After experiencing the Rendezvous barbecue wings in downtown Memphis, you'll be ready to conquer a tough track just outside the city at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Bartlett. Greens fees stay under $35 and other area courses hover closer to $20. Out Knoxville way, there is a wonderful layout to be experienced in Kodak, where the River Islands Golf Course is set out.
Weekend, peak fees get near the $60 range with a cart, but the Volunteer State will have you volunteering for more golf. And you’ll find plenty of Golden Bear influence on Tennessee golf courses with its five "Bear Trace" golf courses, all designed by Jack Nicklaus. Temperatures here tend to be relatively nice, rarely rising above 90 degrees or below 50 degrees no matter what time of year you reserve a Tennessee tee time.
There are plenty of greenside bunkers on these courses, so practice your sand play before your scheduled tee time. Keys to success are a steeper-than-normal swing and taking just the right amount of sand – picture a dollar bill with your ball over Washington’s face. Your goal is to start the club into the sand at one end of the bill and come out the other. No need to take volumes of sand from the bunker in order to escape.