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Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 71
Length 6474 yards
Slope 126
Rating 71.0

The Golf Club of Bristol was founded in 1894, making it one of the longest running clubs in the country. It's also considered the birthplace of organized golf in Tennessee and is still recognized as one of the best courses in the state. The current address is the fourth physical location of the club. The course that stands today was the created by A.G. McKay, a Tennessee native. The layout is challenging but fair with long, narrow fairways and fast, undulating greens. With several risk-reward holes throughout, it's a golf course that will make you think. The par-4 ninth, one of the tougher holes, is a dogleg left that plays uphill and over water. Besides the excellent game it offers, The Golf Club of Bristol is known for having some of the most well manicured fairways and greens in the area.

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Course Details

Year Built 1958
Golf Season Year round
Architect Alex McKay (1958) Mark McCumber (1999) Mike Beebe (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Tennessee (2015 #3)

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4.3
30 Reviews (30)

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Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 6
Water Hazards 6

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Country Club of Bristol

First time at course, Bad experience, were holding a college tournament. When they let us tee off, got to the 1st green, 4 groups standing on 2nd tee. Took 3 hours to play 9 holes, so only got to play 9 holes.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

A Tale of Two Courses

This course in TN advertises itself as the oldest golf club in TN, founded in 1894. It was actually a tale of two golf courses for us.
First, the course itself. Incredibly well maintained, great from every tee box straight through the greens. A couple bunkers had a rough edge or two, but overall, it was remarkable. The terrain, the layout the whole works. The Superintendent there KNOWS what he is doing!
But then, the rest of the story. The "amenities" of the course were virtually non-existent! A bare-bones pro shop, no snack bar at all on Monday and Tuesday (closest food about two miles away), some rough carts, no signage, no ball washers on any hole, no toilets -- nothing! Man in pro shop said they had been through 12 pros in 12 years. No question about it.

I would tell anyone "Come play this course. At $40-ish a round it is more than worth it, but be prepared for a truly minimalist experience when it comes to the "extras."

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best in Area

I’m actually a little upset we didn’t find this course until today...what a fantastic round. It was immaculate, best fairways hands down in 100 mile radius of public courses. Greens were true and smooth with the tee boxes the best we’ve seen. The hubs and I can’t wait to go back - only recommendation would be a ranger on duty for busy days. We had a situation where a couple of younger players skipped some holes and shot in front of us. But overall, you could not ask for a better overall experience!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course is a fair course for beginners with some challenges.

Played this course while travelling through the area. The fairways were wide. The length was good with elevation changes that added to it. The conditions were good at tee and greens. Harzards and traps protected some greens.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Great course

This is the best course I have played in the Tri-cities area...great grass conditions and really fast greens. Actually it plays a bit harder than my abilities but was quite enjoyable

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice layout, could be memorable.

Not in great shape. Very unfriendly pro shop and restaurant staff. Lacking leadership. Could be memorable. Evidently this was the last day of public play, going private Nov 1. Very evident they did not want outsiders to be there. Super slow foursome in front of us all day who had no desire to let a twosome play through. Three open holes ahead of them.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

What can I say! Singing praises

This was without a doubt one of the nicest courses I have ever booked on Golfnow. We were warmly greeting in the pro shop as soon as we arrived and were given a verbal course tour that was both entertaining and informative. The course was manicured to perfection, the greens rolled well and were receptive to shots despite being aerated 18 days ago. This course was very well laid out with great use of the rolling terrain. The par 3s are long yardagewise but most play downhill so they play a little shorter than the distance on the card. Everything about this course was near perfect. If I lived in the area, this would be high on my list for membership.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is I. Immaculate condition. It is a fair test of golf and has plenty of challenges for every level player. It is a course one could play every day and not tire of it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Tough putting

Course is in excellent condition. Greens are fast and true. Cart paths need work in places. Enjoy your round!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Exceeds expectations

Golf course condition is as good or better than any other area course. Aerification holes have healed and greens are excellent. Appears tournament ready to me. Course is now semi-private and membership fees are very competitive. Fourth trip back to this course in the past two years and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, very slow play

Tee time at 2:39 on a Saturday. Expected it to be busy since it was such a nice day, but the pace of play was horrendous. A five hour round of golf is crazy for a course that was under 5,900 yds from the white tees. My friend and I were paired up with a very nice Father and son who had played the course before and local knowledge did help a bit. Course was in very good condition considering all the grass isn't fully in yet. Greens are very undulated and fast which made them difficult but fun. I would say in another month the course will be in fantastic condition. Would definitely play there again but if it's another 5 hour round it would probably be my last trip up there.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice course

The course was in good shape considering that the day before rained all day. Temp was only in the 40's too. Would love to play this course again when warmer. Staff was very nice and accommodating.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Course in great shape for winter season

Our foursome had a great time. Great facility for the price. Will be back!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A gem of a course

This course was amazing. Greens were fun and challenging, Fairways and tee box's were in great shap. This course challenges you to think your way around the course. You can't just bomb it with the driver. Lots of risk vs. reward shots. I will return to this jewel.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Do Not miss this one

Loved the layout of the course. Played in the rain, but the drainage was pretty good considering.

The holes are fair, long, and the fairways are wide open. The greens were very fast, but fair.

My only complaint is getting the clubs from the parking lot to the carts. The bag guys don't help and the walk is pretty long for a bag packed for the summer.

The pro shop could have been more helpful with the weather forecast and guidance about where to find the starting holes, etc. This is probably because it has been member club, public.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Hey Tri-Cities Golfers! You need to play Bristol CC

This was my second time playing this course. The fairways are some of the lushest bermuda I have ever played. The golf cart shimmies when you drive over grass it is so thick. The greens roll true and are cut for a quick putt. The layout is very nice, the course staff are friendly and professional. Very nice practice facilities. Just a really great course for our area, had no idea it was open to public now till saw it on GolfNow site. Both times I played for the HotDeals rate and felt a little like a criminal getting to have such a great golf experience for $29. I will definitely try and play again this Fall.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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