There’s Nothing Like a Good Swing: 3 Awesome Golf Courses Near Pigeon Forge

Whether you are vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains or you live nearby, spending a day on one of the local golf course is the best day of the week.

Everyone knows the saying about a bad day on the golf course still beats a good day at work. But with a round at one of these greens, you won’t have a bad day, maybe a high score, but never a bad time.

Pigeon Forge is known for its great entertainment, but it is also home to several of the best golf courses in the nation. Here are 3 awesome golf courses in and near Pigeon Forge. For more information, check

1. Gatlinburg Golf Course

Although it is named for the nearby town, the Gatlinburg Golf Course is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This full-course 18-hole set of greens is next to Dollywood. If you have teens, you could drop them at the amusement park and spend your time on the links right outside the gates.

The Gatlinburg Golf Course is open year-round and offers scenic walks between some of the most challenging holes in the state, especially the back nine as it is more dramatic. All the greens are situated between beautiful wooded areas and views of the great mountains.

Built in 1955 and renovated in 2007, Golf Digest named Gatlinburg Golf Course the No. 1 Municipal Course in Tennessee.

Be sure to take your time on hole number 12, among the most famous in the nation. It is nicknamed “Ski Hi” for its 200ft drop in the middle of the tee and the green.

2. Sevierville Golf Club

This is actually two golf courses in one. The River and The Highlands, both parts of the large Sevierville Golf complex, are located near Gatlinburg.

The River is positioned along the Little Pigeon River, a Sevier County’s most beautiful group of water. It is a par 72 course and has the challenges every golfer desires.

The Highlands, named for the Scottish Highlands it was built to resemble, is a par 70 course. It boasts beautiful little ponds and rolling hills.

In 2009, Golf Digest listed Sevierville’s River Islands Golf Club in the top 10 Tennessee courses.

The Sevierville Golf Club has a driving range, chipping area, and large putting green. It also has a pro shop showcasing the latest in everything golf. Be sure to stop at the on-site restaurant, Mulligan’s for a delicious lunch and drinks before, during or after your round of golf.

3. River Island Golf Club

Located along the French Broad River, it showcases three islands in the middle of the river as part of the course. The course is 175-acres featuring valleys and magnificent knolls. It also features sharp bluffs as part of the championship course.

This is a gem of the Smokies, situated in Kodak, Tennessee, was designed by Arthur Hills. Hills is an American golf course designer that has created over 180 courses around the world.

The greens, with a championship layout, are intended to accommodate all levels of golfers and offers certified PGA instructors available for lessons, tips and pointers. Or you could relax and enjoy adult beverages in the clubhouse before or after your round.

There are also wildlife, otters and bald eagles, that frequent the area, which enhances the wilderness golf experience.

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