1730 Wood Nymph Trail,
Georgia (GA) 30750,
- +1 706 820 1169
7 miles S of Chattanooga, Tennessee
Members and their guests only
Seth Raynor, Charles Banks, Brian Silva
Sitting high above the city of Chattanooga, the course at Lookout Mountain Golf Club was originally constructed as the centrepiece of the Fairyland mountain resort. The layout was one of Seth Raynor’s final designs before he died in 1926 and was constructed by his assistant Charles Banks from the architect’s detailed plans.
Unfortunately, a combination of events – Raynor’s death, a rainstorm that washed away a number of holes before the course opened and the onset of the Great Depression – ensured that, for more than seventy years, the full potential of the spectacular property was never realised.
All that changed in 1997 when Brian Silva was asked to complete the Raynor vision and so he embarked on a program to refurbish bunkers, add new sand traps and restore greens to their original dimensions.The result of this work speaks for itself and replica holes at the Biarritz 4th, Short 6th, Alps 11th and Redan 13th now adequately show off the talents of the original architect.
I’m a big fan of Lookout Mountain. I actually grew up less than a mile from the golf club but my family moved across town in Chattanooga so I never was a member there. I played the course many years ago before the Brian Silva restoration but I have also had the opportunity to play there several time the past few years including the Tennessee state senior championship. The views from the first tee are awesome and you can well down the Chattanooga valley off the east side of the Mountain. The course is not very long but the greens are among the most vexing I have ever played. There are so many optical illusions that many times you think you are putting uphill and yet you actually heading straight down a slope. This is a course that demands precision and rewards a ball striker who can work the ball in either direction. However the uphill par 4 7th is a brute playing 465 yards steeply uphill. The course also has 4 really strong par 3’s including the long 225 yard par 3 4th and the redan like 13th. This course is great fun and a great challenge.