Golf in Color in the Midst of Stunning Autumn Color
The coolness of autumn weather and the vibrant colors that come with it are two reasons that make this time of year perfect to enjoy the outdoors, and a round or two of golf. Fairfield Glade, a Tennessee community located 2,000 feet above sea level on the Cumberland Plateau, is such a place where you can enjoy both at the same time. It’s the highest point between the Rocky and Smoky Mountains, lending to its mild climate and distinct 4 seasons. The community is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty, from wildlife, pristine lakes, and scenic mountain views that are currently ablaze in hues of red, orange, and yellow. And the natural beauty of the area spills over into the golf courses in the community, giving golfers a chance to play a good game of golf in the midst of stunning autumn color. With 5 sensational courses to choose from, all with equally impressive scenery—especially in the fall—Fairfield Glade is both a golfer’s destination and a nature lover’s paradise.
Druid Hills Golf Course was the first of the 5 courses, opening in 1970. The course is located on Fairfield Glade’s highest point, and is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Golf balls sail over manicured tree-lined fairways with doglegs and water throughout, Druid Hills is a true test of golf.
Just a few years later, Dorchester Golf Course opened for play. This course is a favorite among residents and guests alike, perhaps because it is more secluded than the other courses. Dorchester is also surrounded by amazing views of the area. And with 8 out of the 18 holes near water, it’ll test the ability of keeping your ball dry.
Heatherhurst Golf Club offers two for one, with two 18-hole courses in the same place: The Brae and The Crag. Golfers can expect a challenge on the first 9 holes of The Brae, hole number 4 considered by some to be the toughest par 5 in Tennessee! The Crag is a more recent course, featuring wide fairways which are ideal for short hitters.
The appropriately named Stonehenge course is a masterpiece of architect Joe Lee. Using an unspoiled tract of land in the Cumberland Plateau for his vision, he incorporated the existing native stone walls found throughout the area into the course. This unique feature only adds to the rolling, wooded beauty of the scene, and the natural rock outcroppings come into play on several of the holes.
Fairfield Glade is listed among the best Golf Retirement Communities in TN. Golf clinics and individual golf lessons are available through each club, and all the courses are open to members, guests of Fairfield Glade, and the public (with some restrictions). Totaling 90 holes of golf, golf enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with the game—or the view—at Fairfield Glade. The courses are well-maintained featuring bent grass greens and tees, and currently framed by the vibrancy of autumn. Golf in color at Fairfield Glade.