Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park

The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park

8919 Harrison Bay Rd,

Harrison, Tennessee TN 37341

  • Office

    +1 (423) 326 0885
  • Pro shop

    +1 (877) 611 2327 toll free
  • Fax

    +1 (423) 326 0881
  • Golf pro

    Robin Boyer (Head Golf Professional)

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
Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7313
5972
5292
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
75.8
68.5
70.3

Location

Latitude:

35.196694

Longitude:

-85.107672

How to get there:

20 miles NE of Chattanooga.

The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 1999

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.
List of courses: Tennessee (East)
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park
  • Photo of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (April thru' mid-Nov): weekdays $45; weekends $55. Golf cart included.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted.

Practice facilities

Good

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.

Where2Stay

  • Chattanooga Choo Choo

    1400 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

    +1 (423) 265 4635

    Visit website
    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

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      No

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Bear Trace at Harrison Bay; Champions at Hampton Creek; Honors Course (Pvte).

  • Harrison Bay Cabins

    Visit website
    The park's group camp consists of 24 rustic cabins that can accommodate up to 144 persons.
    • Golf at this hotel:

    • Golf within 5 miles:

    • Golf within 20 miles:

Find a course

Or

Where2Golf Spotlight

Tournaments:
US Women's PGA Championship: located just outside Philadelphia, the famed Donald Ross layout of Aronimink Golf Club hosts the third women’s major championship of 2020 (Oct 8-11).
Scottish Open: first played in 1972, this year’s championship is again played on the Tom Doak-designed Renaissance Club course, which sits alongside mighty Muirfield in East Lothian (Oct 1-4).

Who's Who:
Jim Furyk: in winning the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, “The Grinder” joined Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first two starts on the PGA Tour Champions.
Georgia Hall: recorded her first win in an LPGA Tour event on American soil at this year’s Portland Classic, played at Columbia Edgewater Country Club … on the edge of the Columbia River.

Latest Golf Course Reviews

Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Read More...

Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...

Travel

Discover the world's finest heathland courses located in Surrey / Berkshire

Popular videos

You can subscribe to the Where2Golf channel on YT if you like to see more video content. You'll find a "Subscribe" button on any of our YouTube videos. Or if you want a quick and direct access subscribe here. Once done, any new published videos will show up in your Subscriptions feed.

Top Golf Courses in the Americas

Top Golf Courses in Australia

Top Golf Courses in Ireland