Golfers teeing up at Country Hills Golf Course motor across the emerald hills of Middle Tennessee aboard electric golf carts while giving chase to their dimpled white orbs. Each player attempts to navigate the 18-hole course in less than 70 strokes, a feat impeded by hazards such as sand traps, elevation swings, and a smattering of ponds. Dense foliage directly abutting the fairways further complicate matters, especially if a previous group has shamelessly scratched a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem into the tree bark.
Course at a Glance:
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club fuels club-wielding adventures with a secluded 18-hole championship course backdropped by sweeping mountain and valley views. Natural running streams and boulder formations wind along the 6,400 yards of conditioned fairways and varied terrain, allowing golfers to connect with nature while circumnavigating man-made pot bunkers and ninth-hole sphinx riddles. From an aerial perspective, the course layout resembles a figure-8 devoid of parallel holes, enhancing privacy midround. During 60-minute group-lesson clinics, a golf professional will lead you and up to nine other range-stationed players through proper techniques for putting, driving, chipping, and communicating with forecaddies via semaphore.
On the 18 holes of Oak Hills Golf Course, water is in no short supply. At the center of the course lies a large, elongated lake, disjointed in two separate places by arcing bridges. The lake's outreaching arms come into play at six separate areas, swallowing up shanked tee shots, misjudged approaches, or illegal putts made with a corked putter. After completion of the 18th hole, the second of back-to-back par fives, more water awaits, as visitors have the opportunity to take a dip in the clubhouse pool or dump ice water over their own heads in victorious fashion at Amy's Grill.
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Sporting two distinct nine-hole layouts built more than 20 years apart, Ravenwood Country Club's 18-hole golf course boasts 6,264 yards of splendid fairways running alongside the stately grounds' cerulean ponds and misting fountains. The lengthier of the two, the front nine eases rusty swings and slow-to-wake irons into the round with a relatively open, gently undulating layout before clubbers must contend with the dramatic elevation changes, larger greens, and omnipresent water hazards that await in the course's second act. Before duffers return through the majestic double doors of the clubhouse, they must traverse the climactic 18th hole, a 385-yard par 4 with a stream stationed squarely in the landing zone of aggressive drives and local spacecraft.
Along with its picturesque par 72, Ravenwood Country Club encompasses a recently refurbished outdoor swimming pool and eight tennis courts flanked by covered spectator areas. Guests weary from days looping the course, lapping the pool, or combing the tennis courts for edible neon fuzz can retire to the club's dining facilities, which host everything from quiet dinner dates to lavish events and celebrations.
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Families and friends romp in playful competition through Cedar Creek Sports Center's 16.5 acres of activities. Two 18-hole putt-putt courses give miniature linksmen room to roam, and the 12-acre driving range provides a scenic exile for underperforming golf balls. Karts roar around the hairpin turns and speedy straightaways of the 1,100-foot go-kart track and bumper boats build up ramming speed while spraying each other with aqua artillery. Prepare for invasions of giant locusts by swatting away at one of 10 fully automatic ABC pitching machines, which hurtle softballs or baseballs at a choice of sphere-slinging speeds.
Cedar Creek Sports Center helps sportsmen find their stride on the fairways or between the base-paths with baseball and golf lessons. At the indoor game room, guests can determine who has the better hand-eye-coordination in air hockey or hoop shot stations, or settle longstanding arguments about who has a brighter career path as a heavy machine operator while using a tiny crane to snatch prizes.