Enjoyed our Memorial Day weekend at Fairway Forest, which a colleague booked through their RCI timeshare. Fairway Forest is one of several developments connected to the Sapphire Valley Master Association, which means you have access to shared amenities across other Sapphire communities, such as swimming pools (indoor and out), community center and game room, fairfield lake trail and boat house, private swimming ponds, etc. None of these amenities are within walking distance of the condos, but they are close, within 5 minutes drive. The Fairway Forest condos are 1980's-era, two-story, four-unit blocks, lining various holes of the Sapphire National golf course. There are some mountain views from some units, but mostly the condos look out onto a golf course and trees--no major mountain views. At the end of the main golf course drive is the Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, which is a sports-bar type restaurant serving, beers, pizza, burgers, etc. You could walk to this from some units, but the terrain is VERY hilly, so if you are located far away and elderly, you will probably need to drive to this restaurant too. Another thing about these units--some of them are located down hillsides, with TONS of steps, so if you are elderly, be prepared to haul your luggage and supplies up and down lots of stairs. The units themselves are not bad. Could use a little updating (1980's-era kitchens and baths, and some dated furniture pieces), but overall not in bad shape. And we didn't see any bugs or rodents, so they seem to have a reasonable pest control service. Mostly clean in that regard. The kitchen was reasonably stocked for a rental, with the expected dishes and pots-pans in good shape. Our two bedroom unit had decks on both levels looking out onto a golf course. The master bedroom is on the lowest level down more steps, with a very large bathroom and 2-3 person jetted tub. The shower in the master bathroom was Euro-sized with room for half of one person--too small! The master bed had a memory foam mattress, which is okay if that is your thing. The condos have been recently "upgraded" with DVD players and free wifi - internet access, which they don't advertise very well. This was very nice to have. Another thing they don't advertise very well is check-in, which if you are coming from Brevard on 64 west, is 2 miles past the units, just past the Hampton Inn, on the right, in a building generically marked "management." You can thank me later. :-) Not easy to find! Look for the Hampton Inn. In terms of location, the units are 4-5 miles from Cashiers and lots of shops and restaurants, and another 15 or so miles to the cute town of Highlands with even more touristy shops and restaurants. You are surrounded by waterfalls in all four directions, so you will have no trouble driving around and getting to loads of short trails and waterfalls. Another nice thing about this area is the sheer rock faces on the sides of many mountains. If you drive a half mile down 64 to the private Fairfield Lake, there is a beautiful view over the lake and up to a rock-faced mountain side, Bald Mountain. Absolutely beautiful, and a great place to spend an afternoon with boat rentals, swimming beach, picnic tables, etc. The next valley up the road, Lonesome Valley, has more rock-faced mountains, but the valley is largely private with million dollar homes and a locked gate. You can always splurge on the overpriced Canyon Grill in Lonesome Valley, or not. In summary, nice units, great location, something for everyone in the family from hiking to golf to swimming. Come and enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- Fairway Forest Hotel Sapphire