Sewanee Tomorrow

Sewanee Golf Course

In 1915, The Rt. Rev. Albion Knight seized an opportunity to capitalize on the growing popularity of golf and carved out a nine-hole course using the football team and in forestry department to clear trees and move dirt. Reopening in 2013, the course represents a significant renaissance. The renovation project will strengthen its role as a practice and competition venue for intercollegiate golf at the University, while incorporating environmentally sustainable features to enhance the challenges of the course and preserve the delicate ecosystem of the Cumberland Plateau.

The challenge of restoring the Sewanee course — which included rebuilding greens complexes, bunkers, and cart path systems, the installation of efficient single-line fairway irrigation, and the removal of declining trees and planting of new ones — fell to the capable hands of Hanse Golf Course Design, Inc. Founder and President Gil Hanse, whose reputation for artistry, craftsmanship, and personal attention earned him Golf magazine’s 2009 Architect of the Year Award. Hanse’s work can be seen at some of the nation’s finest courses, including Taconic Golf Club of Williams College, Castle Stuart Golf Links in Scotland, and the Capstone Club at the University of Alabama. Hanse has now been selected to design the golf facility for the 2016 Olympic Games.

For questions about the course or how you can help, contact Jay Fisher at All gifts of $7,500 and above are payable over three years. To make a contribution to the course, including gifts at the Bishop Knight and Patron level, click here.

Download a Renovation Plan Course Map and Hole-by-hole Description.


Probasco Practice Facility at the Course at Sewanee