A Quick Nine: Best courses in Tennessee

Lost Creek
Photo courtesy: Lost Creek Golf Club
Lost Creek Golf Club in New Market, Tenn., provides great golf at a great price.
By
T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
PGA.com

Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 10:29 a.m.

What's the best course available to the public in Tennessee?

That's exactly what we asked our friends in the Volunteer State for this week's, 'A Quick Nine,' feature. And, no surprise, you were all extremely helpful.

Below are the top nine responses we received from you on the PGA.com Facebook page:

Editor's note: If you've played any of the courses listed below, please take a minute to click through and leave a review.

9. Three Ridges Golf Course, Knoxville, Tenn. Here is a description of the course from its website: Three Ridges Golf Course is one of Knoxville's premier public golf facilities. Set in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains Three Ridges is a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. You are sure to enjoy a great day of golf amid spectacular scenery.

Facebook fan quote:

"Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville, Tennessee." -- John Fox

8. Quail Ridge Golf Course, Bartlett, Tenn. Unlike most of the flat courses you'll find in this area of the country, Quail Ridge features plenty of rolling hills and elevation changes.

Facebook fan quote:

"Quail Ridge in Bartlett is a favorite." -- Steve BigTazz Rayburn

7. Crockett's Ridge Golf Course, Kingsport, Tenn. For less than $40 for a round on the weekend, Crockett's Ridge presents a fair challenge for golfers of all abilities. There are four lakes on the golf course.

Facebook fan quote:

"Crockett's Ridge in Kingsport." -- Adam Toney

6. Willow Creek Golf Club, Knoxville, Tenn. This breathtaking 18-hole championship course provides an upscale experience for the public golfer and received a four-star rating from Golf Digest.

Facebook fan quote:

"Willow Creek Knoxville, TN." -- Kevin J Walsh

5. Lost Creek Golf Club, New Market, Tenn. Lost Creek states that its goal is to provide a, "fun and challenging course at an affordable price." Done and done. At 6,020 yards from the back tees, it's far from the longest course you'll ever play, but you're not likely to find a more beautiful AND affordable place with $15 greens fees Monday-Friday.

As if that wasn't enough, we at PGA.com spoke to Lost Creek PGA Head Professional Roger Price, who couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful. So, stop in to Lost Creek and say hello.

Facebook fan quote:

"Lost Creek Golf Club in New Market." -- Stephen MacLeod

4. Ross Creek Landing, Clifton, Tenn. Golfweek Magazine calls this Jack Nicklaus signature course the No. 1 public course in Tennessee.

Facebook fan quote:

"Ross Creek in Clifton, TN." -- Johnny Robinson

"Ross Creek Landing in Clifton, TN. I took my PAT for the PGA there and it is absolutely a great layout and challenges a player to use every club. I got to play in the fall during abscission and it was one of the most beautiful places I've seen." -- Pierce Casturao

3. Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Nashville, Tenn. It's not often that you find a piece of Scotland in the U.S., but that's what you get at Gaylord Springs. Designed by former U.S. Open and PGA champion Larry Nelson, the Scottish links-style, par 72 layout offers 18 challenging holes bordered by scenic limestone bluffs.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Gaylord Springs in Nashville." -- Gregory Wagner

"Gaylord Springs in Nashville was pretty nice." -- Bill Abrams

2. Mirimichi Golf Course, Millington, Tenn. If you're looking for variety and stunning beauty, Mirimichi is probably the place for you. This from its website: There are challenges around every fairway bend, meaning accuracy is the key to a low round on this challenging course. Deep pit bunkers, elevated greens, swathes of native grassland, waterfalls and meandering creeks-all provide more than 7,400 yards of championship level golf. Mirimichi makes you think, forces you to react, and requires you to be at your best. Five to eight tee boxes are provided on every hole to accommodate all player levels. The greens are large and undulating to challenge the mind and create an exciting finish every time a flag is pulled from the cup.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Mirimichi in Millington." -- Francis Carlota

"Mirimichi outside of Germantown (Memphis)." -- Birch Wright

"Mirimichi, Millington, TN." -- John Barrios

"Mirimichi in Millington." -- Paul Thomas-white Ciccarelli

1. Hermitage Golf Course, Old Hickory, Tenn. Featuring two courses -- the President's Reserve and the General's Retreat -- Hermitage has been rated one of Tennessee's top 10 places to play by Golf Digest.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Hermitage golf courses are good. Right outside Nashville." -- AJ Renteria

"The Hermitage." -- Cynthia A Thompson

"Hermitage, President's Reserve." -- Mark Brown

"Hermitage in Old Hickory." -- Kent Lillie