Founded in 1907, Cherokee Country Club is an unusual and rather hilly Donald Ross design that features no fewer than six par threes and back-to-back par fives at holes 4 and 5.
Cherokee is a Donald Ross design that is squeezed in between a ridge that overlooks the Tennessee River and a railroad track that borders the northern edge of the property. The land is steeply sloped amd undulating and Ross probably did as good a job as he could with a very difficult piece of land. The only steep holes are the par three 2nd and the uphill approach to the 18th. Otherwise the holes run crossways across the slopes. There are several good holes including the par 5 fifth and the strong par 4 fifteenth. However the narrow par 5 fourth is one of the most bizarre Ross holes I have encountered and the par 3 twelfth is severely pinched between a creek and the railway and it really requires a layup and pitch to play properly. Overall I thought the course was quirky but fun to play up until the clubs fairly recent green renovation. At that time they took some pretty interesting classic Ross style greens and built a set of monstrous atrocities that would be at home at the Castle course in St. Andrews. I only live a mile from the course but I wouldn't Consider joining unless they tore up the current greens and restored the original Ross designs.