Highlands Country Club, the first club established in the area, is a private facility located on one of the highest plateaus in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The famous Scottish golf course architect, Donald Ross, designed the course. The club is rich in history. On the opening day in 1928, Bobby Jones was the first golfer to hit his ball off the first tee. Today, Highlands Country Club has numerous social programs to offer its members. These include golf, tennis, croquet, bridge, organized hikes, swimming, and a fitness center with modern day exercise equipment. The club has two facilities including a new clubhouse and the Hudson House used for special events.