A Guide To Hillbilly Golf in Gatlinburg With Prices, Tips

hillbilly golf mini golf atttraction in gatlinburg tn

Hillbilly Golf is open seasonally in Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Hillbilly Golf is an “I’ve been to Gatlinburg” checklist item. If you haven’t been there, have you really been to Gatlinburg? Locals may think it plays up our Appalachian heritage in the wrong way. However, Hillbilly Golf is my favorite outing when my out-of-town relatives visit. There may be lots of places to play mini golf in Gatlinburg, but this mini golf course offers a unique adventure with its mountaintop experience.

How much does Hillbilly Golf cost?

The cost of admission for Hillbilly Golf is $13.50 per person for adults. Children 4-12 are $9.50 and children under 3 are free. These prices do not include tax, and prices are subject to change. Discounts are offered for:

  • Seniors (60 and older)
  • Military and first responders (with ID)
  • Residents (with ID)
  • Groups (15 people or more, one transaction)

Spectators are charged the same price as players. Also, strollers and pets are not allowed. Guests who play a second game can also do so for a discounted price, which is good for three days after the first visit if you keep your scorecard.

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Appalachian theming is found throughout this mini golf course (photo by Laura Akens/TheSmokies.com)

Is Hillbilly Golf open year-round?

Hillbilly Golf is open from March through November from 9 am-10 pm, weather permitting. During the early spring and fall months, the ride is dark and the course is illuminated, and visitors are treated to a view of the Gatlinburg lights that can’t be topped. If Hillbilly Golf ever closes due to weather, guests will receive a raincheck. 

parking area in front of hillbilly mini golf
There is limited parking at the attraction (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Does Hillbilly Golf have parking?

Parking is available for golfers for free, but space can be limited. There is additional parking near the restrooms for a fee. Usually, that lot is not too expensive. The last time we were there, it was about $2.

Outhouse mini golf obstacle at Hillbilly Golf Gatlinburg
There are two different courses to choose from at Hillbilly Golf (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

When did Hillbilly Golf open? Why is it special?

Hillbilly Golf is a classic mini golf course that opened more than 50 years ago. But what makes it stand out from the other mini golf courses in the area is the location and the method of transportation. An incline railway transports guests “up a mountain” to the attraction. You may think that “mountain” might be an overstatement, but “up” is not. If this was any steeper, you might blast off into space at the end. But don’t worry, it’s a smooth and steady ride up and the trip is short. You won’t have time to be nervous about the ride.

Each cart holds about 6-9 people. At the top of the hill, there are two 18-hole courses to choose from. Along the courses, you’ll see many Appalachian stereotypes and obstacles. For example, the courses feature moonshine stills, farm equipment, wagons and decorated outhouses. My aunt once compared it to visiting the set of “Hee Haw”.

incline cart at hillbilly golf
A trolley ride takes all guests to the top of the mountain to play (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Tips for going to Hillbilly Golf

If you’re planning your outing to Hillbilly Golf, I’d plan on spending at least an hour for one course and 90 minutes to two hours for both courses. Remember, this course is built on a mountainside. If you do have a serious fear of heights, you might want to choose a more grounded mini golf course in the area. Both courses start on top of the mountain and are completely outside.

When you’re on top of a mountain, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery. Plus, help is never far away. There are signs posted throughout to call a staff member if you see a bear or if you need additional golf balls. Although the inclines are not super steep, you do want to have at least some good balance if you plan to tackle this course. Also, don’t arrive super hungry. But in a pinch, some snacks are available for purchase, although the offerings are limited. Hillbilly Golf is located at 340 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN 37738.

The burnt tree at Hillbilly Golf
Some of the damage from the 2016 fire has been integrated into the course (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Did Hillbilly Golf in Gatlinburg burn down?

Hillbilly Golf almost burned completely during the 2016 fire, and the incline was replaced. We are happy to say that it is still open and operating in Gatlinburg. Owners wisely worked some of the damage into the landscaping for the course. For example, the root of a downed tree has been integrated into the course. 

Have you been to Hillbilly Golf in the Smokies? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Up until 2010, when we made our last trip up there, we made it a fact to play “Hillbilly Golf” Saturday night. First off we’d come on Halloween weekend and rent a Chalet. I guess you could call Hillbilly Golf a family Tradition. These trips would serve as a de-facto family reunion. Other things we’d do is spend a roll of quarters at Fannie Farkles, Make a visit to the record store in the Mountain Mall, find a NEW place to eat Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday, our get-away day we’d get Breakfast at the Log Cabin Pancake House. Now in 2022, we are hoping to get back up there.

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