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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.


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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.


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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

Awards at Ross Creek Landing, Bear Trace

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Tournaments of Ross Creek Landing, Bear Trace

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Course Staff

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