Nashville is a sneaky market for golf with some great options just outside the city. With great courses in the surrounding area, it can be tough to decide which ones to play! Below is a list of the best public golf courses in Nashville. To be considered for the list, courses need to be at most 45 minutes from city center since that is our barometer on how far someone would drive on a normal day to play a round of golf.
1) Hermitage Golf Course– Old Hickory, TN - 26 minutes from city center – Hermitage Golf Course offers 36 holes of top notch public golf. The President's Reserve course is their premier 18 that has been recognized in the past as one of the top 10 courses in Tennessee. Not to be outdone, the Generals Retreat course played host to an LPGA event from 1988 to 1999 and is set along the Cumberland River providing great scenery for golf. Both courses are affordable at $82 and $74 plus tax for weekend play. Hermitage is arguably number 1 on the list of the best public golf courses in Nashville. Learn more about Hermitage Golf Course.
2) The Legacy - Springfield, TN - 30 minutes from city center – This Raymond Floyd design is a must play around the Nashville area. It opened 1996 and has the perfect mix for all levels of golfers. Stretching out to 6,776 yards it is perfect length to challenged the most skilled player and offering a playable course for beginners. The most appealing part of this gem is the affordable rates. You can play 18 on the weekend for $49 with a cart or $42 on the weekday. Learn more about The Legacy.
3) Gaylord Springs Golf Links – Nashville, TN - 17 minutes from city center – US Open champion Larry Nelson designed this gem just a short drive from downtown Nashville. The links style course is great for all skill levels and is carved from the banks of the Cumberland River. The clubhouse is truly special and is a great place to host a wedding or post tournament gathering. The rates run from $71 on weekdays to $81 on weekends. Learn more about Gaylord Springs.
4) Cedar Crest Golf Club – Murfreesboro, TN - 35 minutes from city center – Just a short drive from downtown Nashville is Cedar Crest Golf Club which offers quite the setting for a round of golf. They take great pride in the conditions of the course which makes the rolling fairways a treat to play. A very convenient location makes this one of the most popular courses in middle Tennessee. You can play Cedar Crest for $42 on the weekdays with a cart. Learn more about Cedar Crest.
I hope this article helped you learn about the best public golf courses in Nashville. If you need additional help outside of setting up a tee time at the best courses, check out our articles on the best driving ranges in Nashville and best indoor golf in Nashville.