Day 62: The Honors Course – Ooltewah, TN

by Jeff

… Pete Dye design. I had the Privilege of getting on this course, and was blown away.. what an amazing course. Water, Trees, Bunkers, FAST greens (STAY BELOW THE HOLE!), and immaculate conditions. – Jeff Priz, a user of Golf Review.com

Mist Rising on The Honors Course

Mist Rising on The Honors Course

The Honors Course opened on July 2, 1983 and was created to honor the game of amateur golf. This special golf course course is located in in the community of Ooltewah, just north of the City of Chattanooga.

In keeping with its philosophy, the course has hosted many amateur tournaments including the USGA Men’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships, the Curtis Cup Matches, and the NCAA Men’s Div. I Championship most recently this past spring of 2010.

Challenges throughout The Honors Course

Challenges throughout The Honors Course

Located at the foot of White Oak Mountain in an area once traveled by the Spanish Explorer Hernando DeSoto, the course which was designed by Pete Dye, and covers approximately 400 acres.

Natural beauty abounds on The Honors Course

Natural beauty abounds on The Honors Course

From the championship tees it measures 7,400 yards, has a very natural look with unspoiled beauty that provides a formidable challenge to those who love to play the game of golf.  Today, The Honors Course stands as a tribute to the game of golf and will continue to keep true to its mission of honoring the amateur player.

The Honors Course has six guest house options that can accommodate up to forty-one overnight guests in addition to the modest clubhouse and pro shop.

Unaccompanied one-day guests are allowed to play the course Tuesday through Friday. Guests not playing with a member must tee off between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and are limited to one continuous round, which should be completed in no more than five hours.

Men’s golf shirts must have a traditional collar and cargo shorts and short-sleeve mock turtlenecks are not permitted.

The Honors Course is located at 9603 Lee Highway, Ooltewah, TN 37363     423.238.4272

Map to The Honors Course

Map to The Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN

from the website: The unique philosophy of The Honors Course epitomizes what the late Richard S. Tufts of Pinehurst, North Carolina meant when he wrote: “The work that I have done has been for amateur sport, and I hope you won’t mind if I leave you with my creed of amateurism.  Amateurism, after all, must be the backbone of all sport– golf or otherwise.  In my mind an amateur is one who competes in a sport for the joy of playing, for the companionship that it affords, for health-giving exercise, and for relaxation from more serious matters.  As part of this light-hearted approach to the game, he accepts cheerfully all adverse breaks, is considerate of his opponent, plays the game fairly and squarely in accordance with its rules, maintains self-control, and strives to do his best, not in order to win, but rather as a test of his own skill and ability.  These are his only interests, and, in them material considerations have no part.  The return which amateur sport will bring to those who play it in this spirit are greater than those any money can possibly buy”.


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