairways he would create.
The land was the former site of the Springdale Farm and
had, in the early 60's, been a girls camp connected with
Columbia University. The camp kids spent their summers
harvesting vegetables, milking cows, collecting eggs and
hiking the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains and tubing
the cool waters of the Pigeon River. Freds daughters
had attended the camp and when he heard the land was for
sale he caught a vision. But he caught it too late, someone
else had snatched up the land with plans of their own.
But plans and dreams of any size rarely go smoothly and
in no time the land was back up for sale, this time in
receivership. Fred didnt dally again and with some
savings and a dream he bought the land at auction, on
the courthouse steps in Waynesville, North Carolina.
After building nine holes Fred and his
wife Eunice felt it was only half complete. In 1972 a
second nine was opened featuring a wicked par four that
would become a steady inducer of nervous breakdowns. After
the second nine was complete, according to Fred, he and
Eunice stood around and waited for customers to show up,
none did. Cruso North Carolina was not exactly brimming
with golfers so it was clear golfers were going to have
to be enticed from up and down the east coast. A few cabins
were built and a tiny sixteenth of a page ad was placed
in Golf Digest with the heading GOLF IN THE MOUNTAINS.
The response was slow but steady and soon Fred and Eunice
realized they were going to have to feed these guests.
A small restaurant was constructed and instead of hiring
chefs and maitre ds the Tingles reached out
to the local moms and grandmas to prepare gravy and biscuits
in the morning and hearty meals like chicken pot pie and
mountain trout in the evenings. People slowly came. They
drove down from Canada and the Great Lakes in the spring
and fall and up from Florida and the heat of the south
in the summer. They golfed, they ate, then they golfed
and ate some more. They told their friends and they came
too. Before long a nine hole dream was a full fledged
Over the years Fred could be seen in his
trademark blue blazer and driving cap checking the course
or sipping a beer at the bar while Eunice was out in the
flower beds planting impatiens, begonias, pansies and
petunias. The extended Springdale family, people like
Claud, Rose, Mike, Vicky welcomed guests and provided
a special mix of Southern Hospitality and quality service.
When not changing golf cart tires Claud would be in garden,
tending the vegetables that would be served that evening
or trimming the 5 acres of Christmas trees planted for
staff and guests. Rose would be at the front desk welcoming
golfers from all over the country, often with a Welcome
Back or sometimes a Hush Up if they
were particularly excited.
Time may not stand still but it does pass
slower in some places. Fred passed away in 2005 but Eunice
Tingle still owns and operates the resort with the same
love and commitment to guests she has displayed for over
40 years. Claud is still in the garden and Rose is still
behind the counter. Mikes still checking the greens
and Vickys still doing the numbers. Golfers are
still golfing and eating and golfing and eating some more.
And the Spasm is still causing nervous breakdowns and
swearing fits. Join us this season up in the mountains
of western North Carolina and discover this special land
that began as a dream and became a labor of love.