The course at Spring Creek Ranch Golf Club is a demanding track where length and water define much of the challenge – eight of the par fours measure in excess of 430 yards and fourteen of the holes feature aquatic hazards.
It was the fifth course from Nicklaus Design to appear in Tennessee when it was unveiled at the start of the new millennium, following on from Richland Country Club (1988) and three Bear Trace tracks at Cumberland Mountain (1998), Harrison Bay (1999) and Tims Ford (1999).More notable holes here include the 496-yard 6th (which doglegs right around water), the 457-yard 9th (played to a pond-protected green) and the 519-yard 14th, which many consider to be the most strategic hole on the card.
Spring Creek Ranch is an excellent Nicklaus design several miles east of Memphis in the town of Collierville. The course is built on some fascinating topography incorporating woods and wetlands and has a number of excellent holes. The fairways are reasonably generous but there are a number of demanding approaches. The greens have excellent contours and when the Bermuda is running fast some of the greens can be incredibly difficult to two putt.
There are a number of great holes. I enjoy the par 5 third hole which offers two different fairways to approach the green. This may sound gimmicky but it works well here. The par 4 6th winds around a lake on the right side and requires nerve and precision to negotiate. The par 4 9th must be approached over a pond and if the drive is not struck well a layup could be required. The back nine is a little shorter and birdie opportunities are available at the short par 4 12th and par 5 14th. 18 is a nice uphill risk/reward par 5.
Overall this is one of my favorite Nicklaus designs. I have played the course in two Tennessee state medal competitions (State mid-am and State Senior) and I have found the course to be very challenging but fun to play. If I lived in he Memohis area I would enjoy being a member.