Paris Landing State Park and Golf Course in Buchanon, Tennessee
The Paris Landing State Park and Golf Course in Buchanon, Tennessee, is located on the western shores of Kentucky Lake. Named for the important steamboat and freight landing of the early to mid-1800s, the 850-acre facility has become one of Tennessee’s premier outdoor recreational facilities.
The Paris Landing State Park and Golf Course
The Tennessee State Park system has literally turned Paris Landing into a vacation resort that would rival even the finest of beachfront resorts on either the east or the west coast. The 130-room Paris Landing Inn provides a spectacular view of Kentucky Lake and the surrounding countryside, while its restaurant offers seating for up to 250 persons and the very finest of Southern cuisine. Best of all, though, is the magnificent, 18-hole golf course; a course claimed to be one of the most beautiful and challenging in the state. The layout is set upon the shores of Kentucky Lake, in western Tennessee, close to the Kentucky state line, and is part of the Land Between the Lakes system. Located in the virtual wilderness that is Land Between the Lakes, this is an isolated spot, quiet, beautiful, and restful.
This is a true woodland golf course: every hole is lined with trees; each is separate one from another; only rarely will you see another party, and that would be on the same hole you are playing. The course meanders along the shores of Kentucky Lake and on into the woodlands on the western side of the lake. The Paris Landing golf course first opened for play in 1971. Since then, several renovations have been completed. Today, the course plays some 6,900 yards from the tips for a par of 72; The fairways are tightly lined with trees and seem to have been carved directly from virgin forest. The landing areas off the tees are generous to tight; you will need to keep the ball on the short grass; stray into the trees and par becomes almost an impossibility. The greens are undulating and well manicured. The signature hole, the 4th, is a downhill par 3 that plays a stiff 186-yards.
A full-time golf pro is on duty during playing hours; there's a driving range, a practice putting green next to the pro shop, and a snack bar. Rental equipment and golf carts are available at the pro shop. And, of course, Parris landing ia a part of the Tennessee Golf Trail, which also includes the Bear Trace Bear Trace.
Green Fees & Tee Times
As always, the green fees are more than attractive: the weekday rate for 18 holes, in season (Mid March through October), is just $22, with a cart it’s $37. On weekends the rate for 18 holes is $25, with a cart $40.
Tee Times: Tee times required 7 days a week. Reservations taken 7 days in advance. Call 731-641-4459 to arrange times.
Other facilities at Paris Landing include a full-service marina, equipped to handle craft of all sizes. There's a refueling dock, ice service, fishing and boating supplies are available at the marina store, and rental boats are available, too. Other facilities include boat launching facilities, tennis courts, hiking trails, picnic areas with tables and grills, and a playground for the children.
Popular activities at the park include all sorts of water related sports, including yachting, sailing, cruising, water skiing, swimming, and fishing. Kentucky Lake is famous for its largemouth, smallmouth, and white bass, as well as for its crappie, bluegill, catfish, and sauger.
During the summer months park recreation directors and naturalists provide a full program of activities, including guided walks, cave tours, arts & crafts, movies, slide shows, pontoon boat rides, and much more. Special outdoor entertainment is provided on Saturday evenings in the park outdoor theater. Weekly activity schedules are available at the Paris Landing Inn and at the park office.
Where to Stay
Tennessee State Park system offers a wide variety of accommodations. At Paris Landing, these include ten three-bedroom, two bath villas on-site. If you’ve never stayed in a Tennessee state park cabin, it’s an experience you’ll want to try. The cabins are all equipped and to accommodate up to ten people; they are all fully equipped with bed lines, kitchen equipment, dishes, etc. They are fully air-conditioned, and they even cable TV; add a fireplace, telephone, and you have your own home-from-home. You can take Fido along with you, but there’s a small charge per pet per night.
The Paris Landing Inn is not a five-star luxury resort, but it could be. Each of the 130 guestrooms has a balcony with a stunning view over Kentucky Lake. All have full baths, cable TV, and coffeemakers. There are several one and two-bedroom suites available, each with a microwave oven and mini-refrigerators. The Inn has its own an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room and a gift shop. Baby cribs are free of charge, but limited to availability.
The Inn is open 24 hours - check-out time is 11 a.m. daily; the restaurant is open from 7:00 a.m. until 900 p.m. the golf course is open from sunup to sundown, and day-use of the park is available from sunup to 10:00 p.m. The camper quiet time is 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
The Paris Landing Camping ground provides its visitors with 46 sites, all with tables and grills, as well as water and electrical hookups. There’s a conveniently located bathhouse providing hot showers and restroom facilities, a launderette, snack bars, a gift shop, and a dumping station.