Golf in the Smokies – Top Courses Near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

If you’ve never played golf in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, especially the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge golf courses, you are missing out on a uniquely rich environment that ranges from flat to mountainous with all shades of topography in between. Improve your game with unique shots and challenges you may never take anywhere else. And do it all against a simply stunning backdrop of trees, rivers, lawns and Smoky Mountain terrain.

Playing golf here in this part of the world is an experience of a lifetime. Why? Because here, there’s spectacular outdoor scenery that takes the breath away – so picture perfect, it would make a seasoned landscape photographer blush.

Bent Creek Golf Club

image courtesy of Bent Creek Golf Club

Selected Golf Courses

Stand near the scenic 3rd hole of the River Islands Golf Club, a few feet from the French Broad River — the water burbling in the background in combination with the sounds of teeming wildlife in the woods — and face the steely challenge of the 195-yard, par 3 hole (where the ball must be shot from an elevated tee to an island green landing over water) and smile. When it comes to golfing in Nature, this is as good as it gets. Enjoy such moments – you were smart to come and take in the best of what the state and Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg golf courses have to offer you.

Indeed, the River Islands Golf Club is a golf resort you’d be crazy to miss while getting to know the Smokies. Located about half an hour from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, this golf course has a wide sparkling river running through it and is rated four stars by Golf Digest, making it the highest-rated public golf course in the state. Challenging yet beautiful and unique, four of the course’s holes rest on three natural islands in the French Broad River while another six holes are unusually located on the greens just outside the islands and the river. There’s more: the rolling, open fairways and the sloped, elevated lawns of this world-class course are framed by a majestic view of the Smoky Mountains – an area home to some of the most emotionally captivating parkland valleys in North America.

While here, be sure to also stop by and visit the uniquely designed Gatlinburg Golf Course. Many experienced and beginner golfers plan their Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge golf vacations around this course. And why wouldn’t they? Its emerald fairways and challenging layout – renovated in 2007 — was originally designed by noted golf course architect William Langford and features a #12 hole dubbed “Sky Hi” for its notoriously dramatic design. It’s 194 yards in length and drops a whopping 200 feet from tee to green! The club’s #3 hole, affectionately called “Long Lane,” spans 529 yards and is a fun-filled par 5 – just one exciting hole out of the many you can find in its total 6,281 yards of sport thrills and fun. As a bonus, Gatlinburg shopping, hotels and entertainment attractions are located just minutes from this scenic golfing resort. Out of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge golf courses, the Gatlinburg Golf Course is certainly one of the most popular among local golfers.

Beautiful Gatlinburg, Tennessee is also home to the tough par 72 course of the Bent Creek Golf Club – a place where fantastic golf design and natural, pristine scenery meet. Designed by three-time Masters and British Open Championship Winner Gary Player, the front nine holes of this course fall in their Smoky Mountains valley while the back nine are placed in more mountainous terrain extending all the way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Synonymous with great golfing, the course has been ranked one of the top fifty golf courses in the South by Southern Living Travel Guide.

More Excellent Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Golf Courses

Besides the golf clubs mentioned so far, more wonderful Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg golf courses await you. Check out the following golf resorts and clubs in the area for tee times or more information.

River Islands Golf Club
9610 Kodak Rd
Kodak, TN 37764
Phone: 865-933-0100

Gatlinburg Golf Course
520 Dollywood Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Phone: 865-453-3912

Bent Creek Golf Club
3919 E. Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone: 865-436-3947

Laurel Valley Resort
702 Country Club Dr
Townsend, TN 37882
Phone: 865-448-6690

Eagle’s Landing Golf Club
1556 Old Knoxville Hwy
Sevierville, TN 37876
Phone: 865-429-4223

Baneberry Golf and Resort
704 Harrison Ferry Rd
Baneberry, TN 37890
Phone: 865-674-2500

Dandridge Golf and Country Club
1247 Stonewall Jackson Dr
Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: 865-397-2655