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RedTail Mountain Resort & Golf

redtailThe newest stay-and-play golf resort in the blue Ridge mountains comes with an established pedigree.

Redtail mountain Resort is the reincarnation of an 18-hole golf facility that has existed since 1982 on a beautiful ridge above the outskirts of mountain City, Tennessee.

The Habermehl Family of Ontario, Canada, purchased Redtail a year ago and converted it to a stay-and-play resort with upscale lodging, a full-service restaurant and a new vision.

“our mission is to take this beautiful place here at Redtail and remake it into one of the finest mountain golf resorts in the High Country, yet keep it affordable for the avid golfer,” says family member and general manager Vernon Brady.

Improvements in the last year include a major bunker restoration on the course, an increase in the golf maintenance budget, and the conversion of luxury three-bedroom condos near the clubhouse into stay-and- play lodging. a swimming pool and two clay tennis courts are slated to open in June.

“Our condos are really exceptional. We remodeled and upgraded them even though they were brand new when we arrived,” brady says. “We put a private bath with every bedroom and added high-end pillow-top mattresses with luxury linens. the kitchens are dream kitchens, plus each unit has a fireplace and windows overlooking the course.”

The golf course at Redtail has always been highly regarded. it was designed in 1982 by ellis maples of Pinehurst, along with his son, Dan.

The signature hole is the third, a downhill par-5 with a green carved into a granite pluton.

“It’s not something you see very often. i’d say it’s very rare,” says long-time head professional Sam Adams. “it sits in an area created by a huge blast. We drilled down 50 feet and blew it out. it was quite spectacular.”

Most golfers remember that signature green. another thing they remember is the way maples designed a very playable routing amidst the mountains.

“Golfers like the individuality of the holes and the variety of the terrain,” Adams explains. “it’s a very enjoyable course to play.”

The natural setting is another important feature at Redtail. the resort offers solitude on 850 scenic acres, yet is easily accessed from U.S. 421. it’s about a 50-minute drive from Johnson City and Bristol, Tenn., and 30 minutes from Boone, N.C.

It’s a great location without the crowds and bustle that you find in some other communities in the mountains,” adds Brady.

The club recently purchased 32 acres of waterfront property on nearby Lake Watauga as added amenity for members and guests. multiple homesites are also available at Redtail. “There has been some activity with real estate and there’s a sense of excitement about what’s happening here,” says Brady.

There’s also a sense of continuity at Redtail, due to the long-term stability that Sam Adams has created in the golf operation. Adams was the head golf professional when the course opened in 1982 as Roan Valley Golf Club and has remained in that position ever since.

Adams has witnessed a few ups and downs over the last three decades. He now predicts Redtail will soar to new heights under the Habermehl ownership. “They’ve come in and addressed long- needed improvements. They’re adding amenities on a regular basis and have created a first-class restaurant,” Adams says. “All those things were missing from our operation before.”

The new Redtail welcomes daily and stay- and-play golfers, with a season running from early april to early november. also welcome are non-golfers looking for a base camp to explore the Blue Ridge high country, as well as diners looking for a upscale meal in a casual atmosphere.

“We’ve been a well-kept secret for too long,” says Brady. “We would like for people to know we’re here.” For information on Redtail mountain Resort call (423) 727-7600 or visit www. RedTailMountain.com.
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