Avalon's golf course, called The Landmark Golf Club at Avalon, is a sporty Joe Lee design that uses to good advantage the property's natural rolling terrain. The venerable Mr. Lee did a lot of his best work in Florida, where the flat terrain begs for the addition of sand traps and other non-indigenous features, and although Landmark's terrain is far from flat, its 89 traps are strategic, more than visual, elements (some holes echoed Tom Fazio designs). The Bermuda fairways were very good, and the Crenshaw bent grass greens are typically medium fast and smooth. The course is fair but enough of a challenge to keep it interesting for a member who plays it a few times a week.
Local knowledge is critical because the GPS (Global Positioning System) was virtually useless. For example, on the second hole, it advised us to lay-up short of a bunker, but didn't indicate how far it was to the bunker. On another hole, the system indicated 238 yards to the water; my rescue club, which I never hit farther than 200 yards, reached the water.
Nonetheless, the layout combined a pleasant routing with enough challenges to keep members who pay the modest $218 per month dues coming back time and again (initiation fees are just $2,500). For now, the course is open to daily fee traffic as well, but within the next year or two, the membership rolls might justify going private.
Avalon doesn't hide its charms, chief among them a delightful golf course and attractive and bargain-priced housing. Knoxville, with its big university, developing city center and year-round golf climate, could be the next hot retirement area for baby boomers. Avalon is a viable choice for putting down roots.
The community does not have an on-site sales office, so contact us and we will gladly provide the name of a local Knoxville real estate agent knowledgeable about all the area's golfing communities. For golf, contact (865) 986-GOLF.
From the tee, the green on the par 4 17th looked reachable. It wasn't.
The finisher, a par 5, presents a challenging approach with trouble all around.