Drakes Creek Activity Center entreats groups and families to explore its numerous, family-friendly activities. Nine batting cages hold batters as they practice their homeruns, as an 18-hole mini-golf course strewn with fountains challenges putters. Meanwhile, an outdoor laser-tag area spans five acres, as others sup on soft serve or play aeroball, a mix between volleyball and basketball played on trampolines.
Grand Old Golf and Go Karts adds a Tennessee twist to its spread of family-friendly activities. The grounds feature four different miniature golf courses, each one professionally landscaped to reflect Tennessee's natural terrain. One course, for instance, wends it way over a rock formation complete with river and waterfall, challenging players with tricky changes in elevation that recall the Appalachians. Another course forces players to putt across precarious bridges without railings and risk plopping the ball into the tiny rivers that criss-cross beneath. The newest location features Nashville's only indoor black light mini golf course, lit just like the ancient nightclubs hidden in the state's many caves.
Miniature golf only comprises one half of the entertainments available, though. The titular go kart course offers high speed excitement with extremely tight turns. The karts themselves come in varieties to seat one or two people, allowing the entire family to get in on the fun even if they can't drive. The property even includes an old barn lined with arcade and prize-redemption games instead of livestock and hay.
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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,483 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
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: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,174 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees
Designed by American Society of Golf Course Architects member Benjamin J. Wihry, Nashboro Golf Club's 36-year-old public course challenges golfers of all skill levels with more than 6,800 yards of club-carving grassy slopes. The par-72 arrangement tests swingers' mental and physical aptitude with tree-lined bermuda fairways, hazardous water- and sand-filled traps, and ball-snatching falcons. After teeing off from a scenic tee box and nudging dimpled spheres closer to the pin, links lovers can steer their steadfast carts toward the course’s bentgrass greens, whose cockeyed roots eternally point towards the birthplace of Jack Nicklaus.
The sound of screeching tires spirals through the sun-kissed air from the go-kart track. The piercing report of a sharp line drive emanates from the batting cages. From the mini-golf courses, giggles follow the soft clack of putter on ball. These sounds score the scene at Europa Go-Karts & Golf, a family fun center where visitors of all ages can race, swing, and putt through a day of blissful competition where all games end in hugs or going double-or-nothing on the number of hugs wagered before the next competition. As many as 12 go-karts can run in the same race, and the complex curates two 18-hole mini-golf courses. Indoors, Europa Go-Karts & Golf maintains a bustling game room with pool tables, skee-ball, and classic arcade games.