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Looking for a quick nine in the North Carolina mountains? Check out Red Bird Golf Links. This executive course, opened in August 2001, is just east of Cashiers in the Fairfield Sapphire Valley resort complex.

Owner/architect Reid Horne designed a fun layout of six par-3s and three par-4s. The longest par-4 is 220 yards, but all three are doglegs, requiring two shots to reach the green.

Red Bird is quite lush with bent grass tees, greens and fairways. Plus, there's a tee-to-green sprinkler system, unusual for an executive course. Great for beginners and ladies, and not a bad test for regulars who want to work on their iron game.

Golfers have the choice of walking or riding, although who wants to ride such a short course? There's a driving range as well.

Red Bird Golf Links

67 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire  NC

(828) 743-1991

Greens Fees: Call for current green fees

The only reviews we could find, circa 2017, were not flattering.

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