Golf: Top five affordable private clubs

Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:28am
By Joe Biddle, City Paper correspondent

Top five affordable private clubs

1. Temple Hills

2. Nashville Golf & Athletic Club

3. Hillwood CC

4. Old Hickory CC

5. (Tie) Brentwood CC and Governors Club


Temple Hills has 27 holes and offers reasonable membership packages. It’s a course that families can play, and some members live on the course. The course doesn’t have some of the amenities that others on the list have, but it’s a good members’ course and playable for low- to high-handicap golfers.

Nashville Golf & Athletic is the most underrated course in this area. You can play it from the back tees if you don’t mind your back being put in traction after 7,563 yards. There aren’t many frills on the course; even the stately house that serves as the clubhouse is basic. But the large and fast greens just may be the best around. It’s a difficult first hole, a par-4 that requires a precise second shot, as there is water along one side of the green. It is a spectacular piece of Brentwood real estate that was originally designed to hold a PGA Tour event when it was Crockett Springs. You might see Vince Gill walking the course alone, but I highly recommend using a cart.

The other courses have their own unique qualities. Hillwood in West Meade recently revamped its greens, and it’s a quality members course. Membership fees vary widely on all these courses, but phone calls to the membership directors at all these courses can easily answer your questions.