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4770 Ben Jared Rd
Cookeville, TN  38506-6573
United States
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Southern Hills Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,017 yards | 117 slope

70.0 rating | Bermuda grass

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Southern Hills Golf Course

The 18-hole "Southern Hills" course at the Southern Hills Golf & Country Club facility in Cookeville, Tennessee features 6,017 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 117 on Bermuda grass. Southern Hills golf course opened in 1988. Clement Smith manages the course as the General Manager.


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Reviewed June 01, 2009

I have also played this course hundreds of times, and I would not agree that it is in the best shape. The greens are in great shape, but the fairways and tee boxes are a wreck. I had invited a friend from Nashville to town for a quick round and chose the course based on reviews on the site. We were surprised that the course was as poorly kept considering the cost of the round was as high or higher than other coursed in the area.

The staff was friendly, but not as instructive as we would have hoped. My friend from out of town wanted to use the range to warm up as he hadn't played in a while. He began on the new range mats, but a member of the maintenance crew rode out to inform us we should move to the grass. The staff member later came back out to rudely inform us that we had moved to the wrong grass, and that we should move on down. A sign would have been nice especially considering it was Memorial Day, and you would anticipate a higher traffic day.

I will not play this course again for some time, unless alternatives simply are unavailable. There are many other options in the area for $30 for greens fees and cart rental. I would recommend you do the same.

Reviewed November 20, 2008

Well i have been playing at southern hills since I was 7yrs old and have worked there since I was 16 now im 23. I have never seen the course in the shape it is in now. We have put so much time and work into the course to make it everything we can. We have had the ability to buy new mowers and the money to have the right chemicals and fertilize this past year. No souther hills is not known to be the best course in Putnam County but we have had more play and good comments said to your FACE this year. The way I see it is if you dont appreciate the work that has been done out there and the time us workers have spent o well. We are very proud of all of our hard work.

Reviewed November 07, 2008

Hey Scott McCrary! If you get this, I have a ton of great ideas for your courses visual appeal as well as playability for all handicap levels. If you're interested call me@ (541) 315-0100. Sincerely, Steve M.

Reviewed June 26, 2008

The new owners have put a ton of money in this course. The greens are fast and the fairways look great. The staff is constantly working on the course and can be found every where. The clubhouse has been completely redone, new carts. I can't say enough. We went from playing at White Plains to playing at Southern Hills. At white plains there is always something going on and they close to the public and the staff is pretty rude. My vote is for Southern Hills. If you haven't tried this course in a while give it another chance!

Reviewed June 13, 2008

Worst course in Cookeville not laid out good at all. They are always bothering you and on hole 2 you have to shoot over a big mound of dirt. If you want a good course to play go to Ironwood.

Reviewed April 04, 2008

Finally the owners of this course took it back after it was leased to others the past few years! They are putting real serious money and attention and have hired a superb course manager. Although there are a few houses around the course, mostly the scenery is pristine with rolling hills and beautiful water features. The owners have also been refurbishing the large beautiful clubhouse, and have added a 19th hole with full bar service and food. Finally, this is a place to have a good game and lots of fun again.

Reviewed January 10, 2008

This Golf Course is back in control of the owners after several years of neglect by the former leasers. The New Management has purchased new equipment and new carts, and has a progressive plan scheduled to revitalize this course back to its shimmering luster of the late 1990's. Our "Motto" is: Do Something Everyday To Improve the Course.

Reviewed September 08, 2007

I don't know what cdog sees in this course.It is the worst course in Cookeville.The only difference in this course and belle acres is nine more holes.The greens are like concrete and it has grassles fairways.Real nice club house.They should have spent more money on the course.The golf course has potential but it will take several years of hard work and lots of money to save this course.

Reviewed March 26, 2007

Southern Hills a.k.a. by locals as Southern Skills, Southern Thrills, Southern Bills, Southern.......etc.

This course was historically bad until the past year. I don't know all of the why's, but the owners started to invest some real money into the course. The investment shows in all areas of the course. It has taken Southern Hills from Worst to First in Cookeville. The course is average on the scenery scale, but the maintenance has become top notch. I can't believe I am actually complementing Southern Hills in a review. Sometimes truth hurts! There is plenty of water throughout this course as well as a fair share of sand bunkers. Nice elevation changes are on several of the holes and some fairly extreme doglegs. You must be honest with this course or you can get into some trouble especially if you play from the tips. Good course, Reasonable price. Great value!


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 kenneth B. 11 39 28 09/01/09
2 Len P. N/A 67 67 08/08/10
3 David S. 28 98 70 07/05/10
4 Stephanie S. 41 112 71 03/09/09
5 Mike D. 13 85 72 05/17/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
11 Steven W. 20 116 95 05/23/20
10 Thomas M. N/A 86 86 09/22/16

Golf Course Information

About Southern Hills

Southern Hills Golf & Country Club

Community facility

15 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Southern Hills

No recent major awards have been noted.

Tournaments of Southern Hills

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Course Staff

Clement Smith, General Manager
Bill Franklin, PGA, Golf Professional

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