You can’t spell summer cheer without ERC! Summertime at Elk River Club is made for outdoor recreation, High Country events, and mountain memories with friends and family. Our dedicated staff has been preparing for our members’ time here—we can’t wait to see how you create your best summer yet. Keep reading for a sampling of community activities and regional events as you plan for summer 2024 at Elk River Club. 

North Carolina’s Finest Course
It wouldn’t be an Elk River Club summer without our members’ relishing their time on our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, known for its dynamic design and Blue Ridge beauty. Consistently ranking in the state’s top ten golf courses, Jack Nicklaus described it in a 2005 letter as “enjoyable for members yet challenging enough for world-class tournament play.” A recent Golf Digest review reads: “Absolutely wonderful Nicklaus design with demanding shot values and beautiful aesthetics. An underrated hidden gem. Excellent facilities and fantastic service.” Josh Smith and his staff of 20 take immaculate care of the course for our members. 

Poolside Perfection
Many Elk River Club members believe “Life Is Better in the Pool.” Our private pool complex features a lap pool and spa for the grown-ups along with a kid-friendly sloped beach with bubblers. We’re sure to see families gathering for a refreshing dip, en route to our Wellness Center, or for a summertime party. 


Game, Set, Match (and Pickleball, Too!)
You’ve likely heard “a body at motion stays in motion,” and our four Har-Tru courts and perfectly sized Pickleball courts are two satisfying options for our members. Our tennis calendar includes weekly mixers, private and group lessons, charity tournaments, and exciting pro exhibitions. Our members are passionate about pickleball, and we couldn’t be more pleased about its third year in the recreation mix here. 

More to Explore 

From catch-and-release fly-fishing on the Elk River to relaxing under a canopy of trees at a neighborhood park, hiking one of our “Happy Trails” or horseback riding along our nature trails, summer 2024 for our Elk River Club families is sure to be enchanting. 

Local Happenings This Summer

As you venture beyond our gates, prepare for new adventures and beloved traditions. Here’s a handful of regional summer events. 

Grandfather Mountain
Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

  • Rhododendron Ramble: Select dates from May 25-June 2, 2024
  • Nature Photography Weekend: June 7-June 9, 2024
  • Grandfather By Night (Adventurous Edition): June 14, July 26, August 9, August 23 & September 6, 2024
  • Animal Enrichment Day: July 31, 2024
  • Landscape Photography Course: August 24, 2024

Visit their event calendar for specifics on these and other upcoming events.

Sugar Mountain

The High Country’s sweet spot for adventures and natural scenery in all four seasons

  • Grillin’ & Chillin’ Live Music and Dinner Series 2024: Memorial Day (May 27), every Wednesday from June 5-August 28 & Labor Day (September 2)
  • July 4th Parade & Fireworks: Chairlift runs from 7 pm-10 pm for fireworks viewing, or watch from the lodge (free admission and parking) and enjoy live music on the deck from 6 pm-9 pm
  • Grandfather Mountain Highland Games: July 11-14, 2024
  • Avery Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival: July 19-21, 2024

Visit their event calendar for specifics on these and other upcoming events.

Banner Elk

The Center of the High Country

Visit the Banner Elk Festivals & Events page for specifics on these and other upcoming events.