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The Course at Sewanee

Sewanee, Tennessee
ArchitectBadgeGil Hanse
Sewanee, Tennessee
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  • Address735 University Ave, Sewanee, TN 37383, USA

University of the South students, staff (and members of the public) have enjoyed The Course at Sewanee for over 100 years and this highly regarded 9-hole layout re-opened in 2013 after a 2-year renovation by Gil Hanse.

The course was originally designed by Albion W. Knight, the religious minister at Sewanee. He had no design experience, of course, but with a team of mules and the assistance of the school football team, a 9-hole course opened for play in 1915.

Almost a century later, a group of Sewanee graduates raised a reported $3.5 million before hiring Gil Hanse to completely redesign the layout, which involved constructing nine new green complexes, adding bunkers and removing trees.

Multiple tees on every hole allow the nine holes to be played twice with different yardages on every hole. Some holes play to different pars second time around. For instance, #1 is rated a 461-yard par four and #9 a 513-yard par five but they’re played as a 556-yard par five and 456-yard par four on the second nine.

University of the South students, staff (and members of the public) have enjoyed The Course at Sewanee for over 100 years and this highly regarded 9-hole layout re-opened in 2013 after a 2-year renovation by Gil Hanse.

The course was originally designed by Albion W. Knight, the religious minister at Sewanee. He had no design experience, of course, but with a team of mules and the assistance of the school football team, a 9-hole course opened for play in 1915.

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Gil Hanse

Hanse earned a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in 1989, achieving the William Frederick Dreer Award, which allowed him to spend a year overseas with Hawtree Ltd.

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