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Best golf courses near Knoxville, TN

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Knoxville, TN. There are 22 courses within a 15-mile radius of Knoxville, 16 of which are public courses and 5 are private courses. There are 16 18-hole courses and 6 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Holston Hills Country Club
Private
Holston Hills Country Club
Knoxville, TN
4.4
80 Panelists
Holston Hills is a club that ultimately benefitted from being on the "wrong" side of town for many of its years. Because of that, the membership never had the money to go in for the kind of major modernization of its 1927 Donald Ross-designed course that so many other clubs of the era endured, few for the better. The result is that the Ross fundamentals are well-preserved, with a splendid routing that fans out in opposing directions from the clubhouse perch, holes that work up and over robust but never severe land movements (see the hogback par-4 second fairway), stellar cross-bunkering that one day might impact shot selection and the next day not, and greens that showcase lovely, original internal contours. The par 5s alternate between gettable and gotcha (the 517-yard seventh is one of Ross's most original half-par holes), the lovely bunkering of the short par-4 sixth elevates it to a must-see hole, and the run of 14, 15 and 16 that includes a long par 3 into a glen with a wickedly canted green, a mid-length down and up par 4 over a string of cops mounds and a drivable uphill par 4 to a tabletop green is one of the most ecclectic trio of holes in the state.
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Island Pointe Golf Club: River Islands
3.8
31 Panelists
This Arthur Hills design is situated on 175 acres along the banks of the French Broad River, less than 20 miles east of Knoxville. The river plays a central role throughout, bisecting the layout and providing a uniquely natural setting. The Zoysia fairways are often regarded as some of the best in the area, giving golfers great lies as they look to attack the small, subtly undulating greens. With weekday rates under $50, Island Pointe is a great, affordable public option.
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Whittle Springs
Public
Whittle Springs
Knoxville, TN
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Ruggles Ferry Golf Club: Ruggles
Public
Ruggles Ferry Golf Club: Ruggles
Strawberry Plains, TN
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