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Clifton, TN  38425
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Bear Trace Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,131 yards | 132 slope

72.9 rating | Bermuda grass

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Bear Trace Golf Course

The 18-hole "Bear Trace" course at the Ross Creek Landing facility in Clifton, Tennessee features 7,131 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.9 and it has a slope rating of 132 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA, the Bear Trace golf course opened in 2001. Chris Wicks manages the course as the General Manager.


Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

This course is closed...out of business!

Reviewed July 01, 2010

I've played courses throughout the U.S. Probably over 200. This is my favorite, for sure. Each hole has its own personality. Some make you feel you are playing a links/seaside course, others feel like a woods course.

The four sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all abilities. My index is 5.2 and I rotate between the white and blue (not the tips) to give different looks to the holes.

The first seven holes are relatively simple (though you can certainly get in trouble on each one!), but the next 11 are as challenging as I have ever played. 8-10 could be labeled the course’s “Amen Corner” and 15-18 (the “Final Four”) are exceptional finishing holes.

The scenery is magnificent as the course blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The staff has always been helpful and friendly, the practice area is topnotch, and the course is quite well maintained. After a dozen rounds, I don’t think I have ever gotten a bad fairway lie.

In short, if you love golf this is a don’t-miss-it course. Yes, it’s out of the way, but worth the trip. If you are considering a golf outing with friends, the course has lodging. Plus the Bear Inn (not associated with the course) is conveniently located and also a great place to stay.

Reviewed April 12, 2010

Beautiful course with a challenge on every hole. It is indeed in the middle of nowhere and an hour and half trip for me, but well worth the drive.

Reviewed July 23, 2009

I've played this course a few times and it's come to be my favorite golf course. I treat myself to a round at least twice a year. Yes, it is 'in the middle of 'nowhere' ' but that adds to it's charm. Extremely well-maintained(I wish the Chickasaw Bear Trace would get the hint). It's a 1.5 hour drive for me, so not too bad.
Staff has always been wonderful, even encouraging me to take my fly rod out to the ponds to fish!!
Wonderful layout and challenging to say the least. The last hole is tough from the tips with a headwind. Yikes!! Somehow parred it :)

Reviewed July 16, 2009

Great course in the middle of NOWHERE. Front nine is good, then the back is fantastic. If your in the area, somehow, play this one for sure.

Reviewed September 20, 2008

This has to be the most well groomed and challenging public course that I have ever played. It is a good ways from my home in Murfreesboro (about 2.5 hours) but it was well worth the drive. The scenery is beautiful and the course is very challenging. I can't wait to go again.

Reviewed December 25, 2007

We spent the fifth day of a six day golf/road trip playing this great golf course located very much away from any major city,it was well worth the drive in the rain . The design was exellent and the natural beauty of the state park setting was beautifull. The staff at the course was super friendly and I was supprised at the negative comment from another review. We stayed at the Bear Inn a tiny and confortable hotel of the 15th fairway.

Reviewed July 29, 2007

Just returned from playing this course for the last 3 days. I have been playing for 20+ years and this is the most difficult, yet most beautiful course, I have played out of 50+. There is not one single hole without "trouble". The only negative was the staff. Our golf package was supposed to include range balls, which we received on the first day, yet on the second day the cashier refused to give them to us. This which really did not bother me that much as I just chalked it up to a misunderstanding between the course and our hotel. What bothered me was he made a big deal about wanting to know who gave them to us the day prior. That incident pretty much set the standard for the staff, as they were not overly friendly, and did not do much to make you feel welcome. Overall, it is a first class course and a must play...just don't expect the employees to go overboard in friendliness and hospitality.

Reviewed November 07, 2006

Well manicured Jack Nicklaus course with no waits.

The golf course may be hard to get to but it is worth the drive. There were only about 10 foursomes on the course all day. We played 36 holes with each round in less than 4 hours. The course is manicured as any Jack Nicklaus course would be and is set up for the challenge of any golfer based on the set of tees you choice. I wish I had a small plane to fly to the course because we watched a foursome fly in and out during the day for a quick 18.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Ben S. 35 61 26 06/25/09
2 William F. 10 80 70 07/23/10
3 Jay H. 15 89 74 07/27/08
4 Steven F. 15 89 74 07/23/10
5 Jim R. 10 84 74 07/03/08
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About Ross Creek Landing, Bear Trace

Ross Creek Landing

Resort facility

60 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Chris Wicks, General Manager
Greg Martin, Golf Professional
Jonathan Enzor, Superintendent
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