Toby Wilt and Bronson Ingram formed The Golf Club of Tennessee back in the late 1980s and they tasked Tom Fazio with the design of their new course. He duly obliged by delivering a tough track that makes the very best use of a hilly, forested property.
Brush Creek also comes into play during a round here, most prominently at the 465-yard 9th (with it running along the right side of the fairway), the 200-yard 10th (which plays across its flowing waters to a waterfall-framed putting surface), and the tough 456-yard finishing hole, where the creek backdrops the home green.
The club hosted the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship in 2018, with Kristen Gillman from Texas lifting the Robert Cox Cup for the second time in five years. This event followed other prestigious tournaments – such as the 2001 Tennessee State Amateur and the 2006 Tennessee State Open – that have been held on the course during the club’s short history.
The Golf Club of Tennessee is planning to add a second Gil Hanse-designed course to its portfolio. The new layout will be called the Upper when it opens in 2023 and the club's existing Tom Fazio track will take on the Lower moniker.
This is one of the more underrated courses you will see. The land showcases huge elevation changes on the front nine, and the back plays in and along a river valley. The par-3's are spectacular, and are incorporated perfectly into the natural bluffs and streams.
This is a golfer's golf course and golfer's golf club. Wonderful facility and wonderful Fazio design. The brainchild of Bronson Ingram, to put it in perspective one of his pallbearers was Arnold Palmer. Some long tough par 4s but some great risk reward holes as well. Number 10 is a par 3 with a lovely waterfall behind the green. Fazio took advantage of the topography to create stunning visuals from the peaks of the rolling hills as well as the river bottom.