By Ken Mink
LA FOLLETTE, Tn. — I am sure there are no records kept for such things, but The Greens at Deerfield Resort has to be in the running for the title of World’s Hilliest Golf Course.
This par 71, 6,700 yard championship golf course opened to the public in 1995 and has been bedeviling duffers ever since.
There is not enough flat space here to put in a pool table.
In fairness, the course is in very good shape, but it is extremely penile to golfers who have trouble breaking 100. In addition to up and down lies all over the place, there are numerous ravines, gullies and water to contend with.
You hit a bad shot here and you can kiss par goodbye. Often you will just be lucky to find your ball.
For good golfers – those who shoot in the 70s and 80s – the place is a piece of cake. It is not long – 6,700 from the tips and under 5,000 for lesser lights — with bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways.
But add to this some of the poorest directional signage, this side of Hong Kong.
Even most of the tee boxes are an uphill climb from the cart trail.
The seven-mile drive to the course from this little mountain town includes about 200 serpentine curves.
But if you don’t mind all that, you can just enjoy the views of Norris Lake and Appalachian Mountains. And, a few deer and turkeys also wander about.
If you have a boat or a plane you can avoid getting car sick.
The resort has a landing strip for small planes and a first-class boat dock. And, you can get a room at the resort if you want to stick around awhile.
One of the signature holes, No, 16, is a Par 4 that drops off over 300 feet from the tee. You can almost see Russia from there.
You can reach the pro shop (423) 566-0040 or email them at https://www.thegreensatdeerfield.com/