Welcome to McLemore.

Located on Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia, McLemore is a private, master-planned, mountaintop community featuring an 18-hole championship highlands course and 6-hole short course designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Rees Jones and Bill Bergin.

The 6-hole short course will be open for play in August, 2019.

Click the video above to learn more about McLemore in the words of our course architects, Master Planner, Head Golf Professional, and visionary developer.

Learn more below about McLemore’s golf experience.

  • 18-Hole Championship Highlands Course

  • 6-Hole Short Course

  • Hole-by-Hole Descriptions

  • New Clubhouse


A Rees Jones & Bill Bergin 18-Hole Highlands Course

The Course at McLemore is the only true mountaintop golf experience in the Southeast. Resting on a rugged plateau atop Lookout Mountain, Georgia, 2,000 feet above sea level, the Course overlooks the wilderness area of McLemore Cove and Pigeon Mountain.

Rees Jones and Bill Bergin spent the better part of 2017 developing the renovation strategy for The Course at McLemore, which led to adjusted yardages that create more variety and provide a world-class test for the game’s best players and accessibility for beginners. Jones and Bergin partnered on enhancing the greens complexes, optimizing angles to green locations, and improving fairway and greenside bunker placements.

The dramatic mountaintop course was further enhanced with the addition of the cliff-edge 18th fairway overlooking McLemore Cove over 500 feet below. Few other national courses offer this kind of spectacular view.

The McLemore 6-Hole Short Course

Opening in August of 2019, the 6-hole Short Course at McLemore will enhance enjoyment and improve gameplay for all McLemore members and guests participating in the Club-managed Stay & Play program.

Resting above the 18th hole and beside the McLemore Clubhouse (opening Spring of 2020), the McLemore Short Course provides an optimal warm up before a round and a relaxing cool down at the end of the day.

Approach the Short Course with a wedge and a putter and enjoy the next 90-minutes with friends and family members. Your enjoyment of golf will increase dramatically as you spend time playing this elegant addition to the total McLemore experience.


The Course at McLemore is a Highlands Course designed by Rees Jones and Bill Bergin. The course is a par 71 with four par fives and plays 7,005 yards from the tips.

There are three typical types of holes on the course: the cliff holes, the canyon holes and, the course’s namesake, the highland holes.

Cliff Holes

Holes 1, 17 and 18

Situated along the eastern cliff edge of Lookout Mountain overlooking historic McLemore Cove, the Cliff Holes offer dramatic views that can only be understood by playing the holes yourself. The incredible setting, paired with a world class design team, has resulted in a dramatic and exciting combination of opening and finishing holes.

Canyon Holes

Holes 2, 3, 6, 7 and 9

The Canyon Holes play into, along the walls, and sometimes over an elevated ridge line on the eastern side of Lookout Mountain. Surrounded by a wall of deciduous rainforest and natural areas, the holes are traced with ancient boulders as well as distant views and are centered around a lake. There is significant elevation change on some of the holes, and they are regarded as some of the more challenging but memorable holes on the course.

Highland Holes

Holes 4, 5 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16

Providing the course its name, the Highland Holes are the most typical type of hole on the course. Legend tells that John McLemore a Cherokee Chief and Captain in the US Army during the War of 1812 had visited his ancestry in the Highlands of Scotland before settling in the cove below. John named the cove McLemore as it reminded him of his Scottish home land. These holes sit on the plateau of Lookout Mountain, like an island in the sky, and play as more traditional golf holes, while offering the natural scenic setting and distant views.


Course Details at a Glance

Sitting at 2,300 feet above sea level with Bentgrass greens, the Course at McLemore is a breathtaking Highlands Course. The course is a par 71 with four par fives and plays 7,005 yards from the tips.

The McLemore Clubhouse

Planned to open in Spring of 2020, Phase One of the McLemore Clubhouse will offer members and guests a comfortable place to relax after a day on the course. Amenities will include a bar and dining options, locker rooms, golf pro shop and ample room to unwind overlooking the new 18th fairway and beautiful McLemore Cove.

As the first new community building at McLemore, The Clubhouse is envisioned to be a central gathering place. The design inspiration draws heavily on its location overlooking McLemore Cove, the history of the area, and the natural materials of the region.

The first building in what will become a village center for the community, The Clubhouse houses a restaurant/bar offering a place for people to gather, a pro shop and locker rooms for players of the world-class golf course. Built from stone and heavy timber, the architecture embodies the notion of history and permanence with a heavy emphasis on views and connections to the outdoors.

Components of Phase One of the McLemore Clubhouse will include the following:

  • The Clubhouse Bar & Grille will provide full service kitchen to support chef-driven menu items and craft cocktails. The bar will be located with views of the Short Course and the 18th hole with large glass doors that can open the entire bar onto the patio overlooking the event lawn and the 18th hole. The restaurant will be designed in collaboration with Chef to provide upscale dining menu. A wine room will house a collection of fine wines. A dining room fireplace will be double-sided stone fireplace in the center of dining space. And a private dining location and a private outdoor porch will provide a large dining space for special events. A stone exterior dining patio with a beer garden and fire pit will provide guests with three-season, outdoor dining and bar experience with a view of the Short Course and the 18th hole.

  • Golf Pro Shop will include retail items, golf equipment and clothing, gift items and small assortment of refreshments.

  • Member Locker Room Facility will provide a men’s and women’s upscale shower and locker room facility for Members and Stay & Play guests.