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The Course at Fontanel Free to the Public
(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- The grand opening of the newest addition to the 135-acre property of The Fontanel Mansion & Farm is The Course at Fontanel, a regulation disc golf course opening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The course will be open year around during the property operating hours Tuesday-Sunday, weather permitting, and will be free and open to the public with no tee times required. The Fontanel Mansion & Farm has become a cherished community asset since it opened just over a year ago, drawing both Middle Tennessee locals and visitors from near and far to its diverse offerings of music, family activities, an acclaimed restaurant, the popular Music City On Stage! dinner show, the trails and of course tours of the 27,000 square foot Fontanel Mansion. 

"A large part of our master plan for the property was to have a place where our neighbors and visitors to the area 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 18-hole Course at Fontanel will meet Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) guidelines for tournament play. The 7200-foot course was designed by avid disc golfer Chris Denton and will include elements for beginners and experts alike. The Course at Fontanel will be a nationally-ranked and sanctioned course that will host regional and national tournaments. A pro shop, featuring discs, bags, towels and refreshments will be located in the Stone House Gift Shop at Fontanel.

A majority of the 18 holes wind around the open areas of the Fontanel Mansion and Farm, with some of the more challenging holes entering the dense wooded areas that dominate the property. The course will be open from 7:30 am to dusk Tuesday through Sunday during normal operating hours.

"This course is unique in part because it is on private property instead of public land and the Farm House restaurant and pro 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."     

The sport, which the Disc Golf Association touts as the fastest-growing lifetime fitness activity, is very similar to regular or ball golf. Players carry a variety of discs used for long, short and mid-range shots, but carrying one disc is perfectly acceptable for players out for a fun afternoon. Golfers throw from tee pads and attempt to land the disc in the basket in as few throws - or shots - as possible. Each hole is assigned a par - or recommended number of throws - to each hole based on distance and terrain. 

For additional information about the course, the Fontanel Mansion, Farm House Restaurant, Music City On Stage!, The Trails at Fontanel or the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel, visit   
Fontanel Mansion & Farm
Only 10 minutes from downtown Nashville but miles from ordinary, The Fontanel Mansion & Farm is a great destination for anyone wanting to experience all things Nashville. The complex includes:
The Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell and her husband Ken Dudney. The home boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, an indoor pool, and even an indoor shooting range, on 136 acres of pristine land. The facility is open for daily tours and also can be rented for hosting spectacular special events such as fundraisers, weddings or corporate retreats.      
-The Studio Gallery at Fontanela just-completed, 5,000 square foot multi-use performing arts facility that is fully-equipped for state-of-the-art a/v productions and is an ideal event space. The Studio Gallery is currently hosting the exciting Music City On Stage! dinner show every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.
The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel showcases a "farm to fork" menu with items that feature local produce, dairy and meats delivered from area farms and sustainable sources. The restaurant offers southern-style comfort food with a fun creative twist with live performances often heard on the Gibson Stage evenings and weekends. Feel free to bring your own bottle of wine, and there is never a corkage fee.
The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel: an outdoor music venue with a capacity for 4,500 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art sound and a cozy wooded setting, the natural amphitheater space of the White's Creek valley will be the must-see (and must-hear) venue of the South. The venue has already hosted some of music's biggest names in its inaugural season this summer including Chicago, the Willie Nelson Throwdown Tour, Steve Martin, The Stone Temple Pilots and ZZ Top. The Woods at Fontanel is also available for corporate picnics and events.
The Trails at Fontanel include over two miles of hiking trails that wind through the property. Pet lovers can even bring their dogs to walk with them, as long as they are on a leash.
Stone House Visitor's Center and Gift Shopthe original building on the Fontanel property from which Mansion tour and concert tickets can be purchased. This quaint and cozy little shop is full of local crafts and jewelry, gardening supplies, gourmet gifts, home decor and unique Fontanel souvenirs.  

For more information, directions or to reserve a tour, visit


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