Not many clubs have a history and heritage as interesting as that of the Sky Valley Country Club.
In the late 1960’s the current City of Sky Valley land was the Square D Cattle Ranch. After the ranch was purchased by a pair of Georgia businessmen, for one winter the land became known as the Kingwood Ski Slope. By 1970 the land had evolved into the Sky Valley Resort. In addition to the ski slopes, the new resort showcased a unique lodge complete with a floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace. The 23-gabled lodge became the focal point of Sky Valley, and its guests enjoyed excellent cuisine, professional service and a special camaraderie as its community began to grow.
The only highway to reach Sky Valley was (and is) the Dillard/Highlands Road (GA 246/NC 106) between Dillard, Georgia, and Highlands, North Carolina. You zig and zag crossing into and out of each state five different times! The northern Sky Valley city limit is the North Carolina state line.
The name of the Sky Valley Resort changed to the City of Sky Valley when the property was incorporated in March of 1978. Currently, the resort amenities are owned by either the Time Share business (swimming pool, tennis courts, work out facility) or the Sky Valley Country Club (golf course, croquet lawn, bocce ball, clubhouse).
In 2004, the slopes, lodge, golf course and several hundred undeveloped acres were purchased by Merrill Trust of Atlanta. The ski slopes were closed. Improvements to the community were plentiful, but none was as significant as the two-year golf course renovation done by Bill Bergin. The well known Atlanta-based golf course architect made an already breathtaking golf course even more beautiful and fun for all levels of golfers.
The downsizing of the economy in 2008 resulted in many changes to the Sky Valley community. A major factor was the change of ownership of the golf course property. To ensure its sustainability, Sky Valley homeowners decided to invest in the property naming it the Sky Valley Country Club. Memberships were sold. Besides the course, their investment included the new cart barn, the pavilion and the unfinished clubhouse. The Club opened on June 1, 2013 and, since that time, its membership has grown. The now completed clubhouse provides a wonderful place for neighbors to gather for excellent cuisine and professional service, and a beautiful setting!
Our Country Club is now in its 11th season of operation with a strong, committed membership. Generations of families continue to create life-long memories and widen their circle of friends.