When going to the Smoky Mountains for golf, bring additional couples and rent one of the many chalets. There are many golf courses in the area and many outlet malls, the wives won't mind if you play 36 holes each day. Almost all chalets have hot tubs, pool tables, gas grills, separate bedrooms with baths and a peaceful setting. With full kitchens, the only meals out could be at one of the many great restaurants in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. (With golf and dining so reasonable, even the damages at the outlet malls won't bankrupt you.)
Also, in addition to the ones listed in Tim McDonald's story, "Great Smoky Mountains boast excellent golf courses that'll go easy on your wallet", you can find many other golf courses in the Smokies like the quirky Bent Creek Golf Resort, designed by Gary Player, located in Cobly Nob, east of Gatlinburg.
Further up the road in Newport, TN is the Smoky Mountain Country Club. Dandridge Golf and Country Club in Danridge TN, is close to its sister course Patriot Hills and boasts 27 holes with views of Douglas Lake and the Smokies.
The quiet side of the Smokies, Townsend,TN, has Laurel Valley. Beware - on one of the holes you must hit from a tee box over the road to the fairway beyond. Allow cars the right of way. Closer in to Knoxville, Three Ridges and Ruggles Ferry and River Islands (Arthur Hill's design) offer many challenges. There are many others, but the fun is finding them and experiencing mountain golf for yourself.
November 15, 2007