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Got more time on your hands during weekends? Lounging and binge-watching your favorite TV shows seem like a great way to spend your downtime, but so is playing sports like golf.
Whether you’re a novice or someone looking for a productive way to spend the weekends, don’t miss an opportunity to hit the links in Nashville. There are various golf courses to explore alone, with your significant other or colleagues.
If you can afford a tee time, book in any of the following courses in the Music City:
Harpeth Hills Golf Course
The Harpeth Hills Golf Course reigns as one of the top golf courses in Nashville and the entire state of Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful rolling hills of Percy Warner Park, this course is an ideal base to hit some balls and practice your swings. It features bentgrass greens in great shape, Bermuda fairways, two putting greens, and a driving range, making it the perfect playground for starters and experts alike. After playing, make sure not to pass the opportunity of grabbing a bite in the clubhouse.
Gaylord Spring Golf Links
Situated in northeast Nashville, Gaylord Spring Golf Links has got everything you need to relax and unwind after a stressful week—a 7,007-yard course, a stylish clubhouse to accommodate the best moments of your life, and jaw-dropping views to adore. This 18-hole course is deemed one of the best public courses by Golfweek magazine. With significant challenges every fairway bend, majestic natural sights, and friendly staff, it’s not hard to believe why it’s one of the best courses in Nashville.
Belle Meade Country Club
If you want a more exclusive experience, this course is the best place to practice hitting your golf balls. Haven of the Masters Golf Tournament, Belle Meade Country Club provides private, top-notch services and accommodation to members and their guests. This 18-home course spans more than 6,732 yards of the city’s most delicate greens. Register in their membership and have the chance to indulge in their member-only exquisite dining room.
Richland Country Club
Snugly situated between the lush Brentwood and beautiful Green Hills, Richland Country Club is teeming with history and elegance of Nashville. If you desire a luxurious, top-of-the-line service, this course is the place to be. It’s the perfect haven to relax, enjoy golf, and reconnect with nature. Premium amenities include the 18-hole, par 72 course, fitness center, tennis courts, swimming pool, and dining rooms. It’s the perfect weekend relaxing getaway to enjoy with a significant other.
Temple Hills Golf Club
Lush greens, challenging hazards, and relaxing fairways are what wait for you in the Temple Hills Golf Club. Featuring 27 holes, the first-rate amenities and staff of this country club offer a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A spacious course paired with extremely low membership fees? Best believe you’ll have a great time playing here. Just don’t forget to wear your hat to protect yourself from the scorching heat of the sun!
Are you ready to elevate your weekend on a relaxing course? If you can’t wait to level up your time off, gather your golf clubs, wear your most relaxing yet stunning outfit, and hit the links in any of the courses mentioned!
About the author
Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer who loves to travel around the globe for golf. During his off times, he writes about golf on http://golfinfluence.com/. His enthusiasm for the sport started at an early age when his father brought him to a local course. For more tips and tricks, Jordan has a lot to share on his site.
Liz Carmouche has been all over the world—born in Louisiana, raised in Japan, served three tours of duty in the Middle East, now living in San Diego—and actually discovered what she wanted to do with her life while serving in Iraq in 2009: she wanted to fight.
Being in the Middle East was like being “in [a] parallel world...where you don't have to worry about bills or obligations to other people, you just focus on your job and getting the job done,” she said. That clarity of mind helped her realize that what she was doing just for exercise, when she wasn't doing her work as a helicopter electrician, was something she actually wanted to do for a living.
So when she got home, she went into the world of mixed martial arts, or MMA, fighting. MMA's popularity has surged in recent years, though the sport's roots go all the way back to ancient Greece, and fights take in millions of dollars in revenue. Women's MMA fighters are gaining more awareness and compete in organizations including Bellator, Strikeforce and the all-female Invicta.
Full Fight | Liz Carmouche vs. Deanna Bennett | BELLATOR 246 youtu.be
In Carmouche's very first professional fight in May 2010 at Native Fighting Championship 5, she defeated her opponent Aleena Albertson in less than a minute via submission. Her second bout against Margarita de la Cruz Ramirez less than a month later went on much longer—five minutes—before a doctor stoppage declared Carmouche the winner. Before summer 2010 had ended, Carmouche fought in her first Strikeforce challenge and won by unanimous decision.
Her career took off like wildfire and she was in a position to challenge Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen in March 2011, before her career was even a year old. She lost that bout, but still considers it the most rewarding and best fight in her books because it was like a turning point for her.
Carmouche faced the biggest moment of her career when she faced 135 lb. Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey in the title fight of UFC 157 in Anaheim, California. Although she lost, the fight made history in at least two ways: it was the first-ever women's fight in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, plus one of the fighters, Carmouche, is openly gay.
All three of her tours with the Marine Corps were served during the era of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She has opened up about how tough it was to hide who she was: coping with slurs, people trying to out her and other people who were forced to keep the secret too. Right as she was leaving the service, she decided—despite DADT still being in place—to tell her military friends the truth.
The way they responded has set a precedent for how people in the MMA world have taken to learning that she is openly gay: not much backlash at all. The inspiration of a supportive atmosphere in Carmouche's training gym gave her the ability to be out through her entire fighting career.
The Carmouche-Rousey fight became the main event for UFC 157, the one featured on posters and at the top of the fight cards, after a successful social media campaign got the attention of promoter Dana White. White said that, while most other women fighters were finding reasons not to face Rousey, Carmouche wanted it.
UFC 157 Rousey VS Carmouche Full fight! youtu.be
“It was amazing,” Carmouche said. “It's a real honor to be the main event and to be a part of history…I never expected that we'd be in the position that we are today.”
There was an outcry from some MMA fans on the Internet who objected to the idea of two women battling it out in the main event—there's even a doctored version of the UFC 157 poster that features male fighters Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson as the main event instead—but Carmouche's dedicated fans (she calls them Lizbos, though her coach was the one who thought up that term) and others don't care about that pettiness.
“It's amazing to think that there are so many people out there supporting me,” she said.
Carmouche was considered the underdog in the fight because Rousey is the champion and has a lot of hype, but the two of them didn’t engage in any social media trash-talking or attempts to intimidate. Rousey said that she knew she couldn't get inside Carmouche's head prior to the fight because of her military experience; Carmouche said she's found a flaw in Rousey's technique but won't reveal it.
But when Carmouche isn't training for upcoming fights, she lives a quiet life in San Diego with her girlfriend and focuses on the success of helping train other fighters at an area gym. She helps to train young fighters and Carmouche says that she really just wants to help them follow their dreams, whether or not they involve the ring.
Follow Carmouche on Twitter.
Known for its nickname—the Windy City—deep-dish pizza, breweries, and five-star private clubs, Chicago is an underrated destination for budding and avid golfers. You can play these daily-fee courses anywhere from within the city to its more picturesque outskirts. If you are traveling to Chicago for the first time, here are a few of its most renowned golf courses that you won’t want to miss.
Not only is this golf club home to one of the most impressive courses in the country, but it is also famous for its fantastic facilities, delicious food, and breathtaking landscapes. Perfect for golf enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, this course boasts three nines with spectacular views of Chicago’s greatest lakes.
You can wind down with a burger and a mug of your favorite ale at the Cantigny outdoor patio, which overlooks the course in its entirety.
Previously a landfill, Harborside International’s Port Course is the site of 36 challenging holes and Scottish-style links. Plus, the course is just within city limits, so you won’t have to worry about rushing back to walk Millennium Park if it’s on your itinerary.
Harborside’s windy conditions will give you a run for your money—if you’re up for the challenge, you may want to take along your most forgiving driver. Sitting atop one of Chicago’s highest points, you’ll get excellent views of the skyline and lake from here.
This upscale, private golf club has an impressive clubhouse and on-site accommodations that make it easy for visitors to access the course. This once Navy airbase is now home to challenging rolling berms, trees, and lush landscapes—perfect for a four-hour ride with your most expensive golf club.
Corporate groups can make the most of its luxurious 48,000 square foot clubhouse where you can wine and dine in a beautifully decorated grand ballroom. You can even take a stroll through the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame if you want to squeeze in a history lesson.
Over 90-years-old, the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club is occasionally the famed PGA Tour and BMW Championship site. Budding golfers can improve their swing and skill over a variety of course difficulties at this versatile club.
Keep in mind that there are over a hundred bunkers on this course, which means packing a sand wedge and handicapper before your Chicago trip is a must!
If you’re one to get your daily dose of nature, the Stonewall Orchard Golf Club is the place to be. Nestled in this serene, untouched landscape north of Chicago, you can play a tranquil round of golf surrounded by over 60,000 trees.
It is also sometimes a US Open qualifying site, so don’t forget to visit when the season rolls around—you may lock eyes with a star athlete or two.
The Bottom Line
Whether heading to Chicago to enjoy a quintessential holiday barbecue with your family or grace one of its popular landmarks, you can’t miss a trip to the golf course. You never know when one of these impressive courses will make it onto your itinerary!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer who loves to travel around the globe for golf. During his off times, he writes about golf on http://golfinfluence.com/. His enthusiasm for golf starts at an early age when his father brought him to a local golf course. For more tips and tricks about golf, Jordan has a lot to share on his site.
On a chilly Saturday almost eleven years ago, seven guys booted up and began the practice of a fledgling gay rugby team—they included Ben Marks, Adam Ross, Doug Sladen, Chris Sanders, Daryl Woods, Richard Benoit, and Stan Schklar (who at 55 is still playing despite various broken bones, among other injuries). At Tribe after that first practice, they chose the team’s name based on where they’d initially found their shared interest in rugby (Bear411)—the lack of grizzly bears in Tennessee be damned.
Flash-forward to 2006’s Pride festival, which is when I first spoke to John Purdom, who would become another long-time player and long-time assistant coach. After that, I decided to attend the next Tuesday night practice. From the little I knew about rugby’s specifics, it seemed liked it might be both a nice hobby and a nice workout. I was right, and as someone who grew up playing soccer and wrestling from middle school through high school, it felt great tackling a much bigger guy everyone else probably thought I never could. And as much as it pushed me, I know it pushed the rest of this nascent group of ruggers. What we had in enthusiasm, though, we lacked in practical knowledge.
A month later, three players from the Atlanta Bucks drove up and conducted a boot camp. However, it was our first full-time coach, Shannon Bustillos, who would begin to whip the team into shape. “Warrior Princess,” as she was called, agreed to coach the team when, after one practice, all present knelt and asked if she’d be our full-time coach. She agreed. With thirteen years of playing experience and six years of coaching experience at the time, she brought a wealth of knowledge, drive, and encouragement to our rag-tag group, some of whom had never before played a contact sport. Bustillos stayed with us through the spring 2007 season, when she was offered a job at Marquette University that she couldn’t pass up.
Following the vacuum Bustillos left, several players—including me, Purdom, David Glasgow, Doug Sladen, and Mike Wright—decided we could coach ourselves. Three of us even traveled to a weekend coaching clinic in Memphis. However, to quote Purdom, “This was a disaster.” As the cliché goes: there were too many cooks in the kitchen.
Salvaging us from that melee, David Glasgow became our dedicated coach for the first time in 2008. That summer, a contingent of Grizzlies flew to Dublin, Ireland, to participate in the fourth Bingham Cup. Since we were unable to bring a full team of fifteen players, we were merged with the World Barbarians, coached by Gustavo Ventura, and ended up winning the Plate division.
In spring 2009, Toby Florek, who’d played for a local club formerly known as the Nashville Outlaws, took over coaching duties. He stayed on until September 2009, when Glasgow resumed duties as head coach. Glasgow would remain with us through many high and low points until January 2014, when Jimmy Arredondo, after serving as assistant coach for a couple seasons, took over the whistle and clipboard. Arredondo would lead the Grizzlies to their first winning season in fall 2016, and he has been pivotal in making the team more competitive and consistent.
Since our showing in Dublin, the Grizzlies have represented Nashville in the biennial Bingham Cup in Minneapolis, Manchester (England), and Sydney (Australia), as well as here at home. In addition to this major international tournament, the team has frequented the Dallas Diablos’ Hell Fest, Muddy York’s Beaver Bowl, Seattle Quake’s final running of Magnitude, the Queen City Crown, our own Music City Cup, and the occasional Jugg Fest in Pigeon Forge with our sister team, the Charlotte Royals.
Over the years, with the indispensable assistance of Richard Kennedy, the team attained its 501(c)(3) status, and players and supporters have participated in charitable work with Habitat for Humanity and Nashville CARES, among many others. This year we started volunteering at Launchpad, a resource for homeless LGBTQ youth, with Nashville CARES.
We also brought the Red Dress Run (which is now more of a stroll) to town. It is our biggest fundraising event of the year. The dresses at the Pub-Run-Crawl range from the unnecessarily sequined number Joe Clark has worn (at least twice—tsk, tsk), to matronly numbers for the shy, g-strings and angel wings for the shameless with phenomenal “attributes,” to more basic off-the-rack numbers from Target or Ross. The first couple of years this event took place in Hillsboro Village and 12 South, benefiting The Belcourt Theatre. Since then, it has moved over to the East Side and has benefited the Friends of Shelby Park and Nashville CARES.
I wound up playing on the team from June 2006 through May 2013, and I came out of my hobbling “retirement” to play in the 2016 Bingham Cup hosted by the Grizzlies here in Nashville, which marked the first time the tournament had happened in the American Southeast. Because both the Grizzlies and rugby inspire a special brand of loyalty, I’m not the only person who laced my boots back up.
Through this team I’ve made friends with men who I sincerely call “brothers,” and I’ve met people from all over this country and the world. Not surprisingly, our team’s motto is Tecum Fratre, which is Latin for “With You, Brother,” and “With you” is what Mark Bingham would always say to let his teammates know he was there to accept a pass once they got into trouble. Better still, I can say with absolute confidence that I know what I’ve experienced is the rule, not the exception.
To sum up this rather brief history of the Nashville Grizzlies, rugby can bring out the best in everyone, allowing space on the pitch (i.e., the field) for people of all genders, all orientations, all body types, and all skill levels. This might be one of the reasons why rugby is the fastest growing sport in the nation. And while I’ve seen people severely injured and carted off in ambulances, and while this sport can be brutal, bloody, and bruising, I’m sure those who have played and those who still play for the Nashville Grizzlies wouldn’t exchange the occasionally flared tempers, the long-lasting friendships, and the easy camaraderie for the world.
April 7th, 7:30 PM at PLAY Dance Bar
A Bachelor Auction & 11 Years of Grizzlies Rugby Celebration
Music provided by HeyDay Revival
* $10 at door includes some catered food
* Silent auction will end at 9PM
* Bachelor auction begins soon after
* All Proceeds will go towards the Nashville Grizzlies Rugby FC & Tennessee Equality Project