In 2009, Golf Digest rated East Tennessee number two in America for Best Value. The lush, green fairways, forests, valleys and mountains make northeast Tennessee one of the more scenic and enjoyable areas in which to play golf in the United States.
The Tri-Cities area of northeast Tennessee is home to spectacular golf courses - such as Cattails at MeadowView, The Crossings Golf Club and Graysburg Hills Golf Course - pictured here. These beautiful courses are surrounded by tremendous mountain vistas. Each course is located in peaceful settings on lush farmland or beautiful rolling hills. These courses are a joy to play, each one challenging, scenic and fun.
Near Greeneville, Tenn., just south of I-81, don’t miss Link Hills Country Club, a beautiful Robert Trent Jones design and Twin Creeks Golf Course where you’ll have a very good day if you stay out of the two creeks. And, just off U.S. Highway 25-E, check out Clinchview Golf & Country Club at Bean Station and Woodlake Lodge, Golf and Country Club near Tazewell, both offering spectacular mountain views.
Sevierville Golf Club and Creekside Plantation are excellent choices to play in Sevier County, off the Sevierville exit (407 on I-40) toward the Smokies. Three Ridges Golf Course and Ruggles Ferry Golf Club are just east of Knoxville. If you take the Maryville Highway (U.S. 129) south from the middle of Knoxville, you’ll find Egwani Farms Golf Club, set amid tranquil rolling hills - and no houses. “Egwani” is Cherokee for “little river.”
Located just west of Knoxville is Dead Horse Lake Golf Course, established in 1973, with a challenging, gently rolling landscape with majestic tree groves. Willow Creek and Avalon, both a few miles west and near I-40 are two fine west Knoxville options for you. Tellico Village offers a wonderful lifestyle on Lake Tellico, in Loudon County. Although the three championship courses - Tanasi, Toqua and Links at Kahite - are private courses, here’s a tip for you: go by Fairways and Greens or Edwin Watts in Knoxville and pick up a $49 invitation and a foursome can play at $49 each - well worth it for these courses.
If it’s PGA-style, championship golf courses you are looking for, two of the finest in Tennessee are WindRiver Golf Club at Lenoir City and the Greg Norman designed Tennessee National Golf Club at Loudon. Both of these courses will challenge you. Consider yourself warned! Rarity Bay, on the water at Vonore is arguably one of the most scenic golf courses in the Knoxville market and is a pure delight to play.
So, there you go - GREAT EAST TENNESSEE GOLF. Now go and play!