The 480-acres bounded by Chickamauga Creek, placed nearly equally in Tennessee and Georgia, were at the center of Cherokee life from earliest times until the coming of the settlers around 1835.
The surrounding area was ideal for the tribes of Cherokees, who depended upon the nearby creek for water for bathing, cooking and fishing, on the land for farming and on the woods and fields for hunting.
Cherokees who lived in this area built houses from bark and skins, not the traditional teepees we expect. The great chief Sequoyah developed a written alphabet, and the Cherokees eventually published their own newspaper entitled The Phoenix.
Inside each tribe, there existed a loose form of democracy, with each adult having an equal say in decisions of all sorts, including selection of the tribal chief. These meetings were usually held in the Council House around a central fire.
Local legends tell that there still exists in the nearby woods a group of stones, carefully hewn and set in place that once encircled the Cherokee’s council fire.
It is this legend that gave Council Fire its name.
Council Fire was designed by Nicklaus protege, Bob Cupp and opened in March of 1992 and hosted a PGA Tour event that year, The Chattanooga Classic. Mark Carnevale emerged as the Champion leading him to become Rookie of the Year for 1992.
The course measures 6999 yards from the Black Tees with 6 other sets of tees ranging from 6595 yards to 4021 yards, making it a course for all levels of golfers. In 2012, Council Fire converted the greens from Bent Grass to Mini Verde Bermuda Grass; a choice that has been well received. In 2016, Council Fire reinvented the short game area with a design by noted architect Bill Bergin. It opened on Labor Day weekend to great fanfare!
Council Fire has hosted most of Tennessee’s top tournaments in addition to the 2008 NCAA Men’s Regional Tournament.