Best Golf Courses in Tennessee

I love the state of Tennessee.  Music, food, culture, sports, people, variety, this state has it all.  One of my favorite trips involved a trip to Nashville when I was a hell of a lot younger than I am now.  I don’t remember much, but I do know that honkey tonks and whiskey were much more of a priority than golf.

The good news is that I’ve been back since and golf was the priority, along with a little bit of work.  And I’m here to tell you that there are some fine public tracks to be found in the Volunteer State. 

Along with the help of our readers, I’ve come up with a guide to the best public courses in the state. 

1

The Course at Sewanee

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I’m going to start this guide off with a course that’s tied to a University.  You guys know how cool I think these tracks are.  In this case we’re talking about the Course at Sewanee, home of the University of the South Tigers.

This course was renovated by Gil Hanse in 2013.  With that said, the original routing remains the same. 

Even though there are only nine holes at this facility, they’re nine of the most memorable holes I’ve ever played.  Whereas many courses have holes that seem to blend together, each one leaves an indelible impression at Sewanee. 

Though not overly long, the shot values here demand thoughtful precision.  Miss it in the wrong spot and you’ll pay the price.

A must play in Tennessee.

 

2

Bear Trace at Harrison Bay

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Part of the Tennessee Golf Trail, Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is classic design by Jack Nicklaus. 

Located just a short drive from downtown Chattanooga, this track’s Bermuda fairways are lined by substantial hardwood forests and plenty of water.  Straight off the tee is a must. 

What a lot of players like is that the majority of the greens are open in front so running the ball on can be done.  This is especially nice for players that aren’t overly long. 

One of the best values anywhere, you won’t be disappointed with a day spent at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.

 

 

3

Gaylord Springs Golf Course

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Designed by major champion, Larry Nelson, Gaylord Springs is a links style layout the challenges the best players, yet is fun to play for everyone. 

Deep bunkers and water hazards dot this course putting a premium on accuracy.  The Cumberland River comes into play on a number of holes as do the limestone bluffs along its banks. 

For a unique experience you won’t soon forget, give Gaylord Springs a try.

 

   

4

Mirimichi Golf Course

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Trouble awaits around most every turn at Mirimichi.  For that reason, accuracy trumps length on this challenging course.

Known as a thinking man’s course, Mirimichi is target golf at it’s finest.  Even though it’s challenging, it’s straightforward and fair.  The design makes clear how each hole needs to be played and asks you to execute accordingly.

Even though this track can be difficult, eight different sets of tees allow almost anyone to have an enjoyable experience.

5

Greystone Golf Club

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Mark McCumber was the genius behind GreyStone Golf Club. 

Located in the historic community of Dickson, is a modern design.  The fairways are generous and the features big.  If you hit shots offline, expect to find some awkward lies in the mounds that surround the fairways.

Once you get to the green, noticeable undulations can make for some interesting putts.

Easily accessible from Nashville and just about anywhere in the central part of the state, Greystone is a great choice.

6

Williams Creek Golf Course

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Knoxville is home to one of the best daily fee facilities in the state.  That’s saying a lot considering this track is a par three course. 

Designed by the infamous Tom Fazio, this track has holes that range from 85 yards all the way to 245 yards.  You’ll likely use every club in your bag. 

And don’t be fooled.  Just because this course consists solely of par threes, doesn’t mean it’s easy.  The greens are large, fast, and undulating.  Pay close attention to hole locations.

A great track in an idyllic, natural setting, Williams Creek is flat out fun to play.

 

7

Egwani Farms Golf Course

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Egwani Farms is the perfect blend between fun, nuance, and strategy. 

The course’s name comes from the Native American word meaning “little river”.  In fact, a river runs along some seven holes of this track.

The layout can be tailored to any playing ability depending on the tees you play.  Whatever that choice might be, you’ll have plenty of chances for risk and reward. 

One of the most underrated public facilities in Tennessee, Egwani Farms comes highly recommended.

8

Patriot Hills Golf Club

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The pride and joy of golf in Jefferson County is Patriot Hills Golf Club. 

Here, lush Bermuda fairways and greens are always in good shape and a pleasure to play from. 

The layout affords a unique mix of holes where elevation change has to be accounted for, and you’re asked to hit a variety of shots. 

A great value and an underrated experience, you can’t go wrong with a round at Patriot Hills.

9

Glen Eagle Golf Course

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Some of the best Tif Eagle Bermuda greens await players at Glen Eagle Golf Club.  If putting on pure surfaces sounds like fun, you can’t miss this place. 

Located in close proximity to Memphis, this course is easily accessible.

Even though it’s on a military base, civilians are welcome to come and play.

Even though I haven’t played here personally, I’ve heard nothing but good things.

 

10

Clinchview Golf Club

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The valley below the Clinch Mountains in Eastern Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful country in the eastern part of the country. 

As scenic as this course is, it’s equally fun to play.  Both long and short holes offer you the chance to use every club in your bag.

The greens are notorious for being some of the fastest in the state.  Make sure you spend some time on the practice green before you head to the first tee. 

A classic design that’s sure to impress, you’ll have an enjoyable experience at Clinchview Golf Club.

Conclusion

The Volunteer State has something for everyone, even the non-golfer.  Along with all there is to see and experience however, the golf is second to none. 

Whatever your flavor of golf might be, you can find it in Tennessee.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this guide.  I couldn’t have done it on my own.  If there’s info or courses that I’m missing, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

 

  

  

  

Best Golf Courses in Tennessee

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

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