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Getting To Know: Cherokee Valley Course and Club

An Insightful Interview With Matt Jennings, Owner and Director of Operations

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Matt Jennings who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Cherokee Valley is home to the region's only P.B. Dye-designed layout. It's a 6,728-yard mountain gem winding through rolling hills and deep dales, sprinkled with ample stretches of gently rolling fairways and trademark Dye green complexes.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The all-new, Finn Golf Cycle from Sun Mountain. These scooters are revolutionizing the game of golf. They are fun, safe, practical and speed up the pace of play. It's easier than riding a bike and the battery power is green friendly. We are proud to be the first course in the Upstate to offer this innovative golf transport. Come out and try it today!

A practice facility and player development like no other. Our team is committed to developing golfers at every level. We can help with your short game, off the tee, sand play and more.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Our fairways and tees are green all year round! No dormant brown, Bermuda. We overseed with ryegrass so you can enjoy green fairways all year round.

Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
We recently installed a 7,000 sq ft teeing ground on Hole 17 made of Chisholm Zoysia. We are the first course to use this type of grass for teeing areas.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
We are recognized as one of the 'Most Innovative' Golf Courses in North America by Golf Inc.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole 8 is one of our signature holes, it is a par 3, playing 226 yards from our black tees. As you are planning your shot into the green, you get to look up at the majesty of the Blue Ridge and Glassy Mountains!

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Hole 18, it's a reachable par 5 that makes you think about where to position your second shot, whether to go for the green or not. The two-tiered green with water in front and to the side offers an additional challenge. The view and undulation it offers make it truly memorable.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Our peachwood smoked chicken salad sandwich is our member's post-round favorite.

This year, Cherokee Valley will open its full-service restaurant, CORE 450, featuring a contemporary, engaging and casual theme with a diverse menu ranging from small plates and pizza to five-course meals.

For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
For traveling golfers or local groups in search of a golf staycation, Cherokee Valley's collection of on-site cottages features four master suites with one or two beds in each, five full bathrooms, great room, and wrap-around porches.

They are conveniently located just a few steps from the golf shop and the first tee. Full cottage rentals start at $400 and single rooms at $130, per night (tax not included). Golf can be added for $30 or $50 all-day subject to availability.

Ideally located 25 minutes north of award-winning downtown Greenville and 45 minutes from the craft beer capital of Asheville, N.C. Cherokee Valley is the perfect basecamp for exploring the beauty and adventure of the western Carolinas.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6728
Slope: 133
Rating: 71.6

More Information
Cherokee Valley Course and Club
450 Cherokee Valley Way
Travelers Rest, South Carolina, 29690

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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