Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State Park

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4.6
24
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
100.0%
Recommend this course
24 out of 24 reviews
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4.8
5
5 Stars
4
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1
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.8
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
5 out of 5 reviews
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4.7
7
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7111
Slope 136
Rating 74.9
Type Public
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Bear Trace at Harrison Bay
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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
Scorecard for Bear Trace At Harrison Bay
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tournament M: 74.2/140 420 579 437 189 451 536 439 202 459 3712 443 173 559 416 202 374 425 534 475 3601 7313
Gold M: 73.9/138 420 579 437 189 414 536 439 202 434 3650 401 173 559 416 176 374 420 534 408 3461 7111
Blue M: 71.3/132 393 557 373 151 362 506 408 181 411 3342 379 159 535 387 156 333 387 503 364 3203 6545
White M: 68.7/128 355 531 337 131 312 469 379 171 348 3033 348 123 509 358 140 293 347 470 351 2939 5972
Red W: 70.4/120 301 472 311 112 248 437 333 133 306 2653 319 90 475 321 114 257 317 419 327 2639 5292
Handicap 9 11 7 15 17 13 1 5 3 12 18 6 4 10 16 2 14 8
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 1 5 17 13 7 3 15 9 8 18 2 12 14 16 6 10 4

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1999) Wadsworth Golf Construction (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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4.6
24
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Great Course

I was down visiting family and wanted to play a round. The course looked awesome on line and it didn’t disappoint. With the storms they’ve been getting it was pretty soggy but they did allow 90 degrees off the path. My brother, the local, is not a player but they were kind enough to allow him to drive my cart. GREAT staff and again, incredible course. I WILL be back!!!

Ray Brown

Levittown, PA

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Great layout great course great conditions and very friendly staff my son and I driving from Cincinnati to Atlanta stopped and had a great round of golf here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great as always

BT was again in great shape when our group played there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worth the drive (From ATL)

I was in Chattanooga for the weekend visiting a friend. I chose this course for us based on reviews, and man was it awesome.

The drive in has a lot of wildlife and some scenic views of the lake. Almost all tee boxes had ample, green grass. The fairways were lush with striped grass and decent grass in the first cut of rough. Greens were hard to read in the morning with a lot of dew but dried up by noon. Bunkers were well maintained with only a few being too dense from the rain. Most holes have nice views of the lake and are good for pictures. There's a lot of land on the course, making for a relaxing round that doesn't appear too crowded.

For the cost, the only other courses I find comparable in metro Atlanta are Wolf Creek and Woodmont. I'm not saying I would drive up from Atlanta every weekend because it is a good 2 hr drive, but it's worth doing at least once.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course.

Because of previous storm, played with cart path only. Course was wet condition but layout and maintenance was good. Like to play again when good condition.

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

Fun course that is also scenic

Open course that makes that is not tight, well kept with friendly staff. Well maintained

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Course in excellent condition

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Huge conditons improvement over last year

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Out trip to Chattanooga

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.

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

great bear

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

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

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pleasantly surprised!

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.

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

Bear Trace

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!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Somewhat Difficult

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.!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good solid 18 holes

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

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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Excellent Layout and great hole layouts

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

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Public Course

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good

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