4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This is a very well-designed 18-hole course. The holes are mostly wooded with rocky terrain that will test the technical aspects of your game. There is also elevation incorporated on several holes, as well as a couple of large sink holes you have to avoid. The nice concrete tee pads, informative color signs, and baskets are all in excellent shape. All the holes are interesting, non-repetitive, and flow well from one to the next with easy navigation. There are a couple of very memorable holes here- #5 over the large brush-filled sink hole and #9 straight across a steep rocky ravine.
Cons: Many parts of the course are on ugly land, but this is not the courses fault, that is just what was given. There are power lines running through a clearing in the middle of it. There is a lot of red clay here, which is a special kind of mud if you play here when it is wet- very thick, hard to get off your shoes, and gets on everything else like your pants, socks, car seats, etc.
Other Thoughts: Overall the average hole length is 270', not real long, but not a pitch and putt either. Long distance throwers may get bored, but this a great place to work on the technical side of your game. It is also a fantastic course for players of all skill levels as it will challenge, but not destroy you. There are many birdie opportunities here for everyone, but there are plenty of trees on most holes that can deflect your disc into a bogey as well.
I have played here a couple of times and really enjoy it. It is nice for a fun, leisurely round whenever I am here. It is close to scenic Cherokee Lake if you are looking for something else to do while here like swimming, fishing, boating, camping, etc. It is also not too far from the I-81 and the only good 18-hole course for miles.
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: good mix of holes left and right. like that the course demands accuracy and different types of shots to get close to basket. love the tee pads
Cons: can get muddy. course doesn't offer much distance or any grip it and rip it holes, but well built with the amount of land available
Other Thoughts: funny story...on hole 6 or 7 i think (dogleg right) some how i hit a tree off to the right and ended up at the bottom of the entrace to a cave
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Big tees, well marked, short walks between most holes. Awesome layout, holes go left, right, a few straight, rewarded for accuracy & not arm strength. Played on a Saturday morning & only saw 3-4 other people the whole day. Great scenery, VERY clean, lots of trash cans & benches. Very fun to play, you get to use every shot in your bag & probably invent some new ones!
Cons: If you like long holes you're out of luck, most are less than 350'. There would definitely be a lot of mud if it rains.
Other Thoughts: This is a great technical course. That being said it is very fair. I killed more than my share of trees but still had chances at par with good approach shots, playing everything as a par 3. But accurate drives will lead to good birdie chances. This course is a good 30 minute drive for me but definitely worth it & I recommend it to anybody in the M-town/Knoxville area
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Great variety of holes. Some technical, good use of elevation changes and wooded areas.
-Good course signage. Very easy to navigate.
Cons: Only con I can think of is when it rains it turns into a mud bog.
Other Thoughts: Great course. Love playing it. Its challenging enough for skilled players and friendly enough for beginners.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Rockin' and Rollin'
Pros: This is a gorgeous course. I loved the huge rocks throughout the course. Being from SC, I'm not used to seeing that and it really added a fun new view for me. All concrete tee boxes, and they were all large. Great hole lay out signs at each tee box. This was a huge plus for me. Even if you weren't totally sure where the basket was, you had a good idea on the first time through. I liked the holes they played as par 4's as they required skilled shots to get in position. Baskets were all in great shape. Some holes had arrows under the basket when it wasn't obvious where to go next. Lots of elevation change. Good variety of holes; left and right, kind of short and kind of long. The upkeep was wonderful, I saw almost no trash or littering on the course. They have a nice practice basket set up at the front, with a big sign showing the course layout and distances... and there were even scorecards! Hole 1 and Hole 10 are both at the front so you can start on either side (there was a huge group on 1 so we went to 10 instead).
Cons: I can't think of any real "Cons" at all. Anything named here is just to put something in the section. No water fountain (although I always bring a bottle or water). No really long holes that I can recall. Huge pits here and there, but I never was in them so I didn't care.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses, and I'll play it every single time I'm in the area. I wasn't sure whether to give it a 4.5 or not. My wife convinced me that the lack of long holes and that it seemed to favor dogleg right holes should stop it from being that high. So my score is somewhere between a 4 or a 4.5
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Course of dreams...and a few nightmares
Pros: Great course, amazing mix of open and technical shots; little margin for error as each shot sets up the difficulty and number of trees involved in the next. Great curving shots and plenty of opportunities to test your skills at the sport.
Cons: Can be a miserable experience if it has rained recently; puddles stay for a long time. The only unsettling part of the course is the two "pits of despair" in a large gaping hole in the middle of the #7 fairway, and the cave to the right of the #12 tee.
Other Thoughts: Overall a great course. My friends and I play it quite often and it is usually a great experience.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Love is little course
Pros: Tight technical holes that really test your accuracy. I really like that I can play the 18 in under an hour b/c of the great course design. I dont have a BFG arm so its nice to be able to have multiple ace chances. Elevation change is real nice. My wife liked it too, so if you have a girlfriend or wife that plays, this might be the course for the two of you.
Cons: I can say that it does not have a lot of grip and rip shots but I dont have a big gun arm so... I didnt mind.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
It will keep you honest
Pros: Good Technical Course. The cedar trees are gorgeous. A few ace run holes are always fun. GPS took me right the the parking lot to hole one. Good signage and easy to find the next basket. There were trash cans at every tee pad and benches everywhere. Very well maintained.
Cons: It was pretty muddy when I played. I kept having to scrape mud off my boots. There were some construction areas that are eyesores now, but will be nice. I wish there were at least one long open hole to get a good rip on a disc.
Other Thoughts: Great course to visit while traveling through town.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Definitely a must play. Shorter so you don't have to have a cannon arm to play the course. You can shoot a good score but the trees make it challenging. I swore I'd shoot even or better but I didn't. Nice elevation changes and nice mix of left, right and straight shots. Very well marked! Even has bricks with arrows pointing to the direction to the next tee at many of the baskets. Great baskets. No water. GPS gets you right to the park with no problem.
Cons: Just to fine-tooth knit-pick, devils-advocate style... Course is short. On some holes, like 18 on the left side leaves can get kind of high and you can loose your disc under them if you are not careful or are unlucky.
Other Thoughts: Play it! It's awesome! I'd love to take this one home with me.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
A- = Almost As Good As It Gets
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 18 hole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == B+
(Around half of the holes will make you pay for errant drives off the T. Only a few holes make you think any strategy though.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == A-
(Other than a few holes that seem like unrewarding deuces, this course sets up great for a player of my length and skill)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == A
(This is the strength of this course. Lots of very interesting and challenging shaped holes. I particularly liked several holes that forced you to turn to soon forcing crazy/risky hyzer-flips and the like to get in putting range for a deuce. Good use is made of the limited terrain.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B-
(This course has a unique feel with lots of exposed rocks and bedrock, sink holes, and lots of cedars. Unfortunately, it has a really scruffy feel.....not so beautiful. You do feel nice and secluded in some areas, but a power line interrupts that on a lot of the interior holes.
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == N/A
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (149 18-hole, 91 9-hole as of late 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me….that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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