Bent Creek Golf Course: Closest to Gatlinburg

Bent Creek Golf Course lies at the very foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. A par 72 course, the Bent Creek Golf Course was designed by Gary Player and opened in 1972.The course is closest of all to Gatlinburg, and provides a challenging and relaxing experience.

Divided into two distinct segments, this very challenging golf course is strategically placed half in a scenic valley and half in mountainous terrain. The front nine offers a traditional and fairly flat round – although surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery – while the back nine really shines as a challenging mountain course.

Bent Creek Golf Course

image courtesy of Bent Creek Golf Course

“Southern Living Travel Guide” ranks this course as one of the top 50 Southern Resort Courses. This course’s terrain varies from flat to rolling, but it is still easy to walk. There are water hazards that come into play on a number of holes, there are sand traps, and many trees can alter your shots, so come prepared for a good challenge!

The clubhouse was newly rebuilt following the wildfires of 2016, and new ownership keeps the greens and fairways in excellent condition. A sparkling mountain stream meanders through the course, which is wonderful ambience, but can sometimes give rise to lots of gnats, if this matters to you.

For more information, please go to or or call 865-436-3947. The course is located at 3919 East Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN.

This is one of the great Smoky Mountains golf courses within reach of your Gatlinburg cabin rental or Pigeon Forge cabin rental.