The Jackson Country Club, chartered in 1914, originated with a 9-hole golf course. The present 18-hole championship course has a rich tradition dating from its opening on August 1, 1929.
Many of the greatest names in golf have played here, including U.S. Open Championship Patty Berg, Lou Graham, Ralph Guldahl, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Cary Middlecoff, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright and Babe Didrikson Zaharias. As of 2014 the Club has served as host for 39 Tennessee State Championships, more than any other course in Tennessee.
Throughout its history, this course has stood the test of time. Measuring 6,776 yards from the championship tees the course plays to a par of 72. The membership and staff of the Jackson Country Club welcome you and wish you good fortune in your round.
A short opening hole with a fairway that tilts to the right. The best approach to the well bunkered green is from short of the fairway bunker. If the hole is cut in the back left, be careful with your approach as the green drops off on the back and left side.
The fairway is a slight dog-leg left and sits 20 feet above the men's tee. The best tee shot will be on the left side of the fairway on the level portion of the fairway. The green slopes from front to back and right to left so position your approach shot wisely.
If the hole is cut in the front of the green, on the surface or just short, is better than left or right and hole high. If the hole is back of center, aim for the middle as trouble surrounds this green.
The number 1 handicap hole on the front nine, a demanding straight-away par four. Any tee shot in the fairway will set up an approach to a large green guarded by three bunkers. The bunker on the left is hidden behind a berm so be careful with hole locations on the left side of the green.
A short par five with out of bounds on the left side. A good birdie opportunity for the long-hitter. Don't be long of the green, out of bounds immediately behind the putting surface.
A straight away par four with a lake hidden by the sloping fairway. The fairway runs out about 90 yards from the center of the green so position your tee shot accordingly. A tough second shot requiring precision to the three level green. Short, left or long is no bargain.
A tee shot over the lake to a dog-leg right par 4 with hidden fairway bunkers positioned at 85 yards from the center of the green. Lay-up off the tee to 90 yards for the best approach to the smallest green on the course. The front part of the green is fast putting towards the fairway.
A true three shot par 5 with a bend to the left in the middle of the hole. Trouble surrounds the hole from start to finish. An undulating green continues the challenge of the hole so it's not a sure 2 putt by anyone.
The longest par 3 from the back tees on the course. An elevated green coupled with an extremely fast putt from the back of the green to the front give golfers fits if their tee shot does find the green. Middle of the green is excellent, be careful to avoid OB just left of the bunker.
This starts the most difficult three holes in a row according to Byron Nelson who played here in 1945 in an exhibition match. The #1 handicap hole is demanding from start to finish and best played with a tee shot that stays on top of the fairway but leaves a 230 yard approach to the undulating putting surface.
A tough par 3 to an elevated green. To make par from off the green is very difficult given the sloped sides of the putting surface and the two-tiered green.
The most demanding tee shot on the course with a lateral hazard running the entire length of the right side and trees lined up on the left. After your tee shot finds the fairway you are hitting to the most narrow green on the course. Be short of the hole with your approach for the best putt.
Some let up on the course after the last five holes is welcome by all who play the course. A short par 3 with large green guarded by a small pot bunker in the front and lake on the right and behind the green. Very few shots go long here but those that do will find the water. The putting surface is relatively flat so a two putt at the most should be had here.
A tee shot here is best positioned on the left side of the fairway for the flattest lie for your second shot into the green. This may be the green with the most break on the course so position your tee shot short of the hole while avoiding the bunkers left and right.
A short par 5 seems like a sure birdie but not on this hole. A good tee shot here to the slight dog leg right fairway may give the long hitters a shot to hit the green in two but a double deck green with swales and slopes guards the hole and insures a challenge.
The first of the holes running down the "hot steaming asphalt" is the number five handicap hole. With out of bounds down the right and thick rough on the left it is a tough par 4. The green is adequate size and the flattest on the course. Miss the green on the left and you are in the bunker, miss it right and the green is 10 feet above you, hit long and you will understand why you can't go long here.
A classic risk-reward par 5. A long tee shot gives you the chance to go for the green in two but with OB left, right and a creek at the green there is plenty of trouble to avoid. Once on the green all putts are tricky so be careful on the double decked green.
The home hole is a straight away par 4 without much trouble off the tee. Find the fairway and you will usually hit the green. A medium or short iron is the second shot for most players. Avoid the bunker right and the green should give up two putts at the most to finish your round.