The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park

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   The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park Est. 1999

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Like the other four Bear Trace courses designed by Jack Nicklaus for Tennessee State Parks, the layout at Harrison Bay benefits from a wonderfully natural setting. It's not difficult to see why this course in particular is often rated the best of them all. Here you'll experience a fabulous location on the banks of Harrison Bay, a raft of lakeside holes and excellent quality greenkeeping. Roads and housing play no part in proceedings here. When you are not looking across the broad expanse of the lake itself, you will probably be playing along one of its attractive inlets. Individually carved through the nicely undulating woodland terrain, no hole encroaches on, or seems close to any other. The good-width fairways are generally routed through broad avenues of soaring pines and indigenous hardwood trees, with many holes sitting just above the lakeshore. Stretching to 7,140 yards from the back-tees, there's not as much water in play as you might expect for a course surrounded on three sides by water. Some holes, like the short par-4 15th are wonderfully bunkered, others are bunkerless, but no worse for it. Most of the smallish, subtly sloping greens are open at the front, allowing bump-and-run shots onto the green, while also making things more user-friendly for higher-handicappers. Its worth keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that lives on and around the golf course, which often includes nesting bald eagles. Although just 20 minutes north of downtown Chattanooga, it's well worth going out of your way to have this course on your Tennessee itinerary.

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The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
8919 Harrison Bay Rd,
Harrison, Tennessee TN 37341
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Office   +1 (423) 326 0885
Pro Shop   +1 (877) 611 2327 toll free

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Robin Boyer (Head Golf Professional)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Surroundings: Woodland and lakeside.
Designer: A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7313 5972 5292
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75.8 68.5 70.3
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How2Get There?

20 miles NE of Chattanooga.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' mid-Nov): weekdays $45; weekends $55. Golf cart included. Reduced 9-hole, junior, senior, twilight and walking rates. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

The Bear Trace Golf Course at Harrison Bay has been designated as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International. The course is the seventh in Tennessee and the second within the Tennessee State Parks system to receive this honor.

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Latitude: (35.196694)
Longitude: (-85.107672)
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Chattanooga Choo Choo 
1400 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
+1 (423) 265 4635

The Chattanooga Choo Choo (a name made famous by Glen Miller's 1940s song), is the only Historic Hotels of America resort in Chattanooga. The terminal railway station (built in 1908; first train 1909; last train 1970; hotel opened 1973) is located in downtown Chattanooga and has been converted into a charming and fun hotel. Whether you stay in one of the Victorian train cars that line-up along the platforms (recommended !), or in a hotel suite or standard room, you can enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, gardens, on-site shopping and the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel restaurants.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Bear Trace at Harrison Bay; Champions at Hampton Creek; Honors Course (Pvte).
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Harrison Bay Cabins  

The park's group camp consists of 24 rustic cabins that can accommodate up to 144 persons.

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