Founded in 1896 on the banks of the Tennessee
River, Chattanooga Golf & Country Club engaged Donald Ross in the early
1920s to set out the course that’s still in play today, albeit the modern day
layout was extensively renovated by Bill Bergin in 2005.
Chattanooga is an old Ross design that lies in a bend of the Tennessee river just across the river from downtown Chattanooga. It is a great piece of land which is bisected by a steeply banked Creek which flows into the river. The river is also most definitely in play especially on holes 7-9. Ross did a great job of using the gentle rolling elevation changes of the property to create both interest and challenge. The renovation in 2005 was, in my opinion, outstanding. The course had struggled through an earlier renovation but this time they got it right. The fairway bunkering is superb and the greens have just the right amount of slope and speed to provide a challenge for any level golfer. There are some great holes here, especially the uphill par 3 9th with a redan like green and sharp drop off to the right down to the river. 12 is a strong par 4 with the approach being played over a steep bank down to the creek I mentioned earlier. The only hole I struggle with here is the 11th. This hole had been a par three but was changed to a short par 4 with a pond short and left. Unfortunately the only reasonable option for most players is a mid iron lay up and a wedge into the green. I think a long par 3 would be the better option here. I like this course and if I lived here I would be happy to be a member. I have played the course in state medal competitions including the State mid-am and I have found the course to be a great challenge but also great fun.