When the Scott family moved to Atlanta from Texas in 1981, they left behind some very lonely grandparents. To keep the generations close, Craig and Diane Scott decided to buy a vacation home with her parents in the North Carolina mountains. Their search led to Grandfather Golf & Country Club in Linville, which they now enjoy with their own five grandsons.
The club has a lake, so it offers boating and fishing, as well as hiking and a top-ranked golf course. Most unique is the Arts Loft, a staffed studio that serves both professionals and novices—offering classes, shows, dinners, and wine events. Members stage an annual Independence Day celebration around the soccer field, complete with decorated golf carts and lawn games. And despite snowy winters, the Scotts and other families often drive up for the holidays, cutting their own Christmas trees and skiing at nearby Sugar and Beech mountains.
“It’s a family club,” says Craig, who has now retired from his career in real estate development. “Not everybody plays golf or tennis. The beauty of the area is just majestic.”
This article originally appeared in our Summer 2016 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.