A Professional, Not Recreational Wooded Course
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Pros: This wooded course is challenging, yet fair. The hole lengths average around 325'-350' and drives require tight lines for the most part, so walking away with a 2 on any hole here feels good.
Adding to challenge is road OB that comes into play on multiple holes, along with water OB on 3 holes.
There's an even mix of par 3 and par 4 length/layout type holes, making for nice diversity and thus demanding a strong upshot game. I was sidearming my harp and backhanding my BB aviar regularly while playing decent golf.
The teepads are appropriately sized and placed very well, so there's never an issue of awkward run-up (no steep drop off from the back if you prefer a longer run-up, and no concern of falling off the end of the pad as they sit close to flush with the ground.
And even though the teepads are close to flush with the ground, there's never an issue of muddy, slick teepads.
There's a healthy mix of RHBH and RHFH drives, making for equal challenge between left and right handed throwers.
The course is kept clean. There are trashcans near a few tee areas.
I've never seen the course overcrowded with golfers.
2 course layouts (2 potential places a basket can be on each hole) a few holes at the moment even have 2 baskets in place simultaneously.
Cons: There's some drainage issues on a few holes so things can be pretty muddy after it rains, but again the pads tend to stay pretty clean.
There are just a couple holes that some people including myself argue need some fine tuning as certain fairways are a little too densely wooded. On the other hand the holes that seem to have trees in the way of a clear line are ones that are longer and considered par 4.
The practice basket is on a slope which isn't necessarily a bad thing as the course's greens are often on a slope, but a lot of people tend to ignore this basket and practice on hole 9's much flatter green, which can interrupt other people in the middle of their round.
The course layout is hard to decipher the first time around. There's good flow to the course and the holes aren't far apart, but again newer players often find themselves wondering where next hole is with there being a road between several holes and a lack of arrows or directional help on the course. To aid in this a sign has been erected near the start of the course with a picture of the course layout.
Other Thoughts: There's a really friendly local community of players that come together to play doubles on Sundays. Don't hesitate to get in on the action, they are very welcoming.
Watch for cars and pedestrians as again the road comes into play on several holes, and there's a walking path that runs along fairways and behind baskets.
For those who aren't strong swimmers keep in mind that if you throw a disc in the water, there is a very abrupt and deep drop off after maybe 10-20 feet in a lot of areas.
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Flat course, enjoyed.
Pros: *This course is new with great tee pads
*Maps provide distance, direction(sorta) and par.
*Main entrance map of all 18
*Couple short, couple long, with a mix of par 4 makes for a good mix of holes.
*Terrain was very easy to walk and find discs
*Tees were close by.
*Lots of shade
Cons: *Couple water hazards
*Hole 1 is a 300ft throw across water; no thanks.
*Maps were slightly off in direction and pin locarion
*More traffic than a normal DG course around holes
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course and want to bring my buddies back to try it out. There is a small learning curve for a first visit, not as bad as other courses. I thought the terrain was well suited for a course that is a little different then nearby courses.
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Pros: All the quintessential elements come together on this course: trees, wind, elevation, and water. And that's only 9 holes.
Cons: I regret there is no safe place to lay up on 1-- either make it across or throw a disc that floats
Other Thoughts: For me, courses are either beginner friendly or not. For a course laid out in a multi-use park I had an expectation of this course leaning towards "beginner friendly". Stepping onto the tee for one erases any notion of that.
I believe the designer(s) of this course well understand what makes disc golf challenging and intimidating (wind, water, elevation, trees). All are in effect on this course. I only played 9, but I felt like I played 18.
The cumulative result is not that the course is overly long (it is not) or that the approaches are overly technical (4 was definitely tricky), but this reviewer was impressed by the number of different types of shots required to approach the area of a good score.
Or to put it another way: Instead of trying to maximize the chance of a good lie, one plays to minimize the chance of a bad one. Your mistakes can and will be punished.
If the back 9 end up anything like the front 9 (the layout for 13 looks very promising) this has a very good chance of being one of the best, if not the best, courses in East Tennessee (yes, even better than that one you're thinking of).
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