High-speed race; a quiet afternoon on a boat waiting for the perfect catch; vying for the perfect hole in one. However dad decides to spend this Father's Day, make sure to spend it in Tennessee where he can experience these and more. Here are just a few ideas.
Find out how fast is fast, when you strap into a racecar for the ride of a lifetime during the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience at Memphis International Raceway in Millington. Whip around the 3/4 –mile oval track, which once hosted the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Choose a ride-along experience, where a professional racecar driver will reach racing speeds, giving you a glimpse into what it takes to win the checkered flag. Driving experiences range from four laps for $199 to 50 laps for $1799. Ride Along experiences range from three laps at $129 to five laps at $169.
Cast a Line
Dale Hollow Lake, rated No. 4 in the nation by USA Today, is home to six of the top 10 world record smallmouth bass catches, according to Bassmaster, on the Tennessee/Kentucky border. Sail away and cast a line on the lake, 27,700 acres of some of the cleanest lake water in the United States. More than 1.5 million trout are produced by the hatchery, the largest federal hatchery east of the Mississippi. Millions of visitors come to fish and catch the biggest bass they can find; so much so, that Dale Hollow holds a couple of fishing tournaments. Try out the lake yourself and then add the tournament to your list of events to attend this fall in Tennessee.
One of the best in the Southeast, Pickwick Lake in Hardin County offers excellent fishing for white and yellow bass, striped bass and is famous for its tournament-sized catfish. It hosts numerous local and national fishing tournaments where the best fishers around the world fish, not only for the biggest catch but prize money, too.
Hole in One
If Golfweek names a course the best in Tennessee for three consecutive years, you may want to tee up and see for yourself. Mirimichi Golf Course in Millington is that course, being named Golfweek's "Best Courses You Can Play" by their nationwide team of course raters. Choose from the Championship Course which has more than 7,400 yards of championship-level golf, complete with elevated greens, pit bunkers, grassland, creeks, and waterfalls. Little Mirimichi which is a 9-hole, par 35 course which still offers relaxed playing among Tennessee's natural beauty. Practice your swing at the driving range, short-game complex, and putting green at the Practice Facilities.
In the Upper Cumberland region, among the beautiful hills and hollows, golf courses dot the rural town, Crossville, dubbing it the Golf Capital of Tennessee. With 10 major golf clubs, all offering different skill levels for a variety of games, Crossville is home to the tranquil game of golf for sport enthusiasts everywhere. More than 500,000 rounds of golf were played in Crossville last year and that number continues to grow. Take a tee, take a breath, and take in the beauty of the Upper Cumberland as you swing your way to a perfect golf score.