Toqua Golf Course
About Toqua Championship Golf Course
Toqua, the first golf course in Tellico Village, opened in 1987 and was extensively renovated in 2008. The Toqua Golf Course features a classic design that is considered one of the best golf tracks in Tennessee. The course is built into an exquisite natural setting with several holes playing alongside Tellico Lake and others winding through hills and valleys.
Toqua is a beautiful golf course cut through a forest on Tellico Lake. You have everything from tree-lined holes to a links setting on the lake. The genius of the course is that it is playable for all levels of golfers, whether you are a scratch golfer or a beginner. It is a championship level golf course that stretches to 7,049 yards from the tips and can play as short as 4,201 yards from the “play it forward” tees. Toqua was nominated to Golf Digest as the best new course in 1987.
The Toqua course offers a driving range, short-game practice area and practice putting green. It has a brand-new clubhouse that opened in 2019, as well as a pavilion that is used for tournaments, banquets, and other large gatherings and events. The new clubhouse features a Golf Pro Shop and sports bar themed restaurant that is popular for causal dining and provides a spacious veranda for post-play food and refreshments.
Toqua has hosted numerous Tennessee Golf Association events—including the 2005 Senior Amateur Championship, the 2009, 2011 and 2018 Four-Ball Championships and the 2009, 2011, and 2017 Senior Four-Ball Championships—as well as the 2008, 2009, and 2010 PGA Tour Nationwide Knoxville Open Qualifier.
Toqua Golf Management Team
Adam Jacob – Head Golf Professional
Adam Jacob grew up in New Berlin, Wisconsin and began playing golf at the age thirteen. He played golf through high school and lettered his junior and senior year. After high school, Adam attended college at Ferris State University where he did multiple golf internships at places like Whistling Straights in Kohler, WI, West Brook Country Club in Mansfield, OH and Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, CA. When graduating from Ferris State University in May 2003 with a degree in Marketing and Golf Management, Adam took his first assistant’s position at Tellico Village. Less than a year later, Adam completed his PGA work and became an official PGA member. Adam has enjoyed his time working with all the Tellico leagues and taking part in the changes at the village over the past sixteen years. In 2017, 2018 & 2019, Adam received the Richard Eller Growth of the Game Award from the Knoxville PGA section, 2019 won the award at Tennessee Section level for his ways of growing golf at Tellico Village and the community. Adam and his wife Liz have two children and when he is not on the golf course, he is spending time with his family and friends.
Lucas Forstrom – Assistant Golf Professional
Lucas Forstrom is an East Tennessee native, growing up in nearby Oak Ridge. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee’s Sport Management program (B.S. 2013, M.S. 2016). He has worked in various roles for the Tennessee Golf Foundation and Tennessee Section PGA since 2014. Most recently, Lucas served as the Head Golf Professional at Concord Park Par 3 Golf Course in Knoxville from 2017 – 2021. When not on the golf course, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Samantha, who is a teacher in Knox County Schools.
John North- Head Golf Course Superintendent
Jon North, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Toqua, is originally from East Tennessee. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music and a Business Minor from Carson Newman College in 1997. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape design from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1999.
Jon began his career as an intern at The Honors Course in Ooltewah Tennessee, and served in the same capacity at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. Upon graduation, he landed his first assistant job in Williamsburg, Virginia at Ford’s Colony, a 54-hole Dan Maples designed golf resort. He later accepted a job offer from Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, where Jon worked for 7 seasons and advanced to become the Head Superintendent at Ansley’s Settindown Course. Settindown’s challenging Bob Cupp design attracted many state, regional, and national championships.
His next opportunity came from American Golf Corporation’s top performing 27 -hole course, The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farm, located in Woodstock, Georgia.
Jon returned to Tennessee to join the Tellico Village Golf Operations team in 2018. Jon is an 18 year member of the GCSAA and is a licensed and certified pesticide applicator. His specialties include project management, landscape design and installation, and extensive turfgrass knowledge. Jon, with his wife and 2 teenage children, reside in East Knoxville where they attend Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Jon is a member of the church orchestra. The family enjoys hiking, sporting events, disc golf, and music.
Tyler Thies- Head Golf Course Superintendent
Tyler Thies is the Assistant Superintendent at Toqua Golf Club. Tyler attended Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School. 2012-2015 he spent his time as Assistant Golf Professional and Tournament Coordinator at The Osprey’s at Belmont Bay in Woodbridge Virginia. In 2018 he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent at Toqua. Tyler is responsible for day-to-day operations of the maintenance staff. He enjoys being outdoors and the constant challenges that come his way. Fun fact about Tyler: After high school he pursued a career in the space industry, but after two internships with United Space Alliance, he decided the cubicle life wasn’t for him. Tyler has 3 older sisters and 1 younger brother.
Chris Herron- Irrigation Technician
Chris “Pro” Herron is our Irrigation Technician at Toqua Golf Club. He brings over 42 years of golf course experience with him as he plays a pivotal role in keeping our irrigation systems and green-side fans operational. At the age of 16, Pro got an early start in the golf industry working at Battlefield Golf Club in Chickamauga, where his father served as the Superintendent. He moved in and out of the industry until settling into it when he was hired on as a crewman for the grand opening of The Honors Course in 1985. Pro lives in Benton, TN with his wife, Lynne, and is a father of 3 with 7 grandchildren. While he spends most of the year with a long trip to work, him and his wife enjoy bringing their camper up to Vonore to camp while giving him a shorter commute on occasion.
Pro spent 31 years at The Honors Course before coming to work for Toqua in 2016. While there, he worked his way from crewman to spray technician to become one of their Assistant Superintendents in 1991. In 1992, he played an instrumental role in establishing the first OSMAC irrigation system in the South and became the course’s expert in irrigation and drainage repair and installation. He also played a leading role in rebuilding The Honors Course’s 10th and 18th green, working closely with renowned Golf Course Architect Pete Dye.
Since arriving at Toqua Golf Club, Pro has upgraded and fine-tuned our own OSMAC irrigation system, assisted greatly in maintaining our fleet of greenside fans, and most importantly, he designed and installed the new clubhouse irrigation system last year. His extensive knowledge and experience in all things golf is a blessing for Toqua and all of Tellico Village.
Toqua Golf Pavilion
Situated on the crest of a small hill above the 9th hole and 18th hole greens on the Toqua golf course, is the Toqua golf pavilion. The 150-seat facility is also adjacent the Toqua clubhouse which provides food service for many of the pavilion’s events. The pavilion has a fire pit, small presentation stage, indoor-outdoor kitchen, men’s and women’s rest rooms and a modest “snack shack” tucked in the back corner of the building to service golfers making the turn.