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wildcatdenwildcatden China Cat SunflowerMembers Posts: 982 ✭✭✭✭✭

I'm considering a move for a position being offered to me in Nashville, TN area. Anyone here have any input on the local junior golf scene? I see there is USKG in Nashville but appears to hold limited schedule. Nearby in Memphis, Huntsville and Golden Triangle have local tours. That's all fine. What other junior golf associations are in the area?

For comparison, we would be leaving the SF Bay Area that has USKG , JGANC (Jr Golf Assoc NorCal) and JTNC (Jr Tour NorCal).

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  • torrejuantorrejuan Members Posts: 1,170 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    There is the Sneds Tour, powered by Snedeker. Check out Golf House of Tennessee website.

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  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,327 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Mattwaltergolfacademy out of Franklin which is about 30 minutes away. Matt is one of the best junior golf coaches out there.

  • BloctonGolf11BloctonGolf11 Members Posts: 382 ✭✭✭✭
    edited Aug 27, 2019 6:57pm #4

    @wildcatden I am down in Birmingham and have to travel to Huntsville for my son to compete in USKids. Huntsville tour is ran by Chris Cothran and is an absolutely fantastic tour. He does an exceptional job. Now the competition is very dependent on your age group. Certain age groups have very little competition, while others have some very skilled golfers. As Torrejuan said there is the Sneds tour which is very competitive at times. Also, if you come over to Alabama we have AJGO (Alabama Junior Golf Organization) tournaments which are 18 hole events, and some of them multi-day, and very competitive depending on division.

    Just a father and son on a journey together through golf....
  • leezer99leezer99 I swear I am quitting this site every day... Members Posts: 1,326 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @heavy_hitter said:
    Mattwaltergolfacademy out of Franklin which is about 30 minutes away. Matt is one of the best junior golf coaches out there.

    +1 for Matt Walter.

    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,327 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @leezer99 said:

    @heavy_hitter said:
    Mattwaltergolfacademy out of Franklin which is about 30 minutes away. Matt is one of the best junior golf coaches out there.

    +1 for Matt Walter.

    @leezer99 said:

    @heavy_hitter said:
    Mattwaltergolfacademy out of Franklin which is about 30 minutes away. Matt is one of the best junior golf coaches out there.

    +1 for Matt Walter.

    He and Rob Bell are good friends.

  • wildcatdenwildcatden China Cat Sunflower Members Posts: 982 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks guys. Sounds like a lot of opportunities for junior golf around there. Matt Walter Golf Academy sounds promising also as we are looking at Brentwood so it would not be far away at all.

    -- Two things don't last long. Dogs chasing cars and golf pro's putting for pars. --

  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,327 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Vandy course there is awesome.

  • cubuffscubuffs Members Posts: 402 ✭✭✭✭

    What age are we asking about?

    My son is 14, and has participated on the Sneds tour since 10. Very well run tour, lots of great competition, lots of courses throughout the entire state, and multiple levels of play (from 8-18, beginner to nationally ranked ability). US Kids Nashville Tour is run by Matt Walter and he does a good job - although participation isn’t as much as Sneds . We have also supplemented hurricane junior tournaments as well as southern states junior golf, so no shortage of options to play as much as you would like.

    The bigger question, is where you will base your home course and play out of. Not a lot of great public options, would most likely have to look at private for practice facility and quality of course. Lots of good private options to fit budget as well as preference for course and practice facility.

    Finally, as mentioned above Matt Walter is a phenomenal junior instructor. We have been with him for just over a year, and he has quite a talented young stable of players which continues to grow - absolutely warranted!

  • wildcatdenwildcatden China Cat Sunflower Members Posts: 982 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @cubuffs said:
    What age are we asking about?

    My son is 14, and has participated on the Sneds tour since 10. Very well run tour, lots of great competition, lots of courses throughout the entire state, and multiple levels of play (from 8-18, beginner to nationally ranked ability). US Kids Nashville Tour is run by Matt Walter and he does a good job - although participation isn’t as much as Sneds . We have also supplemented hurricane junior tournaments as well as southern states junior golf, so no shortage of options to play as much as you would like.

    The bigger question, is where you will base your home course and play out of. Not a lot of great public options, would most likely have to look at private for practice facility and quality of course. Lots of good private options to fit budget as well as preference for course and practice facility.

    Finally, as mentioned above Matt Walter is a phenomenal junior instructor. We have been with him for just over a year, and he has quite a talented young stable of players which continues to grow - absolutely warranted!

    My boy is 8YO and heading on 9YO at the end of the year. Thanks for your PM offer. I'll let you know.

    You hit the nail on the head for the bigger question related to finding a quality home course. Wants/needs include: grass driving range, pitching/chipping/bunker practice green, putting practice green. Good instructors would be desired. And the you have to somewhat like the course. And then there is the price....

    I believe Matt Walter Golf Academy is run out of Vanderbilt Legends.

    -- Two things don't last long. Dogs chasing cars and golf pro's putting for pars. --

  • cubuffscubuffs Members Posts: 402 ✭✭✭✭

    Correct, Matt is based at Vanderbilt Legends.

    Great thing about Brentwood, lots of options for private clubs:

    Governors Club, Brentwood Country Club, Nashville Golf and Athletic, and Legends.

  • wildcatdenwildcatden China Cat Sunflower Members Posts: 982 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @cubuffs said:
    Correct, Matt is based at Vanderbilt Legends.

    Great thing about Brentwood, lots of options for private clubs:

    Governors Club, Brentwood Country Club, Nashville Golf and Athletic, and Legends.

    Found a thread in the "Courses, Memberships and Travel" section on the Nashville area:

    https://forums.golfwrx.com/discussion/800699/moving-to-nashville-area-looking-for-a-private-club/p2

    These seem to be the private courses:

    • Vanderbilt Legends
    • Hillwood
    • Richland
    • Golf Club of Tennessee
    • The Grove
    • Hideaway at Arrington (Troubador)
    • Brentwood CC

    These are listed as the "financial threshholds" (initiation fee? monthly? yearly?)

    • $4,000 to $10,000 BCC, Westhaven, VLC,
    • $50,000 GCOT, Richland, Hillwood
    • $65,000+ Belle Meade
    • Property Required The Grove and Troubadour

    If my family makes the decision to move, I'm sure I'll reach out to many of these (probably not The Grove or Troubador...but I can dream).

    -- Two things don't last long. Dogs chasing cars and golf pro's putting for pars. --

  • AUSweeperAUSweeper Members Posts: 48 ✭✭

    BTW...Matt is no longer doing US Kids. Some good instruction can also be had at the golf house of Tn (Gaylon Cude among others).

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