1 Helpful / 3 Not
woods woods woods
Pros: I like these courses a lot!! They are tight and wooded. Plenty of birdie opportunities if you can keep your disc from hitting the trees. Didn't notice very many ants or poison ivy or anything like that. Good signage.
Cons: Accuracy is a must.
Carpet tee pads are lame.
Some holes you're basically getting thrown at from other holes. While playing the 2010 SNAC there I almost got smacked in the face with a guys drive and I was just sitting on the bench of our hole waiting to drive.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: I highly recommend this course for beginners to even advanced. I love the fact you can play 18 and just walk across the ways to another 18 hole course (East and West). Give this course a shot and you will not be disappointed.
Cons: The holes need better signs with more directions to find the next hole. This isnt a MAJOR draw back at all just something to work on.
Other Thoughts: We drove 3hrs to play the local courses and I was impressed and cant wait to go back. Thanks for the great course guys.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Wooded and wonderful
Pros: Pretty easy to navigate. Secluded and peaceful. Free!!! I don't know about the rest of the Tenn state park courses as far as entry fees go. Plenty of ace runs, but some are technical. Decent elevation on several holes. Like the west course, the east courses t signs tell you where to walk for the next hole. There are even some of the original signs off to the side on some of the holes. You can tell they are from when the course opened, because for example 1 of them read" 265 ft. par 4". That to me screams STEADY ED!!, which is perfect for those that prefer wooded courses, just not 10000 ft. ones. It was weird looking at 2 different signs on a hole. Some courses have none, this one has 2 on some and always 1. Most pads were concrete except for a few that were carpet. 3 dif pin positions and today they were a mix of long and med and 1 or 2 shorts. The terrain ranged from flat to medium elevation with a couple of empty the baggers.
Cons: Like the west course, this one is not very long while still longer than the west. It will not present much of a challenge to pro level players. I bet it can get muddy in the winter like most Heavily wooded courses.
Other Thoughts: For what it is which is a shorter old school wooded course, it's an average 4 in my book. If I were holding it to today's course standards, I would prob give it a 3 1/2 or 3. For being over 30 yrs old, it holds it's own with rec players like me. For upper level players, it will probably rank 3 or down if you consider challenge to be a major factor in grading a course on this site. If you love wooded courses, you will enjoys these 2. Out of 36, 32 are wooded and 4 are more open.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
what a great course tucked away
Pros: Great course for those who love tight wooded shots with elevation changes.
-The course plays for right and left handers. At some holes you get thinking, "what line can i possibly hit here." it test your touch like no other course i have yet to play. the east course opens up with two "open" shots and then the next 16 will eat your disc alive if you throw poorly. quite a challenge and a lot of fun.
Cons: bugs in the summer will carry you off. a bit of a drive out to the middle of no where and then you have to go 8 more miles. ;)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Good test, but nothing spectacular
Pros: -Used every disc in my bag, good variety of shots left and right, uphill and downhill
-Tee signs are great with all pin locations and distances clearly marked
-The General Store at the Park Entrance is worth the trip to this course . Thanks to the ladies there for a delicious lunch and outstanding hospitality.
Cons: -A few of the tee pads were covered in mud and very slippery
-1 or 2 of the baskets looked a little rough and may need to be replaced soon
-Almost all in fairly deep woods
-Can be confusing as to which basket/tee you should head to in a couple of spots
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing this course (except for all of the trees I hit) but nothing jumps out at me as being stellar. Lots of variety as far as lefty and righty holes, a few uphill or downhill, but seemed like a lot of them were around the same distance. Hole #2 is the exception, just a monster. 500+ ft into a tight channel in the woods for the last 200 ft. If you want to practice hitting a precise spot off the tee and don't mind being punished if you don't, this is the place for you. A good, solid, rugged type course.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very tough wooded course. I came out quite humbled. Most of the holes are fair, but I had a rough day and it felt tougher than it was. A nice variety of shots required for a wooded course. They did great job making this course, because I can only imagine how much work was needed to make this the course that it is. It is in the middle of nowhere. Be ready to get your butt kicked from the get go because #1 is rough. A good control player will be able to pick this apart...unfortunately, that is not me. Tee pads were great.
Cons: Mosquitos were insane. We played in rough rain and they were still all over us. I found that is was tough to find certain pins off the tee and a few of the tees were tough to find.
Other Thoughts: I agree with the review that said it is a very nice course, but there is nothing extremely memorable about it...no signature type holes, but a very consistent, well made, and well maintained course. Probably 2nd best in the area (after Bud Hill). Make sure you go to the Shelby Forest General Store for some delicious cheeseburgers. They also have a very cool disc selection there (for sale). Lots of cool custom dyed discs. The people there are awesome!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
How I like 'em
- Proximity to Bud Hill. You can easily play 3 courses in one day in this area. Bud Hills championship style "golf" course, and the two good, tight courses through the trees at this park.
- There is another course a few hundred yards away. Although I didn't get to play it because it was getting dark... I was told it was as nice as the east course.
- I love tight shots between the trees. Lot's of birdies to be had... possible ace runs... and lot's of punishment for bad shots.
- The fairways were definitely "fair", unlike other wooded courses I have played where great shots can yield a bogey.
- Although I had a guide (thanks again Wizard, from this site), I think this course would have been easily navigable... decent signage and good tee-pads.
- None really... Mosquitoes! Other than that... the course was cool. I didn't rank it higher because it isn't the most "epic" course I ever played. None of the holes are truly re-memorable as the coolest shot you ever took.
- Definitely play Bud Hill while in the area. Even though this park has two course, I think the Bud Hill course is more memorable.
- Food is far away... so bring it with you or go to the deli a few miles away from the park (if leaving the park go left). Chicken ranch wrap is the bomb.
- Memphis had some great stuff... really nice people. Extremely hospitable. Thanks again to everyone I met... I'm definitely coming back.
My Score: -3
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: If you are in Memphis, you must play this course. The first hole alone will kick you butt. The baskets were mostly in the long position and each an every hole was a challenge from start to finish. Tough tight shots were a must. This is Roc and Buzz territory if you can make them turn hard right or left after a 250 foot throw. Benches, wastebaskets and mostly good tee signs and the DGA baskets make this a must for Memphis.
The mosquitos weren't bad at all. Bathroom right there!
Cons: Harder than heck to get to if you google map it. Roads go everywhere there and you can get lost really easy. If you make it to the store , you must ask for directions or you will be driving for 15 minutes instead of 5.
Other Thoughts: While you can lose a disc the chances are slim if you watch your errant throws. Other than that, just a great laid out course.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course if very challenging and almost grueling. It has excellent signs. Good tees and baskets. Lots of trash cans and benches. Nice elevation changes. Nice restrooms.
Cons: Mostly wooded, so there are not many open holes. State park entry fee.
Other Thoughts: The course has a very professional feel. The east side is called the "Beast", and I'd say it's tougher and more punishing than the west. Even though it's very wooded, there is still lots of variety within the woods. There is elevation, blind baskets, straight, bends to the right, bends to the left, etc. Find the pavilion and there will be a very intricate, large course map. Plan to play both courses.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has multiple pin placements on most every hole. In the longs, this is the tougher of the 2 courses located in Shelby Forest. In the short pin placements, it is the easier of the 2 courses. There are good concrete tees on most holes, with carpet pads on the others.
Design wise, this is your typical wooded course, with a lot of variety, elevation, tough holes, and easy holes. The multiple pin placements give the course good balance for all skill levels. The fairways are fair, but require an accurate shot to birdie most holes.
There are benches on every hole. At the start of the course is a pavilion and bathrooms. The park has cabins and also allows camping.
Cons: The main problem with this course is navigation. There are no tee signs or next tee signs and the many worn pathways where the original course was can lead you to the wrong tee pad in several key areas. After hole 2, you want to go straight back to find hole 3 (the pad to the right of 2's basket is hole 9). After hole 3, follow the path to the bench, where you will see that hole 4 goes left and hole 7 goes right. After hole 12, you have to go down the small hill to find hole 13 (going straight after hole 12 is hole 16).
I personally think that the mando on hole 16 is stupid and should not be there. Also, remember to bring bug spray and cover yourself with it, and even then, I wish you luck.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I like this course. It is fun to play, with a lot of unique challenges and shots. The overall enjoyment of this course for first timers would be greatly improved if there were tee signs. It is just difficult to truly enjoy yourself when you are constantly trying to figure out where to go next. There really is nothing overly special about this course, but it is nice to have 2 full 18 hole courses in the same immediate area. If you like wooded courses, then you will enjoy your visit to Shelby Forest State Park. The general store down the road has food, drinks, sells discs, and loves disc golfers.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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