3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety of shots, Wednesday free parking, concrete tees, map signs with distance, shade, very little traffic.
Cons: $2/round + $5 parking, thorny bushes in play, front of tee pad drop off, not enough benches and garbage cans along course, most of grass not mowed so what am I paying for?
Other Thoughts: Optional yearly passes for parking $50 and golf $15 individual or $25 family. I wouldn't mind paying to play if it was reflected in course upkeep. Someone needs to record the distances to update this site. My group of players with under two years experience will be back to work on our games.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Cloud Cayon state park
Pros: Cloudland Canyon DGC is pretty nice. It is one of those courses where it appears that they have tried to make a recreational course while at the same time appeal to advanced players as well. While we all know this is an impossible task they somehow pulled it off, at least to a certain extent. Most of the holes are comparatively short with a few longer holes sprinkled in. I didn't mentally note the lengths but it is safe to say you'll not find anything over 350'. What you will find however are some pretty fun holes. The overwhelming majority of holes are open with a few obstacles here and there. Most of them are trees on the backside of the baskets. Overthrows will punish you by first making you to search for your disc and then finding a clear line to a lay up. Then it's a quick putt and most of the time you'll finish with an easy three. The fairways also hug the woods on several holes as well. From time to time you may find yourself deep in the woods if you don't play safely and you'll end up deep in some pretty thick foliage if you get a bad ricochet off a tree. That is where most of your extra strokes will come into play. Birdies are also easily picked up out here as well. There are three wooded holes on the course and I think they should be highlighted as the best out there. Fortunately, they are 15, 16, and 17. I think that is for the best too. After all, it's nice to finish on the better holes and leave with a good taste in your mouth. I never like playing course where the worst holes are at the end.
I guess I should mention the variety of shots too. Seven and eight both have some serious dog legs. Seven's is a 90 degree left and eight almost spells and upside down "J". I only wish they would have figured out how to split it up with one going right and one going left for variety's sake. Additionally, there are some elevation changes as well. Nothing major but there are a few up's and down's mixed in.
The amenities aren't bad. Signs are always a good thing and these are pretty nice. They're old but they're in good enough shape and serve their purpose pretty well. The concrete tee pads are really nice and have an extra rough surface to help with traction. Even when they're wet you won't slip.
There is a "pro shop" in the visitor's center with an impressive selection of discs. I should say this though, if you don't like Innova, you won't be impressed at all. That's all they carry. Buy they do have upwards of 100 discs. They have all of the different plastics too (dx -star). You will also find maps, score cards, and what I have found to be pretty friendly people to give you directions to the course from the visitor's center. The baskets are in good shape even though they are the older, single chain Innova models.
Cons: There is one big question. And it is the most obvious Con. Why, with all the absolutely beautiful land that's available did they stuff it in the blandest area of the park? There is no doubt that they could have masked a lesser course with some incredible scenery and no one would have noticed. It is a shame. It really is nice up there and it could have been in a better area of the park.
The poison ivy is absolutely horrendous. If you get off the beaten path you can expect to be laying in it, you really have to be careful. If you get in the woods at all be prepared to see/walk through it. I think number six is the worst. Ten feet behind the basket you will find a sea of it the size of a small pond. It is nasty. Don't over throw this one for your own sake!
The grass is also very unkempt. The fairways have been cut to highlight their path but even the shorter grass there is shin high. The area that would be described as the "rough" is literally waist high. I saw a note at the visitor's center that read, "Due to cutting back on resources we will only be cutting the fields periodically". I guess that explains the tall grass. As I mentioned, the fairways are cut but are still unsatisfactory. I played out here last fall and found deep grass clippings that absolutely ate discs. I assume they wait until growing season is over and then cut it all at once and it leaves some bad consequences. It looks like you are either playing in really tall grass or really deep clippings.
The holes can get a little repetitive, especially on eight through fourteen.
The walk from eighteen to the parking lot is a little farther than you would like but certainly is not deal breaker.
Other Thoughts: This course is good enough to get a three but with the tall grass I have to knock it down a half point, to two and a half. What a nice park though! The camping, hiking and the scenery are enough to make it worth while to drive here even if it takes you a few hours. The disc golf course is just a bonus on what could be made into a great day just relaxing and spending a day out at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Take it for what it's worth but most importantly… Enjoy!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: good place to go if you are into "ripping" your disc. Lots of wide open spaces
Cons: Went today and was very disappointed.
First the price to play is now $5 dollars! Three for parking and two to play one round.
Second the course itself was totally unkept.
The entire course had weeds anywhere from knee high to waist high. Was always sure to track my disc when I threw to make sure I would not loose it.
Due to lots and lots of rain the bugs were out in full force today!Especially bad were flies and gnats which constantly swarm around your face and get in your eyes,nose,ears,etc.Bring lots of bug spray or expect to pay the price.
Other Thoughts: First time I have been here in awhile and can not believe how forgotten the place looked. Would not have stayed except I had already paid my five dollars and if I had known the weeds were so high I would not have gone there at all.
Five bucks just seems a little high when there are other courses near by that are free.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great scenery, Good mix of open and wooded holes.
Cons: Sticker vines, paying to play, Often encounter groups of 8 or larger who never offer to let you play through.
Other Thoughts: One of the best courses around with a good mix of open and wooded holes. Despite what some people think, a course that isn't exactly like The Sinks CAN be a good course, even if you don't have to throw through a thicket of trees to get to the basket.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Ok but not the best
Pros: The course is easy to navigate, has concrete teepads and is in a beautiful park.
Cons: Somewhat short, easy holes, and not enough woods comes into play.
Other Thoughts: The park itself is worth the visit, but if your only coming to play disc golf you might be dissappointed. I kept expecting to see some woods holes as I started out, but I did not encounter any untill I reached hole 15. By the time I did the course was pretty much over. I understand that there are only som many areas that parks will allow disc golf courses, but it almost would have been better if a better spot had been found.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete tee pads and good signage.
The course design is fair and has all the typical qualities of a good course...and, no water in play.
The trees and grass were maintained well enough for good play. The park facilities are also nice. The course starts and ends by the parking lot with restrooms and drink machines.
Cons: The shot variety seemed a bit bland considering the surrounding terrain.
Three dollar entry for the park and one dollar course fee to play a round.
Also, there didn't seem to be enough benches and trash cans along the way.
Other Thoughts: The course it set in a great Georgia state park that has some tremendous elevation changes and intriguing terrain. The course on the other hand, is placed at the top of the mountain on a relatively flat, open field. The course uses very little of the woods and most shots are similar distances in the open fields.
Holes 7 and 8 are some of the best to me. They are both blind dog leg holes that make good use of the elevation and trees.
Holes 15, 16, & 17 are the only holes completely in the woods. Those were fun holes for me.
The baskets are single chain innova in fair condition.
In general the course flows well and is setup well for high traffic; although, it was very quiet the day I went.
I had fun on the course, but it was disappointing to drive through the park and see all these great cliffs, gorges, and ravines with natural corridors through the trees -- only to see the course was in a wide open field without much elevation in play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Course...Bad experience
Pros: The views from the top of the mountain are amazing. From the tee at 18 you can see along way. The hole plays away from the view but you can't help but notice. The signs are excellent and contain distance and par. The design is solid for a short course. There are a good mix of hyzer and anhyzer, uphill and downhill. The tee pads are not smooth on the top, which I love because it means they would not be slick in the rain.
Cons: DiscCatchers...no center ring of chains. Distance-wise the holes were fairly redundant. Most holes were between 220 and 320. It is in the middle of nowhere. Not really close to anything.
Other Thoughts: The problem that I had today had nothing to do with my rating for the course. I think the course itself is good. It is nothing spectacular as far as "signature" holes, but does have good signs and design which is more than most. I learned today to not play this course alone at this time of year. There are a number of blind tee shots. Those are fine most of the time. However, the parts of the course that are in the woods, including a number of pin locations, are covered with leaves...nearly 3-4 inches thick in some points. I lost discs on back to back holes and I can say with all sincerity that both are within 20 feet of the pin. But they are under leaves. If the pins are in the woods, and you have to pay to play, the greens need to raked. It made the round frustrating. After hole 7, there were a number of holes where I would throw and immediately run to follow the path of the disc. That took a lot of the fun out of my round. In the summer this is probably not a big deal, so I tried to not let it affect my rating. I like the course, but I will never play it again by myself at this time of the year.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice short course!
Pros: This course is in an awesome park that has some great views and great scenery. There are nice signs and large concrete pads for every hole. The course is very well kept and very easy to play and follow from hole to hole. This is an easy course that is very fun to play and if your throwing well you can score really low.
Cons: The course is a little short by todays standards with nothing over 350ft and many of the holes are mostly open. With all of the great woods and mountains around I wish they would have taken better advantage of them with the layout. You also have to pay to play. Not a big deal to me, just letting you know.
Other Thoughts: This course has a few wooded holes at the end but is mostly open up or down hill shots with a few trees. There are several holes that have the baskets in the woods or on the edge of the woods. Overall a fun course to play if you are in the area. A good player will easily shoot in the 40's though.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Hilly But open Course In The State Park!
Pros: This park is a lovely, hilly, wooded area to have a course. The course starts and ends right next to the public restrooms. The signs are very clear making the course mostly easy to follow. The teepads are concrete and serve the purpose. There are some holes with some elevation and about 6 are in the woods. Although it's short (many holes between 200' and 300'), I found it to be somewhat challenging, especially playing it for the first time. There are some severe doglegs, baskets are placed in and behind trees enough times to keep your interest up.
Cons: Obviously, it's a little shorter than many players would like. There are no holes to really crank it up on. The single chain baskets can be frustrating at times. The $3 park entrance fee is OK but the $1 per round fee is just kind of annoying. There are a few holes on the back nine that weren't real thrilling, just kind out in grassy area. At least they placed the baskets in the trees.
Other Thoughts: Sitting atop Lookout Mountain, the drive to and around Cloudlands is beautiful. The park area around the course is pretty but doesn't give you the drop dead gorgeous views you get on the drive there. I agree with reviewer blang that with all this park land, the course does seem somewhat squeezed into a small area. And my final question, for someone from the Pacific Northwest visiting Tennesse, what is this Kudzu that previous reviewers have mentioned? Sounds like an African antelope to me!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Good views, Good course
Pros: Great views. As bjreagh said, it's on the top of Lookout Mountain, and in the middle of a park, so it's well kept up and very nice to play a fun, relaxed round. if someone can throw just 250 feet, then they could theoretically end up at about 12 under, so this is a good course for someone who's past being a beginner but with not as much distance. most of the course is in rolling fields with grass, and it is cut very well most of the time. discs should not be lost if you stay in the open. It's also hard to go into the rough if you keep your disc under 6 feet high. nice signs, tees, and easy to get around (all holes start in the open or on the one path in the woods.) good use of the land with the course design. Every hole is with 1,000 feet of the resrooms, and the course starts and ends by them. Parking is right beside the course.
Cons: There are quite a few cons, but they don't make this course bad. it's a buck per person per round, and lately they have been making people pay when they come through the park gate. It's also 3 bucks to park, or 25 bucks for a year pass (although I'm not sure if that covers parking, or using the course, or both). Also, there's some crazy poison oak/ivy in places (definitely on # 4 & 5, and probably elsewhere in the roughs). The Kudzu on 17 has been generally removed.
Other Thoughts: Hole-by-hole: 1. almost 350, open, straight, and flat with some sort of power/telephoneish pole in the middle of the fairway. Trees 15-40 feet to the left all the way to the pin and 15 feet behind it, open to the right. 2. goes down 20 feet or so before coming up 10 feet right before the hole. You'll probably be putting on a slope. There's rough on the left that you can make a putt out of, but the rough on the right is a little thicker. 3. there's a row of trees 50 feet out that force you to hyzer/anhyzer this hole. this one goes down 40 feet before coming up about 15 about 20 feet before the pin. it's flat around the hole, with trees 5 feet behind it. correct distance is key. 4. a little to the left, with a hyzer and anhyzer path. the right to left path is easier to get through, with a longer putt. the left to right path is difficult to navigate, with a much easier putt. there's another line of trees between the tee and the pin that makes the path. there's poison oak in some trees. 5. basically a shorter version of hole 1, with more forgiving trees right behind the hole. thrown high, the trees will usually catch the disc and drop it right behind the hole. however, the branches are high, so they don't impede putting. 6. there's a huge pine in the airway to again force either the annie or the hyzer, with the hyzer again having the better drive and the annie having the easier putt. around the hole the trees are sparse enough to let the disc fly through them and go 50 feet downhill past the hole, but there's too many to get a good putt through. it's very dusty around the pin, so the disc will often slide well past the hole if allowed. the rough further to the right/left around the hole is thicker. 7. the first of back to back big left doglegs. this one is forced by many trees immediately to the left of the tee, extending straight about 250 feet. there's a break for about 50 feet at 150 out, to the left of which is a cluster of little trees guarding the hole. it's about a 40 dogleg, going downhill to the left. don't be afraid to go too far left, as it rarely happens (and provides better putts). 8. this is the most annoying dogleg i've ever played. it's short, and you have to go straight for 40-50 feet before you can turn one inch to the left because of some trees. after that, it goes out about 50 more feet, but goes about 80 feet left. it's probably 25 feet down in total, with an island of trees 3/4 of the way to the hole straight between the tee and the hole. there's a huge field straight all the way over left to the hole. 9. nice, easy hole that goes a little uphill with some good rough to the left. stay out of the woods and the worst you'll get is a par. 10. further than it looks, as with all uphill holes. it's a simple hole. 11. longest hole, and 347, but downhill makes it easier that #1. small rough just to the left of the path about 50 feet out that you've gotta stay above. another line of rough (about 10 feet tall) 50 feet to the left all the way to the hole. there's some rought 40 feet to the right of the hole too. just stay out of the rough. 12. between the line of rough on #11 and a line of 5 big, short, bushy trees. it's between two trees on the right, so the throw needs to end going right. 13. uphill, just over 300. up about 25, flat all around the hole. woods on the left. 14. cool hole. there's an island of trees 200 feet away that has an angled, 15 foot wide path through them, and the hole is on the right side. throw should end going right. 15. 240 or so, goes into the woods about halfway. the ground below the airway is flat the whole way, but goes downhill to the left and past it and up to the right. this one needs accuracy. it's about 15 feet to the right if you look straight. 16. similar to 15, going to the right. the rough looks nasty, but is pretty forgiving. uphill 10 feet or so. 17. tunnel shot, uphill 40 feet (at least). I love holes like this. dead straight. hole is 30 feet out of the woods in the grass. 18. 200 feet, with a hill in between the tee and the pin blocking sight. just inside the woods. it's a sharp drop off to the left of the hole, but bug rocks should stop the disc from rolling down there or sliding in the dust too far. very tight green, with trees everywhere, big and small. leaving it short is much better than going long.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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