When you think “golf vacation,” it conjures images of Florida, South Carolina & Hawaii, right? Well, not only do the Great Smoky Mountains offer the National Park & the history and culture of Gatlinburg, but they also offer challenging mountain golf! With 10 courses all within your reach, Gatlinburg offers a world of golf from which to choose. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy golf –Smoky Mountain style:
1. Bent Creek Golf Course. Bent Creek Golf Course, designed by three time Masters and British Open Championship Winner Gary Player is a par 72 course that opened in 1972. The front nine hugs the valley floor while the back nine offers a challenging mountain course. A beautiful sparkling mountain stream meanders throughout the entire course making for a breathtaking contrast between water and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Southern Living Travel Guide rated Bent Creek Golf Resort one of the “Top Fifty Golf Courses in the South.” We love them because they are one the sponsors of ERA for MDA!
2. ERA for MDA Golf Tournament & Live Auction. If you love the Bent Creek Golf Course, why not schedule your vacation so that you can take advantage of the ERA for MDA Golf Tournament & Live Auction? On the second Wednesday of every September (9/9/09 this year), ERA In The Smokies sponsors the tournament & auction to raise money to send local children living with muscular dystrophy to MDA Camp Discovery. For $100, you get a full day of food and golf including: green fees, golf cart, embroidered golf shirt, lunch, a goody bag, drinks, dinner and a live auction! It’s a 4-man scramble–Bring a team or come alone! This is great fun for a great cause, and this year it falls on the week before Labor Day!
3. Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course. Avid fans know that golfing isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life! While in Gatlinburg and the Smokies, indulge in your favorite pastime at the area’s most uniquely designed course. From the challenging layout and emerald fairways to beautifully wooded landscapes and well-manicured greens, you’ll remember this picturesque setting in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. In prime condition after a half-million dollar renovation to several holes during 2007, Gatlinburg course provides unique golfing excitement in a spectacular mountain setting. Play the legendary #12, affectionately known as “Sky Hi.” It’s 194 yards in length and drops 200 feet, tee to green, making it one of the most dramatic holes in the country. Or, play the #3, 529-yard par 5 they call “Long Lane,” and for good reason! See the course layout below!
4. Golf Vista. If you want to play the Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course, then you’ll want to stay across the street at Golf Vista Condominiums–among the most luxurious in the Smokies! Golf vista offers a rare combination of easy access, panoramic mountain views & luxury living! This spacious, well-furnished condo is absolutely beautiful and is conveniently located. Once you’re there, you’ll want to stay!
5. Eagle’s Landing Golf Course. This course was opened by the City of Sevierville in June 1994. This 18-hole Championship Course has quickly become recognized as one of the top public courses in the state, received a 4-star rating by Golf Digest and was nominated for Golf Digest’s “Best Public Course” award in 1995. With an 18-hole, par 72 championship layout, Eagle’s Landing Golf Club has five sets of tees enabling golfers of all skill levels to enjoy their visit. The Club is also equipped with a full service practice facility including a driving range, pitching area, two practice bunkers and a putting green.
6. Dandridge Golf & Country Club. As one of the first golf courses built in the area, Dandridge Golf & Country Club has developed a reputation as an enjoyable round of golf for the beginner or the seasoned professional. The original 18 holes, designed by Dan Maples, meanders its way through valleys, hills, and woodlands. Then, in 1991, nine more holes were added with the same characteristics or the original design, bringing the area’s first 27 hole golf complex. And if the course itself doesn’t offer enough scenic beauty, you will often find yourself pausing to admire the views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Douglas Lake. Dandridge Golf & Country Club is conveniently located 35 minutes from Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg.
7. Retire to the Smokies. Are you or your spouse bristling at the idea of retiring to the beach while your other half renders you a golf widow or widower in a town that isn’t that ridge in the Smokies of which you’ve been dreaming for all these years? Don’t retire to the beach–you can have the best of both worlds–plenty of golf courses to keep your spouse on the greens and the beautiful mountain home you’ve always wanted. There has never been a better time to buy your home in the Smokies. AND, if you aren’t retirement age yet, buy a mountain home and let it pay for itself as a rental investment. Make sure to only use a licensed real estate professional from the Smokies!
8. River Islands Golf Club.Named as one of Golf Digest’s Top Ten Tennessee Courses in 2005-2006, River Islands has been the recipient of rave customer reviews since opening in 1991. The course plays with water on 9 holes and has become known in the Knoxville area for its beautiful Zoysia fairways. The course travels along the edge of the French Broad River, with four islands in the middle of the river serving as a focal point of the course. The championship layout and manicured conditions make River Islands a consistently superb playing experience.
This blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.