Golfing in Sevierville & Great Smoky Mountain Area
“Where Smoky Mountain Fun Begins”
Story and Photos by: Ed & Fran Stone
Sevierville, Tennessee, located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is one of America’s most visited areas. The National Park draws nearly 10 million recreational visitors each year. Golfing on two 18-hole courses at the Sevierville Golf Club is one of the outstanding rewards for those looking for a beautiful setting and challenging links. Year-round Sevierville offers great golf along with abundant attractions, special events and entertainment. This is “where Smoky Mountain fun begins.”
|The Sevierville Golf Club is impressive! The City of Sevierville, who owns the Club, elected to expand the city’s golf offerings to 36-holes and build a first-class facility.
Not only does the Great Smoky Mountain National Park cover 521,085.66 acres, it spreads across the states of Tennessee and North Carolina and is one of the largest mountain ranges in the United States. This is the number one most visited of the 58 National Parks in the U.S. system.
So, for some great golf, we want to share with you places to play in the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area, where several of the courses have been honored by national magazines such as Golf Digest and Southern Living Magazine.
The Sevierville Golf Club is impressive! If you visited the original location, it was called Eagles Landing. Some five years ago, the City of Sevierville, who owns the Club, elected to expand the city’s golf offerings to 36-holes and build a first-class clubhouse with amenities and facilities of a high-quality private club with reasonable daily fees. In addition, the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness Resort at the Smokies with an indoor/outdoor waterpark is next door. You can walk out the back of the Lodge and across the parking lot to the beautifully designed Golf Clubhouse facility. The staff is most efficient and very friendly with PGA professionals overseeing the operation.
|Featuring two 18-hole championship courses, the Sevierville Golf Club showcases the pristine nature of the area. The Highlands winds through lush forests, over rolling hills and past fresh water mountain ponds.
Featuring two 18-hole championship courses, the Sevierville Golf Club showcases the pristine nature of the area with The Highlands winding through lush forests, over rolling hills and past fresh water mountain ponds. The River course plays down the valley along and across the Little Pigeon River. In creating the two courses, the designers were able to incorporate most of the original Eagles Landing course. There are seven holes integrated into The Highlands layout and six holes blended into The River Course. Both courses are well marked and signed, but we caution you to double check you are on the right golf hole when going from one green to the next tee.
The Highlands Course meanders through the valley where the Little Pigeon River flows. After the fifth hole, you cross a road through a tunnel to a more elevated terrain beginning with the sixth hole into dense forest, blooming wildflowers and streams that enhance the surroundings and enjoyment of play. The course offers five sets of tees ranging from 6,200 to 4,186, playing to a par 70.
The River Course makes good use of its name by having three holes situated on islands in the Little Pigeon River. It too offers five sets of tees with yardages from 7,120 to 4,967 and plays to a par of 72. As stated earlier, six of the holes from the previous course have been blended extremely well with the eleven new holes.
For those wanting to warm up their swing before hitting the links, the Sevierville Golf Club has one of the finest driving ranges, putting greens and short game practice areas you’ll find at high-end golf clubs. The Club offers a full service restaurant with lunch served daily. There’s meeting space both indoors and outdoors to accommodate corporate, civic, golfing and other groups wanting to use the facilities for meetings and tournaments. Overall, Sevierville Golf Club with its two championship courses offers a total package to the discerning golfer visiting the Great Smoky Mountains.
The Highland and The River, courses have played host to some of the best golfers the State has to offer. They’ve hosted the following events: the South Atlantic Conference Golf Tournament, Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate Championship and Tennessee State Boys & Girls Junior Championship (the only time these have been held on the same course).
|Sevierville Golf Club has one of the finest driving ranges (center), putting greens and short game practice areas you’ll find at high-end golf clubs.
The golf courses in Sevier County make the area a true golfing destination. There is considerable amount of activities for all members of the family to enjoy, even if they don’t play golf. Having the Wilderness at the Smoky Mountains Resort and waterpark next door to the Sevierville Golf Club is a tremendous attraction for both golfers, non-golfers and families. Within a few miles you can play River Islands Golf Course, Gatlinburg Golf Course (located in Pigeon Forge) and Bent Creek Golf Course. All of these have gained notoriety from such publications as Southern Living Magazine and Golf Digest, branding them with such honors as Tennessee’s best public course, one of the 50 best courses in the South and one of Tennessee’s top 10 courses. So, no matter where you play in the area, you’re in good company.
|Fun for the entire family in the Adventure Forest, part of the Wilderness Resort, offering a 25,000 square foot family adventure center with both indoor and outdoor waterpark activities.
Along with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville and her sister cities, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg offer visitors one of the most picturesque and enjoyable places to spend a vacation, weekend or overnight. The area has a wealth of natural wonders, accommodations, world-class entertainment, theme parks (Dollywood), restaurants and high-end name brand outlet shopping all served up with signature Southern charm.
Sevierville offers many attractions and awesome entertainment. A few attractions worth mentioning are muscle cars and warbird aircraft museums, NASCAR themed go-kart tracks, underground cave tours, petting zoos and even interactive mini-golf courses. Looking to be entertained, there are two music theaters serving up six shows during the day and evening.
hen it comes to presenting fun for the entire family, in addition to golf, the Adventure Forest, part of the Wilderness Resort, offers a 25,000 square foot family adventure center with both indoor and outdoor waterpark activities. There’s also a large family entertainment center as part of this all season’s destination resort.
|Founded in 1795, named for Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier Sevierville is the home to Dolly Parton where her stature sculpted by local artist Jim Gray is placed in front of the County Court House, an icon for the city.
Many communities are envious of Sevierville, not only because of its ideal location to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but because of the beauty surrounding this historic town of some 13,000 residents. Founded in 1795 and named for Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier it is also the home to Dolly Parton where her stature sculpted by local artist Jim Gray is placed in front of the County Court House, an icon for the city. This historic courthouse (the fifth of four that have been built in Sevierville) was constructed in 1896 at a cost of $21,041.93. It was designed by the McDonald brothers as an example of the Beaux-Arts classical style and utilizes bricks manufactured by African-American mason and Sevierville resident, Isaac Dockery. Remodeled in 1970, the courthouse rises 130 feet above the surrounding city of Sevierville and contains a four-sided Seth Thomas clock set into its elegant tower.
|Wilderness Resort at the Smokies with an indoor/outdoor waterpark is next door to the Sevierville Golf Club.
For the overnight visitor, Sevierville has over 3,000 lodging facilities including campsites and the County can house some 40,000 visitors each night. You have a choice of accommodations including secluded mountain cabins, modern condos, luxury hotels, water park hotels, moderate family motels and RV parks.
Whether you are looking for a Smoky Mountain golf adventure or a place for your family to enjoy with some golf sprinkled into the schedule, Sevierville certainly fills the order. This entire area offers majestic mountain views and challenging golf, along with a variety of accommodations, restaurants, entertainment, special events and shopping. This is “where Smokey Mountain fun begins.”
See you in Sevierville, Tennessee!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sevierville Chamber of Commerce
Sevierville Golf Club
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Pigeon Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau
Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau