SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN – 28 Aug, 2017 – Sweetens Cove, a half hour west of Chattanooga, was recently featured in The New York Times as the ‘Little Golf Course That Could.’ Along with being regarded by multiple architecture critics as being the best nine-hole golf course in the country, Sweetens Cove ranks #59 on Golfweek’s list of the Top 100 Modern Courses in the United States, placing it ahead of the host venues for both the 2017 U.S. Open & PGA Championship. The course was conceived, designed, and built with wide fairways and large, undulating greens that provide endless shotmaking options for golfers of all skill levels. As word has spread about the course, Sweetens Cove has developed a cult following in the golf world.
The article delves into the backstory of Rob Collins, the architect of Sweetens Cove and its owner-operator. When the market for new golf courses crashed in 2008, a result of the golf-industry bubble and the financial crash, Collins started analyzing the courses themselves. He found that courses were both too long and too bland, leading to a mediocre experience for many golfers. Sweetens Cove was built in response to golf’s declining participation. The price is also very reasonable. Walking the course costs a mere $20, and renting a cart only costs an additional $10. And you can play nine holes in an hour and a half, an experience that fits today’s lifestyle when many people can’t spend a whole day playing golf.
Along with the national ranking by Golfweek, the same publication named Sweetens Cove the #1 ‘Course You Can Play’ in Tennessee for the 2016 & 2017 state by state rankings. In addition, Sweetens Cove received the highest average rating of all golf courses in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, & Louisiana in The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, v. 2. Graylyn Loomis, Assistant Editor for Links Magazine, perfectly captures the essence of Sweetens Cove: “I have never had more people tell me to play a course than Sweetens Cove in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Once you begin your round, you find course conditions that would rival many of the top courses in the country. The massive undulating greens are smooth as glass and very firm. The fairways are fast and cut tight, similar to what you’d find in the UK and the bunkers are all in excellent shape. After a few holes you realize the caliber of championship golf and think, “I’ve got to tell everyone about this…” At that point you’ve accidentally joined the Sweetens Cove cult.”
Learn more about Sweetens Cove here: http://www.sweetenscovegolfclub.com/
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