Golf is one of the most perfect summertime activities. That’s true whether you are a dedicated expert or just a casual beginner, and it doesn’t matter if you take a cart to each hole or stroll the fairways.
You can appreciate the slower pace of the game, the deliberate thinking that goes into every stroke and swing, and the calming effect of being in the peaceful outdoors. Of course, you don’t want to get too upset if you double bogey, slice the ball into the woods or into a pond.
Even if you do, you know that you’ll at least enjoy the scenery, especially if you book a tee time on one of these spectacular Smoky Mountains courses, most of which have been honored with “Best of” lists and awards from prestigious golf associations. You really can’t go wrong with any of them… just stay calm when you’re playing.
Bent Creek Golf Course
For the past 40-plus years, this 72-par Gatlinburg haven been a golfers’ favorite. It made the list of Southern Living Travel’s top 50 courses of the South. Golf legend Gary Player, winner of several Masters and a British Open, helped designed the course, which features flatter terrain along the valley floor on the front nine and challenging hilly fairways on the back.
Gatlinburg Golf Course
Adorned with lush greenery on every hole, this recently renovated course takes full advantage of its rolling landscape near Pigeon Forge. If you get a little stressed out over your rising score, just take a quick look around. Chances are you’ll calm down with the beautiful mountain scenery around you, while you take few deep breaths and relax.
Laurel Valley Golf Course
This Townsend-area course has been blessed with its location between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Laurel Lake Nature Preserve. As a result, you won’t find much manmade development here but more than enough natural beauty and even some wildlife sightings, like wild turkey and even bears. The par 70 course provides just enough challenge to golfers of all levels.
Sevierville Golf Club
A two-championship course facility that’s close to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the National Park, Sevierville offers golfers a choice of terrain. The 70-par Highlands dips and spreads out over the Smokies foothills and mountain ponds, while the River winds its way along the Pigeon River as players aim for a par 72 with a fair share of water hazards.
North Carolina Courses
Smoky Mountain Country Club
You’ll experience about 400 feet in elevation changes at this Whittier course, designed by Thomas Walker, and have the kind of blast that mountain fairways can provide. With over 6,000 yards of terrain, this 71-par challenge treats golfers to some breathtaking landscapes with bent grass greens and Bermuda tees.
One of the few golf courses in the country owned by an American Indian tribe (the Eastern Band of the Cherokee), this Robert Trent Jones II-designed facility is deep in Carolina Smokies and provides unspoiled natural vistas at every turn. Be sure to get a golf club fitting from a certified PGA professional during your visit.
Maggie Valley Club & Resort
The sunsets are nearly as dramatic as the course terrain at this 6,500-yard golf club, which was once part of the Moody Farm that grew tobacco and corn until the 1960s. Its location between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains also provides plenty of activities for the non-golfer, such as fishing, rafting and swimming.
After your day on the fairways, return to Christopher Place, your Smoky Mountains resort, and relax with a drink in the library or on the porch, then soak in your own private hot tub in your room. Contact us today and let us help you plan your next golf getaway.