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8919 Harrison Bay Rd
Harrison, TN  37341-8935
United States
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Bear Trace Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 7,140 yards | 132 slope

73.8 rating | Bermuda grass

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Bear Trace Golf Course

The 18-hole "Bear Trace" course at the Bear Trace At Harrison Bay facility in Harrison, Tennessee features 7,140 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.8 and it has a slope rating of 132 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA, the Bear Trace golf course opened in 1999. Robin Boyer, PGA manages the course as the Golf Professional/General Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

I've played Bear Trace several times, and it is always very well maintained with slick/fast greens. There are sand traps on most every hole and deep woods lining at least one side on most holes that will penalize errant shots. However, the only water hazard is #14.

I agree with some of the other comments that the course is pricey. I can't afford to play here often, but it's a nice treat every now-and-then.

Reviewed July 05, 2010

Reviewed June 14, 2009

Great course! A little steep on the cost but the drive out from the Chattanooga area is all worth it!

Reviewed June 19, 2008

Probably the best public course in the Greater Chattanooga area. Always full of nature and great scenery. I have seen deer, raccoons, snakes, turtles, rabbits, and other animals during my rounds there. Very well maintained. Only downside is the cost, $54 on the weekend is a little more than I want to spend. But if you wait till later in the day the twilight rate drops the price to $37. Beautiful course, challenging, and memorable.

Reviewed April 20, 2008

Reviewed April 15, 2008

Definitely the best in the area that you can play. Played there in Aug 07 and March 08. Will play again next time I am in the area.

Reviewed January 08, 2008

Very good course. Maintained well and scenery is beautiful. Challanging, but not so difficult that a novice couldn't play. Definatly worth coming back to.

Reviewed December 30, 2007

Reviewed November 01, 2007

The locale for this course is superb, as it runs along the shores of a large TVA lake which is visible from many of the holes. The lake actually comes into play on only one hole. Since it is located in a state park, there are no homes along the course and all the fairways are carved from dense woodlands. The scenery is one of the best things about this otherwise fairly average course. Like a lot of Nicklaus courses, this layout favors those who can shape their shots as many of the greens are angled with respect to the fairway and almost all are heavily protected with deep greenside bunkers. On the day we played, the condition of the course was acceptable, but not great. We were somewhat disappointed with what we perceived as a rather typical collection of holes, displaying little of the imagination we found at another Bear Trace course at Cumberland Mountain. In reading some of the other comments, I suppose we are in the minority on that point. We have been on a golfing vacation in Tennessee and of the five courses we've played so far, this is the least memorable layout. It is a beautiful location and worthwhile if you're already in the area, but I doubt that we'd go out of our way to play here again.

Reviewed October 14, 2007

This is a great course, very well maintained and in great condition.

Reviewed September 23, 2007

Reviewed August 26, 2007

Reviewed July 25, 2007

Reviewed July 23, 2007

Wow, definitely one of if not THE best public golf courses in Tennessee. The course plays moderately difficult with lots of greenside and fairway sand bunkers throughout the course. The greens and fairways are always in excellent condition even in the midst of the dryest of summers. The staff has been helpful and friendly. The course offers discounts to state employees and military personnel that are incredible. The driving range and practice greens are nice. The clubhouse is also nice, offering a wide variety of golf apparel, equipment, food, etc.

Reviewed October 29, 2006

Reviewed October 03, 2006

Bear Trace

Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is pretty basic golf. The clubhouse is like a log cabin with a tin roof. There's a nice grill with good burgers and sandwiches. The course has wide fairways and large greens. Most of the holes are memorable rather than being cookie-cutter. Many of the holes are along Harrison Bay and have great views of the water. It's a rolling, parkland type course with some elevation changes, but not huge ones. The conditioning of the course is very good for a true public course inside a state park. At $39 for the 18 hole green fee (including cart), it's a really good value.


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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Tom H. N/A 48 48 03/21/12
3 shane D. N/A 66 66 06/16/12
4 Matthew C. N/A 68 68 10/31/07
5 Marty B. 16 86 70 05/22/08
6 Brad B. 22 92 70 01/03/10
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About Bear Trace At Harrison Bay

Bear Trace At Harrison Bay

Park facility

30 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Robin Boyer, PGA, Golf Professional/General Manager
Paul L. Carter, CGCS, Superintendent
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