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Sampling Some Apres Golf in Music City, Nashville, TN:

There is no doubt that Nashville's reputation is based on the twangy notes of the country music industry. The Tennessee capital has been building on that identity, establishing itself as a cultural and economic hub of prominence within the south.  With the recent successes of its sports teams placing Nashville in the eyes of North America, The Music City has become more than a place to celebrate country music crooners. On a recent golf trip my eyes were opened to some of the other terrific Nashville must-see experiences...

 

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On The Tee at Wolf Creek, Mesquite, NV:

 

It is difficult to look at any of the plethora of "Best 100" or "Must Play" lists of major publications and not encounter Wolf Creek Golf Course in their rankings. The course was the first design attempt by Dennis Rider and since its opening in 2000 has been providing thrills for golfers. This remarkable one hit wonder is located in Mesquite Nevada, a once sleepy Mormon farming community that sits adjacent to the Nevada / Arizona border. Now dotted with casinos this much lighter version  of Vegas is home to many remarkable golf courses, none more renown than Wolf Creek.....

 

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Shotmaking in the Appalachian Foothills, Pine Mountain, GA:

Mountain View is a shot makers paradise right from the driving range through to the 18th green. The course flows naturally along the contours of the Appalachian foothills that Callaway Gardens Resort calls home taking advantage of the wetlands, forests and the sloping landscape that graces the property. Characterized by narrow heavily tree lined fairways, tricky doglegs, green complexes guarded by deep face bunkers and putting surfaces that are devilishly slippery and bordering on miniscule.

 

The brain child of Dick Wilson, of Royal Montreal fame, and Joe Lee, Mountain View was born in 1963 and was crafted with the more skilled player in mind...

 

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On The Tee at TPC Tampa, Lutz, FLA:

 

The Tampa area is no stranger to professional golf tournaments and the PGA Tour. Twenty minutes north of Tampa Airport along the Veterans Expressway you will find TPC Tampa Bay, a long time host to the Champions Tour. Veteran designer Bobby Weed added another TPC brand course to his resume when he crafted this tournament worthy challenge from the Florida pastures and wetlands north of Tampa. Chi Chi Rodriquez acted as a playing consultant on this routing which weaves through thick forests and around plentiful ponds, the course tests all the shots that your game can muster...


 

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Shotmaking on McCormick Ranch, Scotsdale, AZ:

 


The extensive Scottsdale Greenbelt is home to a vast collection of golf courses. The McCormick Ranch Golf Club is one of these facilities, a wonderful 36-hole complex surrounded by the master-planned community bearing the same name. Built during the early 1970's in the height of suburban expansion and large-scale developments in Scottsdale to handle the influx of people looking for a desert oasis to call home, the once- thriving ranch land filled with Angus cattle and Arabian horses was transformed into a terrific residential golf community and resort certainly worthy of a visit...

 

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On The Tee at Robber's Row, Hilton Head, SC:

 

The Port Royal Plantation lies on the northwest corner of Hilton Head Island and is home to the Westin Hilton Head Resort's luxurious beach front property and three of the Heritage Groups seven Island courses: The Barony, a George Cobb design built in the early 60's was one of the original courses build on the Island, Planter’s Row (born 1984) is the brain child of Willard Bryd and has hosted PGA Seniors events, and Robber’s Row, a 1967 collaboration between Cobb and Byrd with Pete Dye lending his hand during a redesign in 1994.....

 

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