|Address:||3939 Old Hickory Boulevard, Old Hickory, TN 37138, USA|
Just got finished playing both courses which I really liked. The problem was the staff. This may have been the worst run course I have ever played on. When you arrived their was no one at the bag drop. Once you checked in you picked up your clubs and took them to the cart area, where no one was around. We got our own carts and then had to ask for directions to get to the first tee. We were playing on a 90+ degree day and fortuantly brought bottled water from our hotel because all the coolers of the front 9 were emptry..When we finished our round it was more of the same; no staff to be seen anywhere! The next day we came back and found someone who looked like a starter but who never said a word to us. We loaded up and began our round; this time well stocked with water. One the second hole a beer cart came around and we asked for some ice in addition to the drinks we bought. They had ice but NO cups. We asked if the might get some and they said they would. The next time we saw them was when we walked of #17. A ranger did eventually get some cups for us but we never did get the ice. The course is very poorly marked and we spent 10 minutes looking for a one hole, Lastly the GPS system is a joke measuring only to the center of the green with no real pictures. I got more info from my cell phone.
We were on our way back from Florida to Chicago and wanted to play golf. I looked up golf courses in Nashville and the Hermitage appeared to be the best in the area. The gentleman in the pro shop was very accommodating, super friendly, and even got us towels to take a shower. Practice area was very nice. The starter/cart attendants were rude. I walked up and ask them which cart do I take. Told them my name and they told me they didnt have my name. After some back and forth they gave me a cart. I guess loading bags is "self service". We played Greneral Retreat The greens were punched 1 month prior. They healed perfectly. Probably some of the best and most undulating greens Ive ever played. I give the greens a 5 star rating. The rest of the course was blah. Every hole appeared similar. I hear the Presidents is supposed to be much nicer. It took us 5 hrs to play (cart paths only and very wet). I dont think Generals is a $64 a round golf course. If your looking for great greens this is a course for you. If your looking for a pristine condition course this is not worth it. Overpriced
The course (Presidents Reserve) is typically in good shape, but that was far from the case on 6/25/17. Bunkers were unraked and had footprints in them. Noticed a broken rake and one of the flagpoles was splintered on the end that goes in the hole. Fiberglass splinters are not fun! Fairways and tee boxes were shaggy and unmowed. No starters or rangers were on the course and pace-of-play was very slow. Beverage cart did not appear until half way through the back nine. Had to wait on almost every hole for the maintenance crew to water the green and hit with a gigantic water hose running across the green. Honestly, the municipal courses in Nashville are in better condition at half the price. Not what I would expect for an $80+ course. Hoping it was just an off day, or maybe the maintenance crew decided not to show up that morning, but pretty unacceptable for an $80+ course in late June not to be in better shape.
I really do like the course, President Reserve, the greens were in good shape and quick. For December it is really disappointing the amount charged for the round, a bit soggy so cart path only and had to be lift/clean/place all round. The course offers nice challenges and nice scenery. Cost prohibitive. The only discount is after 2 and that only gives 2 1/2 hours of daylight. Very light play on a mid-50s temperature day in late December just makes me believe the course doesnt want to be busy for this time of year. Suggestion to course is some seasonal discounts that make sense, maybe a little earlier twilight or some other offer. If I wasnt entertaining a friend/customer then I could have had 4 people play for less than the two of us there and would have been about the same conditions. The course is nice but not double or more the cost of other public courses nice.
So look man. If I had to name Hermitage in 2 words, it would be this right here. Bad ass. I tell ya what, I had my tee time set, I pull up in the place with my clubs, and the whole staff treated me like I was the CEO of the place man. The pro shop guys were just fantastic. I went in the shop, and these guys just treated me like I was the President or something. So check this out right here dude. I walk out and I lost my clubs? THEYRE ALREADY ON MY CART MAN. All I had to do was have fun. The staff was great, the course was smooth as carpet out there. The maintenance guys really work their asses off and I love it. soon as I was done, this Cart Kid was about 6"4, blonde hair and that may have been the nicest guy Ive ever met. I will ALWAYS come back to hermitage. I REPEAT, IF YOURRE IN TENNESSEE, GO. TO. HERMTAGE GOLF COURSE ASAP.
Best Ive played in Nashville so far. Sand was sandy and loose, greens rolled smooth and had undulations in them, fairways were tight. Ive played both 18s (walked the governors and drove the presidents) in the last week and I was pretty impressed. Price was reasonable. Only suggestions I would have is to change out the flags into solid colored flags and mark the holes better. You are not going to get a hot towel delivered to you and no one is going to clean your clubs for you, but if that is what youre looking for, join a country club. The golf here is great. Not long, but I couldnt reach most the par 5s in 2. The presidents side was the better of the two. I especially liked that the carts had GPS on them. Plenty of sprinkler heads with distances on them if you are walking too. Good experience.
Best place to play, practice, drink, and be merry. From the top to the bottom it doesnt get any better. I was reading posted comments from prior golfers whinning about dormate grass and not enough staff.... Let me break it down for those who havent lived on planet earth for an extended period of time. Ya see, in the winter time Bermuda grass goes dormate. Its a warm climate grass. There is no magic wand in the golf shop to change a hemisphers climate. -I have played at Hermitage for 5 years and have NEVER had an issue with anything. Shop and on-course staff have been professional, courteous, and helpful. They offer a rewards program that gives you a free round on a $80 golf course after every 4 paid rounds. Did you catch that!? In my opinion, your cheating yourself golfing anywhere else.
I played Hermitage - Generals Retreat this past weekend. I have played my entire life and have carried a single digit handicap for 20 years but I had three other golfers that were very inexperienced. $65 is not too much to pay but I will never go back. The starter was rude, the golf course was in bad to terrible shape, and the overall attitude of the staff was that this place is much better than it is. The layout is ok but several holes are very similar to one another. The fairways are dormant, and the greens are paper thin. In a day and age where the numbers in golf are falling, you would think a public course would be more hospitable to new players. Ill find another place to play next time Im in town.