Merge onto ASHEVILLE HWY/US-11E W/US-70 W via EXIT 394
Turn LEFT onto CHILHOWEE RD SE. (0.4 miles)
CHILHOWEE RD SE becomes S CHILHOWEE DR. (0.6 miles)
Turn LEFT onto HOLSTON HILLS RD. (0.1 miles)
End at 5200 Holston Hills Rd.
HOLSTON HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
Holston Hills Country Club was organized in 1925 by a group of Knoxville
businessmen, including several members of Cherokee Country Club, who wanted
a championship golf course. The idea behind the project was a combination facility;
Cherokee for social activities, and Holston for golf. Donald Ross had designed
Cherokee Country Club earlier in 1907, and he was the logical choice for the
new course. The new Club developed rapidly until the Great Depression, and
then due to financial reason the relationship came to an end. This separation,
although difficult, basically saved the Ross design in the long run. With Holston
Hills now on its own after the Great Depression, the Club never had the resources
to change or tinker with the course. Due to this, today it is considered one
of the most authentic Ross courses in the country.
In 1998 the Club initiated the rebuilding of the greens to USGA specifications,
while at the same time rebuilding all of the course tees. Architect Tom Doak
working in conjunction with the Donald Ross Society supervised the revisions.
Great care was taken to make sure the greens were rebuilt exactly the way they
were originally designed. Laser elevations were shot prior to excavation and
Ross's field notes were used to restore the putting surfaces back to
their original size and shape. Up until this time the greens were the original
push-up greens that Ross designed from native soil over 70 years ago.
Holston Hills has over one hundred bunkers located throughout the
property. During the Great Depression many of the bunkers were allowed to simply
grow over with grass due to the financial situation of the Club. Since then
most of the bunkers have been restored to sand simply by removing the sod and
locating the long lost sand below. To this day most of the bunkers lack drainage
and are the exact way Ross left them over 70 years ago.
Holston Hills is fortunate in the fact that they have all of Donald
Ross's original drawings and course sketches. Copies of all 18 hole sketches
can be seen in the Clubhouse along with the original master routing plan. These
plans even contain field notes made by Ross during the course construction.
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