One of the great Gatlinburg Tennessee attractions is the Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf course, located on the Parkway at stoplight number 1. This Gatlinburg attraction is open daily throughout the year; patrons can ride the trolley, or drive and park free in the large parking lot behind the course. When you walk into the entrance, you feel transported to another time period. Log furniture and rustic decorations enhance the “down home” feel of this fantastic Gatlinburg attraction. Choose from two different 18-hole courses that have separate difficulty levels.
Named for the original American pioneer, Davy Crockett, this Gatlinburg mini golf course features this Tennessean riding a bear wearing the familiar “coon skin” cap. It is surrounded by shady trees and natural wildflowers. Manufactured creeks flow through the entire grounds, bubbling over rocks, and turning the mill wheel. Birds perch in branches above and animated frogs croak in this natural environment.
One of the best places to mini golf in Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf features distinct and fun interactive courses. Each hole has unique animation displays that will make you laugh with glee. Choose the course that goes up to the fort and “fire” the cannon when you finish that hole. See bears in their caves, silly raccoons, and skunks, along with other woodland creatures performing at each individual stop on this course.
The alternate course is perfect for beginners. Chipmunks will thwart your efforts and heckling crows will entertain you as you go through this beautifully landscaped course, with numerous water traps. Take your time and enjoy each interaction, there are plenty of drink machines located throughout the grounds. The last hole of each course gives you the opportunity to receive a free game with a hole-in-one.
Most Gatlinburg Tennessee attractions have “make your own” souvenir penny machines. By paying two quarters and a penny, you can have a penny stamped with the name and date of the attraction. These self-stamping machines are located everywhere including at the Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf Course. Ask at the admission desk to exchange your penny for a very bright new penny to use in this fun machine.
Daily operating hours are listed on their website, or you may call the Ripley’s office for more information. Admission price is $10.99 for adults, with lower rates for children. You can also purchase both courses for an additional $3.00. As with all Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg, present your current United States Military Identification to receive a substantial discount. Group rates are also available, and children under age two are admitted free. It is well worth the admission price, as you will spend approximately one or two hours per course.
Grab your sweetheart, or pack up the entire family for this entertaining Gatlinburg mini golf course. It is guaranteed to have you laughing and smiling the whole day, and talking about it long afterward. This truly unique and fun mini golf course shouldn’t be missed during a vacation to Gatlinburg Tennessee. Enjoy, and have fun!
Author Mike Olsen