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4.5
64 Reviews (64)
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
96.8%
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62 out of 64 reviews
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5.0
4 Reviews (4)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
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4 out of 4 reviews
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4.6
11 Reviews (11)
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7111 yards
Slope 136
Rating 74.9
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Bear Trace at Harrison Bay
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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways 419 Bermuda Grass
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round. In season: Apr 1st - Oct 31st
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1999) Thomas Pearson (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
64 Reviews (64)
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Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

A little piece of Heaven in the Woods

This was our 1 st time playing this course and even though it was a little damp and some the fairways were soggy the greens were outstanding! Nothing like playing gold and seeing deer that walk within 50 ft of you.
Beautiful place!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great Fall Golf

Had a fun round. Challenging course, not too much elevation, but a good layout and great conditions.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fall in Chattanooga

Played an early round in late October, course was in great shape, the bunkers are in phenomenal condition. Course is really inexpensive by my standards, with a sleeve of ProV-1x balls it was still less than sixty dollars!
I walked the course and there’s really only one hole that had a long walk between green and the next tee. There were a ton of leaves on the ground but, it’s the fall. They also have the woods marked as lateral hazards which helps with pace of play. I got around in three and a half hours even though I had to wait on every tee around the back. Play this course, it’s one of the better ones around.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course with an awesome view.

Really enjoyed the course. Fairways and greens were in great shape. The view of the lake was pretty sweet as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wonderful ^^

The golf course was very nice.·
The yellow flowers and the lake around the hall were so beautiful.·
I will recommend this golf course to my friends.·

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always fun

This place is always a good choice. It’s a little pricey in the on-season but not terrible. I do recommend this place to anyone in the Chattanooga area. Among the public courses, this is my favorite in Chattanooga.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great experience

Played here for the first time today and loved it. Great layout, friendly staff and beautiful scenery everywhere. The course is in great condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Had played two days prior as well and got caught behind some slow play - it was a little frustrating but nothing that we all haven't experienced at some point. However on this day the pace was really bad. Enough to ruin the round - I quit after nine. Course was jammed up and there were 10+ minute waits on some tees. As I left the course I could see three groups on number 10 which assured me I made the right decision to abandon the round. Doubt I'll try to play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Husband and Wife quality time

My wife and I are avid golfers and like playing different courses throughout the country. Bear Trace was an excellent course. We shared a most enjoyable 18 holes of golf. Staff, course and quality time with my best friend made our day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Hidden gem

This course was in excellent condition. I was fortunate enough to play with a couple of regulars which really helped to know where to hit tee shots. Greens were great! Nice fairways. Can’t wait to go back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 294
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Typical state park layout, with fairways wider than they appear from tee. Jack employed more right-to-left doglegs than he usually does in his designs. Greens were excellent. Wish there had been more memorable holes, particularly playing around the bay.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course, better be able to curve the ball

First time playing here, took a couple of holes to get the green speed down. This is a tight course, nice views of the water and eagles nest on 10. Will be playing here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course, slow play

This is a Jack Nicklaus course, and it shows. Was incredibly challenging and beautifully constructed. Overall in great shape, though a number of the greens had recently been accidentally killed and were under significant repair. The other issue was the pace of play was particularly slow - took us about 5 hours to get around.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very scenic!

This course has some incredible views, especially on the front nine. Being a Nicholas course you would expect a great layout and design and it doesn’t disappoint. They only downside was the conditions of the greens. They are experiencing issues and I hope they get this turned around soon. Will definitely play again!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good, but....

The greens need work and I believe were not well prepared during the winter months. Over the past 13 years I have seen staff changes. Not a big fan of some of the newer folks, especially for the new pricing.

The golf course design however is pleasant. It offers an enjoyable experience for all skill levels.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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