Mt. Juliet Golf Courses Provide Beauty and Challenges
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
The official slogan of Mount Juliet is “The City Between the Lakes.” The town’s two golf courses could have similar slogans, because water is definitely a factor, both in the way the courses play and in the scenic beauty of the layouts.
Pine Creek Golf Course, a 6,676-yard, par-72 course, opened in 1995. Water comes into play on several holes, most notably at No. 6, a picturesque 136-yard, par-3. This hole requires a tricky tee shot to a green closely guarded by water in front and pine trees in back.
With so many trees and lakes throughout the course, fairways are tight and precision shot-making is essential. This layout provides plenty of challenges for experienced players willing to take some risks to shoot a low score. But casual players will not be overwhelmed by the course if they are willing to play it safe and can keep the ball in the fairway.
One of the highlights of Pine Creek is the course’s large log cabin-style clubhouse. In addition to the standard pro shop, snack bar and restaurant, Pine Creek’s clubhouse has an outdoor pavilion and large deck, locker rooms with showers, a small meeting room with private deck and a 150-person banquet facility.
Rates at Pine Creek can reach $50 with a cart during the weekend. Discounts are available for seniors and juniors.
Built in 1991, Windtree Golf Club is similar to Pine Creek in many ways, right down to the fact that its signature hole is No. 6. But instead of a short par-3, the sixth hole at Windtree is a monster 524-yard, par-5, with water on both sides of the fairway. Even if a golfer hits a straight tee shot, he must repeat it with his second shot, and then try to land on a green guarded in front by, yep, more water.
Windtree measures 6,557 yards from the back tees, though it can feel longer because of its rolling hills. But elevation changes also provide opportunity for a number of scenic views, especially from the tee boxes. And the course was laid out so that roads and homes rarely come into view, enhancing the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Greens fees at Windtree are slightly less expensive than at Pine Creek, ranging from approximately $30 to $45 for a full round.