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4.8
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4.8
Friendliness
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4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 6850 yards
Slope 131
Rating 73.3
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RiverWatch Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Peter Jacobsen (2000) Jim Hardy (2000) Jerry Lemons

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $12
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Lodging

Lodging Available

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
251 Reviews (251)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Brunch 6
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 33
Narrow Fairways 24
Bunkers 23
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 21
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 21
Locals 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 32

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fantastic Gem in Rural TN

I experienced Riverwatch for the first time on Saturday morning and went in hesitant as it was a bit of a drive for me. Any expectations I had were blown away by this beautiful gem of a golf course. It’s situated up high with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. There’s not a flat hole among the 18 because it is built to work with the rolling hills and not carved out of them. This makes for an extremely fun challenge as you have blind shots, and shots that can run downhill for that extra distance that makes you feel better about your game. The fairways were lovely, well manicured, and firm which produced true iron shots. Just make sure you hit the fairways, otherwise you will lose many balls as anything in the trees is down the mountain. The greens were firm and fast and an exciting challenge. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, I’ve already booked my next tee time as I was so impressed with the course. Don’t let the location deter you from making the trip to this spectacular course, trust me, it’s worth the drive.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tough tough tough!

Waited long on every shot on the front side. When we got to the turn there were at least 10 carts waiting. Wait between shots got even longer and we quit after hole 11.
Think it could have been a 6 hour round. Very difficult around the greens

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Excellent

By far, best experience I've had playing golf. Beautiful and challenging course. Amazing staff. Great food. Definitely a 10 out of 10. We had a group of eight so 2 foursomes and played 81 holes in 3 days. We had such an incredible experience we're going to make this a 2-3 times a year trip seeing as we live over an hour away. Can't wait to come back. I highly recommend

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging course

Its a course that requires accuracy off the tee and some course knowledge. Not long, but cant be overpowered either. Traps needed some work and sand. Hardly anyone there today so pace was good. Had some very nice holes and reachable in 2 par 5’s. Greens were in good shape. If you find a titleist 2 in the woods, you’re welcome.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

River Watch greens are 1st class

Greens were as good as any you’ll find. Fairways were hard and crusty. Beautiful scenery, but tight in places and target landing areas. Tough course. Bring plenty of balls if you can’t keep it in the fairway. Give it an 8 out of 10

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

This is one of the most fun courses I have ever played, it is the best value for the money by far. The staff is great and the food was good also. This is a must play course in Tennessee.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/15/2020

Thanks for such a great review!!! Hope you'll join us again soon!!!

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Reviews 167
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Riverwatch sits perched high above Tennessee’s largest body of water, Center Hill Lake. The course is cut from the natural landscape and the holes tend to follow the contours of the land. The rolling hillsides and picturesque plateaus paint a picture on each hole and do a great job of melding golf and nature. No two holes are alike, many of the holes are tree-lined, with sharp drop-offs if you push your shot beyond the tree line. Dramatic elevation changes, testing doglegs, well-manicured Zoysia fairways, and well-placed bunkers lead to Bentgrass greens. Bunkers have been strategically placed and come into play off the tees and around the green complexes. Many of the bunkers are still a work in progress while the greens are incredible; lush, well-maintained and roll true. Each hole seems to get a little more challenging as you make your way around the course.

Riverwatch offers golfers 5 sets of tees and can be played anywhere from 6,850 – 4,629 yards, so there’s a distance for every level of golfer. The emphasis is on accuracy rather than length. For the most part, this 18-hole championship golf course was designed by PGA TOUR professional Peter Jacobsen and his course architect partner Jim Hardy. The original owners deviated from the course’s original routing: what is currently the 3rd hole was designed to be the first hole and the current design’s first and second holes were added to the layout. When you play the course the integration is seamless; it’s hard to believe the first two holes weren’t part of the original plans. The 3rd hole is one of the tougher holes on the course. It’s an uphill par 5 dogleg right that requires an accurate tee shot and a layup shot that finds the narrow tree-lined fairway. Had this remained the first hole, I think it a lot of golfers would have been extremely challenged right out of the gate and it may have soured them on the rest of their round.

Before your round, head to Riverwatch’s full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag into a variety of target greens. There’s also a short game area and putting green that entices you to work on those often neglected parts of your golf game.

Riverwatch has several memorable holes. The front nine ends with a testing par 3 that plays 183 yards from the gold tees. There’s water and sand left so if you’re going to miss, hit it right. The green sits at an angle and the difference between a front and back pin can be 2 or 3 clubs.

Holes 11 – 15 can make or break your round and includes two or the course’s three toughest holes. Number 11 is a 329-yard, slight dogleg right with a blind tee shot. Hit a good drive down the left side, catch the downslope and you may find your drive on or close to the green. It’s a great chance to put up a low number and get the back nine going early. Number 12 is a 500-yard par 5 with a slight dogleg right. It’s a semi-blind tee shot and anything left is probably gone. You can bail out to the right if need be but if you hit it down the hill on 13, pack a lunch; it’s a long hike back up the hill! Hit a good drive, avoid the bunkers on the right and you can conceivably get home in two. The green is protected by a single pot bunker front left. Par or better is a great score here and gets you ready for what’s next.

Number 13 is Riverwatch’s toughest test. The hole plays 416 yards downhill off the tee and the entire fairway slopes right to left. Play down the right side and it’s pretty much a given that you’ll be playing from the left side of the fairway. Anything hit down the left is pretty much gone. A good drive will leave a mid to short iron uphill over a stone wall to an elevated green protected in front by bunkers on either side. Take a par – or bogie – and run!

Now that you’ve survived 13 it’s on to a 146-yard par 3 that is all carry over a creek with a bunker in the front middle. The green has some good undulation in it. Anything left is likely lost.

Number 15 is a dogleg left, 375-yard par 4 that is the course’s #3 handicap. The hole starts to turn around the 200-yard mark so unless a draw is in your shot repertoire, you may want to consider something less than driver off the tee. Your approach shot plays downhill to a medium-sized green. Finishing the hole with the same ball you started with goes a long way in posting a good score on this hole.

Your round ends on another scenic Riverwatch hole. Number 18 is a 458-yard par 5 that requires tremendous accuracy off the tee. Hit a good drive down the middle of the fairway off the tee and you could find yourself with the opportunity to get on in two. The green sits at an angle to the fairway and is protected by a large bunker front right. Par – or better – is a great way to end your round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/07/2020

Thanks for the great review!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Bring Extra Balls

Narrow fairways and very thick + steep rough areas. If you hit into the woods, don't spend time looking (too many people do and the pace of play was brutal - I ended up folding after waiting 15 mins on the 13th tee). Hilly, longer holes in the back nine.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/07/2020

Thanks for the feedback and great review. We typically have great pace...I'm sorry we didnt catch whatever was holding the pace up that day. Hopefully the next time you return it will be better!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
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Commented on 10/07/2020

Thanks for the excellent review! Hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

September Day

Great day at the course, a good challenge and beautiful scenery. Good day friendly staff a hidden gem in Sparta.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/07/2020

Hey Tim...thanks for the awesome review! Hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging course

Loads of fun, but you better stay in the fairway...sandtraps need some work, but other than that, pretty solid overall. Staff was great! Will definitely be back...Terry B.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/07/2020

Thanks for the great review, Terry! We are working daily on the traps...its a never ending process. Hopefully the next time you return, you will notice some improvements. See you soon!

Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

This is middle Tennessee's hidden gem. Fairways were great. Rough was actual rough, but not so bad you could not make a play. Greens were fast and rolling perfect. There is not a single hole that you do not have to think about where your ball will land and then where the slope will actually allow the ball to stop. Great course. Very friendly in the clubhouse.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/23/2020

Thanks for the great review! Dave and his staff have been working hard out on the course. Hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course. Excellent condition

Course is in great shape. I only wish my game matched it ...especially on the more-difficult back 9. I sincerely urge others to repair ball marks on the greens. The course is in excellent condition, and the “track” is as great layout.

Greens are true but very undulating and difficult to manage. So what? Learn how to putt!!

Great course...a true gift to our area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/23/2020

Thank you so much for the great review! Hope you can make it back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice place

Staff was courteous and friendly. Greens held approach shots. A few spots on the greens. Will definitely play again. Thanks for a great day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/16/2020

Thanks for the great review! Looking forward to your return!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/16/2020

We appreciate your great review! See you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sunday before Labor Day

Had a good time course is tough lot of movement on the greens staff was very friendly and the food was excellent at the clubhouse

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/16/2020

Thanks for the awesome review! Hopefully you can return soon for more good times!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/16/2020

Thanks for the awesome review!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

The course was in good shape considering all the recent rain. The course is well maintained but the bunkers could use some more sand. The scenery makes the course that much more pleasurable to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/16/2020

Thanks for the great review! We are improving bunkers weekly. Hopefully you will notice the improvements when you return!

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