The Great Smoky Mountains offers a beautiful landscape and various challenges for hikers, campers and those wishing to appreciate the backdrop of pristine nature. But this area also lends itself to some of the best golfing in the Southeast. Rolling mountains and valleys set the stage for challenging courses in a majestic setting. With an array of golfing options, the Smokies gives golfers of various skill levels an abundance of choices in a plethora of settings.
There are four local courses to choose from, as well as numerous options in the surrounding area. Within the county you can find River Island Golf Club, Sevierville Golf Club, BentCreekGolfVillage, and the Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course. Each course offers a unique setting, as well as varying skill levels and distinct challenges.
The Sevierville Golf Club has developed into a premiere course that is second to none not only in this area, but in the entire state. Conveniently located on Old Knoxville Highway (directly next to the convention center and Wilderness Resort of the Smokies), this course has been completely revamped. An expansion to 36-holes gives the course two full 18-hole courses to choose from. The Highlands is a par 70 course that gives the golfer a mountain feel, while The River is a par 72 course that runs along the picturesque river. The course also offers a new state of the art clubhouse and driving range to their already impressive layout.
Bent Creek Golf Village is located in Gatlinburg, approximately 11 miles down 321 on the left. Southern Magazine rated Bent Creek as one of the top 50 courses in the south. Designed by three-time Masters and British Open Championship winner Gary Player, the front nine hugs the valley floor while the back nine careens through the mountainous terrain. A pristine mountain stream meanders throughout the entire course, adding to the landscape and hazards found at this beautiful course.
Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course is ironically located in Pigeon Forge, just before Dollywood on the right side of Dollywood Lane. Designed by William Langford, this course offers some of the most amazing mountain holes around. The views will amaze you and the course will challenge you with a mixture of vertical drops, elevated greens and complex fairways.
River Island is located in Sevierville, just off Hwy.66/ Winfield Dunn Parkway. Rated four-star by Golf Digest, it is the highest rated public course in the state of Tennessee. Designed by Arthur Hill, this course offers three natural island greens, as well as the French BroadRiver as interesting hazards. One of the most beautiful courses you will play on, RiverIsland will challenge every aspect of your game.
If you are a golfing enthusiast, you cannot pass up the opportunity to sample what the SmokyMountains has to offer. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, you’re sure to enjoy the immaculate settings and unique diversity of these courses.