Playing at McLemore Golf Course

Everything There is to Know about Tackling The Highlands Course at McLemore Resort

Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain in the heart of the Southeastern United States lies a hidden gem for golf enthusiasts – McLemore Golf Course. Renowned for its breathtaking views, challenging layout, and impeccable design, The Highlands Course at McLemore Resort offers seasoned golfers and novices alike an experience like no other.

A Brief History

It has taken nearly 30 years to assemble what is now a Top 100 Golf Course, as ranked by Golf Digest Magazine.

Construction of Tauqueta Falls Golf Club began in 1995.  Due to its remote location and rugged terrain, it took several ownership groups 10 years to complete golf course architect Rick Robbins’ original design.  And when it finally opened to members and guests in June of 2005, a new name was unveiled, Canyon Ridge Golf Club.

From 2005 to 2017, Canyon Ridge Golf Club had its ups and downs, both literally and figuratively.  A private gated community of members kept the facility alive during this time, only to see it decay. Knowing the course layout was something special, Scenic Land Company of Chattanooga, Tennessee acquired the entire development in 2017. Immediately, visionary and renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, along with golf course designer Bill Bergin, were named architects of record to redesign and renovate the tiring layout. Their collaboration resulted in the creation of a masterpiece that seamlessly integrates the natural contours of Lookout Mountain with the strategic elements of golf course design.

The Layout

Spanning over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, you could say that the Highlands Course at McLemore Resort is a golfer’s post card come to life. It’s a challenging yet rewarding experience for golfers of all skill levels. With meticulously manicured forgiving fairways offer some room for error. But place a premium on accuracy off the tee. Strategically placed hazards, contoured approach areas and subtly undulating greens pose a stern test of skill and strategy. demanding accuracy and strategic shot placement.

There are many breathtaking vistas along the routing. Don’t forget to keep your pace of play as you snap images of rock canyons, stoic valleys and dramatic elevation changes.

Signature Holes – Front 9

You’ll want to be prepared right away off the green of #1, offering a historic overview of McLemore Cove from its cliff side green. McLemore Golf Course, McLemore Resort, John Hughes Golf, #1 Highlands CourseHole #2 provides an expansive view of most of the front side of the golf course, while hiding just how much the large pond is in play.





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Be sure to stop at the crest of the fairway of Hole #6 to catch a panoramic view of the other direction of the front 9, including Cloudland at McLemore Resort, the fantastic new boutique hotel offering of Curio Collection by Hilton. And Hole #9 presents another canyon crossing to test your skills and eyes.

Signature Holes – Back 9

The Back 9 provides a bit of a break from canyons and elevation. While continuing the journey of a challenging layout.McLemore Golf Course, McLemore Resort, John Hughes Golf, #12 Highlands Course

Hole #12, a longish Par 5, is straight up a hill you never knew you went down. #15 sets the stage for the final 4 holes, all demanding Par 4’s.

Finishing with the 10th best finishing hole in all the world, #18. Arguably, it is this hole that has put McLemore on the golf destination map. And should be revered and respected before hitting your tee shot.

If you want a well guided tour of how to play The Highlands Course at McLemore Resort, look no further than yours’ truly video guide.

The Experience

Beyond its world-class golfing facilities, McLemore offers a range of amenities to enhance the overall experience for players and guests alike.

McLemore Golf School offers a way to improve your game with its Full-Day Golf School Program. This comprehensive program includes a morning coaching session, lunch at the scenic Creag Restaurant, and on-course instruction in the afternoon.

Cloudland at McLemore Resort, John Hughes Golf, Golf Lessons. Golf SchoolsAs previously mentioned, staying at Cloudland at McLemore Resort is more than just convenient.  It is an experience all to itself.  With the cantilever bluff side lounge, infinity pool, and multiple choices of dining, each room provides a restful and warm haven to rejuvenate after your round. Cloudland is designed to exceed your expectations.



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The Keep – A New Challenge on the Horizon

In the Fall of 2024, keep your eye out for The Keep, McLemore Resort’s second course. I’ve witnessed the development and construction of this one-of-a-kind piece of property over the past 2+ years. I can personally attest The Keep will be an unforgettable golfing experience.  With 5 bluff-edge holes, a view of all 18-holes anywhere on the property, The Keep will host a major someday.

Sustainability and Conservation

At McLemore Resort, environmental stewardship is a top priority. The members and ownership are making a commitment to sustainable practices. Aimed at preserving the natural beauty of Lookout Mountain for generations to come. From water conservation efforts to wildlife habitat preservation, McLemore Golf Course is dedicated to minimizing its environmental footprint. While maximizing the enjoyment of its patrons.

Planning Your McLemore Golf Course Round Now

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a weekend warrior, McLemore offers something for everyone. Due to its limited tee sheet and high demand, be sure you:

  • Book your tee times well in advance, particularly between April and October.
  • Always check the weather conditions. At 2300 feet above sea level, conditions at McLemore Resort are in constant flux and can be unpredictable.
  • Remember to bring your camera and plenty of golf balls!


The Highlands Course at McLemore Resort is more than just a round of golf. It’s a complete experience! Along with its challenging layout, stunning scenery, and exceptional service, McLemore promises a day you won’t soon forget.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer seeking a new challenge. Or a casual enthusiast looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of the game. McLemore Resort is an inviting golf destination! Where you’ll discover the magic of a historic cove hidden among the rolling hills of Lookout Mountain.

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