Nashville Trip: 3 Course Review

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

We went to Nashville Tennessee last week for a business trip. Part of that business included playing golf and evaluating courses in another state. The idea was to see how different courses in the Nashville area and see if they do anything different that may help us grow golf in Louisiana. Over a three-day weekend, we played four rounds of golf and three very different properties. We enjoyed every golf course although we had some issues at certain properties.

The first course we played on Friday, June 18th, was The Legacy Golf Course. We found a deal for around $50 that also included lunch. The lunch was really just a hot dog, chips, and a drink but that was good enough. The course was in excellent shape with a good definition between the fairway and the two-inch rough. Especially the bent grass greens. The only issue of the day on this golf course was many of the tee boxes were not level. We don't mean just sloped, it had areas where one foot would be higher than the other while the ball was below your feet. This is an issue we found out later is something the club is aware of and working on. We learned a lot about the course from members of the club. While we were eating lunch after we finished our round we were invited to play in a scramble charity event as a team needed another two golfers. We agreed and had a great time. Everyone we met that day at The Legacy Golf Course was great. From the golf staff, the food and beverage staff, and every member we interacted with just could not have been nicer. They have invited us back with an open-ended invitation. Overall this course gets an 8 out of 10.

Saturday's round was at a course we really wanted to play as it has a reputation of being one of the top courses in all of Tenessee. The course was Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The course conditions definitely lived up to that reputation. The greens were very smooth and very fast. They were also firm while still be receptive to shots. There was not much rough here but what there was did make you think before selecting a club. Again we got paired up with a twosome that was very friendly and fun to play golf with. From an aesthetics and playability standpoint, this course was pristine. There is also a great practice facility here. Full driving range, two putting greens, and a bunker and chipping green although range balls were not included. There is also a golf academy there for lessons. As good as many things were however there was plenty this golf course did wrong. The greeting in the golf shop was not what you would expect from a resort course. It was not mean in any way it just did not feel welcoming. A minor thing we could deal with. What was a bigger problem was actually while we were playing. First, let me just say the cart girl we had was great. We saw her three times in our first 9-holes which is the back-9 of the golf course. On our back-9 however, we only saw the beverage cart one time, and when we did (on the 3rd hole) it was taking a shortcut to another hole and skipped our group. We never saw that cart again the rest of the day. To add to that the water fountain at the resthouse was broken and every cooler on the course was empty. That is also not it. Two times while attempting to hit a shot the on course the marshalls did not stop their carts. One while hitting a chip shot the marshall popped over a bridge while talking on the radio and drove right past our group without stopping or any acknowledgment he was disturbing our shots. The second time when hitting a drive on a hole the marshall drove around a green and right in front of us on the tee box while I was mid-swing. This is very unacceptable behavior especially from a marshall that should know better. Also, everything mentioned is things that should not happen at a high-end resort golf course with a green fee of just under $100. I know many would ask, did you go say something? No. After the bland "what do you want" type of greeting, we decided the staff probably could care less. Everything ended up ruining the day to an extent for all four of us. Oh and one more thing they completely lost our tab we had for drinks from the beverage cart. Overall the course gets a 7 due to the issues we experienced but still having near-perfect conditions.