Moe's Trip to the Golf Club of Tennessee
Steve has been my “buddy til the end no matter what” since high school. He went off to Austin Peay on a basketball scholarship, and has lived in Clarksville, Tennessee ever since. He knows everybody down there, and one of the nice guys he knows is also rich. Walton is his name and golf is his game. While I’m out to play Arthur Hills designed courses which may average $60 per round, Walton is playing the Golf Digest top 100!

That’s the list that starts out Pine Valley, Augusta National, Shinnecock Hills, etc. They are mostly real expensive and real private. He’s already played 54 of them, and said Pebble Beach isn’t near the top of his best courses list. There’s $300 you can spend on something else.

The Golf Club of Tennessee is a 1991 Tom Fazio design built over rolling terrain in the woods 25 miles west of Nashville. You need a member to find the place as well as get thru the gate. Once inside it’s all good. Of course the range balls are stacked in those big pyramids, and someone carries your bag to the range, and then to your cart when your tee time comes up.

About that time we met Steve, our forecaddie. I’ve been a caddy, but I haven’t been in a foursome with a forecaddie before. It’s pretty nice ! He stood out in the fairway (live target) to watch where our drives went. He gave you a distance on every shot, raked all traps, fixed ball marks, read at least four putts on every green, (sometimes he read more putts because some of us hit it 20 feet past the hole on the fast greens, and needed more help), and he cleaned lots of clubs and balls in between his other duties. Like he told me when I went to rake a trap while he was raking another one, “today I’m working and you just play”. Of course as a caddy, he gets to play this great course all day every Monday. He has been there 3 years and got $30 apiece for the round. That’s $120, and he might have gone around again with the late crowd.

Number four at Golf Club of Tennessee

I know a few of you are thinking you might go down there to try to get on as a caddy. Before you go let me tell you about Steve’s qualifications. He is a black American who won the state meet in Kentucky IN THE MILE. At Memphis State he went to the NCAA finals in the 2 mile run. He’s over thirty years old and in college working on his PHD. He’s a single digit handicap in golf. Good luck on taking his job!

When I’m in Tennessee I’m playing with guys who don’t give or get strokes. There not really scratch golfers, but they’re all good, and they’re all better than me. We played the blue tees at 6410 yards, 71.9 rating, and 135 slope. In that situation I’m always worried about embarrassing myself. This time I started with two pars and kept my first tee honors until my buddy Steve birdied number 4. That calmed me down, and I carded a pair of 43s to fit right in with the group.

The 16th at Golf Club of Tennessee

They are all better than me, but sometimes the woods beckoned to there ball and they got a big number that I managed to avoid all day. We had one rain delay, but we got in a round of golf on a really nice course on what most people considered a rainy day. Since Walton wouldn’t adopt us, it cost each guest $150.

There’s your peek at how the other half lives. All I need is more money. I believe I could fit right in.