A 9-Hole course you should stop and play!
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is among the best, if not THE best 9-hole course I've ever played. It's not the most challenging, or even the most well-rounded, but there's something about it that just exudes excellence!
First off, you'll arrive at the gate of a VERY well maintained state park. This also means you'll pay $2 for entrance, but it's for the day and trust me, you won't regret it.
The parking lot for the disc golf course is straight ahead from the entrance to the park on the left. You'll see a practice basket from the lot.
Immediately, you'll notice how nice the signs are. They are quite possibly the very best signs I've seen on a disc golf course. The only signs I've seen to rival these are the same CNC'd type up the road at VHCC. All dg courses should try to have signs this nice!
There are two tee pads for each hole, which creates a little bit of extra challenge for the advanced/open players, while still remaining fun and approachable for the novice.
All 18 tee's are concrete with an easy to find stake in the ground depicting the tee color.
Baskets are top of the line DISCatchers and are in excellent shape.
There really is a chance to open up a big arm on this 9-holer! In fact, I'd say the majority of holes will allow you to open up and let them fly!
One of the best things about this park is the sheer beauty of the place. It's tucked in between the rolling hills and some picturesque water at the back of the park. I was in awe when I walked up to hole 2 and from there it only got better.
You'll have literally ZERO chance to lose a disc. If you do happen to manage that somehow, I'm sorry.
The other ammenities at the park are excellent as well. I noticed plenty of picnic tables, other sports fields/courts, etc...It's a place your significant other or family could hang out without problems while you play your round. There is even a large field near the practice basket where you could warm up your drives before your round.
Cons: Several of the tee signs are at the white tee, while others are at the blue tee. Seemed kinda strange at the time, but in retrospect they were probably staggered in order to not be in the way of certain shots. Only a minor con.
There isn't any water involved. I saw a large body of water at the back of the park and I sure hope they intend to incorporate that in the upcoming 18 hole rendition of Steele Creek!
There isn't any truly wooded shots. They're mostly open field with a few tree patches or larger trees to navigate. Nothing that says tunnel shot at all except for maybe hole 1 (which also has a hyzer route)
No benches or trashcans, but the current 9-hole course isn't long or exhausting enough that you'll really need them. Only a con because once they add 9 holes, they'll be a necessity.
Shot variety was kinda lacking. Yea I know, it was only a 9-holer, but nearly every shot was straight ahead for the most part, no real dog-legs to speak of. This led to the course feeling a touch repetitive and not as challenging as I would have liked.
Other Thoughts: I started off my round hot by hitting the yellow band on the top of the basket! Riding the high from that near ace was fun for the rest of the round, but that's not what made this course awesome.
It really is one of the best 9-hole hole courses I've every played, if not THE best. Sure, it may not be challenging enough for some really advanced players, but certainly more so than most other 9-hole courses and toss in the overall feeling of the place and everyone is certain to have a great experience!
This is a wonderful 45 minute break when you're driving on 81 and is even a course worthy of driving to play, whether for a tourney or a casual round. Trust me, you'll have fun. It received the highest rating I ever give a 9-hole course and for good reason. When they take it to 18, I hope they can include water, some more variety and wooded shots and they will really have something special in the tri-state area!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Best 9-Hole Course in Tri-Cities
1 Helpful / 0 Not
- Upon arriving, there is a course map found beside the parking lot and hole maps are found throughout the course.
- A practice basket is located beside of the tees to hole one.
- There are two tees (white front and blue back) at every hole, allowing for varied difficult for all types of players.
- Great variety of holes; some are among rows of trees while others are distance holes in open field.
- This course will require the use of all types of discs in your bag along with the use of multiple driving styles. (I am predominately RHB, but I had to go forehand a couple times for the best drive.)
- Grass and foliage is well maintained.
- Concrete tees, hole maps, and baskets are in great condition.
- Shrubbery to the left of holes five and six is dense. A drive that slips into the high grass may not be found with ease.
- This course, being so popular, can be rather crowded on the nicest of days. Plan to play a round either early in the morning or later in the afternoon in order to avoid waiting at holes.
Other Thoughts: Critiquing this course against other 9-hole courses, Steele Creek Park excels. From beginner to intermediate to the advanced player, this course is both challenging and fun. I would highly recommend this course to all players in and outside of the tri-cities. In addition, the small shop found across the street from the parking lot features a great selection of discs you won't find at your local Dick's Sporting Goods. I will undoubtedly be returning to Steele Creek Park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Wish There Were 18
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the most wide open of the courses in the Kingsport-Johnson City-Bristol area. However, the baskets are placed so that you are not often just shooting across a straight grassy field. There are almost always trees or hills or rough close enough to make some control necessary. Still, it's the best place in the tri-cities area to go practice your long throws.
The blue and white tees provide enough variety to make the course worth playing once on each. On some few pins the blue is just a longer version of the white, but on many the blue and white provide very different angles and obstacles.
The pro shop is nice and carries a substantial number of discs from Innova and Discraft. I think they might have also had a few Prodigy discs last time I was in there.
Cons: This the best 9 pin course I've played, but it's still a nine pin course. There have been rumors for a while that the ball golf course will be shutting down and the disc golf extended to 18, but don't hold your breath.
Minor: The white tees are often harder than the blue; I consistently have a better round on the blue than the white. This is particularly true on 4. The blue is a straight, open shot. The white is technically shorter if you can shoot through the middle of a picket row of trees and over a depression on the other side of the trees. Nobody tries that shot; they shoot to the right (past the tree picket) and into the open field to the right (which blue starts shooting into). Personally, this does not bother me, but it might irritate some people.
Minor: There needs to be a sign from 2 to 3. The first time I played, I walked straight from 2 to 4. I had to have someone point out that 3 was across the road between the two roadways. However, the rest of the tees are easy to find.
Other Thoughts: I just came back to this review and removed half a point. The city is now charging $2 to access the park. $2 for 9 pins is a bit of a ding when there are good 18 pin disc golf courses with 30 minutes which are free.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: beautiful park overlooking a lake. friendly environment. pro shop just across from the first hole. well maintained course. has 2 places to start from on each hole so kind of makes it like an 18 hole park.
Cons: only 9 holes. not too technical (not really a con)
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very scenic and beautiful course
Very good layout signs at each hole
Two sets of tees
Cons: Only 9 holes
Not very challenging
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course to play at. A lot of the holes are open or have trees that are not in the way. A few of the holes make up for this by having 400+ ft holes but still not a big challenge. There are are only 9 holes but two sets of tees makes up for that since you can play a different tee on the second round. Will be returning to play this course again and recommend anyone to visit this course. If you've played Kingsport's Borden and Warriors courses, this course is like an in-between course; easier than Warriors and tougher than Borden.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Wide Open
Not very crowded
Easy to find
Nice tee pads
Cons: Only 9 Holes
White and Blue tees are very similar on some holes
Not very challenging after a few plays
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice course with a good location in a beautiful area. The tee pads are concrete and there are signs for each hole.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: fun open course for people that dont like long shots and no trees in the way..
Cons: could have fit 18 here pretty easy. very open course with not a lot of trees in the way..
Other Thoughts: i like playing this course cause it def gives u practice throwing in the wind due to lack of trees..
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Steele Creek DGC
Pros: This is a very scenic, well kept course.
My pros are:
Concrete tee pads and nice signs.
Very well kept grass and "greens"
The park is very disc golf friendly despite having a ball golf course.
Two tee pads per hole are well placed and challenging.
The wildlife and beauty surrounds you while you play.
Very conservation minded.
Very challenging distances at 400+ and 500+ feet.
Pro shop sells discs at a reasonable price.
Restrooms in the pro shop.
Free score cards.
Has a practice basket for pre tourney putting.
Also has a large soccer field for driving warm ups.
Cons: Very few anhyzer holes.
Pro shop doesn't carry anything but Innova.
No alternate pin placements.
Other Thoughts: This park is beautiful. I really love to look out over its private lake and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Steel Creek park is a wonderful place that a serious disc golfer or a family can come and have a fun and challenging round. There are many pavilions in the park and a few around the disc golf course that will accommodate a BBQ after a round. Play here you won't regret it!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Nice Course. Well Maintained
Pros: Nice place to practice long drives
Beautiful Course: Tees and Pins are High Quality and there is Good Signage
Very Well Maintained
Well Stocked Pro Shop
Cons: Only 9 holes
Too many open areas--not enough technical difficulty
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course with good flow and use of the terrain. There are reasonable ace opportunites on holes 1, 3 and 5.
Each hole has 2 Tees which helps with the only having 9 holes problem
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Surprising for a 9 hole course
Pros: Wonderful tee signs for each hole
Concrete tee pads, baskets in good shape,
beautiful park and the course uses the land well.
Cons: Only 9 holes
lots of duck poop on the course
Other Thoughts: This is a very surprisingly good course! I was travelling through the area and found this along my route. The course played pretty quickly, 45 minutes or less for three of us. Decent distance on the holes which allows for decent drives and a good use of each category of discs. The Blue tees add a bit of distance to the course but not any additional challenge other than distance. The park is a beautiful landscape, well maintained and manicured. These is a lot of forgiveness to your throws on most holes but the yardage proves to add a challenge to do well. Like the cons stated, other than this course only having 9 holes, and a good amount of duck poop on the course(thus having to clean your discs of such), this is a very nice course. Great place to learn and grow with the game. My 8 year old and 12 year old did well out here today as well so a confidence booster for them. Definitely worth the time to play!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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