The Crossville Chronicle’s golf course of the week can be found in Fairfield Glade.
Dorchester Country Club, the county’s second-oldest golf course, is at 576 Westchester Dr.
“We opened in 1979,” said Dorchester assistant pro Grant Goodwin. “The architect was Bobby Greenwood; he’s local.”
The 18-hole course was designed to challenge players in a variety of ways.
“The back-nine is where you get all your scenery,” said Goodwin. “There are a lot of elevation changes and creeks running through. It’s a fun course to play.”
Hole 1 is its top handicap hole.
“A lot of people say its the toughest starting hole in East Tennessee,” Goodwin said. “It’s got a force carry over water onto the green, and a lot of people have trouble with that.”
Golfers who have played Dorchester will attest to the uniqueness of hole No. 13.
“It’s a short par-three,” said Goodwin. “From the back tees its only 145 (yards), but it has a huge elevation drop. It’s really scenic.”
Goodwin credits the Dorchester staff for maintaining the quality of the course.
“We really pride ourselves here in having a championship course that’s always in great shape. Our maintenance staff always does a great job. Jason Pillow is our superintendent here, and his staff has a lot of pride in what they do. Our members do a great job of taking care of the course.”
Dorchester uses Bermuda grass on its greens and Kentucky Bluegrass on its fairways. The pro shop is newly renovated.
“We tore down the old shop that was here for years,” Goodwin said. “It’ll be four years we’ve had this in August. We have men’s and ladies’ apparel. Our major brands are Greg Norman, Columbia and Callaway. We carry Footjoy golf shoes. We are a Callaway equipment facility, and we have a fitting cart here, so we can fit golfers before they buy.
“As far as snack bars go, it’s pretty involved,” he added. “We’re known for our burgers. We’re able to flame-grill those.”
Golf pro Jack Sixkiller has served the Fairfield Glade community at Dorchester for more than 20 years. Goodwin is the 2018 Assistant Professional of Year, as named boy the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Professional Golfers Association.
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