2nd best course in Memphis
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice layout and the tee boxes and holes are easy to locate. If you are a lefty or prefer throwing side-armed, then you will love this course. Many of the holes appear to have multiple hole options, but it was geared toward a player with right hook finish. I enjoyed working on that part of my game on this 18 hole course.
Cons: The layout wasn't diverse enough for my taste. These holes are shorter than the "East" course and not as creative. The elevation changes created a positive element though.
Other Thoughts: Nice pair of courses here and I'd love to play them more often. If I knew more people would be on the course, I'd be even more likely to drive the 15-20 minutes from downtown Memphis to play them when I am back in town.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Wild Wild West
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice short wooded course adjacent to Meeman-Shelby State Park - East. The course is great for both beginners and more advanced players.
-You don't need a bag full of discs to shoot well and most players can get by using only a mid-range and a putter.
-Compared to the East course elevation comes into play a bit more with a mix of throwing uphill and downhill.
-There is a natural creek bed about 12 feet deep which acts as a nice natural rough (no water in the summer).
-Signage is good. Most holes have benches & trash cans (I ran into two locals installing more benches while I was playing).
Cons: Not so much a reflection on the course itself--but--make sure to bring bug spray! Even with spray I had gnats circling my head often which got annoying real fast.
-The tee pads were a little short compared to what I am used to and a few are carpet with lumps
-You can tell some of the holes are newer as the fairways are not as well defined as the East course.
-Course does not flow as smoothly as the East course (this is probably due to the course being newer and having less wear). I got confused a few times trying to find the next hole.
Other Thoughts: Players who enjoy wooded courses will not be disappointed. This is a fun stop where you can play 36 wooded holes (West & East). I think most would agree East is the better course--if you only have a limited amount of time make sure to play East. If you have the time go ahead and play both!
***note: the ball field mentioned in the directions is no longer there. You will see a large flat area where the field used to be but there is nothing left to indicate it was a once a ball field. I stopped at the park's Visitor's Center and was able to get a map and good directions to the first hole. There is a covered pavilion and restrooms on site.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Soooo...where's the line?
Pros: A challenging, technical course with punishing rough and tricky elevation shots.
Some unique shots are required of a player. Low-ceiling spike hyzers to an elevated green, uphill turnover S-curve shots, low-ceiling line-drives over a ravine, touch sidearms, etc.
On-site bathrooms and shelter, as well as chairs and benches on a number of the holes.
Cons: I'm a fan of tight, wooded courses. I like to have to think about the line I can take, and I enjoy being presented with the risk/reward go-for-it temptation shots. Having said that, I really hate rinky-dink throw-and-pray holes. And there are a couple of them on this course. Hole 11 for example, is a touch hyzer shot with a downhill finish. After the initial hole, there is a random smattering of trees guarding the pin. Hole 15 presents a crazy tight line, with the teepad pointing 30' off to the left. One or two swipes with a chainsaw would do the course a lot of good. I don't need a 50' fairway; but I would like to actually have a line at the basket.
Some of the other teepads are carpet. This creates some surface bumps on some of them, and makes for a slippery surface after a decent rain.
Other Thoughts: Bring your bug juice and your grippiest shoes -- especially after rain.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Meeman-Shelby has a nice shelter with bathrooms by the start of the two courses. Water is available and there's a large bulletin board with a map of the two courses inside. Most of the holes have concrete tee pads and tee signs. Some of signs indicate there are multiple pin placements on the course.
The West course is wooded and short but rather technical. Even though it's short there are no gimmes here; you definitely have to hit your lines to get the birdies. There's a little variety of hyzer and anhyzer shots and some holes have multiple routes to the basket. There's elevation changes here on most holes, more so that the East course, which really added to the fun and challenge of this course.
This a very old course and back in the day there was only one course in this park. There are still some of the old tee signs from the original course which gives it a nostalgic feel.
Cons: Some tee signs are missing and some of the tee pads are carpet rather than concrete.
Navigating the course is mostly easy, but you can get turned around between holes 1 & 2, 9 & 10, and 14 & 15. It's just enough to wish you had a map your first time, but isn't an issue once you've played here a few times. Next tee signs would be a nice addition and could easily fix this.
I was a little disappointed some of the baskets weren't closer to the steep slopes of the creek bed near a few of the holes. It's a nice drop off and would really add to the challenge here.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a short, fun nostalgic course. With two courses in one location it's definitely worth stopping here to play. West is definitely the less challenging of the two courses here. I'm glad I played West first, I probably would have felt let down if I played here after East.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun woods holes
Pros: This course is a little shorter and a little hillier than the east course. It plays mostly through rolling hills in dense woods with a couple open holes to start and end the course. Many holes have nice elevation changes, which definitely adds to the fun factor and the variety. The woods are thick enough that you'll find some pretty good punishment for errant shots.
There are some nice left and right turning holes mixed in on this course, and lots of holes that challenge you to hit a narrow straight line to stay out of trouble. There are a few longer holes mixed in to the mostly shorter layout. The tees are mostly concrete and are in good shape. The course is pretty easy to follow and has good flow.
Cons: The signage is lacking here, some holes have nice signs, some have two signs for the new layout and for the original 18 which is now split between the two courses, and some holes had no signage at all. There were a couple spots where it took a second to figure out which tee was next, though these weren't too bad. You might want to take a picture of the course map by the parking lot just in case.
The course gets a little repetitive at times, with lots of short straight shots through the woods. The elevation changes help, but not enough to keep many holes from feeling really similar. There are some erosion issues on some of the hilly areas that seemed like they would be really slick after a rain. The alternate pin placements add some nice minor changes to many holes, but there isn't any marking to show what position is in use.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun wooded course, and I definitely enjoyed playing here. A little more variety in length and hole shapes would bump up the challenge and fun factor here quite a bit. It's more beginner friendly than the East course, but it could still be frustrating for a beginner who struggles to keep it on the narrow fairways. Top players won't be really challenged here, but the rest of us have to work to hit the lines here, and will find enough trouble on errant shots to keep it interesting.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
If you like 36 Holes...
Pros: MS- West is a solid technical wooded course. The first 2 holes are more open (but not gimmes) and then from #3-#15 you are in the woods, the fairways widen a bit for #16-#17, and #18 is very open. This set up gives it a little more variety of wooded vs. open than the East course. There are a lot of trees waiting to deflect your disc the wrong direction as you would expect, but there is always a reasonable fairway. Many of the holes also involve the extra challenge of elevation. The course is an older one, but this actually helps it as it has had plenty of time to mature.
Tees, baskets, and signs were adequate. Navigation was not a problem.
This is a nice, secluded course that is challenging yet fun. The disc golf courses are their own area of the park, so there is no interference with other park activities. There is the added bonus of 2 courses that begin from the same parking area (for36 total holes). Also at the parking lot is a detailed course map of the complex, a covered picnic pavilion, and nice restrooms.
Cons: I put as a Pro that #18 added contrast to the woods holes, but for me personally this hole just does not fit in the with the other 35 holes here as it is just wide open. It had little challenge other than length and is really more of a filler just to get you back to the parking lot. It was just a disappointing way to finish 36 holes. The road can be a factor on #15 for RHBHers so watch for cars and road rash.
The wooded holes did not offer as much variety as the East course, many of the holes in the middle are fairly straight (not as much hyzer and anhyzer like the East course).
I also remember being amazed at how the mosquitoes would not go away, even in the pouring rain, so be sure to bring your bug spray!
Other Thoughts: The Meeman-Shelby courses are solid courses that will challenge players of all skill levels, but aren't too difficult for casual players and families who also come to the park for other things like camping, hiking, and fishing. It is also really nice that there are 36 holes all in one spot, and these courses are not too far from one of the best courses anywhere- Bud Hill, which complement each other very well.
I preferred the East course over the West, if you have to pick one. But I recommend both if you have the time.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Starts out with some open shots then straight into the woods for some hard short up and down shots. Benches and waste baskets and mostly concrete pads and some fairly good tee signs make this a challenging little course. Of course the bathroom is always a plus.
Cons: The front nine was a bit boring with a lot of up and down type similar shots. Really a letdown from the East course.
Some of the next tees were hard to find.
Other Thoughts: Tight and technical on most holes and the back nine was a pleasure and a pain!
An area just for disc golf with no nature trails or bike trails or playground equipment make these two courses a real pleasure.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the shorter, but tighter course in Shelby Forest. It generally plays easier for most pro level players, but if you can not hit the many small gaps, then this course can play tougher than the East course. Most holes have good concrete tee pads and benches, the rest have carpet tee pads.
Design wise, this course is challenging but straight forward: you simply have to hit your gaps. If you can hit your gaps, then you will shoot well here. Although mostly short, this course contains a lot of variety in shot selection, with good elevation changes, and plenty of trees. There are multiple pin placements on a lot of the holes.
At the start of the course is a pavilion and bathrooms. The park has cabins and also allows camping. The also wooded East course is right next door.
Cons: Strangely, several holes have good tee signs, while some other holes seem to be missing signs, which can make navigation difficult for first timers. There are no next tee markers, but there is usually a worn path leading to the next tee pad. The reason this is a major con, is there can be a lot of worn paths being it is an old course, and several holes were part of the original 18. After hole 9, you will go back behind the basket for holes 10-14, before returning back to hole 15.
Also, remember to bring bug spray and cover yourself with it, and even then, I wish you luck.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is fun to play for players of all skill levels. There are a lot of unique and challenging shots. Both courses in this park are heavily wooded, so if you like wooded course, then you will really enjoy your visit to Shelby Forest State Park. The general store down the road has food, drinks, sells discs, and loves disc golfers.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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