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The Waterfront Country Club | Smith Mountain Lake Neighborhoods

The first country club community at Smith Mountain Lake, The Waterfront is a warm and friendly neighborhood convenient to all of the amenities at Westlake Corner. The luxury development, started in 1977, features a wide range of housing options – from one-bedroom starter condos to multi-million dollar homes.

Membership to The Waterfront Country Club – with its championship golf course and abundant options for recreation and socializing – makes the community even more appealing. With 750 acres and 8.5 miles of shoreline, The Waterfront is a popular spot for families and retirees looking to make their full-time residence here, as well as those who desire a weekend or summer property at Smith Mountain Lake.

Real Estate Options at The Waterfront

Properties for sale at The Waterfront include waterfront and water access homes, golf course homes and a variety of building lots. There are also several condo, townhome and patio home communities, including some that offer a maintenance-free lifestyle that many lake residents desire.

See all homes for sale at The Waterfront or set up an appointment for personal tour by contacting Vicki Millehan or Debbie Shelton.

Amenities at The Waterfront Country Club

Membership to The Waterfront offers access to a wide range of social and recreational opportunities. As a member, you’ll enjoy use of a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse with gourmet dining in both formal and casual areas. Facilities can also accommodate private functions such business meetings, weddings and other celebrations.

Friends gather frequently in the fun-filled bar area and outdoor patio to enjoy impromptu gatherings. There are also a number of planned social events such as a Halloween costume party and New Year’s Eve gala.

One of the club’s biggest draws is its private, 18-hole PGA Championship golf course, which was designed by George Dillon of the Fazio Group. The pro shop is filled with great merchandise and PGA Golf Professional Mark McKee is available to assist with private and group golf lessons. He also helps facilitate the many golf functions and tournaments organized nearly year-round by the men’s and ladies’ golf associations.

Finally, families love The Waterfront for its many other recreational amenities such as courts for tennis and pickleball, a pool, children’s wading pool, indoor fitness facility and boat dock.


The Waterfront is located in Franklin County, Virginia. Students attend Dudley Elementary School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Franklin County High School. Nearby private schools include Christian Heritage Academy, Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy, Carlisle, Chatham Hall, Hargrave Military Academy and Heritage Academy.


Within The Waterfront community, members and guests enjoy a variety of fare for lunch and dinner at the country club, which is open six days a week. Nearby are several restaurants, including The Blackwater Café, The Landing Restaurant and Mexico Viejo.

If you enjoy boating to one of the waterfront restaurants at Smith Mountain Lake, you’re in luck. In addition to The Landing and Mexico Viejo, dining options close to The Waterfront by water include Portside Grill & Bar, Waller’s and numerous options at Bridgewater Plaza.


About five minutes up the road from The Waterfront is Westlake Corner, the main area for shopping at Smith Mountain Lake. Grocery stores, home and garden centers, gift and SML souvenir shops, a jewelry store and more area available at Westlake Towne Center. Also popular are Bridgewater Plaza and Downtown Moneta.

More Resources

Ask questions or set up an appointment to tour Smith Mountain Lake properties by contacting Debbie Shelton or Vicki Millehan.

Visit The Waterfront Country Club website.

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Nearby Communities

Many people searching homes in The Waterfront also consider these other communities:

The Cottages at Contentment Island homes for sale

The Water’s Edge Country Club homes for sale

The Boardwalk homes for sale

The Farm homes for sale

Waverly homes for sale

7 Ideas for Fall Fun at Smith Mountain Lake

When it comes to outdoor fun, it’s hard to beat the lineup of fall festivals at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. In fact, autumn is nearly as busy as summer at SML, which makes it a great time for those looking to buy or sell homes at Smith Mountain Lake. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend some of these great 2015 fall events at Smith Mountain Lake!

Sept. 11-13
Balloons and Tunes

A hot air balloon extravaganza that features tethered rides and a cool glow ceremony after dark that the kids will love. You can also schedule a private charter (call 540-871-0321 to book in advance). All events are weather dependent so be sure to check the Facebook page for updates.

Sept. 12
Smith Mountain Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show and Festival

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the antique boat show at Smith Mountain Lake is a can’t-miss event. Some of the friendliest people you will ever meet share their love of beautifully restored antique vessels along the shore of Marines Landing Resort. Read more in this story from Laker Weekly or visit

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Courtesy of SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society

Sept. 19
Harvest Time of 1864

Booker T. Washington National Monument is the place to be for this family-friendly event that harkens visitors back to the mid-19th century. Tours, children’s activities, food vendors, educational programs and more make for a fun afternoon in an absolutely beautiful autumn setting. Find out more at the BTW website.

Sept. 26-27
Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

LakeWatch Plantation is the place to be for the annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. Twenty-seven Virginia wineries will offer tastings, plus there are 85-plus artisan vendors, food trucks, live music and more. Two tips: 1) If possible, go on Sunday when the crowds are lighter and tasting lines are shorter. 2) Don’t forget your ID! Everyone gets carded regardless of age (seriously). Click for more Wine Festival details or to purchase discounted advance tickets.

Oct. 3
Oktoberfest at Smith Mountain Lake

This awesome event includes a 5K Trail Race/Walk through Booker T. Washington National Monument in the morning followed by a German-themed festival in the afternoon, complete with authentic music, food and beer from Sunken City Brewing Company! Sponsored by The Willard Companies, the event is fun for the whole family (there’s even a children’s play area) and proceeds benefit the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA. Find out more or sign up for the 5K at

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Oct. 9-11
Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour

Take a stroll through eight spectacular waterfront homes and raise money for local charities at the SML Charity Home Tour. Now in its 25th year, this remarkable event has raised more than $4 million! Find more details, home photos and directions by land and boat (yes, every home is accessible by water!) in this story from Smith Mountain Laker Magazine.

Nov. 7
Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

What’s better than sampling a variety of chili on a crisp fall day? Doing it along the beautiful shores of Smith Mountain Lake, of course! Head to Bridgewater Plaza with the whole family for this fun event, which also includes craft vendors and live music. Visit the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce website for more information.


Contact Me

If you plan to be at SML this autumn and are interested in touring Smith Mountain Lake homes for sale, be sure to get in touch with me to set up an appointment. I’d love to show you Smith Mountain Lake condos and townhomes, luxury waterfront homes, country homes, building lots, horse properties and more.


Dinner and a Movie 1950’s Style at the Mayberry Drive-In Theatre and Diner

Have you been to the Mayberry Drive-In Theatre and Diner in Moneta lately? If not, then you are missing out. The experience takes you back in time to when the days were simpler and gas was cheaper. Open in Moneta since 2008, the Mayberry Drive-In and Diner has become a locals and visitors favorite for good food and fun movie watching. Enjoy the nostalgia that the drive-in move theater offers on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Smith Mountain Lake Movie Theatre

With just 357 drive-in movie locations across the US, the Mayberry is unique and one of a kind here at Smith Mountain Lake. Concessions are open for movie nights so you can still get popcorn, nachos or a pretzel plus many other delectable treats from the menu.

A summer concert series of “Music Before the Movie” will be kicking off the season soon as well as an upgrade of the digital projector that enables live concerts and sports viewing.

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