Check out these golf courses, both private and public, 18-hole and nine-hole, located near Manchester, Tennessee, including the newly renovated and scenic Old Stone Fort Golf Course.
Old Stone Fort Golf Course | 1017 Country Club Drive, Manchester
Sunday — Saturday, 7am — 7pm
Decades before there were fairways, greens and tees on the Old Stone Fort Golf Course’s land, the hundreds of acres were mostly farmland and cornfields owned by Judy Driver’s grandfather. Today, Driver, alongside her husband Tink, operates the newly renovated golf course on her family’s old land.
“Originally this property belonged to us, before it was a golf course at all … so, it’s actually come full circle back to us,” she said.
The golf course, which was opened in the 1960s on land sold to the Manchester Country Club by Driver’s family, was again sold to the state before closing in 2011. While the club was closed, the Drivers worked toward determining a way to reopen the course.
“We wanted it back in order to open it up for the local people to have a place to play at a reasonable price,” she said.
In March 2016, the Drivers began achieving their goal when they purchased the 140 acres from the state, after trying for two years to encourage the state to put the land for sale. Nevertheless, after working fervently to purchase the land, the real work commenced.
“It all had to be refurbished. It’s in pretty good shape now,” Driver said. “Everything’s not perfect. If we waited until it was perfect, we wouldn’t be able to open it.”
After a year of clearing the land, refurbishing the course, purchasing new equipment and revamping the club house, however, the nine-hole Old Stone Fort Golf Course officially opened for play on April 18, 2017.
Despite rumors of an additional nine holes being built in the future, Driver said the golf club will remain a nine-hole course, located idyllically on the border of the Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park and the Duck River. While playing on the course, golfers can enjoy the area’s abundant wildlife and the land that was occupied by Native Americans for hundreds of years. By spring 2018, Driver also expects a new driving range and practice range to be completed.
For those interested in seeing the course’s beautiful surroundings but not in playing a round of golf, the club also welcomes visitors and walkers to their picturesque course.
“We want for people—retired people, young people, anybody—to come down and enjoy the area,” Driver said.
Driver encourages community members and visitors to stop by the office if they decide to take a walk, go fishing or enjoy the course’s river, to ensure the safety of visitors, but she emphasizes that there is no charge to enjoy the course’s land—even with pets (on a leash, of course).
“We’re not trying to compete [with the country clubs],” Driver said. Instead, she hopes to provide the community with the opportunity for people “to come out and meet with their friends, without spending a lot of money.”
“We’re hoping that people will come back and enjoy it and bring their families and their children,” she said. “They’re going to come back because it’s so calm and peaceful here. There’s no traffic. It’s just a beautiful nature area.”
More information about the course can be found on the golf course’s website or Facebook page.
Located at the Arnold Air Force Base, the Arnold Golf Course is a nine-hole course open for public play. According to the website, the course is known for its “lengthy and tight par-3s that incorporate small, sloping greens.” The golf course also features a full driving range, practice greens for chipping and putting, a practice bunker, an 18-hole FootGolf course, and Mulligan’s Grill for dining. The driving range can be accessed 24 hours a day with a pre-purchased key card.
Nine holes: $14 ($21 w/ cart)
18 holes: $19 ($31 w/cart)
The Bear Trace at Tims Ford | 891 Wiseman Bend Road, Winchester
Daily, 7am — 7:30pm
The Bear Trace at Tims Ford is an 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course that was named one of the “Top Ten Places You Can Play” by Golf Digest in 2008-2009. The course is located on a peninsula at the verdant Tims Ford Lake. Bear Trace also offers a putting green, chipping green and driving range.
Regular: $47 ($57 on weekends)
Senior: $37 ($47 on weekends)
The Course at Sewanee | 444 Green’s View Road, Sewanee
Tuesday — Sunday, 7:30am — dusk
Home of the Sewanee Tigers’ golf teams, The Course at Sewanee is a public golf course that was renovated in 2013 by Gil Hanse, Golf Magazine’s 2009 Architect of the Year and the designer of the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro. The nine-hole course is located near the University of the South and sits on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau.
Nine holes: $20 ($25 on weekends)
18 holes: $31 ($41 on weekends)
$10/$18 for a riding cart; $5/$10 for a push cart
Lakewood Golf & Country Club |1900 Country Club Drive, Tullahoma
Tuesday — Sunday, 8am — 7pm
Lakewood Golf & Country Club is a private, par 72, 18-hole course that features bentgrass greens and sculptured Bermuda grass fairways. Tennis courts, a golf shop, coordinated activities, including a junior golf program, a swimming pool and a restaurant and bar are available for members and their guests.
McMinnville Country Club | 616 Country Club Drive, McMinnville
The McMinnville Country Club offers a private 18-hole golf course with a driving range, swimming pool, club house, restaurant and bar. Guests can play at the course once a month for $39, which includes the price of a cart rental. On Mondays, guests can play for a $25 green fee.
Scenic View Golf Course is a 12-hole, par-46 course that hosts golf tournaments each month and a “Senior Day” and White Tee Scramble every Wednesday. A 3 Man Scramble is also held on Thursdays. According to the course’s website, Scenic View has a “reputation for being challenging and at the same time being very fair.” A putting green and net are available at the course.
1 Round walking: $9.50 ($11.50 on weekends)
1 Round riding: $16 ($18 on weekends)
2 Rounds walking: $15.50 ($17.50 on weekends)
2 Rounds riding: $28 ($30 on weekends)
Willowbrook Golf Course | 6751 McMinnville Highway, Manchester
7:30am — dusk
Opened in 1995, Willowbrook Golf Course is a family-owned public course with a full-service restaurant, Boskey’s Grille, on site. Lessons are available from the course’s award-winning coach and golf pro, Barry Bishop. Willowbrook also offers two putting greens, a driving range and a short-game facility.
18 holes w/cart: $34 ($44 on weekend)
18-hole greens fee: $18 ($28 on weekend)
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