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Treat Dad to a day out in Gallatin

Posted by jason on June 03, 2014 No responses

Three times during the year, my dad and I have this conversation:

“Hey Dad, what do you want for…” Insert one of these choices: “your birthday, Father’s Day, Christmas.”

“Eh, just make me something.”

Because of his response, my dad has received some pretty terrible gifts over the years. Disfigured Paper mache animals, half-finished crocheted scarfs, too big crocheted hats, too small crocheted hats (I went through a crochet phase), polka dotted (more like polka globbed) painted ceramic mugs and the pathetic list could go on and on.

Dad if you’re reading this, I’m sorry. I’m not proud. In my defense though, you did ask for it.

After 27 years, I think I’ve finally figured out what to get for the dad who has everything.

A twin engine jet.

Unfortunately, I’ve spent too much on Starbucks this year so I’m a few dollars short. Instead, I’m resorting to the more affordable, second-best option—quality time.

Lucky for us Gallatinites (Gallatonians?…), it’s easy to create quality moments this Father’s Day because we have a handful of perfect Dad’s Day settings in the 37066.

Long Hollow Golf Course. Dads like golf and your dad likes spending time with you—probably. This Father’s Day, combine his two likes by playing 18 at Gallatin’s public course, Long Hollow. If you don’t play, there’s no better time to learn. Call Jimbo or Jim at 615.451.3120 and schedule a lesson.

Lock 4 Park. Lock 4 is Gallatin’s lakefront park. In addition to scenic views, Lock 4 offers boat ramps, fishing areas, hiking and mountain biking trails. With that list of options, there must be something for you and Pops.

With that in mind, here’s your Lock 4 Dad’s Day itinerary. Go to the park with your camping grill in tow. Cook some burgers, grab a picnic table, eat and play a game of backgammon or chess. Then, choose one or more of the options above like fishing or hiking. Sounds pretty perfect to me. And, it’s a bit more affordable than that jet.

Triple Creek Park. Spanning 180 acres, Triple Creek is Gallatin’s biggest park—which means, there’s something for everyone. Nestled on the northeast side of town, at Triple Creek you’ll find tournament quality sporting complexes, expansive soccer fields, winding walking trails, a cozy dog park and an 18-hole disc golf course.

June 15 take Dad to the park for some batting practice or a game of catch. After that, try disc golf. (Bring your own discs.) What’s the price tag on that you ask? Zero dollars and zero cents. (You can save your money for designer coffee.)

Happy Father’s Day!

*Originally published in the Tennessean Examiner.

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