Golfing in Music City

One of the things I’ve always really liked about Nashville is that it’s a great city to play golf in. Now, I don’t know if any of the other MetBloggers are golfers (I don’t think they are), but my experience has been that it’s generally really easy and really cheap to play a good round of golf in this town. I’m originally from Atlanta, where all the public golf courses are terrible and overcrowded, so the fact that I’m able to go out to McCabe Park Golf Course and play nine holes for $10 borders on the miraculous.

For the almost seven years McCabe has been my home course, since I’ve never lived more than a mile or so from the clubhouse. But yesterday, McCabe was hosting some sort of tournament, so I wasn’t able to play a late afternoon nine. I was directed instead to Ted Rhodes Golf Course, another Metro-owned and operated facility located between MetroCenter and TSU off of Ed Temple Blvd. I was surprised to learn that I could take 28th Ave. N from the West End area and be there in about seven minutes. I was even more surprised when I teed off – yet another Metro course in great shape (even after a horrendous drought this summer) that’s accessible to anyone for amazingly low greens fees.

The course has a lot of water (I think it came in play on probably six of the nine holes I played), but its not overwhelmingly difficult. Being an older course, a lot of the par fours can be reached with a driver and a sand wedge – especially if you really hit the long ball. Even after a long hot summer of what I’m sure was a lot of play, the greens were still in good shape. Though a couple of them were bumpier than I would have liked, they still rolled smooth and relatively fast.

All that being said, I highly recommend Ted Rhodes Golf Course, along with McCabe, as a great place for the casual golfer to hit the links. MetBlog readers, what other public or semi-private courses in the area do you recommend? I’ve heard good things about the Kings Creek course in Spring Hill, but I haven’t had a chance to play it (yet)…

3 Comments so far

  1. Chris Chamberlain (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    I’m in for the MetBloggers Open! I don’t hit it long, but at least it’s not straight.

    Ted Rhodes has some SERIOUS gamblers on that course. Accept no casual wagers from strangers on the first tee.

    I’m just sayin’…

    Nice track, though.

  2. Jackson (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

    I am in for a MetBlog Open.

    The Vinny Links in Shelby Park is great for quick games (9 hole par 3). My favorite Municiple course in Nashville is the one at Chickering in Percy Warner Park (the name escapes me, Harding?)

    I also really like playing at Highland Rim, but that is a ways out of town.

  3. Sarcastro (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 10:01 am

    Highland Rim is a good place to set up a group outing. They are very accommodating.

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