Avalon Country Club

3.7910588235 3.8 stars from 5 (230)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6764 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 72.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim and a collared shirt
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6764 yards 72.3 131
White 72 6300 yards 69.8 129
Gold 72 5841 yards 68.1 121
Red (W) 72 5261 yards 70.3 124
Green (W) 72 4798 yards 67.8 116

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 230 Reviews
5 stars:
43
4 stars:
97
3 stars:
47
2 stars:
26
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

168 out of 230 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals advanced golfers entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"Slow Slow Slow"


u000002206499's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The pace of play was very slow, took at least 1 hour more than it should have. No rangers monitoring pace of play, or doing anything about pace of play. The staff is nice but I guess to nice in this situation. The one time we saw someone from the course and said something they drove the other way rather than going to address the problem foursome.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/11/2018

Thank you for your comments. We were blessed with great weather this Saturday and virtually every tee time was booked. We apologize for the pace of play, and will look at ways to improve. Appreciate your feedback.


"Great fun"


u770918005's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This track is one of my top 3 I’ve ever played & I’ve been playing for many years all over the south east

Well worth the money


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/11/2018

Thank you for your kind comments on Avalon. The management and staff is working hard to elevate the course to be one of the premier courses in the Knoxville area. As you noticed the sand traps on the front nine are complete and Billy Bunker is in process of complete rebuild of the back nine. We anticipate a pre July 4th completion date. Again, Thank you for your comments. Hope to see you back soon.



u195661168's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/11/2018

Thank you for playing. Hope you will come back out when the bunkers on the back nine is completed.


"Great to see the improvements!"


Cdfeigley's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time I’ve played here in maybe 3 years. Condition was very bad the last time. Had heard good things recently so triied again. Big improvements, very pleased. Bunkers on front side have been redone. All that needs to be done now is backside bunkers and this course will once again be my favorite course in this area. Great layout and deserves to be top notch!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Avalon in late May"


u000006510418's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are in great shape, putting quick and true. Fairways are fine overall, many bunkers are GIR for maintenance.

Good value, good golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2018

Thank you for your feedback and comments on our greens, fairways and bunkers. FYI.....the Total reconstruction of our bunkers are completed on the front 9 and work began on the back 9 started on Tuesday. The investment $300,000 in the new Billy Bunkers with its crystal white sands should bring Avalon up to the standards the you should appreciate for a long time in the future.



u000004572171's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played this course in previous years and enjoyed it. Not o this time! The bunkers are under repair and were totally unusable. The fairways were scalped and not watered, so very dry and little grass to hit off of. The tee boxes were so dry you could barely put in a tee. We should have at least been advised of the bunker situation ahead of time. We will not be playing this course again unless we see some reviews that show vast improvement. It's a shame, as we like the location and the layout.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Course Under repair"


jodyrayburn's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I had the chance to play Avalon Golf Course for the first time yesterday. I took off work to play as I haven't had a chance lately to get out on the weekends. The staff in the clubhouse were friendly and I took off on the first tee only to find that the bunkers were under construction and being dug out for drainage and loaded with gravel. I understand that they're upgrading the course from previously poor bunkers, but was not given notice from the clubhouse about the repairs or that the hired subcontractors would be driving all over the course with tractors and dump trailers hauling gravel and sand. For the first 6-7 holes I had to wait on the workers to move and finally just hit away as tractors were driving right by me. I would not have paid $35.00 for a twilight fee (not a hot deal) had I known this fact.

The greens were recovering from being aerated and were in decent condition and the fairways were coming in nicely. Had the course been in better shape or had I been warned about the conditions my review would be higher. I would caution you to call ahead and see if any renovations are currently underway. Also if you want to stop for a bite to eat at the turn good luck finding anyone in the lounge. I waited for 10 minutes and saw nobody but the kitchen workers in the back before heading to the 10th tee.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2018

Jody, thank you for your feedback and your patience on the total reconstruction of our bunkers. We completed the front nine last week and began work on the back nine this past Tuesday. I have addressed the service in the grill, which is something we definitely focus on and take a lot of pride in. Avalon CC looks forward to hosting you in the future as we complete the enhancements of both the course and to the clubhouse. Hope to see you soon.


"Fun and challenging course"


u000006669888's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoy playing this course. Course can be as hard or forgiving as you allow it. Multiple tee boxes allows you to pick your difficulty. Golf carts are great with on screen GPS for shot distance. I didn't give it an excellent rating for conditions due to the fact the course has not grown in well and many tee boxes were suffering and the greens were recently aerated. The costs should be a bit lower with current course conditions and the recent aeration which lead to the less than perfect overall rating. By June the course should be in excellent condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/16/2018

First of all, thank you for playing Avalon and your feedback. We strive to get better every day. Virtually every course in the area has suffered through and unusually cold and wet April. Thank you for the comments on the new Club Car carts. We were the 3rd course in the country to have the Shark Experience Multimedia GPS screens. Also, we began work on March 8th the total rebuild of our bunkers. Thank you again for playing Avalon and look forward to seeing you back soon.


"Layout great - course needs lots of work"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing (from out of town) with friends.

Very friendly staff and club house conditions.

Very hilly, challenging but fun layout (blind shots, lots of lost balls).

Too much money to pay for current course conditions (all bunkers under repair and got free drop, many greens and tee boxes bare/crappy, fairways decent but not great). Told bad spring impacted conditions, but seems like more work ahead to get back in shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/16/2018

Thank you for playing Avalon and we love to host out of town visitors. We greatly appreciate you feedback. Yes, we had a tough winter, cold and wet weather in March and April didn't provide the much needed conditions for our Bermuda to refresh for the spring. Major renovations started on May 8th and I think you will be surprised a the difference if you are in the area again. Thank you again for your feedback.


"Making strides"


jcthevol's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Avalon is doing a lot better. Clubhouse improvements are outstanding. Best carts in East Tennessee. Bunkers are the next phase of reno and they need it. Looking forward to playing again later this year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/16/2018

jcthevol, Thank you for the review. Wanted to let you be aware that we started the rebuild of bunkers on May 8th. The front nine should be finished by Memorial Day. Hope to see you back at Avalon soon.




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Poor value"


u000004444061's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This used to be one of my favorite courses. However now it is in horrible condition and is way OVERPRICED for what you get. Absolutely no sand in the traps just mud and clay, ground under repair everywhere and a course in bed need of TLC. The price of $45.00 on a "special rate" is still way too much for this course. The layout is great and when it was in condition it was good but over the past two years the new owners have done nothing to maintain it. Absolute waste of money.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/23/2018

Baloney...you can’t blame a bad round on the new owner. You can’t change a course overnight and the new owner continues to make improvements. The greens are better than they’ve been in years, the bunkers are scheduled to redone this spring, and they just got state of the art golf carts. I’ve heard from members of the club that love the improvements. Give it another try in the spring.


"Avalon After the Rain"


uDSHD2103DS's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course with challenging fairways. Had rained so we had cart path only but still enjoyed the play. Only one hole had a water challenge. Lengthy course with lots of sand traps.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u603575476's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/16/2018

Thank you for playing Avalon and your five star rating. I know its a bit late to respond, but I wanted to make sure that you were aware of our new Club Car carts, with The Shark Experience Multimedia GPS system. Coming soon is Swing King which will allow you play for a hole-in-one on every outing. Look forward to seeing you back at Avalon soon.


"The course was in great shape, the sand traps and water hazards were well placed."


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Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What stands out for me is the sand trap placement around the green on hole #2 and the water hazard on hole #9 and #17.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very Nice"


mpowers6416's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was wet due to recent rain causing the bunkers to be filled and cart path only. But very nice layout, played very fast and were not pushed from behind.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course but not much of a scenery."


u251257979's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is over all in great shape fairways and greens. However the bunkers are all washed out and full of rocks, which are completely unplayable.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Avalon in Late September"


u000006510418's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A challenging layout, fairways and greens in good shape. Bunkers are in poor condition and are mostly played as ground under repair. Rough is long and dense, most balls hit into it are lost.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



pgaismygoal's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A very nice layout...until 17-18"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The breadth, expanse, and beauty of this course doesn't hit you until you start toward the first tee. After a brief stop at a nice practice range, it's a short ride up a hill to the first tee. From there you get your first view of rolling hills, green fairways, and the start of a solid test of golf. The course is an intelligent layout with difficulty on the edges to penalize bad shots. The fairways are not overly wide but definetely not too tight. However beware if you stray into the taller rough as your ball will sink deep and if you find it, will be almost unplayable. Bunkers are placed around the greens to catch off target shots. And a word on the bunkers. At the pro shop they are very open to tell you that they are working on restoring the bunkers and that most of them are played as ground under repair. When you see them, you will see why. Other than that, holes 1 to 16 are outstanding.

Then you hit 17. It is almost as if you are playing a different golf course The trees disappear. The rough is absent. The hard dogleg routing over water is contrived. 18 is a bit better but still not the same course you had just experienced. These last two holes are a disappointment based on the first 16. Despite this, it was a great experience and a fun round of golf well worth the trip.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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