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Working With A Golf Tour Operator Traveling To Western NC Mountains

An Interview With Buck Blum, Owner from First Tee Mountain Golf

Looking to plan the perfect golf trip to Western NC Mountains? Planning a buddies trip or a romantic golf getaway can be a full time job not to mention pressure filled to deliver a memorable experience. Below is an interview with Buck Blum, Owner from First Tee Mountain Golf who shares some insider information about traveling to Western NC Mountains.

please provide a brief company overview and why you enjoy being a golf tour operator?
first tee mountain golf was established in 2001 to offer golf packages for individuals, groups, or corporate outings to experience a golf vacation at affordable rates on some of the most beautiful courses in the country in the western North Carolina area.

First tee mountain golf is your leading booking company for North Carolina golf packages. Travelers have known about the riches of North Carolinas mountains for more than a century. Lowlanders traveled to the mountains for vacations to escape the summertime heat long before golf came to America. When the game did blossom, it didn't take long for the mountain area to embrace it.

Come enjoy panoramic views from elevated tees, the challenge of golf holes that run uphill, downhill, and side hill, and putting on greens that are sometimes etched around mountain streams and lakes. Golfing in the western nc mountains presents the variety of play where you may just find yourself hitting your first 300+ yard drive, going for a risky par 5 or taking way more break on a side-hill putt than you think is possible.

The mountain region starts in the extreme western North Carolina corner beside the Tennessee and Georgia borders and runs eastward through the city of Asheville and into the northwest corner of the state. Asheville is a short 2 hour drive from Knoxville, 3 hours from Atlanta, or 4 hours from Pinehurst and the sand hills region.

What tips might you share with travelers as they start planning their golf trip? (general golf travel plans)
It's important to know when, both time of year and time of the week, you would like to come, how many golfers you have, the number of rounds you'd like to play, the type of accommodations you prefer (House, Hotel, Bed n Breakfast, Villa, how many to a bedroom, willingness to use of bunk beds/sofa beds, etc...), type of golf courses you prefer (private, premier and/or value) and your approximate budget.

What benefits can your business provide traveling golfers?
Being a one stop shop for your golf trip planning needs, we can provide access to course tee sheets months in advance of your trip. We have access to many private courses not available to the public. We know when the courses are scheduled for seasonal maintenance, closed for private events or not in the best conditions to play. We are your single point of contact for all your questions and concerns through out the process from the planning all the way through the last putt drops. We can also offer recommendations for other activities to supplement your golfing enjoyment such as day spas, fly fishing, river tubing, restaurants, breweries and wineries.

Any tips on working with you or golf travel operator?
As your needs change let us know as soon as you can. The sooner we know about issues the better we will be able to address them.

How can traveling golfers get a hold of you to start the trip process?
Call us at 803-761-0047 or complete the visit us at and fill out a proposal request to get started.

First Tee Mountain Golf
Buck Blum - Owner
(803) 761-0047

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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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