Best Golf Courses Near Abingdon, VA
Tucked in the southwest corner of Virginia near the Tennessee line, Abingdon, Virginia draws raves from residents and visitors alike. Various publications have touted it as one of Virginia’s most beautiful and romantic towns, and in 2019 USA Today rated Abingdon the no. 1 “Best Small Town Food Scene” in the U.S. Alas, no golf publications would ever tout Abingdon as a haven for golfers—there’s only one course in town and it is private. By expanding your search, however, and including the offerings in Tennessee, all levels of players will find fine layouts for their tee time cravings. The unique city of Bristol—one city split down the middle with a Virginia side and a Tennessee side—is a good starting point even though you’ll encounter several private courses. Clear Creek Golf Club, a hilly, public-access gem, winds around a large lake and features a stunning peninsula green among its seven holes that touch the water. Bristol, Tennessee is home to a nine-hole muni and the public, 18-hole Bristol Golf Club, but it’s worth trying to get on the Golf Club of Bristol, a private club that dates back to 1894 and became Tennessee’s first organized golf course. The club, which Golf Advisor rated no. 3 in Tennessee in 2015, often allows play by non-members when it isn’t busy. Your options increase the farther into Tennessee you are willing to go. In Blountville, Tri Cities Golf Club is a 27-hole course that offers tee time discounts. Kingsport, Tennessee also boasts attractive tee time options. You won’t want to stray too far from Abingdon, however. The downtown historic district is famously home to the Barter Theater and the Martha Washington Inn and Spa, both of which are housed in buildings that date back to the 1830s. Even if you don’t stay at the Inn, it’s worth a visit. If you treat yourself to a massage at the acclaimed Spa, you may just free up your golf swing.