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The Water’s Edge Country Club | Smith Mountain Lake Neighborhoods

The Water’s Edge is a stunning 720-acre community with more than 13 miles of shoreline on the south side of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. With an award-winning golf course, private country club, breathtaking water and mountain views and a wide variety of options for luxury real estate at Smith Mountain Lake, The Water’s Edge is among the most sought-after addresses at SML.


Real Estate at The Water’s Edge Country Club

The Water’s Edge has more than 600 home sites, including luxury homes, condos, townhomes and building lots. The Water’s Edge homes for sale range from low-maintenance patio homes to luxurious waterfront estates. A number of individual communities – The Grande Villas, Village Green, Golfer’s Crossing and Marina Bay Condominiums – offer even more flexibility for part-time or full-time residents. The beautiful on-site equestrian center also makes The Water’s Edge horse properties popular.

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

Country Club Amenities

The Water’s Edge is the perfect place for your friends and family to enjoy the best of Smith Mountain Lake golf, boating, dining, equestrian, tennis and swimming. This world-class country club offers:

  • Private, 18-hole PGA Championship golf courses redesigned in 2007 by nationally renowned golf course architect Richard Mandell
  • Driving range, putting green and pro shop
  • PGA Golf Professional on staff for private and group golf lessons
  • Men’s and ladies’ golf associations with weekly play and in-season tournaments
  • 28,000-square-foot luxury clubhouse
  • Gourmet dining
  • Multiple bar areas and outdoor patios
  • Facilities for private functions such as weddings and business meetings
  • Member socials and parties
  • Tennis courts
  • Junior Olympic-sized pool and children’s wading pool
  • Fitness facilities
  • Equestrian center with boarding services, riding arena and 175 acres of horseback riding trails with scenic lake views
  • Marina
  • Paved walking trails
  • Golf and social memberships available


The Water’s Edge is located in Franklin County, Virginia. Students attend Glade Hill Elementary School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Franklin County High School. There are also several nearby private schools, including Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy, Christian Heritage Academy, Carlisle, Chatham Hall, Hargrave Military Academy and Heritage Academy.


The Water’s Edge Country Club offers gourmet cuisine for lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere. The Eastroom Lounge overlooks the golf course and is a popular spot for members to gather for drinks and socializing. Just outside The Water’s Edge community are several restaurants, including Carl’s Place, a quaint diner that serves old-fashioned country favorites.

Many residents enjoy traveling by boat to Smith Mountain Lake waterfront restaurants. The Landing, Mexico Viejo, King’s Point Pub, Mitchell’s Restaurant and Heath’s Waterfront Grill are all convenient by water to The Water’s Edge.


Residents of The Water’s Edge generally head to Westlake Corner for shopping at Smith Mountain Lake with Rocky Mount and Gretna also nearby. All offer grocery stores, clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, home and garden outlets, sporting goods and gift stores. Popular Smith Mountain Lake shopping centers include Westlake Towne Center, Bridgewater Plaza and Downtown Moneta.

Additional Resources

Ask a question, set up an appointment or order your free Insider’s Guide to Smith Mountain Lake by contacting Vicki Millehan or Debbie Shelton.

Visit The Water’s Edge Country Club website

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Many people searching Smith Mountain Lake waterfront homes also consider these other nearby communities:

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The Waterfront Country Club homes for sale

The Boardwalk homes for sale

The Farm homes for sale

Waverly homes for sale


50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake | Everything you need to know!

Smith Mountain Lake will celebrate an exciting milestone in 2016 – its golden anniversary!

Smith Mountain Lake reached “full pond” of 795 feet above sea level on March 7, 1966. A ton of special events and celebrations will take place throughout 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, making it a great time to plan a vacation or take a look at Smith Mountain Lake homes for sale.



Activities in the works to commemorate SML’s 50th anniversary are plentiful with community organizations and individual businesses marking the milestone in ways big and small. Included will be:

  • Several 5K and 10K races, as well as a 50-kilometer “dam-to-dam” ultra-marathon
  • A 1960s-themed weekend with live music, a car show and more
  • A Roanoke Symphony Orchestra 50th anniversary concert
  • 50th anniversary-themed celebrations at the area’s largest festivals, including the SML Wine Festival and Rockin Brews & BBQ’s

Bookmark the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake calendar of events, updated frequently by the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, for all the details!

50th Anniversary Song

Several lake-area musicians banded together to produce a catchy tune about the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake. Written by Jerry Hale, “Jewel of the Blue Ridge” features noted vocalists Bubba Chandler and Mary Prillaman, as well as Johnathan Dillon (mandolin, banjo and guitar) and Tim Massey (bass and harmony).

Download the 50th anniversary song for $1.99. All proceeds benefit the celebration. Read more about how the song came about in this story from Laker Weekly.


Officially licensed 50th anniversary merchandise will be for sale at retail locations around the lake and the SML Visitor Center at Bridgewater Plaza. Clothing, accessories, memorabilia, trinkets, posters and a 2016 calendar are among the items available.

Find Out More

Visit the official 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake page of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce for additional information, a brief history of Smith Mountain Lake, a list of related events and celebrations and additional links.

Smith Mountain Laker Magazine and Laker Weekly are compiling 50th anniversary of SML stories and photos and will be updating coverage throughout the year. The editors also welcome you to share your photos and memories of Smith Mountain Lake in celebration of the milestone.

Also covering stories and events surrounding the 50th anniversary of SML celebration is the Smith Mountain Eagle.

Contact Me

If you plan to be here in 2016 for the celebration and are interested in setting up an appointment to tour Smith Mountain Lake homes for sale, be sure to get in touch with me!


5 Tips For Swimming Safely In Smith Mountain Lake

It’s always time for summer fun at Smith Mountain Lake, and swimming is usually the highlight. Those lucky enough to spend the warm months on the lakefront get to splash and frolic to their heart’s content, but the hours spent among the mini waves requires some insight for staying safe.


1. Be Aware Of Conditions

Be on the lookout for changes in the air or water temperatures, as well as larger waves and current changes. The weather can also change suddenly, which will affect the conditions out on the water as well. Look for these things as you and your children are swimming so you can respond appropriately should the water get too rough to safely enjoy.

2. Watch For Obstacles

Rocks and underwater vegetation can easily ensnare swimmers, so keep an eye open for things in the water that have the potential to make swimming difficult. It’s easier than you think to get a foot caught in between rocks or tangled in some plant life.

3. Always Take A Buddy

You never know when danger could strike, so it’s essential that you’ve got someone there to watch your back—regardless of your age. A sudden change in weather or even something as simple as a cramp could make a seemingly harmless day down at the water’s edge go from fun to fatal real quick. Always take a buddy when you swim whether you are in the lake, the ocean, a pond, or a pool.

4. Swim In Designated Areas

If you are swimming on your own property, you probably know where the rocks are, where the drop offs are, etc. However, if you’ve headed on down to a local beach for a barbecue or something along those lines, stick to the areas that have been roped off for swimmers to avoid potential hazards in the water when you swim. Rocks may not appear that dangerous, but you don’t know when sudden drop offs occur or where boats frequent, so pay attention to the guides that have been set forth for your safety.

5. Set Some Ground Rules

This tip is especially important for kids. They are much more likely to stay safe if they know what zones they are allowed to swim in and what kind of play is acceptable and what kind of play is not, so set some ground rules. Parents know their kids best, and a parent is the perfect person to set the tone for a trip to the lake. It’s likely that different rules will apply to different age groups and even different kids. Mom and dad know everyone’s limits, so keep that in mind when you take the kids to swim.

Ready, Set, Swim At Smith Mountain Lake

Swimming is so much fun, we can’t even stand it, but it always pays to be safe. These five tips are exactly what you need to keep everyone at the lake alert and aware when they hit the water this summer. Grab your trunks and get ready to cannonball, my friends, because it’s time to swim.