Your vacation in the Smokies was meant as a restful retreat. With gorgeous scenery, good food, and a luxurious cabin scene you really can’t go wrong. However, when many folks channel a relaxing vacation, a trip to the golf course comes to mind!
If you love to golf and have never explored a round in the Smoky Mountain region you’re in for a real treat. The courses near Gatlinburg offer a great mix of challenging shots and more streamlined holes all while being hugged by stunning mountain scenery. Even the most experienced golfers travel to this mountain oasis to try their hand at the area’s many course options. For these reasons and more, golfing is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg. Here are some courses you won’t want to miss!
Bent Creek Golf Club
This snazzy course is probably the most convenient when it comes to proximity to all the Gatlinburg chalets. This par 72 golf course truly offers your first glimpse of the diverse landscape of the Smokies. The first nine holes sit in the valley points while the back nine holes become more mountainous and sit in close proximity to the National Park. The clubhouse is fairly new and includes a variety of food and drink options to help you unwind after a long round!
Gatlinburg Golf Course
This golf course gets creative with hole placement fitting holes into unique dimensional frames. If you’re looking for a challenge, this course definitely fits the bill as there isn’t a flat hole the entire way! With its sloping greens the Gatlinburg Golf Course isn’t for the faint of heart. The 12th hole is the climax featuring 194 yards and a whopping 200 foot drop. Even though this course presents some challenges, the atmosphere is low-key providing the perfect learning environment for golfers of all skill levels.
Wild Laurel Golf Course
Located just west of Gatlinburg, you’ll find this course to offer a more relaxing reprieve. More scenic than some of the others, the drive to this course is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg (whether you’re golfing or not). The scenery is simply that good. The course itself is mild and a great place to go if you’re new to the area or not as experienced with the game.
Before You Tee Up, You Need a Smoky Mountain Homebase
Golfing in Gatlinburg requires a luxurious place to keep cool and relax when you’re not on the greens. Alpine Mountain Chalets offers a full menu of Gatlinburg chalets in all sizes and styles to compliment your golfing trip. One bedroom cabins like Little Bearadise come complete with a spacious outdoor deck that boasts great views of the mountains. You can grill out on the patio or enjoy a brew in the cabin’s hot tub after a long day of golf.
Traveling with all your boys? Larger cabin options like Adventure Lodge sleep up to 12 guests and have a few bonus amenities like an outdoor firepit, horseshoe platform, and dartboard as well as an indoor pool. Either way, these Gatlinburg chalets provide easy access to the area’s best golf courses and the many other things to do in Gatlinburg.