6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful park with DISCatcher baskets on every hole. This park is huge and very popular. Great exposure and it shows on the course, with lots of people always playing. The course seems to be kept clean and taken care of by the park. It is a fairly open course with gentle rolling hills, offering some nice elevation changes. It is a fun to play course, that will challenge you on a few well designed holes, and can be especially challenging on windy days.
Cons: Unfortunately, this is a fairly new course and still needs to work out a few kinks. There are no benches or concrete tees. The course does not loop around at the half way point. The only bathrooms are at the lodge, way away from the course as your driving in, and 1 porta-potty at the start of the course. Also, the lodge is the only place with running water.
Other Thoughts: Basically, this is a beautiful park, with a decent, fun to play course, but I always leave thinking the design could use something more. There are only 1 set of tees and 1 pin placement for every hole, although there are long tees designed for use in tournaments.
The potential for this course seems to be awesome if some of the holes were redesigned, a few trees planted, multiple tees, concrete tees, and benches would then give it a more professional look and increase the course rating dramatically.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Play this course!
Pros: This is a great course. I must admit that I'm biased because this is my home course and it was the first course I ever played. Having said that, I'll get to details. Located in side Shelby Farms, this is a fairly wide open course that offers the opportunity to use a variety of different shots to access the basket. Holes range from +/- 200' to roughly 480'. Elevation changes are present on about half of the holes, whereas water hazards make appearances on another 4 (or 6 depending on rain). Since it's located on one of the highest places in the city mild to severe S-N wind plays a factor through much of the year. The course stays pretty busy throughout the year and is the home to the Memphis Disc Golf Club which is active through most of the year.
Cons: This course lacks many of the niceties that make others stand out. There are no benches, signs, or bag hangers at the holes and all trash must be thrown away at parking lot at hole 1. with the exception of 1 or 2 port-a-potties the only restrooms are at the visitors center in the center of the park. Also, because of its location within the park it's not uncommon to have to play around careless park-goers who neither acknowledge nor care about disc golfers. I'm not going to lie: that really gets old sometimes. Watch out for skunks. You don't see them very often but they are out there. Fire ants too; watch where you put your bag.
Other Thoughts: This is a great park and over the next 15 years the entire park is to be renovated. As a result we stand to remake the current course as well as create 2 others; one 9-hole for beginners and one 18- to 27-hole course for tournament play (that's at least 5 years away though). In the nearer future however the Club is looking into raising money to install concrete tee pads since the current dirt slicks have the tendancy to wash away in the Spring rain or become deeply rutted during heavy Summer and Fall play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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