Cummings Cove Named "One of 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in U.S."

Where to Retire Magazine has announced its 2013 honor roll of America’s “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States,” naming Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club to the prestigious biennial list in its July/August, 2013 issue. One of only two communities selected in Western North Carolina, Cummings Cove meets the standard of a dynamic lifestyle community sought by the magazine’s editors.

Karen Northridge, publisher of the national magazine, said in her congratulatory letter to Garry Sherrill, Executive Director of Operations at Cummings Cove: “During a nine-month selection process, our editors reviewed several hundred candidates across the country. Your community is among an elite group of developments that offer today’s retirees a well-rounded, active lifestyle. The fifty selected developments represent seventeen states. The communities are not ranked, but profiled in alphabetical order by state, from Arizona to Wyoming. A two-page chart gives a snapshot of the developments and lists their amenities.”

Interviewed by Where to Retire for the report, Bob and Sandy Denekamp moved to Cummings Cove last year from Massachusetts. Bob said: “If you’re lucky like we are, you’ll be looking at the mountains every night and watching the sunset—preferably with a cocktail in hand.”

In another recent national news story, Rodney Brooks, writing for USA TODAY, named five cities to consider in his article: “Best Places to Retire.” Brooks interviewed Annette Fuller, managing editor of Where to Retire magazine. Fuller acknowledged that while big cities attract, many retirees delight in finding an “off-the-beaten-path location with relatively low cost of living and housing, favorable tax situation, low crime rate, an active downtown, good medical facilities and, more than ever, a range of activities that can keep them fit and healthy.”

Hendersonville topped the list of Brooks’ five recommended cities. In addition to the remarkable natural scenery of parks and forests with mountain views and over 200 waterfalls, a mild four-season climate makes it enjoyable year round. Other attractions cited are the Hendersonville Symphony and the Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina’s state theater. In addition to Hendersonville’s two local hospitals, nearby Asheville has Mission Hospital, a regional trauma center, ranked among the nation’s top 15 healthcare systems in 2013 by Thomson Reuters.

Breaking Spring

Daffodils are blooming and birds are announcing the arrival of spring in the mountains. It’s a wonderful time to be here when the flowering trees accent the fresh new greenery and the hills seem to sing with new life. If you’re not lucky enough to already be living here, come see us! Let us show you what it’s like to live at Cummings Cove with an endless list of things to see and do. Be sure to bring your golf clubs. You can book a tee time on our website.

June in January?

No, not quite June in January, but while 2/3 of the country is snow-covered, Hendersonville has been enjoying sweater weather on winter afternoons. This weekend anticipates a record-breaking 70 degree high temperature–ideal golf weather. Enjoy the mild weather and low winter golf rates:

18 hole rate for all players – $34

  9 hole rate for all players – $20

Call 828-891-9412 for tee time or book online through this website.

Steve Romaine Wins Match Play Tournament

The Match Play Tournament capped a busy summer golf season. Cummings Cove golf member Steve Romaine won four matches over the course of the tournament. He is shown in photo (on left)  receiving congratulations and cash award from Don Larimore, coordinator of the Match Play Golf Event. 

Cummings Cove league play continues into October with the Club Championship scheduled for September 25 and 26. The members’ closing event is October 17 with an 18-hole Ryder Cup format. Although the league season ends in October, golf continues to be played year round at Cummings Cove. Visiting golfers are welcome and can book a tee time on our website.

Cummings Cove Gets High Tech Golf Carts

At Cummings Cove, a new fleet of golf carts equipped with “Visage” has put the “go” in golf with a combination of cellular, wireless and global positioning technology. Cummings Cove is one of only a few clubs open to public play in Western North Carolina to provide this advanced equipment in its battery-powered golf carts. Club Car and GPS Industries of Sarasota, Florida, have joined forces to produce a game-changing experience. The notebook-size electronic device mounted in the golf cart features intuitive touch-screen technology. The user-friendly system shows each player’s positioning in real time. By touching the screen, the player can see: a 3D fly-over of each hole, tee shot and distance-to-pin measurement and hole descriptions that eliminate blind spots. An electronic scorecard simplifies scorekeeping and provides for emailing—if it’s a game you want to remember.


The “Visage” system has many automatic safety features and conveniences. It can stop the cart to prevent a loss of control on a steep hill. There is a two-way communication system between the golf shop and each cart so that the golf shop can advise golfers of an approaching storm or other emergency announcements. Ordering lunch is easier than a fast food drive-through window. When the cart reaches the 8th hole, a menu pops up on the screen so that golfers can order their lunch and have it ready to pick up at the 9th hole.

Hendersonville resident and occasional golfer for over twenty years, Nathan Billingsley said: “I enjoyed the new golf cart very much. The single most important and valuable feature of the Visage system is that you always know exactly how far you are from the pin. Instead of looking for the markers on the cart path or checking sprinkler heads for yardage indicators, you just pull up to your ball and check your distance. That’s very efficient. And strangely enough, my friend and I played 18 holes in less than three hours. Now if you could just add a feature to take 20 strokes off my score, I will be thoroughly impressed.” To book a tee time, call 828-891-9412 or visit

Golf–on the Upswing in June!

June is a busy golfing month at Cummings Cove. The 9 Hole Invitational hosted by the Women’s League will include women golfers from three local clubs. On June 10, the annual Bristol Shootout is an unique 9 hole Elimination Tournament. The Member-Guest Tournament is the premier two-day event on June 15 and 16 with fabulous prizes and a special awards dinner. The final golf event of the month  is a 9 hole Scramble for teams of four players. The course is in excellent condition for the busy month ahead. For more information, contact the Golf Shop at 828-891-9412.

Pool Party & Picnic

Games galore, from water volleyball to pickleball (a cross between ping pong, tennis and badminton) and a grand all American Picnic start the summer season at the Cummings Cove pool on Saturday, June 11.The popular Sports Complex will be jumping with activity. For the less athletic, a Sand Sculpture competition will provide a contemplative creative outlet. Hamburgers and hot dogs off the grill, sweet tea and tropical cocktails will remind you of those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer." Come join the fun!

Fabulous Fourth of July at Cummings Cove

The 4th of July is a multi-generational event at Cummings Cove with games for everyone from toddlers to grandparents. There will be  Pitch ‘n Putt for kids and a Flag Tournament for more mature golfers. Bean bag and water balloon toss, marshmallow game, face painting and more will delight the youngsters. A traditional 4th of July feast will follow the games at the clubhouse.


After dinner, an evening cart parade tests everyone’s creativity as they compete for "Best Decorated Cart" awards. This year’s theme is "Patriotic Songs." Last year, the winners transformed their golf cart into a giant cake topped with "25" in big silver numbers to honor the community’s 25th anniversary celebration. As dusk descends after the cart parade, favorite spots will be found around the lake to watch the fireworks mirrored in the water, the finale to a fabulous fourth of July at Cummings Cove in celebration of our nation’s 235th birthday.

July is Summer Bursting at the Seams

July is the month when summer works overtime promoting all sorts of activities. At Cummings Cove, golf is in high gear with numerous tournaments. The Sports Center is focused on pool volleyball and water aerobics, and the mornings are cool enough for a game of tennis. Outside the gates, "Cove Hikers" head to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a cool mountain hike to Sam’s Knob (rated medium). Less strenuous exploring includes a float down the Green River and a visit to one of dozens of local waterfalls. For the less "outdoorsy" folks, the Lunch Bunch  always finds a good place for a gustatory adventure while the book clubs and card clubs exercise the little gray cells. And if none of that works for you, try sitting on a porch rocker at the Social Center for  some zen meditation on the lake and mountain views.

Werewolf Open August 13

Under the light of a full moon, golf members will venture into the night with lanterns, glow necklaces and glow golf balls for this special event after a special "Ghoulash" dinner. The format is 4 person scramble net best ball playing holes 1-6 and 9 with holes shortened to accommodate glow balls (75% distance of regular balls), yardage from 90 (#2) to 200 (#9). Only golf carts with lights allowed.
Players must carry flashlights or lanterns. Glow sticks will be at teeing areas, 100 yard marker and either side of green. Flags will be topped with glow globes and golfers will wear glow necklaces. Prizes will be awarded including closest to pin on #5. Tall tales, dessert and prizes will end the evening. It should be a howling success!