Richland Creek comes into play at seven holes on the Belle Meade Country Club golf course. It's a Donald Ross design from 1921 that has been significantly modified down the years, most notably by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in the early 1950s and Gary Roger Baird in 1981.
Certainly agree with Richard's assessment. Read a good deal about Belle Mead when prominently mentioned by Golf Digest as being among the very top courses in Tennessee.
The central question is quite simple -- how much of vintage Donald Ross is still present?
I enjoyed the course but the sum total is not enough to warrant someone making a special visit to see. Part of that is the overall development of golf throughout the Volunteer State. There are now more quality options -- whether on the private, public or resort side.
What would be interesting to see is if courses opts to really undertake a truly meaningful restoration tied to what Ross originally envisioned. Otherwise my one time visit will remain in place.
M. James Ward
Belle Meade is a nice private course set in a posh part of Nashville. The original Ross design has been modified through the years and the course as it appears today probably has little resemblance to the original design. The course is well maintained and a decent test of golf but overall lacks much memorability. Richland Creek creeps into play on a number of holes and too often the narrow tree lined fairways remove any strategic options on many of the holes. Overall I get the feeling that golf here is secondary to the social aspect the club, much like Cherokee in Knoxville. I saw a recent Tennessee state ranking from one of the big glossy magazines that rated this course 5th in the state and quite frankly I find that difficult to believe. Belle Meade probably just borders on being one of the top 20 in the state but no more than that.