Hillbilly Golf is definitely an “I’ve been to Gatlinburg” checklist item. If you haven’t been there, have you really been to Gatlinburg?
Admit it, even the most high-brow among you have curiously followed the incline as it climbs the mountain, wondering what exactly was on top.
Go ahead and hop on – you’re on vacation! It’s okay to do something a little outside your normal entertainment standards. You can always blame it on the kids – or the moonshine samples.
Locals may think it plays up our Appalachian heritage in the wrong way, but Hillbilly Golf is a favorite when my out-of-town relatives visit.
When did Hillbilly Golf open?
Hillbilly Golf is a classic mini golf course in Gatlinburg which 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.
A cart 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. 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 mountain, you’ll find two challenging courses.
Many Appalachian stereotypes can be found here: Moonshine stills, wagons and decoration outhouses. My aunt once compared it to visiting the set of Hee Haw.
It’s worth noting that if you do have a serious problem a fear of heights, you might want to choose a more grounded mini golf course. The courses are on top of a mountain and completely outside.
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.
How much does Hillbilly Golf cost?
The cost of admission for Hillbilly Golf is $12.99 per person for adults. Children 4-12 are $8.99, and children under 3 are free. These prices do not include tax.
Discounts are offered for:
- Seniors (60 and older)
- Military and first responders (with ID)
- Local residents (with ID)
- Groups (15 people or more)
Spectators are charged the same price as players. Strollers and pets are not allowed.
Guests who play a second game can also do so for only $5.99, which is good for three days after the first visit if you keep your score card.
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 lit. 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.
Insider tip: Parking is available in front of the business, but it can be limited. Plan on spending an hour for one course, 90 minutes to two hours for both courses.
Snacks are available, but don’t arrive super hungry – offerings are limited.
Hillbilly Golf is located at 340 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN 37738. To learn more, visit the Hillbilly Golf Facebook Page.
Have you been to Hillbilly Golf? Let us know in the comments!