When avid golfers realize a vacation is up and coming, they automatically start the search of their future vacation destination for the local golf course. In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you’ll have some great options for well-manicured, professionally designed and managed, scenic courses — including the Bent Creek Golf Course.
Designed by 3-time Masters and British Open Championship Winner Gary Player, this par 72 course is sure to be challenging for any golfer. The front 9 flows through the valley while the back 9 rides up and down the Great Smoky Mountains. Rated in the top 50 Southern golf courses by Southern Living Travel Guide, it’s a premier destination in Gatlinburg for a day of golfing.
At Bent Creek Golf Course, the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is all around. As you play on a nice day in the mild mountain weather, enjoy being surrounded by lush trees and blue skies while winding your way past a sparkling stream that flows through the course. In the distance, see the rolling hills of the picturesque Smoky Mountains — bright green in spring and summer, vivid shades of red, gold, and orange in fall. Whatever time of year you play, the gorgeous scenery here is sure to impress.
After a day of golfing, if you want a bit more of the Smoky Mountain scenery, take a scenic drive (or walk!) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Along hikes and drives you’ll come across soothing waterfalls, foraging wildlife, babbling brooks, crystal clear streams, fields of wildflowers, a huge variety of trees, and more.
Bent Creek Golf Course was designed by Gary Player, so you know it will be challenging! The par 72 course opened in 1972 and has been gaining popularity and accolades ever since. And once you see the course, you’ll understand why.
The staff at Bent Creek Golf Course keeps the area manicured, allowing golfers to enjoy a day on the course without worry. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro on the links, Bent Creek Golf Course will offer a challenge, great views, and a relaxing day in the great outdoors.
The Pro Shop
If you don’t want to travel with a bunch of golf gear, or if you just want to pick up a few new things, stop by the pro shop at Bent Creek Golf Course in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The shop features top-of-the-line gear and accessories, including clubs, clothing, shoes, belts, and balls.
Stop by before you head out onto the course to get all you need for 18 holes. You can also pick up gifts for dad, tournament prizes, or gift certificates. They even have a wide selection of custom golf items with the Bent Creek Golf Course logo, which are a great way to commemorate your day or weekend of golfing in Gatlinburg.
Bent Creek Golf Course is located just off the Parkway, so when you’re golfing, you won’t be far from all the other great attractions in the area. The Parkway, the main strip running through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, is home to dozens of options for entertainment, from restaurants and shops to dinner shows and unique attractions.
Spend a day getting great deals at the Tanger Outlets, spend several hours exploring underseas at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, drive go karts, tour the Titanic Museum, play laser tag with the kids, sip some Ole Smoky Moonshine, or warm up for a day at Bent Creek Golf Course with a few rounds of miniature golf with the family!
Bent Creek Golf Course
3919 East Parkway
Tournaments at Bent Creek
At Bent Creek Golf Course, golf tournaments are made easier with the assistance of on-site professional and experienced staff. They can help first-time golf tournament planners, chairpersons, and long-time pros organize each detail — scheduling, finances, and more. Whether you’re planning for a church, charity, school, business, or special occasion, Bent Creek Golf Course can help!
With gorgeous views, a pro shop with all you need for prizes and gear, easy access to tournament pros, and a course created by an all-star golfer, Bent Creek Golf Course is a great place to host a tournament that will wow your guests!
Additional Golf Courses in the Smokies!
The Great Smoky Mountains are among the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. The rolling hills, soaring trees, and diverse plant life make the Smokies a truly awesome place to be, especially with a new set of golf clubs! Luckily, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas are home to several gorgeous and high-quality golf courses, often touted as some of the best in the state. Beginners can learn a few new tricks and seasoned pros can test their skills at these scenic courses across Tennessee.
Gatlinburg Golf Course
Praised as one of the best and most scenic golf courses in the state of Tennessee, Gatlinburg Golf Course, designed by architect William Langford, features 18 holes along a beautifully manicured course. The course was renovated in 1993 and then again in 2007 by Bob Cupp & Associates of Atlanta. The views of the Great Smoky Mountains from this course cannot be beat! It was voted the GolfDigest “Best Municipal Golf Course in All 50 States.” The pristine grounds are gorgeous year-round, but the changing of the leaves in fall take this course to another level of breathtaking as lush trees in and around the course make for a truly unique and ever-changing environment.
The course is challenging for both beginners and seasoned golfers. Hole #12, “Sky Hi,” is 194 yards long and drops 200 feet, tee to green. It is one of the most dramatic holes in the country. Hole #3, “Long Lane,” is a staggering 529-yard par 5, and Hole #17 is a tough 231-yard par 3! In all, the course is 6,281 challenging and scenic yards.
The Pro Shop, located just inside the Clubhouse, has all the latest apparel and golf gadgets. The Clubhouse offers food service with burgers, chicken salad sandwiches, and more. Grab a bite before starting the course or sit down for a relaxing meal after the back nine.
520 Dollywood Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN
The Sevierville Golf Club
Featuring two 18-hole championship courses, The Highlands and The River, The Sevierville Golf Club boasts fantastic scenery at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. It offers the high quality expected from a private golf club with the convenience of a daily fee course. A blend of gorgeous greens, group event amenities, and quality staff and services makes this a course not to be missed. It will offer a beautiful day of golfing in the Smokies for golfers of all skill levels.
The Highlands is a par 70 winding through the hills of the Smokies and next to freshwater ponds. The River is a par 72 that runs along and across the Little Pigeon River. Course maps online give golfers a heads-up of what is to come on The Highlands and The River. The friendly and professional staff, headed by PGA Head Golf Professional Ashley McGaha, are happy to help guests with any of their needs.
Along with the two championship courses, The Sevierville Golf Club is also home to a driving range with grass tees, a putting green, and a chipping area. Mulligan’s Restaurant, located at the clubhouse, is open for lunch from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily. Custom menu planning is available for groups, and the dining room or outdoor pavilion can be rented out. Available team building events include putting contests, golf clinics, Closest to the Hole, Hole in One, and more.
1444 Old Knoxville Highway
Smoky Mountain Cabins
Want a comfortable place to be your home away from home when you retreat to the Great Smoky Mountains? Browse our beautiful properties — located in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge — that will keep you close to the action while offering cozy mountain surroundings and modern amenities. Want to look out over the rolling hills? Pick a cabin with great mountain views you can enjoy from rocking chairs on a spacious deck. Want a place to unwind after a day on the golf course? Peruse cabins with hot tubs or pick one with a cozy couch and big screen TV where you can watch feature films.
Planning a large group trip, corporate retreat, or guys’ getaway? Check out our large-group lodges that offer plenty of space for groups and boast tons of amenities to keep everyone entertained and comfortable. No matter the reason, a golfing retreat wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing stay in a Smoky Mountain cabin!
What are you waiting for? Book a cozy mountain cabin, pack your bags, grab your golf gear, and gently place your prized clubs in the car before heading off to play your dream course in the Smokies!