Putting Paradise: Best Gatlinburg Golf Courses
Looking for some time on the green? Gatlinburg golf courses offer players of any level a chance to get their game in, and the unique, gorgeous landscape of the Smoky Mountains region provides a few different holes for you to try. Check out the options below.
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1. Gatlinburg Golf Course
Beginners and experts will find the landscape and layout of the Gatlinburg Golf Course both intriguing and challenging. Designed by acclaimed golf course architect William Langford, the course has notable holes like #12, dubbed the “Sky Hi” for its dramatic 194 yards in length and 200-foot drop from tee to green. Check out #3, or the “Long Lane,” or the other interesting tees on the course’s unique terrain. While you play, take in some of the most gorgeous sights, including scenic mountains and lush greenery. Don’t forget to stop by the clubhouse to shop for apparel, grab a snack, and reserve your next tee time.
2. Bent Creek Golf Club
The Bent Creek Golf Club is located on East Parkway, this par 72 Gatlinburg golf course was designed by three-time Masters and British Open Champion Gary Player. Featuring the front nine holes in the Smoky Mountains valley and the back along the terrain that extends to the National Park, Bent Creek is often ranked as one of the top spots in the South, mainly due to its gorgeous landscapes and relaxing atmosphere.
3. River Islands Golf Club
Thirty minutes from Gatlinburg is the town of Kodak, which is home to the unique River Islands Golf Club. The third hole is just a few feet from the French Broad River and the region’s active wildlife. The course features four holes on three natural islands in the river, and if that wasn’t natural enough for you, take in the awe-inspiring view of the Smoky Mountains as you play each hole.
4. Sevierville Golf Club
Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge create three close, connected areas great for scenic trails, shopping, and of course golfing. That is where Sevierville Golf Club comes in. Known as one of the top public courses in the state, take in the views of the Smoky Mountains on one of two 18-hole courses (a par 70 and a par 72). The club also hosts many championship tournaments and offers guests a top-notch pro shop.
5. Wild Laurel Golf Course
Nature lovers must try a game at Wild Laurel Golf Course. Situated in a secluded valley in Townsend (just west of Gatlinburg), the picturesque green is also home to plenty of wildlife, providing a built-in audience for your tee time. With a full-service pro shop and a challenging course for all levels, the location provides a relaxing vibe and less traffic than other spots in the area. Stop by the clubhouse for yummy food and a drink on the verandah.
6. Dandridge Golf & Country Club
About 45 minutes from Gatlinburg sits Dandridge Golf & Country Club. The fun part about this location is that it has 27 holes made from three nine-hole courses that you can play separately or in any 18-hole combination. Great for intermediate players, the green’s terrain offers challenges for all levels.