Course Architect: Brian Silva
Year Opened: 2000
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Slope: 137. Rating: 74.3
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,149
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 421 Yds    10 - Par 4 360 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 427 Yds    11 - Par 3 195 Yds
                      3 - Par 3 165 Yds    12 - Par 4 458 Yds
                      4 - Par 5 586 Yds    13 - Par 4 485 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 374 Yds    14 - Par 5 526 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 559 Yds    15 - Par 4 347 Yds
                      7 - Par 3 239 Yds    16 - Par 4 446 Yds
                      8 - Par 4 392 Yds    17 - Par 3 206 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 431 Yds    18 - Par 5 532 Yds
                      Par 36  3,594 Yds     Par 36  3,555 Yds

Key Events Held: Chattanooga Classic (Nationwide Tour) 2003-10.

Awards Won: Ranked #8 Best in State (Tennessee) by Golf Digest (2003),
            Ranked #7 Best in State (Tennessee) by Golf Digest (2005),
            Ranked #9 Best in State (Tennessee) by Golf Digest (2007-10),
            Ranked #97 Top 100 Modern, Classical Courses by Golf Week (2003).

Course Record: 61 (Kyle Reifers, 2006).


HISTORY:  When a  course is  only open  for a  short period  of time,  history
usually  does not  fit into the equation, however Black Creek is an exception.
Course  designer  Brian Silva, the  1999 Architect of  the Year by Golf World,
specializes in designing courses that borrow ideas from some of the masters of
his profession, most notably, Seth Raynor and C.B. Macdonald. Black Creek Club
combines  the best of these vintage designers, as their Redan, Punchbowl, Cape
and  Biarritz  holes would indicate.  Silva  along  with partner  Geoffrey
have  designed some  outstanding venues, mainly in the northeast, such as Cape
Cod  National, Waverly  Oaks and Red Tail Golf Club. Each hole is specifically
named  after a  design philosophy.

History  was made  in 2003,  as the  PGA's developmental  league, the
Nationwide Tour made its mark at Black Creek. When it  was  all said and
done, Jason  Bohn, who birdied  five of the final seven holes  came away  the
winner, as he  defeated Kyle Thompson by one shot. Bohn, who  began the final
round three shots back, fashioned a final-round 64, which included  a  10-foot
birdie on  the final hole, as  he posted his first career title. Bart Bryant
made the biggest move of the tournament, as he stormed from 32nd to a tie for
sixth with a final round, and then course-record 63.

The 2004 event was quite amazing as well. Justin Bolli, who made the cut on
the number, shot rounds of 63-65 over the weekend to overtake Johnson Wagner
and Chris Anderson to win by one shot. Doug Barron set a new course record
with his final round of 62 and tied for fourth. After a bogey at the par-four
10th, Bolli went on a scoring spree with a birdie on 13 from two feet and a
10-foot eagle on the par-five 14th. Continuing his hot play, Bolli birdied
from 20 feet on the 15th and from 10 feet on the 17th. With his up-and-down
birdie at the last, Bolli finally grabbed the lead. Anderson had a chance to
force a playoff, but failed to birdie the last.

The first playoff in event history occurred in 2005, as Jason Schultz
outlasted Jerry Smith, Scott Weatherly and Joe Daley on the sixth extra hole.
Schultz, who shared the lead entering the final round, had a chance to win in
regulation, but three-putted the final hole to create the playoff. Weatherly
and Smith were eliminated on the first extra hole, as both Schultz and Daley
birdied the 18th. After halving the next four holes, the playoff continued on
the par-four ninth. Both players found the fairway with their tee shots, then
dropped their second shots on the putting surface. Schultz poured in a 20-foot
birdie putt, while Daley missed from 10-feet for birdie giving Schultz his
first tour win.

Records were broken in 2006, as Kyle Reifers carded a course-record of 61 in
the final round and then edged Brandt Snedeker in a playoff to register his
first career title. Making his professional debut after graduating from Wake
Forest, Reifers birdied the first extra hole to win the Chattanooga Classic.
With the victory, Reifers became the 11th player to win his first start on the
Nationwide Tour and the 19th player in Tour history to win as a Monday
qualifier. The tournament was not without drama, as Snedeker eagled the 72nd
hole to get into the playoff and join Reifers at 26-under-par 262, a new
tournament record.

REVIEW:  The course  starts off with a solid par-four, bending slightly to the
right  following  a downhill  tee shot. The  one thing you  will notice on the
front  nine is  the residential-lined  holes  throughout the  outward nine.  A
slight  drawback  considering the  beauty of  the course.  Getting back to the
action, a fairway bunker some 320 yards off the tee is an excellent target, as
this  hole favors a fade on your opening shot. This will leave a short iron to
a  very narrow green with sand right and left. The putting surface slopes from
back  to front and features a pair of ridges, hence the name "Double Plateau."
The  second is  a dogleg left par-four, that  requires a draw off the tee to a
fairway  protected both right and left with sand. In fact, three-wood might be
the  play,  as the left  bunker is  273 yards. Remember,  the hole is a dogleg
left, so don't confuse the very visible third green which sits to the right (I
did).  The  putting surface is  actually snug against the  base of a hill with
grass  swales left  and right.  A definite  birdie hole,  as the  green slopes
gently  from  left to  right. The first  signature hole on  the course is most
definitely  the  third. This  shortish par-three  of just  168 yards is played
downhill  to  a green which  is surrounded by  four large bunkers. The putting
surface  features a horseshoe swale in the center, so make sure you select the
right  club  so your  tee shot can  be on the  correct side  of the green or a
three-putt  could  be  in the  offing.  The  course  gets  its name  from  the
meandering  body of  water that wanders throughout the layout, Black Creek. It
first shows up on the par-five fifth. A fairly straightforward hole, the creek
cuts  in  front of the tee  box and ventures its  way up the right side of the
hole within 100 yards of the green. The bailout side is obviously on the left,
however  Silva, created  some  interesting dilemmas.  First  a 50-yard  bunker
protects  the  left side along with  native grasses. Second, with the creek on
the  right,  the landing area  off the tee is  very narrow. Your approach shot
must  be played down the right side, as to set up the best angle to the green,
which  is set off  the left. The putting surface is protected on the left side
by a daunting bunker, while the green itself is broken into three quadrants of
slope, making par a good score.

Accuracy,  not  length is the  key on  the sixth. A  short par four by today's
standards  at 375 yards, this hole requires a fairway metal or an iron off the
tee,  as a huge bunker right of the fairway stands in plain view. A short-iron
approach  must clear the  marsh area at the end of the fairway to a very small
green, protected left by sand and right by a shaved chipping area. The putting
surface is fairly simple, so birdies can be made. Although the longest hole on
the  course  at 562 yards, the  par-five sixth can  be reached in two. It also
features  the "Punchbowl" style of Macdonald and Raynor. A small bunker in the
middle  of  the fairway,  250 yards  out must be  avoided to  have any shot at
getting  home. After  a  successful tee  shot,  the player  is  left with  two
choices,  go for  the green or layup.  Either way, birdie or better is likely.
Laying  up will leave a 100-125 yard blind shot to a green that sits down. Aim
for the directional target behind the green. Missing left or right will end up
fine,  as  the 14,000 square  foot green slopes to  the center, leaving a sure
birdie  attempt. Go for the green, a three-metal must be struck with precision
in order to clear the bunkers that sit atop a knoll 70 yards shy of the green.
If  successful, your  second shot  should roll  up onto  the green,  leaving a
definite eagle opportunity. From the longest par-five to the longest par-three
on  the  course, the seventh  is a  brute at 244  yards from the tips. Playing
slightly  downhill,  the hole requires  a fade off  the tee and plays slightly
easier  than  the yardage  indicates due  to the  hillside to  the left of the
green.  Short and right  could spell doom with a deep abyss bunker. Your short
game  will  be tested here  in order  to make par.  The eighth is a strategic,
dogleg  right par-four,  as its  376-yard length  would indicate.  Directional
bunkers  protect the landing  area in each and every way, so picking the right
club off the tee can make all the difference. Bunkers left and right guard the
landing area at 220 yards out. More sand occupies the corner of the dog leg on
the  right, 250 yards  away from the tee. And for the big hitters, how about a
pot  bunker in  the center of the  fairway, 295 yards out. Now the fun begins,
the green, shaped like a square is flanked on the right by sand and features a
"thumbprint"  swale in the center of the surface. No question, the easiest pin
position  is the center of the green, however, back right or left and be happy
making  par.  Somewhat similar to The  Honors Course's ninth hole, the closing
hole on the front is an outstanding par-four, stretching 435 yards with out of
bounds  left and right. Let's not forget the sand on the right (224 yards out)
and  left (274 yards  away). Usually into the wind, the player is left with an
intimidating  second shot that must cross Black Creek, which runs on the right
side  of the fairway crossing the front and left portion of the green. Bailing
out right, your shot will land in a shaved chipping area or worse, you guessed
it,  another deep bunker.  To make matters worse, the green is broken up in to
three distinct quadrants, making putting a difficult chore.

If  you  thought the front  nine was outstanding, wait  to you play the inward
holes.  No homes, no townhouses, just beautiful scenery and one difficult golf
course.  The 10th is  a certain risk-reward type hole. Just 339 yards from the
tips  and  playing downhill,  a player has  the option of  going long with the
driver  or playing safe  with a fairway metal or iron. With the big stick, the
player  must go right  over the two deep fairway bunkers, as the greens is set
to  that side. Do  not miss left off the tee or run through the fairway, as it
drops  severely into an abyss. The layup approach will leave a sand wedge to a
plateaued  green  that features the deepest  bunker on the course. The putting
surface  is  fairly flat,  so birdies  can certainly  kickstart your nine. Yet
another  picturesque hole,  the 11th is a downhill par-three of 181 yards. The
rectangular  green  is protected  in front and  back by a  pair of deep trench
bunkers. The putting surface slopes from back to front and is extremely quick.
Some of the finest golf on the back nine awaits the player as he stands on the
12th  tee. Black Creek's version of "Amen Corner" starts with a dangerous par-
four  of 462 yards.  With the signature creek running the entire right side of
the  fairway, the  player must bomb a  tee shot down the left side towards the
two  framing  bunkers 307  yards out. A  mid- to long-iron  will remain as the
second  shot  must cross  the creek  which cuts  right in  front of the green,
reminiscent  of the ninth. Bail out right, as the green drops severely down to
the  water. The  putting surface has little undulation, so getting up-and-down
should  be an  easy task. The second  handicap hole on the course, the 13th is
another  brute  at 458  yards. Requiring a  fade off the  tee, the player must
avoid  the  fairway bunker set  in the right-center  of the fairway, 250 yards
out. By the way, Black Creek runs the entire left side of the hole through the
green.  The second shot, which plays uphill should necessitate a mid- to long-
iron  to  a narrow green that  slopes from back to  front and falls off on the
right  and left. Making par on either one of these two holes or both will be a
miracle.  The par-five 14th,  with one of the most scenic views on the course,
concludes  the  outstanding threesome  of holes.  The climb to  the tee box is
40-50  feet above  the previous green and provides a beautiful panorama of the
course.  Getting back  to business, the tee  shot must be played from right to
left,  as the hole  will kick all balls to the right. This hole can be reached
in two, however the second shot must clear a cluster of deep bunkers which sit
50 to 100 yards short of the green. The putting surface, rectangular in shape,
is  raised and  slopes from left to  right. A large collection area awaits the
player  who bails  out right of the green, which will make getting up-and-down
very  difficult. The  15th is a birdie  hole, but beware as water hazards loom
large  down the left.  Just 353 yards, the hole plays shorter than its yardage
indicates  due to  its downhill nature. A  driver with a draw can be played in
attempts to reach the green, however if your less than perfect, you'll be left
with  a tough  pitch from the undulating  fairway to a small green that slopes
from back to front. Water left and sand right protects the putting surface, so
don't  be ashamed making four (I wish I did). The 16th is somewhat simple...or
is it? 417 yards and downhill from the tee, the fairway features four bunkers,
two  down the right  side requiring a 250-yard carry and two in the center 290
yards  away.  Your second  shot  now  must be  very  accurate  as the  narrow,
rectangular  green is protected  right and left by sand and in the center by a
spine  that runs the  entire surface. You'll either love it or hate it, as you
play  the  17th. Fashioned after the  "Biarritz" style, the hole resembles the
ninth at Yale Golf Club with a 65-yard deep green with a huge, five-foot swale
in  the  center of the green.  This hole can play  as little as 180 yards from
tips  or  it can stretch to  225 with the pin  in the back. The 18th will test
your  strength and  your mind. The home  hole features Lake Silva on the left,
which  stretches from  the tee  box  down the  fairway. This  par-five can  be
reached in two, but the player must flirt with the water down the left to have
any  shot. There  is now  shame in  laying up  short of  Black Creek,  leaving
yourself  a 100-yard pitch. The green is protected by sand right and left with
an  additional bunker further left for those players attempting to get home in
two. The putting surface slopes from back to front, providing for many anxious

OVERALL: There  is no question that Black Creek will climb the rankings as the
years go by.  The  beauty and style  of the course are  outstanding. Black
Creek is not just a players course, it features four sets of markers starting
at 5200 yards and  stretching to 7088. How about a perfect practice facility
set at the base of  Raccoon  Mountain. The only things  that put a  damper on
the course in my eyes  are the homes on the front nine, which takes away from
the beauty of the course  and the 17th green. Raynor and Macdonald aside,
there is no reason for that  putting surface, which actually penalizes good
shots. Be that as it may, Black Creek is a must play if your in the area. Make
sure you check in the pro shop  for key  tidbits and local knowledge  on how
to play certain holes. This will  make your round more enjoyable. Conveniently
located on the outskirts of Chattanooga,  Black  Creek offers  players a
chance to compete  on one of the finest  layouts in the state. Silva created a
masterpiece of angles and shapes with  outstanding bunkering throughout. It's
certainly a course that makes you think,  with many different  options on each
and every hole, and one that will entice  you  to come  back again and  again.
Even when  your done, you'll have plenty  of time to sit on the backporch, sip
a cocktail and admire the 9th and 18th holes. This is one course you will not
get tired of playing and viewing.