There are many interesting things to do and places to visit if you are staying in the city of Loudon in Tennessee, with a great many outdoor activities available too and this includes some superb golf courses for all golf enthusiasts in the area. One of the most popular locations for golfers in the area, is the Tellico Village a planned community just a few miles from the city of Loudon on the western shore of the reservoir of the same name, as it has three excellent golf courses as well as a yacht and country club. Each of the golf courses is named after Native American Indian words, predominantly Cherokee.
This 5000 acre community was set up in the 1980s and now has a population of 6,750, many of whom are actively involved in the clubs and social activities on offer within the reservation which also includes several dining and recreational facilities including a fitness center plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools. However, this is a firm favorite for avid golfers in particular with three championship golf courses including the Rarity Bay Championship Golf Course which offers an 18-hole par-72 with stunning views of the nearby lake and the Great Smoky Mountains in the backdrop. The clubhouse also provides a superior driving range for those who wish to put in some practice first as well as a first-class putting green. The main course – which covers 150 acres and was designed by D.J. DeVictor and Peter Langham – offers a golfing experience in a unique setting that is both fun and challenging and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Travelling from Loudon you would take the city exit 72 then turn left off that onto Highway 72 before driving around 13 miles until you see the sign for Rarity Bay on the left side. Drive into the town until you see the signs for the golf course which will bring you to the gatehouse to enter the facility.
The Bear Trace Golf Course at Cumberland Mountain is slightly further away but its location within the heart of this scenic state park makes the drive worthwhile as it offers magnificent views of the breathtakingly beautiful Cumberland Plateau. In addition, Golf Week magazine has named this as the No. 1 Golf Course in Tennessee, with much of the Jack Nicklaus signature layout including features incorporated from the natural environment around it such as flowing streams, layered flag stone (resourced direct from the region) and clusters of mature pine trees. The design also takes advantage of the natural elevation of the surrounding landscape which makes the course more challenging. There are several other courses located within state park land including Fall Creek Falls State Park which is home to what is deemed to be one of the most difficult courses in the region as the 18-hole layouts have literally been carved out of the densely forested woodland surrounding the area so the average signature hole is #15, with a Par 4 at 429-yards.