Middle Tennessee’s only public Arnold Palmer golf course expands offerings

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WTVF) – Following a pandemic where the game of golf has seen an increase in player numbers, Nashville’s only public Arnold Palmer Golf Course is set to open a public clubhouse and restaurant.

Towhee Golf Course will host a grand opening event on Sunday to celebrate its expansion.

“Everyone was super excited, said Towhee Golf Course General Manager Brian Gordon. “There was a triple-wide trailer that had been here forever and every new owner that had come in before the current owners promised a new clubhouse and it took a bit of time to convince everyone that, ‘no , that’s where we’re going to get a new clubhouse ‘and here we are.”

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Towhee Golf Course General Manager Brian Gordon

The course in Spring Hill, Tennessee was once King’s Creek before the course went bankrupt. During the pandemic, developers purchased the award-winning course and began renovations.

Gordon explained the rarity of a public course designed by Arnold Palmer. “Most of them are usually private, semi-private. So when the new owners sold the opportunity to buy an Arnold Palmer design, they jumped on it. ‘attract people not only from locals but also people from further afield Nashville and all around,’ he said.

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Golfer Ben Brown (right) and his golfing group of 20 years enjoyed the Birdsong Cafe after their weekly round at Towhee Golf Course.

A golf group who had played the course since the early 90s said the renovations were a dream come true.

“We’ve seen a lot of improvement here over the last two or three years,” golfer Ben Brown said. “The greens are some of the best in Middle Tennessee and we play several different courses and they really did a great job. They roll great and we missed the putt. It’s your fault. It’s not the green.”

On Sunday, the course’s clubhouse and restaurant will officially open with a grand opening celebration in hopes of attracting a diverse community of golfers and non-golfers alike.

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Towhee Golf Course’s restaurant, the Birdsong Cafe, is open to the public for lunch and dinner.

“Once we really get started, probably later this year…when the weather improves, we’ll start having movie nights on the driving range and live music in the restaurant,” Gordon said.

For golfers who live in the Columbia, Franklin and Murfreesboro area, the elevated golf experience is a welcome change.

“They did it and put the money in because I know it’s not cheap to do all of this and maintain it the way they do,” Brown said. “This course here right now is the best in the area.”

The official opening event is scheduled to take place during lunch and dinner on Sunday, July 17.

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Towhee Golf Course also has an outdoor clubhouse that the public can rent for events.