Hillbilly Golf is definitely 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.
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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)
- Local 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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!