Shelby Golf Course

3.7712235294 3.8 stars from 5 (27)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6079 yards
  • Slope: 110
  • Rating: 68.2
  • Layout

  • 2021 Fatherland St, Nashville, Tennessee 37206, Davidson County
  • (615) 862-8474
  • (615) 880-2268

Year built: 1924
Architect(s): George Livingston, Donald Ross (1924)
Type: Public/Municipal
Greens: Bermuda Tif Dwarf Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire is required. Tank tops, cut offs, tattered clothing, and halter-tops are not allowed.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6079 yards 68.2 110
White 72 5725 yards 67.8 109
Red (W) 72 4873 yards 71.2 114

East Nashville's Shelby Golf Course is historic, opening way back in 1924, making it Nashville's first municipal golf course, and it's a beauty, offering 18 holes of golf over rolling hills on a good-looking landscape in the beautiful confines of Shelby Park. Bermuda Tif Dwarf greens became a part of the golf course in 2006, and golfers of all levels will be able to golf a round on this golf course, which has hosted the School Days Junior Golf Tournament, Tennessee's longest-running golf tournament.

The par-72 Shelby Golf Course measures 6,079 yards from the Blue tees, though ladies have the option of playing to 4,873 yards on the Red tees. A round of golf kicks off on a par-4 hole that comes in at 345 yards from the Blue tee. The long hole here is 16th, a par-5 that measures 528 yards from the Blue tee.

A round of golf on the Shelby Golf Course concludes on a par-4 hole that measures 364 yards from the Blue tee.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 27 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
11
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

22 out of 27 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals   Challenges include elevation changes  

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Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender

"Very challenging"


DaFloodman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of elevation change and small, fast greens, but a great value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun...but...."


Ltcmazda's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had an early morning tee time, got there extra early, no one on the course and no one scheduled before my time, yet the person checking me in wouldn't let me go out until my scheduled time. When that time arrived, they made me wait for the others in my put together foursome who were running a bit late. We ended up behind a group instead of having an open course in front of us, and that group was EXTREMELY slow and not interested in having us play through. Bottom line, fun course, frustrating experience. I left after 12 holes. I'll think twice before coming back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Lovely course"


u7981853's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lovely course but difficult at certain holes. With the hills and valleys it's was hard to judge your distances.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


Sheila4708421's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Would definatly recommend a round here. We will be back for sure. Warning greens are fast. Challenging course with uphill greens. But we had a great time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u048805076's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Nice hilly course and envirinment"


ronald1999's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The course has no sand traps neither water obsticles. The dificulty is that it is pretty narrow in some places and has many blind shots as well as uphill greens. I recommend taking a cart as it has a lot of ups and downs.We had fun did enjoyed our round and the layout is very nice. The staff is nice and friendly.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000004716639's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Average at Best"


nashvilleflash's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As municipal courses go, this one is average at best. It's very hilly with many blind shots. Not walkable. The greens were in fairly good shape but the fairways were hard as a rock. You literally couldn't get clean contact with the ball. Its not many times that I actually prefer to be in the rough! Only worth it when you go through Golf Now and book a "Hot Deal".


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"great 18 for the price"


mcarden's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great 18, the course was very well maintained. Looking forward to playing again. Staff was GREAT! m.carden


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Ok, if nowhere else to go"


u000005386185's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2016
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Reviewed on

Course is okay. Just about every hole is up/ down a big hill. A lot of uphill/ downhill/ side hill lies. Most of the greens are elevated so if you're short/ long the ball has no chance of staying next to the green as it will roll down the hill. This makes it hard because the greens are so small! Almost like the VA in Murfreesboro. We only paid $25 including tax so keep that in mind. Bring extra golf balls!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Stay Home"


uCNAF1760CN's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This golf course should be closed down. Greens are bad, fairways very very very very bad. City is robbing golfers 28 dollars is to much. This course should be free. No one is keeping up with the maintenance of this golf course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course for value"


skyla2000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played both sat and sun. The small greens along with hilly landscape provided and interesting challenge.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"nice"


u000005819347's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed the course I like the elevation greens and the par 5's. You must go!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hills"


jmelbert1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has a lot more terrain than I thought it would. The front nine had a good amount of fallen leaves so straight shots are needed to keep you out of your ball pocket. GPS watches/apps not too helpful since they have winter and summer greens, you aren't sure which ones are being measured? I don't recall seeing any bunkers? Nice course, look forward to trying it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good experience."


LongNupe1911's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Small greens, very hilly, and a few blind holes. Not one sand trap on the course, which I'm ok with, since i seem to always find them. Great challenging course for the value, Will definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Comeback"


u000006354602's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in great shape, the greens are in great shape, the Manager Daryl and staff are first class.<br/> Great improvement over all.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


Nick2836239's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a really fun course to play. It's not exceptionally long from the back tees. For a municipal course you can't beat it. The greens were receptive and the fairways and tee boxes were manicured. Worth playing again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A nice course"


andyforrest1959's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

A pleasant surprise while on vacation. Not a long course, but a good test with small elevated greens and plenty of trees. The greens were well kept and most tee boxes were good. I would love this as a regular course if I lived here. The carts were new and it was a good time and a fun place to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fair shape hilly course"


u938741952's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2015
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Reviewed on

Needs some maintainence off the fairways. Greens in great shape. Tee boxes were shabby.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Stay away"


unclebirdie's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Super, super hilly course. Looks like they took a piece of land good for nothing and decided to put a golf course on it. Add the horse flys buzzing around and the course not marked for distances or direction the holes go. A lot of blind shots also. Not a fun course to play


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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