3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This a pretty nice 18 hole course on a very nice section of park land. This is the only major course in a wide radius around Cookeville, TN.
The course is fairly new so the tees, baskets, and signs are in great shape. The course contains many elements, open/wooded, long/short, elevation, and water. There are some pretty nice memorable holes (#1 is a great opening hole, #16 is the signature hole with the basket on a peninsula of the lake.)
Cookeville is home to Tennessee Technological University (my alma mater!) The course is pretty close to campus so that is a bonus for the college kids.
This course has become quite challenging since it was just an infant 9-holer. There are several really nice and unique and fun holes. Many of the holes have multiple hole locations that can drastically change the angle and the distance of the hole.
Cons: Because it was built in 2 stages it is like playing 2 separate 9 hole courses. The front is pretty much wide open, the back is mostly in dense woods. (see the course pictures) The front 9 holes are designed about as best as they can be considering the land, there is just not much there to make it super interesting and challenging. Some of the fairways on the back 9 were almost non-existent when first opened, but constant improvements are always being made to this course. This course is maturing nicely, but those fairways are still super tight.
There can be a problem with people fishing, picnicking, (even making out!) on the water holes.
There are still a couple of holes whose fairways just do not have a realistic path off the tee. A great deal of luck is required (holes 12 and 13 specifically). #18 has a small narrow fairway, but the tee is not lined up in that direction. There are 2 spots where stairs are desperately needed to get to up a steep hill to the tee (holes 10 and 18). The longer than abnormal walks across playgrounds and parking lots are awkward, but at least signs have been installed that direct you in the right direction. It was hard to find the paths leaving the basket to the next tee- it seemed maybe this was only a problem on newer basket locations. I made my own path essentially, only to find when I got to the tee I saw the path, just too late!
The front was also redesigned since it was first installed, it appears mainly to eliminate any chance of a disc landing over a farmer's fence. Hole 4 used to be a great downhiller with thick nasty swampy rough behind it, but that hole is no longer set up that way- too bad.
Other Thoughts: A lot of people really like this course, and if you live around here it is all you have, so it makes a nice home course that has some challenges. It is worth a stop if you are driving between Nashville and Knoxville. (Cookeville also has tons of places to eat and lots of hotels.)
However, this is your typical 18 hole course that was built in 2 stages of 9 holes each. There is a huge difference in style between the two 9's. I think 18 holes are great, but I personally enjoy courses that mix it up more between open and wooded or easy and hard.
I graduated from TTU, but the course was not built until after I left. We played ultimate and object courses around campus. I wished it had been there when I was there (a bonus for students now), although it might have prevented me from going to class!!!
*Update- much progress has been made to improving the newer back 9 over the last few years. There are signs helping with the long walks and paths have been put in to help get from one hole to the next in the woods.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good use of terrain. Well kept. Strong local club support. The front nine has a strong design. Trees are placed very well. The back nine has a decent design. There are a few holes that seem to have been placed only for the purpose of needing an extra hole to get to 18 total. The water throw on the back nine is not for the faint of heart. I really liked that hole.
Cons: Somewhat hard to follow on the back nine. I have heard this has been attended to at this time. The water throw that I mentioned as a pro...this shot should not be attempted by most beginners. The carry needed is pretty lengthy and the green is rather small.
Other Thoughts: I lost a 10x KC Pro Teebird on Hole 18. It must have slid under some leaves or perhaps a raccoon ran away with it. I can't be certain. It bummed out my hole trip that year. On the water hole there was a couple making out. I guess they thought they were beside the lake and it was as good a place as any to get some action. Anyway, after asking them to move, we realized that they didn't speak English as they mumbled something back at us. Since they didn't move...we went ahead and threw. I literally landed the disc about 6 feet from them. Then we holed out and went on our way.
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