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Bent Creek Golf Course, Gatlinburg

Categories: Golf Courses, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
2/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Bent Creek Golf Course, designed by three-time Masters and British Open Championship Winner Gary Player, is a par 72 course that has been popular since the sunny day it opened back in 1972. The front nine hugs the valley floor while the back nine offers a challenging mountain course. A beautiful sparkling mountain stream meanders throughout the entire course making for a breathtaking contrast between water and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Southern Living Travel Guide rated Bent Creek Golf Resort one of the “Top Fifty Golf Courses in the South.” This course is all at once challenging and relaxing.
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  • The grounds are in need of management. The greens and fare ways need attention. The gnats made it difficult to stay in one place to hit the ball. My biggest concern is that my friend was charged for s...  read more »
  • OK I am an 11 handicap and play over 200 times a year all over the country. On a scale of 1-10 this course is a 1. First of all $49 to play and there are horrible tee boxes, fairways, greens, bunkers ...  read more »
  • We booked a foursome here. The staff we met was friendly and helpful. The front nine wasn't special, but the back has a few holes that are a lot of fun. A few of the greens and fairways had large pudd...  read more »
  • It is a really pretty course. The fairways are moderately difficult due to how narrow they are but the greens are very simple. Really too simple. The biggest frustration was we were playing at 4pm in July and there were only two water jugs on the course and they were both out. It wasn't really busy and they couldn't keep them refilled. It was too hot for that and that is just such an easy fix. Also the gnats were crazy.
  • Played here on August 4: It's been many years since I've seen a nicely designed golf course so diminished by a failure of maintenance and upkeep. It's a shame, really. There's not a smooth putt on the course. Patches of fringe-height grass and weeds are left uncut on the greens. Truly not a decent green on either side. The website for the course advertises "mountain golf," especially on the back. Tight fairways and blind shots are to be expected on a mountain course, and you'll get plenty of that, but you'll also get the greenside rough. Advertise "mountain golf" all you like, but letting bluegrass grow doesn't equate to "mountain golf"; this is just lazy mowing. Goats could chew it down to four inches, and it would still be punishing, but probably more consistently trimmed. Averaging 6 inches, with patches at 8-10 and some weeds sprouting to 12-16, this rough is simply the result of management saving wear-and-tear on mowers. This course would be twice as playable were 150-yard stakes placed on each hole, and three times more playable with the purchase of some two-by-two stakes and a couple gallons of paint for other yardages. Bring your rangefinder; you'll need it. The fairways are in decent shape, but clogged with clippings left to rot. Hint: the second shot on 11 is to the flag that looks like a fairway marker (that looks like it's in the fairway approach - see above regarding the condition of the greens) not to the one that looks like a pin 60 yards behind it; that's 13. Avoid the walk to the tee on #14. The only thing you'll find there is a marker for all four tees laying on a range mat. Yep. You read that right. A driving range mat 50 yards upstairs from your cart is the tee box. Granted, it's in the woods, shaded enough that it's probably hard to grow grass. Cut down a couple trees, already. You need to thin the edges of several holes already, anyway. If you start here, there will be fewer to cut when you close the course to develop the land (that seems to be the goal). My suggestion after my round was to fire the greenkeeper. The staff advised that the greenkeeper isn't the problem... "it goes much higher than that..." If you're a golfer in Gatlinburg, you'll play this course once (unless you've read this) mostly because there aren't that many courses within a short drive.) Maybe not even once; unless single rounds are paying the bills (because I can't see that someone who takes the game seriously would return) I can't imagine that the course is profitable. If you're a recreational golfer, looking for some time outside without concern for playability, have fun. If you just want to swing a club, feel free, but a golfer wouldn't go back, and that's a shame, because this Gary Player design has potential. (Many times I pictured Player looking in circles, muttering, "What have they done to you?") Until someone takes that potential seriously, play elsewhere.
  • This crap course really deserves a 0 star the greens were all mush there is 8 inch weeds in the middle of the fairway on 13 my aunt almost got her leg ripped off from the mossy hill you had to slide down the tee boxs were sand the fairways were almost the same length as my home courses rough and then there was nonstop gnats all over us even with bug spray!!! NEVER PLAY HERE!!!!!!
  • The course was not well keep. The facilities were very poor. The was no place to hit practice balls to warm up. There were some nice mountain views. I was there June of 2016. If you are a good golfer looking for a good course this is not it
  • Played 9 holes today. Very nice people and the course was in awesome shape. Never played here before, living in Wisconsin, but I'll definitely be back the next time I'm down here! Thanks for the GREAT time!!!!!!
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