Ted Rhodes Golf Course
Ted Rhodes Golf Course sits on the Cumberland River's North Nashville banks, and was originally named the Cumberland Golf Course, after that body of water, back when it only had nine holes, first laid out way back in 1953. A 1992 redesign added nine more holes, and nowadays golfers get 18 holes of links-style golf, complete with lakes and bunkers that make for good times. Big greens provide big targets for approaches on this walkable golf course.
The par-72 Ted Rhodes Golf Course measures 6,669 yards from the Blue tees, and offers a fourth set of tees that play to 5,010 yards for the ladies. A round of golf kicks off big on a par-5 hole that comes in at 555 yards from the Blue tee, one of two long holes, with the back nine also opening on a 534-yard hole. With that in mind, the golf course concludes with a relative whimper, on a par-4 hole that measures just 432 yards from the Blue tee.
Something to look for on the Ted Rhodes Golf Course is the fauna: Turtles, fish, muskrats and beavers all make their homes in the golf course's lakes and river.
|Red (W)||72||5010 yards||68.3||115|
|Blue M: 72.2/126||555||390||179||410||360||302||441||436||174||3247||534||337||183||488||388||231||473||356||432||3422||6669|
|White M: 69.7/124||497||360||167||388||329||291||409||411||154||3006||504||312||161||471||367||191||458||340||403||3207||6213|
|Yellow M: 67.3/120||462||331||153||367||291||255||376||350||135||2720||484||284||146||447||349||176||409||318||366||2979||5699|
|Red W: 68.5/116||442||264||130||340||249||237||321||322||122||2427||478||254||122||350||284||144||386||245||320||2583||5010|
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As much as you could ask for from a muni
While Nashville doesn't have much when it comes to public golf, it does offer a system of municipal courses, including McCabe, Two Rivers, Shelby, and Harpeth Hills. Of the Nashville Metro Courses, Ted Rhodes is among my favorite.
First off, the greens are generally amazing for a public course. Fast and in good condition. You couldn't really ask for much more.
The design is above average, offering some distance when playing from the back tees and a considerable number of water features (especially when compared to other publics). If you're a novice golfer looking for a fun and easy round, there are better Metro options, but if you're looking for something of a challenge while still being able to score, this is a great option.
Issues worth noting:
- No driving range (there's a short range but you need your own balls)
- Limited food and beverage options
- You will often have to deal with the riff-raff that a muni course has to offer. While pace of play is generally good, don't be surprised if you're hit into, someone cuts in front of you, or something else unexpected happens.
Overall, I'd recommend Ted Rhodes to just about anyone. It's always fun, is in good condition, and requires you to bring many aspects of your game.
Slow Play Capital of Golf
If you like rounds that take 5 hours then this is your place. Tax dollar paid employees could care less. Great condition and layout. Terrible management and patrons
Incredible Course in Fantastic Condition
First time playing this course and was extremely happy with the course. The setup is awesome with some tricky par 3s and some very cool risk/reward par 5s. Every single putting green was perfect and couldn't find any imperfection on the putting surface. The only knock on this course is the driving range is irons only and is only 200 yards long. Besides that Ted Rhodes is a fantastic course and for the price you can't beat it!
For Regulars/Locals Only
If you like 5 and a half hour rounds, playing behind several groups of five, in a mud bog, this is the course for you. Locals playing some sort of money game. Should have been warned!
Very nice municipal course
It's Winter. The fairways are brown and the greens are green and in beautiful shape. They roll true. There is a lot of water on this course, every hole has some that can come into play. Every hole has sand in play also. However, it is maintained very nicely. The staff is very friendly and courteous. A great value, especially with Winter rates. Definitely would play again. I am sure Spring will be beautiful.
This course, while not maintained like a private club, is a lovely challenging gem and I paid $9 on GolfNow. Greens were good, fairways were fine and layout was great. No complaints except the bring your own balls to range thing which was weird. I’d play it ten more times and still have money for beers after.
Take a Chance on Ted Rhodes Course
Being from out of state it's a shot in the dark to find a great course at a good price. Made reservations on golfnow but if you don't get hotdeals price just call the club house for tee time and ask about matching the hotdeals price. You might not get all the discount but it's worth asking. 2 days of heavy rain during the week playing Sat the course was in great shape and the greens are rolling true.
First time playing. It was a colder day so the course was not too crowded. Greens in great shape and staff friendly!
Parking lot full of garbage
Could clean up nicely
Diamond in the rough
Water Water All the Rround
I have played Ted Rhodes many times over the past 30 years. I almost always walk with a push cart. The course is extremely flat for Middle Tennessee. There are numerous ponds and creeks on the course, in play on most holes, plus a river bordering several holes. The fairways are open and forgiving. The greens are consistently firm and fast. The staff is professional. This is a municipal course and gets a lot of play but is well maintained.
a must play course
the new greens they put in are great they putted good was quick there was no complaints for the greens rest of the course was in great shape mowed good rough was cut good where you can find your ball my only complaint is the sand bunker in front of hole 12 had some small gravel in it beside that a fantastic place to play especially for a city course
Not A Bad Course!
I played here recently and thought it was not a bad course at all. The tee boxes were well-groomed, and the fairways were as well. The rough had dead spots and crabgrass but was still playable. The greens weren't the fastest, but they rolled extremely well. My only complaint is that hole 10 and 11 are half a mile apart from each other. It's not a big deal if you are riding, but it is if you are walking. Overall, I enjoyed playing here and will be back soon.
Super fun and challenging course
Koran if water and thick vegetation make this course a challenge. Super beautiful location
Course is enjoyable but had a terrible experience. Will not come back.
Staff allowed three groups of 5 to play their own scramble in front of me and my partner. After about a 3 hour front 9, one guy from the fivesome in front of us said we could play through. As I teed off, the rest of his crew came running from the clubhouse yelling at us saying that we couldn’t play through. They were also heckling my partner who is new to the game after he topped his ball into the water. Later the group in front of them approached us and asked how we got behind them and said that they absolutely will not let us play through and that our only option is to skip some home holes and then circle back to play the ones we missed.
It absolutely killed our experience there and we will not come back to this course. I’ve heard of this sort of thing happening to other people at this course as well.
Also, the guy at the counter acted like it was putting him out so much to have to type in my card number after my magnetic strip wasn’t swiping.
Seems like Ted Rhodes perpetuates the narrative that golf is a closed sport for a certain type of person and doesn’t really care to make a point to welcome outsiders that aren’t already a part of their circle. Next time we will be going to either McCabe or Shelby.
The course was decent. Did not know where to go on hole #8. The course was not as good as 2 Rivers. Very under stocked Pro Shop. The hot dogs were old. Would not drive across town for this course