Designed by Jimmy Kennamer and opened for play in 1991, the 18-hole layout at Gunter’s Landing lies on the shores of Guntersville Lake where fairways have been carved from a densely forested landscape.
Gunter’s Landing is named after John Gunter, a white settler who located salt deposits on the southernmost bend of the Tennessee River and began to trade with the nearby Cherokee tribe. He married a Cherokee woman and they opened a store called Gunter’s Landing which led to the local town adopting this name in 1784.
Feature holes include the two par threes on the front nine, with water coming into play on both the 193-yard 3rd and the 168-yard 5th. On the back nine, the 352-yard 17th appears rather benign because of a stroke index rating of 17 but this hole doglegs markedly towards the green, making it a lot more difficult than the score card might suggest.
Gunter’s Landing is an interesting golf course. Gunter’s is a parkland course, so pay attention to the hole contours as it is easy to get blocked out. The first hole is welcoming, slight water carry and uphill. Couple of bunkers short right and left. The 2nd is a long downhill dogleg right par four. Favor left of center off the tee to ensure that you are not blocked out. There are four compass bunkers around the green. The third hole is a Florida par three and the green is tucked right on top the water hazard. The first par five bends right and is pretty tight. Favor left of center of the tee. This is another hole with water in front. The fifth is the shortest par three. The green is elevated with a water hazard in front. Don’t be that guy who lands short and has his ball roll down into the water. The 6th is a birdie oppty. Slight water carry and a green with four bunkers, three right and one left. The 7th is also a good birdie hole. Short par four slight water carry and two bunkers in front and one rear. The front ends with two tough holes. The 8th is a 600 plus yard par five with two water carries. Play it as a three shotter. The 9th is the longest par four and leans left.
The back starts with a mid-length par three. It is a valley hole over a water hazard. It looks much more intimidating than it is. The 11th is a long par five that leans right and is tight. Favor the side off the tee. The 12th is a long par that tilts right, but is downhill. Favor the left side off the tee and there is a front left greenside bunker. The 13th is a short par four, slight water a carry and uphill. There are bunkers left, front and right. The long ridge par 4 14th is the number one handicap hole. A wide landing area, but the fairway narrows significantly as you get closer to the green with bunkers left and right front. The 15th is a downhill par three with front and left bunkers. The 16th is a short uphill par four. It has two long bunkers left and right and one front. Good birdie hole. The 17th is also a good birdie oppty. A short hole to begin with it doglegs sharply to the right, albeit uphill. You can cut some of elbow. The 18th is a demanding finishing hole. Tight uphill, water right, two bunkers right and two left.
A good value.