Hermitage Golf Course

by | Oct 15, 2022 | Where to Play

Hermitage Golf Course – A Presidential Golf Experience

Since 1986, Hermitage Golf Course has established itself as the best in Tennessee public golf. Sharing the name of the vast historic estate home of Nashville native President Andrew Jackson, Hermitage Golf Course is one of Tennessee’s mostly highly regarded public play golf options. Located in Old Hickory just outside of Nashville, Hermitage Golf Course (HGC) provides a quality golf experience and welcomes golfers of all levels. Nestled along the banks of the Cumberland River, this 36-hole facility features two distinctly different experiences.

With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River and a variety of tee placements, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery, and hospitality offered at the Hermitage Golf Course.

HGC is proud to be a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, as well as the following accolades.

  • #1 Rated Public Course in the state by Golf Digest
  • Top Public Course in the state as rated by PGA.com
  • “4-1/2 Star Rating.” Golf Digest Magazine’s Highest award in Tennessee.
  • ESPN ZAGAT SURVEY – “America’s Top Golf Courses”
  • Tennessean Newspaper’s Toast of the City – “Best Public Course”
  • Nashville Scene Magazine’s “Best Public Golf Course”
  • Maximum Golf’s “One of the 100 Best Bargain Golf Courses in the United States”
  • Travel and Leisure Golf – “One of America’s 100 Best Golf Courses for $100.00 or Less.”
  • Golf For Women’s “50 Best Courses for Women”

The General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course

The General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course, designed by Gary Roger Baird, is the original routing on the property and was once home to the LPGA Sara Lee Classic. Having been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville,” The General’s Retreat is a “must play” when visiting Nashville.

Traditional in design, this parkland-style course sits atop a gently rolling terrain dotted with nearly a dozen ponds. Tightly treed along many fairways a premium on shot-making is required to navigate the narrow corridors to find the tricky green sites. With a balance of some wide, generous fairways and several tighter, more demanding holes, the course tailors to a variety of strategies. The layout boasts four strong par 5s, three of which—Nos. 8, 11, and 16—offer exciting risk-reward opportunities with water in play. The greens have plenty of character with many being pushed up and heavily bunkered, including the double green shared by the par 3, 3rd, and 13th holes. Playing uphill to a very undulating green ringed with deep bunkers, the final hole at the General’s Retreat is a great finish.

The President’s Reserve at Hermitage Golf Course

The President’s Reserve at Hermitage Golf Course was added to the club in 2000., designed by architect Denis Griffiths, trails through 300 acres of natural Tennessee wetlands and along the banks of the beautiful Cumberland River. Playing up to 7,200 yards, The President’s Reserve can offer any golfer as much challenge as one might desire, yet be a pleasurable golfing experience for even the occasional golfer. The President’s Reserve has been recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the TOP 10 golf courses in Tennessee and a Must Play eSouhernGOLF.com course.

The wide and forgiving fairways of The President’s Reserve, with few doglegs, allow players to hit a variety of shot shapes. A long-hitters delight, the course lets you enjoy some fun with the driver, even if it goes a wee bit astray. The large greens are more subtle than The General, but still, provide plenty of slopes and swales to get your attention. The finishing holes on both nines cross natural hazards tempting with demands of both length and accuracy. A wonderful touch of character is found here with the heard of sheep set grazing on the fairways and rough, bringing a bit of old-world feel to the courses.

Sheep Flock

In 2012, Hermitage Golf Course owner, Mike Eller, was playing Whistling Straits on his annual golfing trip with his friends. As he was coming down #13 fairway, he heard the distant ringing of a cowbell. He looked around him and saw a herd of sheep coming from behind. He was awestruck and at that moment he decided Scottish Blackface sheep could also call Hermitage Golf Course “home.” What started with 12 ewes and 1 ram has now grown to more than 45. These friendly sheep roam the course year-round and if you’re lucky enough, you may find yourself right beside the herd.

Hermitage Golf Course

Hermitage Golf Course – Sheep Flock

Hermitage Golf Course – Stay and Play

Stay and Play opportunities at Hermitage Golf Course are available in comfortable course-side cottages overlooking the golf course and steps from the clubhouse. Filled with all the amenities you need for a quiet retreat, or to house a group of golfing buddies for an outing, being on-site in the cabins will make your visit both convenient and memorable. A private putting green and fire pit provides an opportunity to relax and have some fun following your round.

Experience some of the best golf in Nashville, TN at Hermitage Golf Course.


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Alan Darty

Alan is the founder and publisher of Golf One Media and the former publisher of eSouthernGOLF—a second-generation Florida native who loves all things Florida. You can usually find him with his wife, watching their two daughters coaching volleyball at Oviedo (FL) High School or Mississippi State University when he's not golfing, hunting, or fishing.