Titans punter Kern's advice on Nashville G&AC
June 15, 2016
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- June 15, 2016
- Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern is a member at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Golf isn’t necessarily Brett Kern’s area of expertise. The Tennessee Titans punter tries to play about once or twice a week, and he describes his favorite hole at Nashville Golf & Athletic Club as “any hole I can make a par on.”
But the fact is, Kern is a member at Nashville G&AC, and he knows the course well. With the Web.com Tour descending upon the club for this week’s inaugural Nashville Golf Open, Kern knows it better than the majority of players in the field – even those who have played three days’ worth of practice rounds in order to learn the course’s nuances as well as possible come Thursday.
So for a sincere, seasoned take on the course and its challenges, who better to approach than Kern?
“Overall, there’s probably not a hole on that course where you can take a break and have a gimme hole,” Kern said. “It’s just a really well put-together course and a tough track.
“Especially if they’re topping it out … the par 5s are all over 600 yards; really small greens. Some of the drives are narrow. If they get it back near 7,600 yards, depending on the wind, conditions and firmness, I could see a cut around 1, 2, 3 over par.”
Indeed, the course is slated to play 7,563 yards this week, although tees could be moved up along the way.
Kern expects Nashville G&AC to challenge players right from the get-go, as the par-4 opening hole is no picnic.
“You’ve got to lay it up, you usually have about 160 to 170 yards, and it’s probably one of the smallest greens,” Kern said. “There are some times I’ve hit it really close to the pin, and it has spun back into the water.
“I’m usually really happy with par on that hole. Some of the guys will start 1 or 2 over, depending on what happens with the water.”
Web.com Tour professionals have concurred with Kern’s assessment, pointing to the thick rough and small greens that should serve to protect par.
It’s always interesting to see how a new course fares. This week, particularly so.