On ARMED FORCES DAY, May 21, Cummings Cove pays tribute to the U. S. ARMED FORCES. To thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country, Cummings Cove invites active duty members of the military to play golf FREE ON May 21 and also on Memorial Day, May 30, when we honor those members of the military who sacrificed their lives in service to their country.

Call the Golf Shop at 828-891-9412 for tee time.

Twilight Golf Special Starts April 18 at Cummings Cove

The weather is beautiful with temperatures in the 70’s, flowers are blooming and sunset is around 8:00 p.m.–ideal for Twilight Golf.

From Monday through Friday, after 2:00 p.m. the Twilight Golf rate for Seniors is $25.00, Non-Senior is $35.00. Please call the Golf Shop for rates on other days and times and to book your tee time. Call 828-891-9412 or 800-958-2905. 

March–In Like a Lamb

February ended much like it began. The Groundhog Day weather map showed North Carolina temperatures in the 60’s-70’s, and near record-breaking highs continued throughout the month. The golf course has been humming with activity while crocus, daffodils  and forsythia confirm the early arrival of spring. In downtown Hendersonville, sidewalk cafes are serving customers in shirtsleeves enjoying the balmy weather.


In our news article about Hendersonville "City of Four Seasons,"  we quoted the lyrics to “Camelot” where–"winter is forbidden ‘til December, and exits March the second on the dot.” We’ll see if Hendersonville weather continues to emulate Camelot this March. So far, it’s as gentle as a lamb.

Historic Hendersonville Gallery Stroll

Historic Downtown Hendersonville offers art lovers an evening stroll through its many and varied galleries on the first Friday of each month from 6 – 9 p.m. Wickwire Art Gallery hosts a “Meet The Artist” reception on Friday, August 7, 330 North Main Street, 6 – 9 p.m. Guest artist Mary Brummett will discuss “Color Notes”–oil paintings portraying a non-literal rendering of a scene while capturing the artist’s emotional, immediate reactions to what is before her. Live music is also featured on First Fridays. Visit for more details on upcoming events.

Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club to Participate in Third Annual Patriot Golf Day September 4 – 7, 2009

Patriot Golf Day donations will support the families of military service members who have been injured or perished in the line of duty.

Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club will participate in the third annual Patriot Golf Day, a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. Golfers across the country and at Cummings Cove have the unique opportunity to donate $1 or more to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation (, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships to families of those who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty.

Cummings Cove will request at least an additional $1 for each green fee that is processed September 4 -7. Garry Sherrill, Director of Operations, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for golfers in our community to give back to those who have given everything.” In addition, Cummings Cove invites any active duty member of the military to play a round of golf free between September 4 – 7.

The inaugural Patriot Golf Day was held Sept. 1, 2007, and resulted in donations of more than $1.1 million from more than 3,200 golf facilities. In 2008, more than $2.1 million was raised at more than 3,800 golf facilities nationwide. In the last two years, more than 550 educational scholarships have been given through the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Patriot Golf Day was inspired by Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and USGA member from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Rooney has served three tours of duty in Iraq as an F-16 pilot in the 125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Individuals interested in contributing to the Folds of Honor Foundation, and those applying for scholarships should visit

Folds of Honor Foundation
The Folds of Honor Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. (

Golfers Enjoy a Beautiful Challenge

New York Times Subsidiary – Hendersonville Times News – June, 2007 – A beautiful challenge

ETOWAH – Nestled among the mountains of Western North Carolina are various and sundry coves and crannies where mountain peaks converge, leaving a sliver of bottom land once used for farming by the early settlers. Many of these have been converted into housing developments in recent years.

The lure of mountain scenery, with the creeks and lakes that are created have become an attraction to those relocating into the area.

One of the most scenic of these in the Henderson County area is Cummings Cove.

Located some seven miles west of downtown Hendersonville on Highway 64 near Etowah, Cummings Cove is easily accessible to both Hendersonville and Brevard residents.

In addition to the residential community, Cummings Cove also has one of the most picturesque golf courses in the area. Carved out of the landscape is an 18-hole, par 71 course that can be challenging as well as possessing many beautiful mountain scenes that are enjoyed by those playing the course.

Cummings Cove is described by Jim Fagan, an assistant in the pro shop, as a semi-private course.

“You don’t have to be a member to play Cummings Cove, but we’re moving in that direction,” Fagan said. Currently there are some 160 members.

One of the most challenging and beautiful scenes on the course is No. 10, a par 3 hole that requires a drive across Dam Boulder Lake. The hole plays from 135 to 210 yards. The green juts out into the lake, where two water fountains have been placed creating a beautiful scene for the golfers.

There are five levels of play on the Cummings Cove course. From the orange tees, preferred by most of the ladies, the course plays 4,775 yards. The silver tees, used by most seniors, is 5,123 yards. From the white tees, the course is 5,850 yards. The Carolina Blue tees makes the course play at 6,146 yards, and the gold tees raises the yardage to 6,415.

The back nine at Cummings Cove was renovated two years ago to add more scenic mountain views, a project praised by many of those who play the course, according to Fagan.

“Our course is not just a straight shot to the green,” Fagan said. “We have used the natural terrain to incorporate the many streams and lakes, and several dog legs that wind around the hills and small mountains.”

Another unique feature of Cummings Cove is the rest rooms, ice machines and water fountains that dot the landscape for the convenience of the players.

Fagan reports the course to be in excellent condition, although it could use some rain. The fairways are Bermuda grass, and the greens are of Bent grass.

In addition to the golf course, Cummings Cove also has a full restaurant and club house. Lunch is served each day in the restaurant and dinners on Friday and Saturday.

During the summer, the golf course is open from 7:30 A.M. until 8:00 P.M., seven days a week. The only day the course is closed during the year is on Christmas Day.

In operation for 22 years, Cummings Cove has become a course recognized for excellence by area golfers. There are several fee options, including senior rates, first time player rates, etc. It is suggested to call 891-9412, ext. 1 to get the current rates and tee times.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the area wanting to get in a game while on vacation, Cummings Cove is one course you might want to check out.

How to Find Your Perfect Home


Pinnacle Living Mountain Homes Magazine – Late Fall 2008 – On the 650-plus acres of Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club, colorful plants and stately trees create a welcoming landscape at this flawless Hendersonville, N.C. Location.

But dig deeper than the pristine scenery. The towering mountain ridges. The pleasant year-round climate. What you’ll find as the defining quality of this amenity-rich community is one element: The people.

Here, an eclectic group of residents – from Florida natives to Europeans, retirees and second-home owners – form an almost instant bond. Not only as acquaintances with the same hobbies, but as caring comrades who rally around when fellow residents hit hard times.

And with a decidedly family touch.

For instance, when her husband passed away recently, a community wife found that, without saying a word, the men of Cummings Cove pitched in to keep her lawn fresh and mowed. Without ever identifying themselves to collect a thank-you.

The women are equally compassionate. As a comforting gesture, members of the community sewing club turn their talents to creating quilts for neighbors who are ill or lost a loved one.

“The people here certainly are our biggest strength,” says Shannon Ginn, managing partner of Cummings Cove. “There’s a sense of family here that makes me very proud of this community.”

Joining the Club
In addition to the sewing club, neighbors have organized other groups for residents with special organized interests, such as golf, bridge and books, while others have formed civic-based organizations that take on charity projects or hold fundraisers. One such successful band is the Women Build for Habitat, which recently gathered to build a home for a Hendersonville family.
Civic or social, each group makes the most of its time together.

A member of the Nine, Wine and Dine Club which plays a round of golf, enjoys a glass of wine, then dinner at the clubhouse, homeowner John Stocker praises Cummings Cove for great amenities that encourage such camaraderie.

His wife Linda echoes the sentiment.

“It’s a really inclusive community,” she says. “There’s a nice blend of older, younger and middle-aged people. But no one seems to pay much attention to age.”

After finding this winning combination of great people, location and amenities, the former Alexandria, Va. Residents never looked back.

The Place To Be
Like the Stockers, the four partners, including Ginn, who purchased Cummings Cove in 2005 knew the community was nestled in an ideal setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“North Carolina is a step back from the pressures of the big cities,” says Ginn. “When you retire, you want a place to get away from the stress. The best place is Western North Carolina.”

Additionally, the community’s slogan rings true: “Far from ordinary, but close to everything else.”

Cummings Cove sits just 15 minutes from the Asheville Regional Airport, eight miles from Hendersonville’s quaint downtown and 12 miles from Brevard.

According to Ginn, the community and its surrounding area provided plenty of activity – such as shopping, dining, theater and historic locations to tour – to satisfy full time-needs. Even more, Cummings Cove’s moderate elevation, which reaches nearly 3,000 feet, created mild temperatures and beautiful seasons conducive to year-round living. Currently, Cummings Voce boasts 300 residents, two-thirds of whom are full-time residents. Ultimately, Ginn says the community will top out with about 600 homeowners.

Layer by Layer
In its first stages of development, this gated community focused on just a 300-acre area surrounding the fold course and clubhouse. But, according to Lorraine Nash, director of marketing and advertising, Ginn and his partners opened the remaining acreage in the higher elevations for the development of more neighborhoods.

“Because of the topography,” Nash says, “each neighborhood and home takes on its own character. Almost any level of what someone wants in a home can be found here.” So today, the community consists of a variety of architectural styles and types, including craftsman, contemporary and homes with a blend of structural elements.

One of the newest neighborhoods, Valley View Golf Villas, is surrounded by three golf course fairways and will feature 29 villas. Farther up the mountain lies Mountain crest, a neighborhood of custom-built homes tucked into a woodsy landscape. The area contains a mixture of single-family homes and villas with maintenance programs.

New residents Thomas and Jane Dupont, who moved from Kinnelon, N.J., found this area melded with their love for the outdoors.

“We chose our lot because it was lower (in elevation), had trees and privacy,” Jane explains. “We have winter views of the mountains, but we love the trees during the other seasons, the seclusion they provide and the fact that he house faces west for sunsets.”

Another major development, Mountain Top, will encompass half of the entire community. A 275-acre village, it is Cummings Cove’s highest elevation neighborhood and has four phases remaining open.

The first residents of Mountain Top, Marshall and Nancy Howard of West Palm Beach, Fla., were attracted to the neighborhood for its mountain view, and plan the spend the majority of their summers there.

Building a Dream
The Howards heard of Cummings Cove through friends and found the lots were offered at reasonable prices. According to Nash, home site prices range from 175,000 to $300,000.

Like other residents, the Howards used one of the three preferred builders that Cummings Cove recommends, and has a pleasant building experience. The knowledgeable builders helped them plan a home that not only fits their needs, but also maximized the view they enjoy on their back porch.

“It’s just a great community,” Nancy says. “You notice immediately that the feel of the community is so friendly.”

Like the Howards, the Stockers happened upon Cummings Cove through friends as well. Research added to the positive reviews.

“We found,” says John, “that this always ranked in the top 10 best places to retire.” They were hooked. The couple retired here seven years ago and enjoy participating in community clubs, as well as activities at nearby DuPont State Forest.

Just as others at the community, Jane and Thomas Dupont look forward to joining the fun at Cummings Cove, which Jane says exudes a warm supportive atmosphere.

After searching for a community for seven years, the pair visited Cummings Cove and “just knew it was right.”

“It’s like falling in love,” Jane says. “You find the man of your dreams. Well, we found the community of our dreams.” After working with their building to design their mountain home, they are set to spend their later year in surroundings that are perfect for them and the lifestyle they treasure.

Amenities and More
Cummings Cove Golf and Country Club offers residents plenty of ways to stay active:

  • The 18-hole, par-71 golf course in the centerpiece of the community. Initially designed by Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus’ chief designer for 16 years, the course was renovated in 2005 to incorporate 1,000 more yards. It features five sets of tees to accommodate players of all skill levels and three comfort stations with ice and water machines along the course. The back nine is positioned to give players spectacular mountain views.
  • Overlooking the golf course, the clubhouse offers a casual dining experience for lunch or dinner, as well as bar and golf shop facilities.
  • A new sports complex combines the best equipment and amenities for staying in shape. A rustic building of bark siding, the facility contains an exercise room complete with cardio and weigh lifting apparatus, a massage room and space for Pilates and other fitness classes. Outside, residents can enjoy a swimming pool, hot tub and three tennis courts – two of which are hydro-courts specifically designed to offer a lower-impact playing surface for healthy joints.
  • The Social Center, housed in a renovated farmhouse, is idea for special parties, meetings and club activities. It has a full kitchen, dining room and library.
  • Other events, such as holiday parties, mystery nights and trivia nights mystery dinners are held on the grounds. Entertainment also is provided on weekends during summer months.Check out Hendersonville NC Homes for Sale and Western NC Land by visiting the North Carolina Mountain Golf Communities in Cummings Cove.