The Smoky Mountains are home to some fantastic golf courses with dramatic changes in topography that challenge players of all skill levels. And then there are the stunning views.
Gatlinburg Golf Course has some of the most dramatic mountainous holes and views found anywhere. This unique and long 18-hole course has lots of elevated greens with Bentgrass, vertical drops and tight fairways with Bermuda grass. There’s not one flat fairway to be found, and golfers will be challenged to play their best.
If you’re looking hit the links during your visit, Gatlinburg Golf Course provides a unique golf experience and is a great way to spend a day outdoors in this beautiful region.
Gatlinburg Golf Course is located in Pigeon Forge – and if you find that mystifying, the answer is that the course was built before the Pigeon Forge community incorporated as a town. Conveniently located just off the Parkway near downtown Pigeon Forge, the course is just a short drive from nearby Gatlinburg. You can schedule a round and still have plenty of time to head back to your cabin for a quiet evening in your vacation home, or hit the towns of Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge to check out the restaurants and other activities.
Let’s Play Golf
Serious golfers, get ready to test your skills on the sloping hills of Gatlinburg Golf Course. You won’t find many many flat lies in the fairway on this course, which makes it the perfect place to challenge yourself with a style of golf that you may be less familiar with, especially if you live in a flat area.
However, don’t let that scare you if you have less experience on the links. Novice and intermediate players will still find the course to be a very playable and fun experience. In particular, the front nine features some wide open fairways that complement the elevation changes nicely. The fairways narrow a bit on the back nine, and the course is home to numerous tiered, elevated greens, some of which are slightly sloped.
The greens are well-kept bentgrass that roll true. The fairways are Bermuda grass, which takes some time to grow in during the spring, but ends up looking beautiful for most of the spring, summer, and fall.
You’ll definitely want to pay special attention to the par-3 12th hole, which is considered the signature hole on the course, thanks to a dramatic 200-foot drop from off the mountain bluff tee box. In general, the views of the Great Smoky Mountains are among the highlights of playing the course, and every round is filled with several spectacular vistas that remind you of how beautiful a day on the links can be.
Gatlinburg Golf Course was originally built in 1955 by William Langford, and was recently redesigned in 2007 by architect Bob Cupp for the second time. There is also a pro shop and clubhouse on site where you can grab a refreshing drink or food before or after your round. Please be aware that collared shirts are required for all players.
For more information, please go to golf.gatlinburg.com or or call 800-231-4128 or 865-453-3912. The Gatlinburg Golf Course is located at 520 Dollywood Lane in Pigeon Forge.
Also see our overview and list of local golf courses.