Music City really swings: Nashville, Tennessee serves up great golf, food and more

People don't call Nashville "Music City" for nothing -- and it's much more than the Grand Ole Opry. Practically every bar in town has live music every night of the week, and it seems that every fifth person walking on the street is carrying a guitar.

To see, taste and hear quintessential Nashville, head downtown to Broadway Street. If you're in the mood for barbecue, check out Jack's for casual dining or Rippy's (across the street) for sit-down dining. (And don't get the locals fighting over which is better -- passions for barbecue run deep in these parts.)

For budget-friendly accommodations 10 minutes from downtown, try the Club-Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites, which offers complimentary drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres in the evenings and an enormous breakfast buffet in the mornings. The pool area is unexpectedly posh, too.

Golf in Nashville

Five minutes from the Nashville airport, you'll find one of the best public golf courses in Tennessee, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, a 1991 Larry Nelson design. The course is part of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, home to world-class restaurants, spa and meeting facilities, along with golf.

Vying with Gaylord Springs for title of "Best Public Golf Course in Tennessee" is Hermitage Golf Course in nearby Old Hickory (15 minutes from downtown), with its 36 stout holes (President's Reserve and General's Retreat Course) and top-notch facilities.

Golf in the Nashville area

If you want to get away from the bright lights and clanging guitars of Nashville, head to Dickson (about 60 minutes) to get back to nature -- and to play some excellent golf.

GreyStone Golf Club is a meticulously conditioned 1998 Mark McCumber design that tumbles and rises among monolithic stone formations. GreyStone has hosted a litany of state championships and PGA Tour qualifying events, so it's tough enough to challenge the best but still fair for all players.

Just down the road, the cabins at Montgomery Bell State Park have been rebuilt from the ground up and are ideal for family vacations or golf getaways. The park's own golf course is always challenging, too. At just 6,100 yards from the tips, it has some of the most demanding, driving holes you'll ever see on a short course.

And don't think that just because you're out in the country you won't find outstanding food. In downtown Dickson, Lugo's offers gourmet dining and extensive wine and beer lists. On the road between GreyStone Golf Club and Montgomery Bell State Park is a Dickson institution, Catfish Kitchen, which is always packed with locals. It would be hard -- make that nearly impossible -- to find better catfish, hushpuppies or sweet red-pepper sauce anywhere. Seriously, the odds are better that you'll card a hole-in-one.

Nashville is much more than Opryland and neon lights -- there's something here for city folk, country folk and everyone in between.

Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.
2 Comments
Default User Avatar
Commented on

Hi, I'm planning a golf trip to Nashville for the end of April and beginning of May. What are the course conditions usually like at that time of year?

Staff
Commented on

we answered your question here: https://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/best-month-for-a-nashville-golf-trip

Related Links
Music, museums, food and drink have turned Nashville into one of North America's hottest tourist destinations, but if you can pry yourself away from Music City, U.S.A.'s more prominent lures, you'll find enough laudable layouts for a hit golf getaway, too.
13 Min Read
A reader heading to Tennessee wants to know about Nashville conditions in the spring. The Music City climate makes for a tricky golf scene to figure out.
3 Min Read
The top-rated golf courses based on your reviews
1 Min Read
More from the author
3 Min Read
May 1, 2017
Cobra and Arccos Golf have teamed up to create the COBRA CONNECT feature that is an ultra light-weight sensor to track distance and accuracy. Kiel Christianson reviews it.
2 Min Read
April 28, 2017
Tour Edge Exotics touts the company's "material advantage" in promoting its clubs. Case in point: The new Exotics EX10 Driver features a TSP 910 Beta Ti faceplate. Read the full review here.
2 Min Read
April 27, 2017
Kiel Christianson has some of our favorite golf clothing options for men and women, for the 2017 season.
4 Min Read
April 26, 2017
For a comprehensive club-fitting experience, Kiel Christianson tried out the Club Champion method, which has grown to many major U.S. markets.
2 Min Read
April 19, 2017
Last year, European golf trolley leader BIG MAX introduced a remarkable fold-flat technology in its three-wheeled Autofold FF model. Kiel Christianson reviews the latest model.
4 Min Read
April 11, 2017
Located just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort features 36 holes beside the Atlantic Ocean designed by Tom Fazio and Mike Strantz.
Popular
3 Min Read
September 16, 2021
Golf course news and notes: September, 2021.
7 Min Read
October 7, 2021
We found the 10 cities where it's easiest to score a tee time.
3 Min Read
October 4, 2021
America's largest golf resort, and one of its smallest, are expanding to enhance the guest experience.
1 Min Read
September 17, 2021
R.I.P. to a legend.
Load More
Now Reading
Music City really swings: Nashville, Tennessee serves up great golf, food and more