The Volunteer State of Tennessee is situated in the South Eastern Region of the US and it celebrated its bicentennial in 1996. As state capital Nashville is synonymous with country and western music and Memphis, the largest city in the state, is regarded by many as the birthplace of the blues, Tennessee has certainly played a prominent part in shaping contemporary musical tastes in the United States and beyond.

Five private clubs founded the Tennessee Golf Association in 1914 and it now looks after the golfing interests of around 37,000 amateur men and women (even though there are four ladies associations in the state) playing in 220 clubs across Tennessee. In 1991, the TGA joined forces with the Tennessee Section of the PGA to form the Tennessee Golf Foundation which promotes the game at amateur and professional levels.

A couple of new millennium layouts have raised the state’s golfing profile and they are Brian Silva’s Black Creek course in Chattanooga and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville. Two Donald Ross tracks from the 1920s are also highly regarded within Tennessee: Belle Meade in Nashville has, unfortunately, undergone a number of revisions down the years but the 18 holes at Holston Hills in Knoxville have remained largely unaltered since they were first set out. Pete Dye’s nationally acclaimed Honors Course – venue for the US Amateur in 1991 and the Curtis Cup in 1994 – occupies the number one position in the state rankings.

Our Tennessee Best In State Rankings were last updated in May 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Tennessee

Honors Course

1st Tennessee - Best in Area

The Honors Course is set in a secret valley to the north of Chattanooga and it’s another jewel in America’s golf course crown.


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Holston Hills

2nd Tennessee - Best in Area

Nestling near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, is the unassuming Holston Hills Country Club. Is this the best-preserved Donald Ross design in the USA?


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Spring Creek Ranch

3rd Tennessee - Best in Area

The Spring Creek Ranch course is a demanding Jack Nicklaus design where length and water define much of the challenge – eight of the par fours measure in excess of 430 yards and fourteen holes feature aquatic hazards.


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Golf Club of Tennessee

4th Tennessee - Best in Area

Toby Wilt and Bronson Ingram formed The Golf Club of Tennessee back in the late 1980s and they tasked Tom Fazio with the design of their new course.


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5th Tennessee - Best in Area

Set out on a tight parcel of land that lies close to downtown Memphis, the Donald Ross-designed course at Memphis Country Club celebrated its centenary in 2010.


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Mirimichi (Championship)

6th Tennessee - Best in Area

Deep bunkers, raised greens and wandering creeks all contribute to the challenge of the Championship golf course at Mirimichi.


7th Tennessee - Best in Area

The Donald Ross course at Chattanooga Golf & Country Club dates back to 1920 and it lies within a tight property on the northern bank of the Tennessee River, with several fairways laid out along the water’s edge.

Hermitage (President's Reserve)

8th Tennessee - Best in Area

Laid out next to the flowing waters of the Cumberland River, the President’s Reserve course at Hermitage is the premier layout at a splendid 36-hole public golf facility.

TPC Southwind

9th Tennessee - Best in Area

One year after it opened for play in 1988, the TPC Southwind course became the host venue for the Fed Ex St Jude Classic on the PGA Tour.

Black Creek

10th Tennessee - Best in Area

Brian Silva laid out the course at Black Creek Golf Club with more than a nod towards the style of Seth Raynor’s Golden Age work. Consequently, it features a wonderful array of Short, Redan, Cape and Biarritz holes.