Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park

4.5015882353 4.5 stars from 5 (17)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7111 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 74.9
  • Layout

  • 8919 Harrison Bay Rd, Harrison, Tennessee 37341, Hamilton County
  • (877) 611-2327, (423) 326-0885
  • (423) 326-0881
  • tnstateparks.com
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Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (1999)
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7111 yards 74.9 136
Blue 72 6545 yards 71.6 128
White 72 5972 yards 68.5 125
Red (W) 72 5292 yards 70.3 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 17 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
11
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

17 out of 17 reviews


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Reviews


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"Nice Course in excellent condition"


tonybeirne's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoyed my round. The fairways and greens were in excellent shape. The course has a wonderful feel playing through the woods and occasionally near the Tennessee River. The greens were fair and true but I felt that they were rather flat with few contours...or else I putted better than usual;-). Definitely would recommend it and would play it again if I get the chance.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Huge conditons improvement over last year"


mr79golf's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

After a couple of summers with some tough weather and conditions, today the course was in very good shape. Tees, fairways, and greens very very good. Greens especially smooth and dense. A tad slow but that's okay. Still some hardpan spots where people don't drive/park their carts properly but those areas generally aren't in play. Really solid layout that has some teeth from the blue tees. Even after all the rain the course drained very well and was a delight to play. Kudos to the staff for improving conditions so much since last Summer. Definitely recommend Bear Trace when in Chattanooga.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Out trip to Chattanooga"


Joe9047839's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

What a great day on the course. We were paired up with a member and he was great to be with. Hitting the ball well made the day even better, Jack's courses can be a "Bear" if you are not playing well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



Tommy8558558's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"great bear"


hugomisty's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the staff was great. put me out in front of a 4 some. course was in top condition except the traps. had grass growing on the edge. greens were in great condition. rolled well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u1754642's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall love this place. Sand traps are the only thing that needs work.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Pleasantly surprised!"


Cstnza's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Drove from Atlanta and worth the trip. There were some wet areas but overall fairways were as expected this time of year. Greens were In great shape and rolling true. Course was pretty busy but we were able to get another 18 in thanks to a few regulars that let us play through. Definitely recommend this course and worth the value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Bear Trace"


u796242107's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite the rain and server t-storms we had last week course was in great shape, was a little slow due to a 2-some holding up groups behind them!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Somewhat Difficult"


William2568786's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Jack Nicklaus created the Bear Trace entities in SE Tennessee for the better than average player. I found this course extremely long and difficult for a golfer my age (79), For younger players this is a wonderful course amidst the mountains and lake that surround it. I enjoyed my day, with the caveat that I was very tired after 18.Will probably play again.!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good solid 18 holes"


None's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is a Jack Nicklaus signature course. Very solid 18 hole layout, nothing tricked up about it. Faiways are generous, greens are not severe and usually in good shape.

It snakes around the Tennessee river and has fantastic views and a variety of wild life.

Pics of Harrison Bay

https://flickr.com/photos/92239680@N08/sets/72157648128877199


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Excellent Layout and great hole layouts"


Danhunter54's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course is a really great place to Play. Wonderful layout and always in great shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Public Course"


Trae2999829's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

I have played Bear Trace Harrison Bay a number of times. Can't beat the course for the money and it being public. Very long and in good shape. Wonderful layout in woods.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great course to play"


sirbirdie1's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

great layout! not real hilly, tees in great shape, fairways are nice and tight, greens roll very well (few bad spots on a couple greens). very fun course to play! i try to play a couple times a week. great staff! wildlife everywhere! deer, turkey, bald eagles!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course has a great layout with challenging holes."


tomjohnjr's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course has a great layout with holes that are challenging. Players will be using almost every club in their bag. The fairways are good and the greens are well maincured, rolling smooth and true. I have played this course many times and plan to return often.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Favorite Tennessee Golf"


partchie1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

Mr. Nicklaus carved a fantastic course out pristine woods. I love a course where there are houses / condos lining the fairways. You can't say that about many courses but you can with this one. Also, it's rare that you even see other holes than the one you're playing. To be honest, on the day we played the turf was a little beat up and the greens were a tad slow. Overall, a great golf experience and would definitely come back next trip to Tennessee!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Love this course"


donkueb's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The course is fairly open and the greens are great, I try to play this course a couple of times a week.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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