Crossville Journals

A Tennessee Golf Break

An April 2005 trip to Crossville by brmcga

Craighead Caverns/The Lost Sea Photo, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: It was time for a post-tax season golf break. After many trips to Myrtle Beach, it was time for a change, so it was off to Crossville, Tennessee, with, of course, a little sightseeing thrown in!

Lake Tansi

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Hotel

Lake Tansi Photo, Crossville, Tennessee
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Best Things Nearby:Golf! That was the whole point of coming.Best Things About the Resort:There is an excellent golf course that is very reasonably priced. The rest of the resort was very basic.Resort Experience:The staff was friendly at check-in. We were somewhat surprised when the young clerk at the Lake Tansi check-in apologized for the shabby condition of the units. We weren’t sure what to expect! The outside of the units did not look impressive. The units are old, in need of some TLC. The multi-unit buildings are all one floor. Our unit was a two-bedroom. Size-wise, they are adequate and have all the usual amenities. A frustration for us was th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Lake Tansi
8007 Cherokee Tr
Crossville, Tennessee

19th Hole Restaurant

Restaurant | "The 19th Hole at Lake Tansi Golf Course"

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There is a small but full restaurant at the golf course. We didn’t eat there, but I thought that I’d pass along some of the pricing. They have a $2.99 breakfast (why cook!). They also do pizza that is very reasonably priced.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

19th Hole Restaurant
Lake Tansi Golf Course
Crossville, Tennessee 38572
(931) 788-2550

Lake Tansi Golf

Attraction

Lake Tansi Golf Photo, Crossville, Tennessee
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We played our first round of golf on the Lake Tansi course. After the week of rain for the area, the fairways were fairly wet, but still playable. The temperature was a bit below normal, so we found the round a little chillier than expected. The fairways were generous and provided us with lots of room for the odd errant tee shot. Various elevation changes and doglegs made this course interesting to play. We recommend using power carts, as most of the course is fairly spread out. The greens were in excellent condition and quick. We’d rate this course a 7 out of 10. I played the whites, which measure a challenging 6,205 yards for an average golfer, while Barb played the golds at 5,370 yards. G...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Lake Tansi Golf
5050 Shoshone Loop
Crossville, Tennessee 38572
(931) 788-1262

River Run Golf Club

Attraction | "River Run Golf"

River Run Golf Club Photo, Crossville, Tennessee
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The attraction is the course. It was rated a 3.0 by Golf Digest, only 0.5 behind Bear Trace and half the cost! Every hole was different, and an interesting mix of elevation changes, water, and sand create a memorable round of golf. The fairways were generous enough for the mid- to high handicapper. The course is very scenic and fun to play. We have played many different courses over the years in Virginia, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and Phoenix (aside from our own courses in Ontario) and can’t think of a better value. We liked it so much that we played it twice (canceling Bear Trace). Barb rates this course 10 out of 10!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

River Run Golf Club
1701 Tennessee Avenue
Crossville, Tennessee 38555
(931) 456-4060

Mountain Ridge Golf

Attraction | "Mountian Ridge Golf"

Mountain Ridge Golf Photo, Crossville, Tennessee
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This course is on 70N on the far western edge of Cumberland County. It’s about a 45-minute drive from the resort. We got lost en route (confusion as to which highway 70 to take), so it took over an hour to reach the course. Herbicide use was obviously minimal, so the fairways were poor quality. The greens were slow and many of them were in poor condition. We were very disappointed with the course, but the owners were very friendly. The course played some 6,700 yards from the blues. I think the course started out as 9 holes that were expanded to 18, as the front nine greens and fairways were thicker than the back. The back nine holes were more interesting to play, as they wound through the wood...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Mountain Ridge Golf
Highway 70 North
Crossville, Tennessee 38574

The Hermitage

Attraction | "A Visit to the Hermitage"

The Hermitage Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Our first day trip came on day six. Rain was in the forecast for Chattanooga (and as we are not Elvis fans, ruling out Memphis), so we headed west to Nashville (about a 2-hour drive) in nice weather. The Hermitage was the home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. This estate has been nicely preserved and has an excellent visitor centre. Security is tight, so knapsacks, camera bags, etc., are not allowed. The visit begins with an introductory film and tour of the museum/interpretive centre. We then head off to the main house, which is preserved in the style of the 1840s, featuring a Greek-Revival look. The grounds include tour gardens and sample slave quarters. Ther...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37076
(615) 889-2941

Craighead Caverns/The Lost Sea

Attraction | "A trip to the Lost Sea"

Craighead Caverns/The Lost Sea Photo, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
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After golfing one day, we decided to go for a drive and do some sightseeing. The Lost Sea was relatively close (an hour), so off we went. From Crossville, you take 127S, which turns into 68 and takes you right to the Lost Sea. It was a pleasant scenic drive off the plateau and down into the Tennessee river valley. The attraction was an underground, 4-acre lake at the bottom of a several hundred-foot descent. Visitors board a glass-bottom boat for a ride around the lake. The lake is stocked with trout that have turned albino from living in the darkened environment. The tourist write-ups are a bit misleading, as the fish are not natural to the cave. The rest of tour was the caverns, which we fou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Craighead Caverns/The Lost Sea
140 Lost Sea Road
Sweetwater, Tennessee