By Darryl Payne
Posted on April 12, 2010
One of the thrills of golfing is being able to play on courses all across the country as you travel. Much like scuba diving or snow skiing, golf enthusiasts love to tell the tales of the courses they've conquered. Don't forget to pack your clubs when you visit the Smoky Mountains. The awe-inspiring scenery and expert design of Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course are sure to be a high point of your stay.
Located just 1/2 mile from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can immediately picture the magnificent mountains in the foreground of your hole-in-one shot! The incredible layouts of each hole boast the precision of their original William Langford designs.
Always with an eye toward the future, the course underwent an extensive renovation at the hands of Bob Cubb and Associates from Atlanta, Georgia in 1993. When this firm came to renovate the historical course, they put their heart and soul in the development making it among the top picturesque golf courses in the United States. After spending close to one million dollars on the renovation, you can imagine how mature the course has grown over the past seasons since 1993.
In addition, Gatlinburg Municipal has also experienced a recent half million dollar, five-hole renovation. Today, you will marvel at the new $1 million state-of-the-art clubhouse, rebuilt greens and improved runways which are the choice of pros and amateurs alike.
Golf has become one of the premier attractions in the Smoky Mountains because of the slopes, altitude and scenery. The change in altitude on the course, from tee to green, can give linksters a lift when they see a drive of 300 yards or better! The crisp mountain air just seems to make your ball travel a little father than back home
In fact, Gatlinburg Municipal is home to the legendary hole #12, affectionately known as "Sky Hi." The 12th hole is 194 yards in length and drops 200 feet tee to green. It is considered one of the most dramatic holes in golf course history and for good reason. You may have seen it when it was featured in Golf Digest Magazine.
Another highlight includes hole #3 with its 529-yard stretch. This par 5 is nicknamed "Long Lane." Can you guess why? The course offers numerous par 3, par 4 and par 5 holes so that the novice golfer and the advanced player can enjoy the game and the scenery Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course offers.
Centrally located (just minutes from downtown Gatlinburg at the edge of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) you'll find plenty of lodging, restaurants and entertainment for the entire family. Whether you're on a weekend trip with friends or a family outing, this course welcomes you to an exhilarating game of golf. Link up to one of the most popular golf courses in the Great Smoky Mountains. When making your plans to visit, bring your clubs and get ready to address the ball.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.