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Whites Creek, TN (August 9, 2012) – There’s so much good stuff to enjoy at the The Fontanel Mansion & Farm, you won’t know where to start. In addition to touring the previous home of Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell, the 27,000 square foot Fontanel Mansion, taking in a live concert at either The Woods Amphitheater or The Pepsi Studio Gallery, enjoying some fine dining at Cafe Fontanella, or hiking the 2 1/2 pristine acres of wooded trails, you can also now take in 18-holes at The Course at Fontanel, a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) regulation disc golf course.
Open year round and completely free to the public, The Course winds throughout the gorgeous unspoiled 135-acre property, piercing the dense wooded areas that blanket the rolling hillside and running alongside the babbling creek. The Course features wide-open beginner-friendly holes, some for those more advanced and expert-rated holes including over the creek, down a 420-foot slope, and vistas that will take your breath away.
Designed by avid disc golfer Chris Denton, the 7200-foot course is open every day from 7:30am until dusk, and includes 18 long and short tees. “This course is unique in part because it is on private property instead of public land and the Cafe Fontanella restaurant and gift shop give it a country club feel,” said Denton. “We have holes rated as ‘double diamond’ or expert holes, wide-open beginner-friendly holes, advanced-played holes, a shot over the creek, a 500′ downhill shot that will take your breath away, and all in one of the most beautiful settings possible.”
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, but instead of the traditional ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc – or Frisbee. Formalized in the 1970′s, the sport shares the same goal of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or fewest number of throws). Disc golf is played by throwing from a tee to a target “hole” – called a Pole Hole, an elevated metal basket. As players progress down the fairway, they must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed, doing their best to avoid trees, shrubs, and terrain changes around the fairways.
“We wanted to have a place where our neighbors and visitors could come free of charge to take a hike on our trails, have a picnic and enjoy the stunning beauty of this area,” said Fontanel co-owner Marc Oswald. “Adding a regulation disc golf course that people can come and play for free is the perfect addition to that plan.”
The Fontanel Mansion & Farm is located only 10 minutes from downtown Nashville. For more information, visit www.FontanelMansion.com.