Golf: Top five courses for juniors and beginning golfers

Monday, April 8, 2013 at 12:53am
By Joe Biddle, City Paper correspondent


Top five courses for juniors and beginning golfers

1. Golf House Tennessee
2. Riverside GC
3. Percy Warner GC
4. Shelby GC
5. Vinny Links

Golf House Tennessee is home of the Little Course at Aspen Grove. It’s a par-3 course that wraps around the historic golf house located on Franklin Road. Used primarily by younger golfers learning the game. A perfect course for parents to play with their children and share the experience. It is affordable, easy to walk and a great learner’s course.

Riverside GC is also a public course where beginners can play without being intimidated. They have excellent instructors on staff to provide lessons and clinics. It is lighted at night, another plus.
Shelby GC is a municipal course where current PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker learned to play as a kid, with his father Larry and older brother Haymes. After Brandt won the U.S. Amateur Publinks championship, he brought the trophy to the Shelby clubhouse for other golfers to enjoy. It is also where former U.S. Open champion Lou Graham taught himself to play. It’s located in Shelby Park. Rates are good and the course is usually not crowded.

Vinny Links is nearby in Shelby Park, some of it running alongside the Cumberland River. It is a nine-hole course, with one par-4 hole, the rest par-3s. It is part of the First Tee program, designed to introduce and teach minorities the game.