Chattanooga is a city surrounded by historic golf on both sides of the Tennessee/Georgia border, whether that’s Golden Age classics such as Donald Ross’s Chattanooga Golf & Country Club or Seth Raynor’s Lookout Mountain (in Georgia, right across the border), to more modern classics such as Pete Dye’s Honors Course.
The founders at Council Fire Golf Club must have realized they needed to make an immediate impact if they were to compete, and so they did not wait too long after Bob Cupp signed on before they committed to a PGA event. Council Fire opened its doors during March of 1992 and hosted The Chattanooga Classic that July (won by Mark Carnevale).
One bit of trivia: This is a rare course in that it winds across multiple states (one other example is the course at Edgewood Tahoe, mostly in Nevada). We added Council Fire to our Tennessee rankings because the club is affiliated to the Tennessee Golf Association and the clubhouse sits within the Volunteer State.