PGA Championship

Valhalla Golf Club



Black Creek Club

Chattanooga, TN Private

Overview

Brian Silva deserves recognition for being one of the first architects to rediscover, restore and popularize the architecture of Seth Raynor. At Black Creek Club, Silva was able to build his versions of Raynor and C.B. Macdonald’s “ideal holes” like the Short and the Biarritz, but the most remarkable one here, or almost anywhere else, is a Silva original. The par-5 sixth (above) plays across mostly open space, though drives must contend with bunkers jutting into the fairway from the left. The real engagement begins on the second and third shots. Golfers cannot see the green ahead, only a tall, fortress-like embankment of long grass and bunkers. At some point the rampart must be breached, and on the other side awaits a punchbowl arena of more than 55,000 square feet that would make Raynor blush, with sloping banks that funnel shots toward a large, square green perched against a creek. It was ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best holes in America designed after 2000. —Derek Duncan

About

Holes 18
Length 7204
Slope 138
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2000
Designer Brian M. Silva, ASGCA

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Best in State: Ranked in the top 10 of our Best in Tennessee ranking, 2003-2020, 2023-'24.
2023-'24 ranking: 8th.
Previous ranking: 14th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

3.8

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.8897
Character
6.6811
Challenge
6.7719
Layout Variety
7.1195
Fun
7.1748
Aesthetics
6.7029
Conditioning
6.7352

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