One of the best golf courses in the Chattanooga area
The Canyon Ridge Club
golf course opened for play in June of 2005 and immediately became one of the best golf courses in the Chattanooga area. The holes are routed through a dramatic setting of mountain meadows, streams and natural rock landscapes. Elevated tees provide magnificent views in every direction. No two holes are alike, and the pure scale of the land makes each hole feel worlds apart from the others. An ever changing wind cools the course in the summer and challenges the golfer to choose the correct club or face the consequences.
The course will challenge the scratch golfer from the back tees while still providing a very playable test from the shorter tees to accommodate the average golfer. In addition to extraordinary golf, the Canyon Ridge membership offers access to world class amenities which currently include the heated pool, state-of-the-art tennis courts, hiking trails and the pointe pavilion.
Located on top of Lookout Mountain (only 30 minutes from Chattanooga), Canyon Ridge has the setting and the views of a mountain-style layout, but veteran golf course designer Rick Robbins has eased some of the severity that can occasionally make a round on a mountain course a little too frustrating.
Only a handful of holes feature significant elevation changes, with the par-5 sixth about the only hole you may not have kind words for after you play it. The golf experience at Canyon Ridge begins with a spectacular view from the elevated tee at the par-5 first, with an even more eye-popping vista from the green.
Most of the elevation changes will be negotiated in carts between holes, as Robbins has kept the playing terrain, especially the landing areas, reasonably level. Although some of the fairways have a modest amount of roll, you will not be subject to slightly off-target shots plunging down steep inclines, with the relatively ample corridors allowing for some leeway off the tee.
While Canyon Ridge lacks the severity of a typical mountain layout, it has more than its share of hazards along the way, some a lot harder than what you’re used to encountering. Robbins has allowed the natural elements of the property to come into play, which means lots of rock formations and a number of creeks dotted by rocks that might actually send a mis-hit shot careening off one back into play.
A number of holes are lined by native areas with heavy foliage, fescue, rocks and creeks. A decent amount of accuracy will take most of the trouble out of play, but a decent amount of inaccuracy will have you digging into the bag for another ball. You can play away from the trouble on some of the holes, but there are enough with danger lurking right and left to keep things interesting.
With a fairly healthy amount of trouble within reach, as well as a handful of significant carries from the tee, Robbins has left the greens complexes on the tame side, although a few include sharp drop-offs if you overshoot the putting surface. Bunkering is very modest, with only a few of the gently sloping greens guarded by hazards seriously in play.Location
Canyon Ridge golf course is located 30 minutes south of Chattanooga on Lookout Mountain - 3.1 miles south of the 157/136 interchange on hwy 157.