A fun challenge for any disc golfer
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Pros: - Concrete tee pads on each hole with appropriate run-up space available.
- Signs near each tee pad showing approximate distance to the hole as well as markers to show current pin location.
- Alternate hole locations on nearly every hole.
- Well-kept park with frequently mowed fairways.
- Good mix of open holes (front 9) and wooded holes (back 9) to appeal to any type of player.
- A few very challenging holes to keep you on your toes (particularly holes 14 and 16).
- Great use of hilly elevation which comes into play on nearly every hole.
- Difficult to lose any discs unless you completely shank a throw.
- Landscaping has been done on some back 9 holes to aid in being able to see your disc better (hole 13 comes to mind).
- The park is frequently inhabited with other disc golfers, which is good for the community and for the sport's growth.
Cons: - Hole layout has not been changed in at least a month. Out-of-towners probably wouldn't know the difference, but for someone like me who plays 2-3 times a week, it does get a bit monotonous playing the same hole locations over and over.
- Some holes stay a little bit muddy, such as 7, early part of 8, and around the weeds on 9.
- There is a difference between a "challenging" hole, and a hole that is completely "jail". There are a few holes here that have no realistic path or fairway due to trees (the worst offenders being holes 3, 11, and 13) and unless you get very lucky, you're likely to lose a stroke or two on these holes.
- The navigation from hole 11 to hole 12 is not entirely clear and if you're not a local or playing with a local, there's a good chance you'll miss it. You have to walk across the parking lot where the playground and shelter is in order to reach hole 12.
- I've heard all holes have to play as Par 3 at Cane Creek, despite some signs labeling holes as Par 4. Well, when hole 14 is in the long position (well over 600 feet with multiple elevations to tackle), it's extremely difficult to get a par. Not necessarily a complaint, as it is a fun hole, but making it Par 4 would be much more realistic when the placement is in that position.
- My biggest con: Hole 16 is the "melting pot" of Cane Creek Park. People will frequently be walking, sitting, biking, or fishing in and around this hole where you need to throw. And unfortunately, most of these people are quite oblivious of their surroundings and don't notice when you're trying to throw. There have been many times where I have had to skip this hole altogether because there were too many people around. Nothing can really be done about this, but when you're constantly having to dodge oblivious patrons who don't know what "FORE" means, or simply refuse to move, it detracts a bit from the quality of the course. The hole itself is great, the location not so much.
Other Thoughts: Basic Description of Holes:
#1 - A good warmup hole with an overhanging tree, hill, and the road on the right side, with multiple trees/weeds/muckyness on the left side. The fairway is a bit narrow, but the hole is perfect for those who utilize the RHFH (flick) throw. The basket is typically right under the large tree that has hole 2's tee pad right behind it, but it has also been up the hill and to the right of said tree, although less frequently.
#2 - This hole is, again, a good hole for RHFH throwers. You have to navigate several healthy trees on all sides, and the basket is either in a little cove to the immediate right (a very short distance), or straight in front of you near the road. A solid forehand to the left side of the basket will put you in position for a birdee.
#3 - One of a few "jail" holes on the course. This is an uphill-in-the-woods hole with the basket just slightly outside these woods over the hill, or, when they feel like torturing you, up the hill very far away. It's basically a throw-and-pray shot but if you make it out and your disc doesn't roll down the hill, you're in good position for birdee.
#4 - Finally, a hole that favors RHBH throwers! The basket is always located in a little cove tucked into the left side of the hill. It is not visible from the tee pad, but you can see it while on the tee pad for hole 3. It is an open hole and a good RHBH (avoid the tree near the road, though!) will put you in position for birdee.
#5 - The best hole to unleash all your power on. This is an open hole with trees that you'll only hit if you throw it very far. The basket can be short (just over the hill) or long (past all the trees), but it's the ultimate hole to just go crazy on.
#6 - This hole is a fun challenge. There's a tree that's no more than 75 feet past the tee pad that will eat your shots if you don't avoid it. The basket is usually on the apex of the hill straight in front of you, but can also be very far down the hill. Wind plays a huge role on this hole due to elevation, especially when putting.
#7 - Another blind hole. The hill obstructs your view of the basket, but it's about 250 feet straightaway. With as much elevation that comes into play, bombing a driver will likely put you near the fence line. I throw a midrange that puts me basket-high most every time. Good opportunity for a birdie here.
#8 - A low-hanging tree here right off the tee-pad can destroy RHFH throwers, but if you can navigate the tight window, you'll typically be in position for no worse than a par. The hole favors those who RHBH a sky-bomb to the right side and let it drift back left, but it's navigable for anyone if played right.
#9 - This hole has two identities, one being the prototypical "ace-run" hole when short (a little over 200 feet, flat, straightaway with virtually no obstructions), the other being a difficult but fun hole where you have to navigate the huge line of trees and find your way to the hill near the tee pad for holes 7 and 8. Saving par when it is long is more fulfilling than getting a birdee when it's short.
#10 - The back 9 starts with a fun hole where you've gotta throw through a decent sized gap of trees and hope you are in position for a solid 2nd shot. There are 3 hole locations here, one being on the left hand side close to the trees, the other 2 being up the hill to the left which favors RHFH throwers.
#11 - This hole is the jailest of the jail holes on the course. There's no fairway, dozens of trees, and a high score with your name on it. Right off the tee pad, there's a tree that's fallen over and is laying on other trees for support. It practically looks like a slash mark. There are 3 hole locations and they're all equally as impossible to get to. I've gotten lucky a few times and somehow managed to avoid all the trees, but it's very very very rare for that to happen. It's nothing but a throw-and-pray hole.
#12 - This wooded hole doglegs to the right and leads you to an open pathway near the bottom of the hill. It's good for RHFH throwers or those who can backhand with right-turning discs. It's fairly short and a good throw can put you in position for birdee or no worse than par.
#13 - Another jail-ish hole. 3 hole locations make this one very different depending on where it is. One location is left, one middle, one right. It's surrounded by trees on all sides. Not much else to say. Just another throw-and-pray hole.
#14 - This is another Jekyll-and-Hyde hole, where location is everything. You've got gaps to get through, one on the right side and one straightaway. It's a difficult enough task to get it to the apex of the hill, but if the basket is long (over 600 feet in a very small wooded cove), you're getting no better than a 4 on this hole anyway. Sometimes it's placed short where a throw to the top of the hill can easily land you a birdee or par, the middle location can be par'd with a solid 2nd shot, but the long location is death. Nonetheless, it's a fun hole.
#15 - A break from the long holes, this fun little hole has you surrounded by trees on your right side, and a watery grave to your left past the walking trail. Those who do not have control of their shots beware! I've witnessed many people lose discs in the water by shanking a throw. But anyway, the hole is protected by a cove of trees where you throw in and let it drift left. It's very short and as long as you get into the cove in some manner, you've got a good chance for birdee.
#16 - Reminiscent of Hole 16 at Augusta (regular golf). The basket lies on an island that is well guarded by a large willow tree, other trees, and obviously, the lake. If you're going to lose a disc at Cane Creek, it's likely that you lose it here. Unless you're confident you can sky one over the trees and onto the small island, then it's a layup hole all the way. Those who are willing to take on the challenge, this will probably be your favorite hole and most rewarding if you land on that island.
#17 - Another hole that's different based on pin placement. There is a cove to the left that favors sharp turning discs thrown by RHBH throwers. Another location is straightaway guarded by some trees and brush. The third location is up the hill on the right side, which is the most difficult location to reach of the 3. It's uphill all the way, though.
#18 - The courses finishes with another signature hole. Immediately below the tee pad is a ravine that goes straight down and comes straight up, with many trees in your way on both sides. There are two hole locations here, one on the left and one on the right. They are about equal distance from the tee pad, so location will determine what disc/method you throw with. I have witnessed an ace here, but the baskets are virtually completely obstructed by trees, so all we got was the sound of chains! It is a fun hole to end on.
Overall, Cane Creek is a great course for beginners and seasoned veterans alike, with multiple pin placements that can make or break a round depending on how you tackle them! It's not easy, but it's not overly difficult either. I've been playing this course for years and I've played many others in Tennessee. This one is my favorite and is always worth playing. If you're in the area, give it a go!
(Typical score: -2 to -5)
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Very Pretty Course
Pros: Nice people good course pretty holes pretty clean or and nicely mowed lots of people at park and nobody was in the way of course play. Challenging wooded holes and wide opens holes. Had fun fun course with restrooms. Padel boat rentals park for young kids and older ones. Pavailions walking trails this place has alot to offer with space. Hope to come back soon and play again :)
Cons: Been thinking here for a few and just can't seem to find any cons.
Other Thoughts: Can't wait to come back very enjoyable. Awesome!!!!
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My Home Course
Pros: My home course. I am spoiled by this course being so close to my home. It has a great variety of every type of hole and shot selection. It has several tight holes and several bomb-the-mess-out-of-your-disc holes. It is still one of the most pretty courses I have ever played. Double tournaments twice a month on Saturdays are great.
Cons: Not enough tournaments. It can be a tough course for beginners, but I learned there and it has made me a better player. There are too many trees on hole #13.
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Pros: Great for anybody's game. It's got different shots to improve your game. Open and long, tight and accurate, and water and wind shots. I am a local and designer of the course with a few other fellow discgolfers out there. I've been playing for 11 years and it is one the most well maitained course I've seen in all the years I've played. Grass is always mowed in the summer time, hardly any trash on the course and baskets are moved on a regular basis. I have seen alot of beginners learn to play on this course and they turnout to be Advanced or Pro caliber golfers. Improvements to the course are happening every year. I've seen the sport grow tremendously out there ever since the course has been put in.
Cons: Need signs to direct people from hole 9 to hole 10 and from 11 to hole 12 and from hole 17 to 18. Lots of non discgolfers out there you have to llokout for while playing.
Other Thoughts: These improvements will be done as the sport continues to grow out there. I recommend people to drive no matter what the distance is to play this course.
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