Sweetens Cove Golf Club

4.8431470588 4.8 stars from 5 (20)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3301 yards
  • Slope: 123
  • Rating: 36.5
  • Layout

  • 2040 Sweeten Cove Rd, South Pittsburg, Tennessee 37380, Marion County
  • (423) 280-9692
  • www.sweetenscovegolfclub.com

Year built: 1951
Architect(s): Rob Collins (2011), Tad King (2011)
Type: Semi-Private
Style: Links
Greens: Mini Verde Grass
Fairways: 419 Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 36 3301 yards 36.5 123
Blue 36 3093 yards 35.3 121
White 36 2726 yards 33.0 111
Red (W) 36 2272 yards 33.4 109

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 20 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
5
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

19 out of 20 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for 9-hole rounds locals seniors   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers  

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"This place is awesome"


Shammond4's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is pure golf - an absolute treat if you love the game. No fancy club house, no driving range, no practice green - just 9 of the best holes of golf you will ever play. It is a thinking mans golf course where every hole gives you multiple options off the tee and then coming into the green.

Don't play just 9. Plan to play at least 18 and you will not be disappointed.

Great course for kids or players who don't hit it far because there are no forced carries and always options for coming into the green. I'm a 2 handicap and found it to be a great test of golf. Beautiful views, beautiful course, and a layout you won't forget.

As a kicker, the staff is super-friendly, including club owner Rob.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem - Highly Recommended"


tjmoore117's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great hidden course with very challenging greens.

Pros:

- Layout

- Course condition

- Pace of play

- Cost

Cons:

- Need more yardage markers

- Need to have SkyGolf/SkyCaddie map the course with GPS

- Wish it was 18 holes

- No practice/warm-up areas of any kind


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Nine Hole Course"


jkmore1120's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course is fantastic from start to finish. Every hole requires thought and strategy to play properly and score well. The greens are all fantastic, having significant undulation changes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing Place"


Nash3500578's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

So much fun to play! Great design for all skill levels to enjoy. Amazing to see the before and after pictures of this redesign. If you have a chance gooooo play this track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"South Pittsburghurst"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The Pinehurst/Southern Pines, N.C. areas has become one of my favorite golf destinations, particularly in the colder months. After reading about Sweetens Cove and seeing pictures online, I knew I needed to make the two-hour drive and come see this place for myself. I have not encountered a course so similar to those of the North Carolina sandbelt. I did not know the course that existed here before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it must have been a monumental change. The ownership pours the money into the golf course, not amenities, and I am totally fine with that. There is no paved parking lot. No driving range. No practice green. The only restroom is a Port-a-John near the first tee. Something resembling a snack shack usually located at the turn serves as the clubhouse. And this is what is so striking about this place - the contrast between the golf course and everything else. I knew I would like the place while perusing the back of the scorecard before teeing off, which reads: "USGA Rules of Golf govern play at all times. Replace divots. Repair ball marks. Smooth sand before exiting hazards. Enter and exit all hazards at their shallowest points. With respect to all other matters, common sense shall be exercised." It is rare to be able to play some of the green-side shots required here in a non-links environment, but you will. The variety of the holes are quite good. The par-3 4th's green is 20,000 square feet. The pin placements on this serpentine green are endless and it is quite a sight. I have had the good fortune of playing several Biarritz greens in my life, but all have been on par 3s. The 8th hole is a par 4 with a Biarritz green that has a four-foot swale dividing it. The 9th is the best par-3 finishing hole I've ever encountered. It's not quite a true redan hole, but it is so wide that you can truly play a sweeping right to left shot that will roll nearly 50 yards. The cape-style 6th is a monster that is the hardest hole on the course in my opinion. Hard par, easy bogey. I rarely walk and play anymore, but chose to do so here and I'm glad I did. It is an easy walk with little to no elevation change. Finally, I went with the intention of just playing nine, but quickly changed my mind midway through the first 9. Course knowledge of seeing it once around was worth three strokes. I will definitely be back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"The most fun you will have on a golf course"


Anthony9184196's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2016
First time playing Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is the most fun you will ever have on the golf course!

The course conditioning was perfect, playing firm and fast similar to Irish links. And what can I say about the greens beside WOW! The strategic contouring allows for many creative shots to be played into, and on the greens. The greens are wildly entertaining, similar to the famous Tom Doak designed green complexes at Ballyneal. An absolute design genius by Rob Collins...kudos! This is the most fun you will ever have putting.

The course is perfectly conditioned, with fabulous scenery. It's almost like your playing an ocean side course, but better and at the foothills of the mountains.

Great layout, fair course, amazing scenery, and just a pleasure to play. If I lived local, Sweetens Cove would instantaneously have one more member. Please do yourself a favor and play this course as soon as possible, it is a once in a lifetime experience. Also an enjoyable walk.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"It's a must"


u000004304541's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

This golf course is something really special. If you ever get a chance to play.....do it. You will not be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Very Undulating Greens - Very Unique Course"


Sigalep18's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2016
First time playing Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I first drove by this course a few years ago and saw it was clearly under construction, so when I had an opportunity to play it, I read the reviews on here and decided to give it a try. It's one of the most unique courses I've ever played, with the Australian sand belt look. I would rate this course as enjoyable, but the huge flaw to me were the extremely undulating greens. I realize what they were trying to do here with sectioning the greens, a great idea, but they way overdid it. Had the undulations been reduced to what I would consider reasonable, this would truly be a great course and I would have given it 5 stars. Having said that, the greens are NOT unfair, just overdone.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"High-end Beach Course in Foothills of SE TN"


jkswanso13's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Read or saw mention of this course on Internet, so researched it and decided other reviews made it worth the trip. Many years ago, had played the nine hole sequatchie valley cc course so was curious what they were able to create on such a small plat. They obviously dug the old course completely out, because there is no resemblance between the two. Imagine the nicest beach course you have ever played, this course is that but one star nicer. From some of the tees it can appear tight but that is just part of its charm and design, it really has fairly generous landing areas. It is not a links course as mentioned in some of the reviews but more a Sandbelt course kind of a combination. It has some mature trees that come into play and numerous large waste bunkers that frame the hole layouts. Large amounts of soil were moved to create wonderful contours, tee boxes and greens. The fairways are lush and good Bermuda grass that provide excellent lies. The greens are also Bermuda grass, not sure of the exact strain but definitely dont look or roll like that crappie championship bermuda all the area courses seem to be utilizing nowadays. The ball rolls pretty true but some areas of the green are bumpy as if the aeration marks didn't heal smoothly. The greens, oh the greens are what give and take away your score. Each is severely contoured and extremely large, I mean large. An approach shot hit to the right part of the green will actually filter down close to hole like you see on some of major golf tournaments on TV. But approach shots hit long or short or right or left of target might get the Ol dikembe mutumbo and be redirected off the green or toward opposite end of green. Consequently there are a lot of unique up/down opportunities also, because if you can land your chip or pitch onto slope of green it will cozy down close to hole. The course is extremely walkable, has numerous fun drive able holes. $20 green fee. As mentioned though there is only one portajon, a shed for a clubhouse, you park in grass along the fence and only two water coolers on course. But your coming for the golf course, challenge and natural beauty. Be sure to read back of the scorecard for local rules and directions. Also playing from different sets of tees changes the layout and way you attack about half the holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Outstanding course, beautifully maintained"


JayEmm's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I am new to the area and had heard about Sweetens Cove from several friends. I looked up the course online and the pictures were impressive. But I have been fooled to many times by great pictures and a less than great course. Regardless, I had to give this 9-hole layout a try. I was not disappointed.

From the first tee you can sense that this is an outstanding course. While the 9-hole layout is compact (a mere 6602 yards for 18 played) it is a challenge and perfect for the mid-to-high handicapper. You don't need a 300 yard drive to score well. In fact, some holes (like #7, a 328y hole from the tips) needs placement rather than distance. If you drive 220y to 250y on most any hole, you will have a mid- to short-iron in.

The greens are a large part of the challenge on this course. Most are very large and undulating, almost hilly. Placing the shot on the correct portion of the green is essential or three puts will be the norm. One green, on #4, a par 3, has at least three distinct levels and is so large that it could be easily be a two club difference from front to back.

The lack of any clubhouse makes a casual foursome outing a bit difficult but there are plenty of food places and a Waffle House on the highway exit 5 minutes away so breakfast before or lunch after is still doable.

Locals should visit this course and travelers should plan a stop. It is worth the time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Need a clubhouse"


Christin6107175's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is very challenging. overall the greens and fairways were in good shape, but the amenities were very poor. The course was very tight. the greens were hilly and hard to read. We played for ten dollars, which made the course bare able. Regular price would be ridiculous.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/02/2018

Yes, the course has a shed for a clubhouse. If you care about the amenities for a club, I'm not sure why you are reading a review about the golf course. As far as the course being "tight"...some holes are 75 yards wide and on the 3rd hole you could have a relatively unobstructed shot to the green from any point in the property. If i had to pick the 10 most wide-open courses I've ever played, this would be one of them...


"Unbelievable"


Gomocs's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course is so different than anything in the SE region. Incredibly large and undulating greens, very Chambers Bay like, a links course in southeast Tennessee. An absolutely must play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"crazy greens"


jarron1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

new course. only has 9 holes. no practice green or driving range. they have the craziest greens and bunkers you might ever see. unbelievable contour on the greens. the bunkers/waste areas are cool. but the greens are huge and have several feet of contour on every green


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Will be awesome when finished"


brandonbewley's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is great and staff's awesome. Still under development so no clubhouse, restrooms, food,etc. The layout is fantastic but the greens are almost impossible. Slope rating might be a little low. Will definitely be playing it quite a bit in the future.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Incredible Golf Course!"


TNgolfer1's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I heard about this course through some friends in Nashville who played it last Fall and recommended it highly. I stopped by on my way home from a visit to The Honors Course. I mention that because I can now say without a doubt that there is no other course in the State of Tennessee that has nine holes anywhere near as good as those at Sweetens Cove. The golf is absolutely extraordinary, and is solidly on a world class level. Each hole presents a unique strategic challenge, and the visual presentation of the course is like nothing else within a 500 mile radius. It is reminiscent at times of Pine Valley, Pinehurst, and a number of the famed layouts in GB&I. Also, the detail work in the bunkers and greens makes one feel as if they are in a different state or country, all together. I absolutely could not believe that this course exists in Tennessee. Do yourself a favor and go play this amazing layout. In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly fun! The greens are in fantastic shape, and their size and contour present a challenge and level of shotmaking options that you can only find on a small handful of courses throughout the world. I was so impressed that I joined as a National Member on the spot. Sweetens Cove is easily one of America's best courses!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course in transition"


mjbrady's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First of all, this is a 9 hole course, which wasn't clear when I booked. It was recently purchased in October 2014 and the new owners are bringing the course back. I did love the situation of the course...beautiful scenery and some really nice natural hazards. I recomment it with the caveat that people realize it is a nine hole AND is not up to the condition it will be, hopefully soon. It was overpriced for the condition - I had just paid the same price for some beautiful Florida courses. There is no clubhouse yet, no bathrooms, no signs for holes yet. However, I would like to golf there again when it's "refinished".


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Golf Course"


triggerboomer's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is a great and a fun golf course to play. I drive from the Nashville area and it is well worth the drove. It is a very unique course with wonderful bunkering and large undulating greens. It is truly a masterpiece. It is a must play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


triggerboomer's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

This is one of the best 9 hole courses you will ever play. It is also one of the most fun golf courses you can play. I would recommend it to anyone at any handicap. This is a must play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best 9 hole course I have played!"


greenscapes's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Sweetens Cove is an exceptional course, design features of Top Golf Resorts such as Bandon or Ocean Course in Chattanooga Tn. I could easily play it all day and still want more! Tons of variety DO yourself a favor and check it out !!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great And Fun Golf Course"


triggerboomer's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Sweetens Cove is one of the most fun golf courses you can play. It has many unique features which really set the course apart. It has a Biarritz green, a Redan green on one of the best short holes you will ever play, a Cape hole, a boomerang green ( Alister Mackinzie would approve ), and many other such features. The bunkering will take you back to Scotland. You must continually be thinking as to where the next shot will best be played. Approach shots left on the wrong part of these greens could cost you dearly. Overall, this is a course that you will want to play time and time again. It is a must play!

The course just opened so permanent facilities are not in place which is why I put the rankings I did for facilities.<br/> However, I don't care about those things, for me it is all about the golf and that could not be any better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



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