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46 Reviews (46)
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4
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.3
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.6
64.5%
Recommend this course
34 out of 46 reviews
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2.1
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Conditions
1.7
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2.3
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.1
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
42.9%
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3 out of 7 reviews
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3.2
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Conditions
2.8
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Layout
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Pace
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StaffFriendliness
4.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6928 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.0
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The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain
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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1998) Tom Peck (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Reviews

3.3
46 Reviews (46)
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow Day at the course

Very Very slow day, 5 hour and 15 minute round not fun. Take a shot wait, take a shot wait…. But we survived and the weather was great.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Course is poorly maintained

Sad to see a course of this pedigree in such a state. Many bare patches and brown spots on greens, fairways are rife with large diseased and bare patches of grass. First time playing the course, it was mostly empty save for a high school team and a couple other groups. The layout is great but it is compromised by the poor state of the course.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Disappointing

For 68 dollars this is a rip off. Staff was friendly and club house is pretty cool. The conditions of the golf course were terrible. Greens were dead everywhere and painfully slow. Tough to distinguish fairways from rough. Should be a crime to do this to a Jack Nicklaus course. Unbelievable they feel okay about charging 68 dollars.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Conditions horrible

The conditions were absolutely terrible. For a $65 round of golf I would expect conditions to be pretty good. Greens were missing half the grass, fairways missing tons of grass. Bunkers not raked at all and the rocks all over them. Staff seemed apprehensive at best but the starter was good. Was first out so pace was no issue. Picture is actually one of the decent greens. I will never go back. Sad that I had an out of town person pick this course because of Jack.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best of Bear Trace

Cumberland is easily my favorite Bear Trace. It’s February and the greens and fairways were great. It rained hard about three days prior to my playing so they didn’t get to cut the fairways, but still they were nice. Because I live in a county that borders Cumberland county it only costs $40 to ride 18. This is definitely a $60-$70 course. I love this place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
2.0
First Time Playing

Course is in bad shape

Visited the golf course on 10-24-2022 and was not impressed.
Here are the 3 things this course has issues.

1. Fairways were a mess with the disease from over watering.
2. Greens were ate up with a disease. Black patches all over.
3. Rocks were all over in the sand traps. Not a few, but a lot.

Drove from Nashville to play this course and it wasn’t worth it.
Should be charging 40 instead of 80. Course is in to bad of shower to be charging full price. Didn’t expect a “Bear Trace” course to look like this!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Very disappointing

My 3rd course played in a 3 course package. Dorchester and Stonehenge MUCH better.
This course was in decent shape considering all the rain previously, A tight, "back and forth" layout. Some good views. I have played a lot nicer courses for less.
The bad: Pace of play was terrible. We went off at 0900. There was a group of 3, then a single, and then a foursome in front of us. The foursome refused to let the single play through. By hole 10 it was really getting backed up. Someone called ranger/starter, he basically did nothing, said "enjoy the nice day" Took 5 hours and 20 min to play.
Snack Bar: Hotdogs and Brats were cold. Only one person working, so it was slow.
If you take a package to Tennessee Mountain golf, don't pick this course.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hole in one

Great condition and the staff was wonderful. Got my first ever hole in one on #14

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bear Trace

Great day a the course , friendly staff. Great job course Marshall!! Perfect day for golf, course condition was excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 580
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing

Terrific Nicklaus State Park Course

Enjoyed this Nicklaus course that is part of tn state parks. One of my favorite courses by Jack. Course has a very unique layout with plenty of elevation changes and signature holes.

Conditions could have been better on fairways and tees, greens were solid.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointed

We chose the Bear Trace based on our past experience playing here. We knew the course was challenging but this trip was an exception. The rough was extremely thick and tall. So bad in fact it slowed our pace of play looking for balls. It was like playing in the US Open. Several of the the greens had fungi growing on them causing several bald spots. It was decided in the future this will not be a stop for our family tournament.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Scott

Greens were undulated but had a lot of fungus areas. Fairways in good shape, rough was high.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Skip this course

started at the front desk when they told us to split a small bucket between players. Then the driving range grass was at least 4 inches tall. The place is beautiful but not maintained. It is a true shame! I would never go back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fast small undulating greens, tight driving areas

This is very challenging course and as a first timer there, I did not know the best spots to play for or the distances. Course is beautiful, winds through hilly forest terrain, and the greens are very fast, but true. Staff was very nice. When my "A" game returns and I have a gps rangefinder, I will give it another shot.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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