A signature Gene Bates–designed course, Saddle Creek Golf Club's 18-hole layout alternates between dense woodlands and open fields, all brought together by a winding, stone-lined creek that babbles across multiple holes. Encroaching trees, lakes, and angry linebackers loom throughout the front nine, where accurate tee shots must bisect unforgiving fairways. The course's second act takes golfers out of dense tree lines and into an open, links-style layout, where players must conquer deep bunkers, intervening waterways, and unfavorable lies wrought by mounded, Scottish-style terrain. Rounds end with dramatic flair at the 18th hole, where a two-tiered green tests how well players have adjusted to the slick, bentgrass putting surfaces and triangular holes that dot the entire course.
The club's Nineteenth Hole overlooks the emerald expanse, allowing golfers to relive glorious moments over frothy beverages, savory meals from the grill, or mouthwatering sports broadcasts by Brent Musburger on the diner's dual big-screen TVs and LCD projector.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Gene Bates * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,708 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 129 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
In the deep, dark heart of Chapel Hill Haunted Woods, a specter searches for the head he lost many years ago. This unnamed and hatless figure commands a phalanx of frightful creatures, all of whom await to spook daring visitors every Saturday in October. A chorus of screams emitted from the treetops assures guests they've arrived at the right spot. Once on the path, they'll have to navigate the terrifying trails if they hope to make it out alive, calling upon every ounce of bravery as they snake past a pit of snakes and cross a slender wooden bridge that conceals unspeakable horrors. All proceeds from the frightful enterprise benefit the Young Farmers and Ranchers program, which funds scholarships and targets childhood hunger in the area.
The plantation-style farmhouse that one Doc Wilson built in 1890 has today become a thriving inn. Set on 18 acres of Tennessee countryside, Green Haven Creek offers three elegant rooms stocked with antiques—such as a claw-footed bathtub—as well as modern creature comforts, such as a jacuzzi bath. The Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett rooms can be rented together as the Davy Crockett suite, an ideal choice for coonskin-cap enthusiasts with divided loyalties.
Green Haven has made a commitment to maintaining eco-friendly practices. The bed and breakfast abstains from using chemical cleaning supplies and dresses beds in bamboo and rayon linens. A fledgling organic farm on the property yields fresh eggs daily.
Farms may not sprout candy bars, but a candy bar produced Milky Way Farm. The sprawl of fertile, Middle Tennessee land was bought by Frank Mars in the 1930s, with money from his Milky Way candy bar. In the decades since then, the farm's 1,000 acres have supported a menagerie of prize Hereford cattle, horses, and sheep, as well as an elegant Tudor manor house currently on the National Historic Registry. Its chestnut beams and stone walls make it a sumptuous wedding venue, while its 20 bedrooms make it a great slumber-party venue for a teen and her least-close friends. The farm plays host to other types of fun, too, from senior portrait shoots to trail rides through its verdant grounds.
Backed by specialized training from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the technicians of Reeves Pest Control work to stymie trespassing pests from ants to moles. Exterminators draw upon an array of critter-discouraging services, including specialized treatments for termites and bedbugs as well as nonchemical alternatives when appropriate. To boost dwellings' defenses in the long term, Reeves' team also offers moisture control and insulation installation, blanketing attics, basements, and crawlspaces with asbestos-free, polyencapsulated warmth.
Since 1924, the 9-hole course at Fayetteville Golf & Country Club has carved a thin route through the landscape’s mature trees, creating a well-manicured path for players to follow as they shoot for the par of 35. Though a short course at 2,808 total yards, the loop packs in a tight challenge with narrow fairways and several water hazards. At each green, the Champion Bermuda grass makes for smooth putts and even smoother celebratory somersaults.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 35 course * Total length of 2,808 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 67.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 113 from the back tees