You can hit the links wherever you go in Tennessee and enjoy a day in the beautiful outdoors. Nine state parks boast public courses, from Warriors Path in Kingsport to Paris Landing and Pickwick Dam in West Tennessee.
Golfers of all levels will find an ideal vacation on the Bear Trace, a collection of four world-class, 18-hole golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. All with exceptional scenic views, the Bear Trace courses also provide playability and challenge. Choose from Cumberland Mountain near Crossville, Harrison Bay near Chattanooga, Tims Ford near Winchester, and Chickasaw near Henderson.
Travel and Leisure Golf has called Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake one of "America's Top 100 Golf Communities," with an 18-hole course, water sports, an equestrian center and views of Great Smoky Mountains. Cumberland County, often called "the golf capital of Tennessee," is home to Stonehenge Golf Club at Fairfield Glade, once named the best public course in the state. In Millington, near Memphis, entertainer Justin Timberlake bought and restored Mirimichi Lakes, with 7,052 yards of beautiful course that Golf.com named one of the top five public courses in Tennessee in 2012.
No time for a full day on the links? Spend an hour or two at one of the many driving ranges or golf centers around the state.
When courses are this beautiful, the score (almost) doesn’t matter. Spend a day, spend a week. You may want to spend a lifetime playing the state’s public courses. No one would blame you.