Laurel Valley Golf Course changed its name in 2018 to Wild Laurel Golf Course, and new ownership has instituted excellent upgrades to this full-service, 18-hole, par 70 course originally designed by Ed Ault. In Townsend – a short and very scenic drive from Gatlinburg – the course is located in a secluded and highly picturesque valley with wooded hillsides and astonishing mountain views.
Open year-round, the course caters to all skill levels and has reasonable rates. Tee times can be arranged and booked online, but are not required. The full-service pro shop has rental clubs.
The course is partially bordered by Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Laurel Lake Nature Preserve, and is surrounded by wildlife – guests can spot turkeys, deer, and even coyotes and bear. It offers a challenging and very pleasing layout amid hills, woods and water. It’s a fairly tight course with several dog legs, some elevation changes, and a couple of water hazards – both a challenging and very relaxing course.
The newly remodeled clubhouse is very nice, with superb views, excellent food, full service bar, and a verandah. Wild Laurel also offers club membership, with a swimming pool and fitness center.
For more information, please see their Web site at www.wildlaurel.us or call 865-448-6690. Laurel Valley is located at 702 Country Club Drive in Townsend, Tennessee.