8 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!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 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.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Disc golf on the mountain top.
Pros: This a fun course on top of a mountain. It is a shorter course overall, but there are some longer holes that let you air it out a bit. The course makes excellent use of elevation and some thick rough to add some challenging aspects to it, but there are numerous chances for aces and birdies. Most of the holes are fairly open with the last few in the woods.
The park is located on the backside of Lookout Mountain. (Home of Rock City, Ruby Falls, See Seven States, etc.) This course is on the very top of the mountain providing scenic views. It is a pretty cool course that I would recommend at least playing once if you are passing through Chattanooga.
Cons: It is a very short course, and can get very windy being exposed on top of the mountain. It does cost to play (used to be $1 a round, but apparently they increased the priced in 2009.) You have to pay to play even if you pay to camp there, but the price is worth it as long as you take in the other features the park has to offer.
Other Thoughts: The park also has nice camping, scenic views of the valley, and hiking trails that lead to nice waterfalls. I wouldn't drive there and pay just to play DG, but the DG is a reason why I would go back and camp!!!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Open course located in a wooded park
Pros: -Professional signage and tee pads
-Restrooms are close by at one and between 3 and 4.
-Nice elevation changes
Cons: -Open holes may be redundant for many players
-Baskets are missing middle chains
-3 bucks to park per car and an extra dollar to play per person
-Kudzu on hole 17
Other Thoughts: I was very surprised to see that a park with so much land would squeeze its 18 holes in such a small portion of the park. I think that a little more could have been done to stretch out the course a bit. There is defiantly room to add to the course if the park see fit in the future. I was also surprised to see that a park that has acres and acres of wooded areas only has 3 wooded holes in their course. I would have liked to have seen more technical holes mixed in using some of the woods. The challenges on holes 1 through 14 and 18 do not come from obstacles or natural boundaries but elevation changes and basket placement. You will often have a fairly open shot with the basket nestled behind some trees to the left or the right of the fairway or located right at the edge of a hill. If you see any tree areas on this open course you will often find briar patches that will prevent you form throwing where the disk lands. So even if the trees come into play you still end up crawling through the briar patch to retrieve your disk and throwing from the fairway anyway but now with a penalty stroke. The three wooded holes will continue to challenge you with the elevation changes as well as add the much needed change in avoiding trees. You will need to watch out for the kudzu monster located to the right of 17. The kudzu ate one of my most cherished discs without remorse even when I saw where it landed.
The park does use Innova pro disc catchers but for some reason did not install the middle chains. I had two putts go straight through the basket before I figured out why the chains were not grabbing the disc. The tee pads and signage are both top notch. It gives the course a very professional look and your rarely have to figure out where you need to drive when the sign points directly to the big yellow Innova ring. It looks as if this Georgia course has been adopted by Chattanooga disc golfers and is mostly ignored by the Atlanta crowd.
With many left side doglegs, this course seems to favor right handed players.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mostly wide open holes with several ace oportunities and some distances that are challenging but not impossible for a mediocre player like myself. Several wooded holes at the end of the course change the pace of the round nicely.
Cons: Multiple pin placements would be nice. Location is a little out of the way but makes for a pleasant view.
Other Thoughts: Parking fee of $3 per vehicle (i think) but is free on Wednesdays.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: I only had time to play about half of this course as I was driving to Chattanooga, but it was well worth the stop for the view alone. The course is open with moderate elevation changes, but overall nothing exceptional. I personally think more could have been done to incorporate the terrain and woods into the course.
2 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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