As a backdrop for golf, the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina, their rounded peaks veiled in blue "smoke," a mixture of water vapor and plant-secreted oils, are inspiring. The region's golf courses, framed by thick forests and granite outcrops, are chiseled into mountain valleys at 2,500 to 4,500 feet above sea level. Most are well under 7,000 yards, but hanging lies, slippery greens, and bubbling brooks warrant against easy pars. Linville Golf Club, accessible to guests of Eseeola Lodge, is where Bobby Jones sought relief from Atlanta’s summer heat. Mt. Mitchell, Reems Creek, Sequoyah National, and Grove Park Inn are also recommended.