Best Golf Courses in Nashville

Golfing in Music City Promises To Send All Your Worries Rolling Away

Have room to bring the clubs along? If so, don't pass up an opportunity to hit the links when you're in Nashville. If you can get a tee time, Harpeth Hills Golf Course ranks high on our list of places to play. The right course makes the right game, so peruse our list to find just what you’re looking for. The Music City courses showcases the natural beauty of Middle Tennessee, and with the lush surroundings you’ll forget the distractions of work, obligation, and ruse, and simply find your way through your stroke. With peace and serenity in mind, you don’t have to go after the game – the game will come to you.

If you’re traveling with the kiddos and looking for a more family-friendly golf adventure, Music City also boasts a number of mini-golf courses. Here you can chow down on snacks, attempt to get a hole-in-one through the crocodile’s mouth, and laugh as you battle sinking your put around the lighthouse. Whether you’re an avid golfer or a happy putter, there’s something for everyone on the courses that Nashville provides. Music is in the air and the games are set – so be sure to try your scorecard with Nashville today. 


If you're staying outside of the city in Antioch, the Family Golf Center At Hickory Hollow has two 18-hole courses that the entire family will enjoy playing on. Just outside of Nashville, this family course has been around for decades. Visitors can choose from the Castle Course or the Lighthouse Course or play both at a reduced rate. It's cost-efficient and a great way to spend a long afternoon. This center also has a go-kart track, batting cages and driving range with both mat and grass stations. So try your hand at golf, and take a turn on the wild side of driving in a go-kart after.

Local Expert tip: Another great spot for the kids to let loose!

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At Grand Old Golf & Go-Karts, you can enjoy some of the best miniature golf in the Music City. This park boasts three courses, all reflecting an aspect of Tennessee's character and terrain. Choose the original 18-hole course, or challenge yourself on the 9-hole Yellow Caves course. You can also race your friends in both single and double go-karts or play games inside the barn. It's a great spot for birthdays, family get-togethers, or just letting your hair down. Be a kid again at Grand Old Golf & Go-Karts, you won't regret the hours whittled away here, or the memories made.

Local Expert tip: Mini golf strikes again! Bring your friends and the family for a fun outing filled with laughs and holes-in-one.

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Membership only club: picturesquely situated, Vanderbilt Legends Club's private facility features two championship courses co-designed by Hall of Fame golfer Tom Kite and renowned golf course architect Bob Cupp. Each course is designed to challenge golfers of all skill levels as they meander through scenic ponds and lush, contoured countryside – providing unforgettable scenery to the beloved game of golf. While Legends is one of the most beloved courses in Middle Tennessee, it is a members only club. So if you're set on seeing these grounds and exploring your game here, call in today and ask about touring the grounds.

Local Expert tip: A gorgeous club, it's exclusive – you'll need a member to visit with.

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Europa Golf Karts
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Mini golf, go-karts, arcades, oh my! Europa Go-Karts & Golf are ideal for families, friends, or the perfect casual date. Offering fun for the whole family, Europa Go-Karts & Golf has more than just miniature golf. This amusement park has something for everyone, including two outdoor 18-hole mini golf courses, where you can challenge one another to a below par game before heading over to the a 1,000-yard go-kart track for a victory few laps. The park also has a batting cage and game room, complete with arcade and computer games. Leave your worries at home, and head out for a little mini-golf and a lot of laughs.

Local Expert tip: The perfect spot for a game of mini golf and a go-kart adventure for the kids.

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One of the more challenging courses, Nashboro is lush, ripe, and ready to increase your skills and love of the game. Whether you're a guru of golf or just learning the sport, Nashboro is ideal for any point in the craft. Lining these tight fairways, you will find a thick cut of rough and a dense tree line. Accurate placement off the tee is a must to hit these fairways and avoid being blocked out by the trees. These immaculate greens putt true, but miss these greens and you will be more concerned about the surrounding bunkers and water hazards.

Local Expert tip: Be sure to bring your sunscreen!

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The Hills of Temple are as mesmerizing as a Thomas Kincaid painting. Rolling greens and plush fairways are only part of the golf experience that keeps members returning round after round to Temple Hills. With it's 27 hole course, there's adventure, challenge, and grace on the greens. Whether you walk or ride, it's impossible not to enjoy the scenery and camaraderie found on the course. Temple Hills also provides, for members, a Junior Olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, and full service restaurant and bar. Temple Hills Country Club has recently undergone a substantial renovation to bring visitors and patrons the most majestic golfing experience possible.

Local Expert tip: Keep an eye out for the cart girl or boy who will come bearing tasty treats and frozen delights.

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Snugly set between posh Brentwood and trendy Green Hills, Richland Country Club is a world apart from most courses. It's long drive and set back fairways are both exotic and breathtaking. Bring a solid sand game to this challenging Jack Nicklaus course. Bunkers can be found in the landing areas, bordering several fairways and protecting these greens. The large trees lining these fairways will often block you out if in the rough or on the wrong side of the fairway. Hit something with accuracy off the tee so you can concentrate on hitting a good approach shot to these fast, sloping greens.

Local Expert tip: Stop in for a meal after a great game - Richland does decadence across the board.

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There's something enchanting about the emerald green fairways at Through the Green/Highland Rim Golf Course. The landscape comes to life as you step onto the course and allow yourself a moment to breathe the crisp, clean air. This picturesque golf course just outside of the city boasts 18 holes of championship golf set among limestone bluffs, natural waterfalls and rolling hills. Besides the zoysia grass fairways and bentgrass greens, the Scottish style bunkers are sure to prove challenging for players of all skill levels. Practice facilities include a driving range and chipping and putting areas. Whether you come for the competition or to lose yourself in the game, you'll find yourself sold on Highland Rim.

Local Expert tip: Bring your camera – this lush landscape is right for the playing and photographing.

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Everything Hermitage in Nashville is top-notch. From the hotel and bar of the same name, to the celebrated home. The most entertaining Hermitage of them all is the pristine and welcoming golf course. The award-winning Hermitage Golf Course is most certainly a favorite for local and visiting golfers. With two 18-hole public courses, players of all skill levels are sure to find a challenge. The General's Retreat course runs along the breathtaking Cumberland River, while the President's Reserve winds through 300 acres of natural Tennessee wetlands. Just call ahead to reserve a tee time, and be sure to bring a smile!

Local Expert tip: Don't take the game too seriously - sometimes playing for fun is more rewarding than playing for the challenge.

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Music City loves its game of golf, and at Harpeth Hills Golf Course the city celebrates amazing courses and a legendary layout. Situated in Percy Warner Park, Harpeth Hills is one of the top public courses in the area. This golf course's beautifully manicured bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways enhance the par 72 championship layout. On-site practice facilities also include a driving range and two putting/chipping greens for those who need to warm up before starting the course. When you finish playing, grab a bite to eat in the clubhouse, raise your glass to the game, and kick your feet up as you take in the breathtaking scenery.

Local Expert tip: Find your breath, and find your zone.

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