Nashville is known for a lot of things like its world famous music scene, an ever-emerging food scene and as a great sports town for both professional and college sports fans alike. What many visitors and local overlook though, is the golf destination Nashville is becoming. The mid-state area has dozens of courses within a half hour drive of downtown that present a fun challenge for golfers of all skill levels.
Throughout the summer, we here at S&E Nashville are playing our way through some of the Nashville area’s top public golf courses. With each we will explore the playability of the course, value of the green fees, history of the course and what makes it a special place to tee it up.
This summer we have already explored Harpeth Hills Golf Course, Greystone Golf Club and Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Now we take you half an hour north of Nashville to a hidden gem in Robertson County – The Legacy, designed by four-time major champion Raymond Floyd.
The Legacy is laid out around the rolling hills and natural woodlands that were here long before Floyd designed the golf course, but those same hills and woodland areas are what make The Legacy equally as beautiful by providing scenic views on almost every hole.
Since opening in 1996, The Legacy has been providing a challenge to players of all skill levels – including those as accomplished as Floyd. It ranges from only 6,133 yards on the forward tees to its longest of only 6,776 yards to give all players a chance to challenge themselves as much as they choose. That relatively short yardage can easily be deceptive though, but rest assured that the course evens the score with today’s long hitters by demanding accuracy off the tee. With tight fairways and a wealth of strategically placed bunkers and hazards, it will certainly make players think about each shot as they are over the ball knowing that the slightest mishit may wind up among the thick banks of 100-year-old trees lining the course.
For players who are not wild off the tee, there are ample opportunities to be rewarded and score well. The large greens are traditionally in excellent condition and provide a consistent roll every time. Many of the greens also featured multiple tiers and grueling undulation, which in many cases can be used to the players advantage on approach shots.
The front-nine at The Legacy is certainly the more challenging side, but on the back side players can’t lose their focus as the well-placed hazards continue to protect the course along with multiple blind shots into the greens. The No. 18 finishing hole gets one last punch in for those who are not careful. Despite being only a 509 yard par-5, the finishing hole plays up hill and feels every bit of those 509 yards.
For those wishing the walk 18 holes at The Legacy, it is certainly a walker friendly course in its layout. Anyone who has lived in or visited middle Tennessee for any amount of time knows there are not many flat areas, and an 18 hole stroll around this course is no different. There will be plenty of ups and downs as you traverse the hills but there are also ample amounts of water and restroom facilities around the course. The course does follow the traditional nine holes out, nine holes in format so if you need a break (or a cart) at the turn, you can grab one in the clubhouse.
A weekend round of 18 holes and a cart will set you back only $40 at The Legacy, making it truly one of the best values in the Nashville area for the quality of the course and experience you will have. Weekdays, 18 holes run only $33, and during the summer you can play a twilight round after 3 p.m. for only $25. The Legacy is also a great place for junior golfers to work on their game. In addition to a full driving range, putting and chipping practice areas, juniors can play 18 for just $13.
Still relatively new by golf course standards, The Legacy will turn 20 year in 2016, it doesn’t have the near century long history of some other courses in the mid-state area. However, that does not mean that it is not writing its own. The Legacy is home to a number of amateur tournaments each year, especially junior golf tournaments that help foster the next generation of players. When you play The Legacy, you also know that you are playing against the mind of a four-time major winner and hall of fame golfer, as Floyd was very hands on with the design of the course.
What makes The Legacy special
What is most special about The Legacy is that it allows golfers of all skill levels to challenge themselves and without breaking the bank, giving everyone the opportunity to face a unique and challenging round of golf. The extravagant luxuries may be minimal but that doesn’t take away from the experience a bit because it is all about the golf at The Legacy.