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Getting To Know: Dorchester Golf Club

An Insightful Interview With Jack Sixkiller, PGA Head Golf Professional

By Brian Weis


Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Jack Sixkiller who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Dorchester Golf Course was opened in 1980 and designed by Bobby Greenwood PGA. By today's standards the course is not long, but the bent grass greens, narrow tree-lined fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and water on 6 of the 18 golf holes makes Dorchester Golf Club a challenge for even the most skilled golfer.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Fairfield Glade is a Resort/Retirement community located on the Cumberland Plateau near Crossville, Tennessee. Situated between Knoxville and Nashville, it is home for about 8,000 residents. Fairfield Glade is home to 5 championship golf courses with long histories of hosting state events.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
A mistake a lot of people make with Dorchester is to look at the yardage on the scorecard and think its an easy course and quickly find out that it requires more strategy than distance off the tee. It is a good test of golf for all levels of players with the 5 different sets of tees available.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Dorchester Golf Club completed construction of a new clubhouse in August 2015, with expanded grille seating and covered outdoor patio area that allow it to host more functions and events as well as providing golfers a relaxing area to enjoy the scenery, lunch and beverages with friends after their round of golf.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole #13 is the most talked about hole at Dorchester. It is a par 3 measuring 141 yards from the back tees that has a dramatic 100 foot elevation drop from tee to green with a creek running behind the green.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Hole #14 is a favorite. A beautiful dogleg left par 5, measuring 525 yards from the back tees. #14 also has a dramatic 100 foot elevation change from the back tees down to the fairway. With a creek running along the right side of the fairway then cutting across the fairway at a distance of 300 yards form the back tees. This same creek then continues up the left side of the fairway and forming a pond directly in front of the green with a very pretty natural waterfall. After the tee shot, players can lay up to the pond in front of the green on their 2nd shot or be brave and try to go for it with a bold shot that must carry over the pond to land on the narrow green. A risk/reward hole where even the cautious approach has its challenges.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
With the new club house and expanded grille area, we also have a much expanded menu for golfers and non golfers to enjoy for lunch. We recommend it all.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Gibby Gilbert-64 form the back tees.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6400
Slope: 127
Rating: 70.6

More Information
Dorchester Golf Club
576 Westchester Dr.
Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, 38558
931-484-3709

www.fairfieldglade.cc


 

Revised: 09/20/2016 - Article Viewed 18,263 Times - View Golf Course Profile


Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.


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