This course is at the top of my list
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Pros: -Harmon Hills plays through hilly Appalachian terrain mixing heavily wooded sections with open fields. This is my favorite kind of disc golf, forcing the player to throw good, accurate shots, while keeping both distance and shot placement in mind. It is a thinker's course.
-A good amount of risk and reward is involved here. About half of the baskets have some sort of tricky green, whether it be side slope or rocky terrain, the upshot here is critical for scoring well. All the baskets are located where the golfer has to change his or her strategy before throwing their next shot. This can be an elevation change, a change in tree density or a dangerous green.
-The first two nines are moderately hilly and wooded, with a great mix of l-->r, r-->l, and straight shots combined with a variety of distances. The third nine is a complete change of pace, playing over heavily wooded and moderately hilly terrain. With sink holes and rocks galore and a great mix of shots. You are punished severely for not getting off the tee on this side especially.
-The par 3s and par 4s offer a range of difficulty, but the player needs to work and throw true shots to birdie any of them.
-Not a filler hole on the course.
-HH boasts three 9-hole loops that start and end at the house, allowing the player to replenish drinks or snacks frequently. The player can also choose any combination of 9s if he/she is short on time or energy.
-The course is well maintained. Both times I've been, the grass was freshly mowed and the tees in good condition.
-The atmosphere at HH is incredible and a big draw for me. Some of the most hospitable owners in disc golf. The first time I played the course, we showed up just after dawn and Jerry invited us into the house for coffee and told to go have a blast. The second time was just as hospitable with different folks.
-In addition to the hospitality, you get a good sense of solitude on the course. There is a road that splits the property that only a couple neighbors use and even on a great Indian summer day with the bluest skies in October, there were only 3 groups playing course.
Cons: -A couple of the par 4s can be tweeners. Although I welcomed the opportunity for birdies on this beast.
Other Thoughts: Favorite holes-3, 8, 10, 12, 15 on the front 18 and 3, 6, 7, 9 on the back 9.
-Hole 17 may be my favorite disc golf hole I've played. A tight straight tunnel shot through hickory trees over a sink hole 300 ft to a layup area, the down a short, steep rock lined hill to a basket in the open. Just an awesome signature hole.
This course reminds me a lot of Ozark Mtn in MO, but is just better suited to my ability.
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Pros: Layout - Harmon Hills might be 1 to 27 the best pure disc golf course I've played to date. There are no filler holes, there isn't that one hole that you say just didn't feel right. It's the perfect disc golf puzzle where no one piece overshadows the rest and you don't see the beautiful picture of it all until it's complete.
It's set on a farm and the first 18 glide effortlessly through open rolling hills peppered with tree lines and rock bluffs.
It's the perfect blend of shots and everything I love about disc golf. The par 4's here are simply astounding and they come one right after another. You have short placement shots through gaps out to points to set your approach to that perfectly placed basket. You have huge bomb placement shots to be right in line with the gap in the dogleg. It's not overbearing or risky it's just fun with a challenge of your skill over distance.
Then you have the par 3's which make you move the disc while hitting gaps and considering the elevation. You earn 2's here the hard way.
Every hole is beautiful in its own way yet there isn't that one signature hole every other great course seems to have. It's not because this course doesn't have great holes it's because they all measure up to such a high standard none stands out. So what you don't throw off that giant hill or over that pristine lake this is disc golf at its purest form.
Then you have the back 9... forget everything I said about gentle rolling grass hills and peppered trees and welcome to thick tight defined lines that move up and down over a craggy terrain. As an NC guy this part of the course looks like a Charlotte nightmare.
While this part of the course trades in the open freedom and long bombs for technical sweat it out disc golf it didn't lose the length.
There's still 6 par 4's on this back 9 and each demands a shot placed in good position while you also hit that tight gap off the tee. Not to mention a slew of gullies to navigate around and over.
The par 3's here continue the trend of tight and forcing you to work the disc while also navigating short but quick elevation changes.
The back 9 is that perfect addition and change of pace for this course, it's only been in around a year but it's wearing in nice.
Equipment - Front 18 has rudimentary maps of the hole and distance. It's not great but it works. They do have concrete pads out here which is awesome considering the locale, they're grooved for grip in inclement weather.
Newer baskets on the entire course; Mach 3's on the front 18 and Discatchers on the back 9.
Atmosphere - The hospitality was great, even though I showed up pretty early in the morning I was greeted and gave the rundown of the course and told to have a grand ole time.
Again the farm is beautifully remote and don't forget private. If you want that secluded feeling in an amazing setting this is your place.
Cons: Layout - Some of the par 4's are tweeners with a second shot that isn't all that tough if your first was good.
There are some points that can be confusing if it's your first time, I was given the rundown and I found my way around just fine.
Equipment - The size of the pads is a bit small for my liking but they're level with the ground for the most part so this wasn't a big problem.
The back 9 doesn't have signs yet so I had to walk up the fairways on 4 of the holes to figure out where I was going.
Atmosphere - The last 9 has some debris still about and some areas that look like they used to also function as old school trash dumps. I'm sure over time this will be handled and I'm not going to rush them because the amount of upkeep on this place is astounding.
Other Thoughts: Instant Top 5 course in my book. Harmon Hills is everything I love about disc golf. I was told it was tough to break par, which is 99 and I left happily with my 95. I went 29, 31 and 35 and I played very well that day.
Go play this course, drive however far you need to drive to experience it. My only regret is that I couldn't make it there sooner and meet the man that started it all. So thank you to Jerry and thank you to Jack and the other people who continue to let this course grace our beautiful earth.
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Pros: Starting off I like to let everyone know what Im personally looking for in a course. I love the scenic aspect of disc golf (this includes boulders, lakes, wildlife, and plantlife- I do study horticulture). With that being stated, I rate a course based on a combination of the scenic factor and the overall course aspects (this includes layout, fairway lines, divesity of holes, and amenities).
Harmon Hills stacks up amazingly both in the overall scenic factor and course aspect, rolling farmland with boulders scatter the perfectly designed 27 holes.
First off, Jerry Harmon was one of the nicest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet, my group of 10 hellraisers had never been to harmon before, and gladly he welcomed us in letting us chill in the clubhouse and camp on his beautiful property which has what I love on a DG course and thats..
Boulders.. Huge limestone boulders dot the fairways, line the teepads and make for very epic greens all throughout the course. Seems like they are more predominant on the front 9 and the wooded 9 across the road, which brings me to my next point..
THE BEST 9 HOLES I have yet to play anywhere! Labeled the 'death' 9 by the MAN himself, these collection of long tight wooded holes force you to play smart golf. Seems as if everyone of these holes placed a premium on landing your disc in the right landing zone, or your next upshot will leave you scratching your head
27 holes are always a plus, especially when you can incorporate 27 really good ones, there is seriously not a bad hole out here, and where all 3 9's start and finish very close to one another. If there ever was a private DG course that reminded you of playing ball golf in the woods, this is the place
Teepads are handcrafted concrete from the MAN himeself, all are plenty long and wide enough
Cons: Not in my backyard so I could help maintian the fairways. Many of the open bomb holes play through hay fields and if you dont catch it just right the grass will swallow an errant throw
Its not a stop on the PDGA tour, it defiantly could be
Other Thoughts: Im torn between Harmon Hills as my #1 or Sugaree in the mtns of NC as my #1.. Those two are the only courses I have given a 5 rating and I would strongly disagree with ANYONE who thinks they are not
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One of the best!
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Pros: First off- 27 holes
Most challenging course I have ever played!
Lines are clear but tough.
Alternate short basket on the first 18 holes.
Jerry Harmon is very good guy who's hospitality is second to none.
Tee signs and benches on the first 18 holes.
Course forces you to use every disc/shot in your bag.
holes 1-9 end at the clubhouse, holes 9-18 end at the clubhouse and you guessed it, holes 19-27 end at the clubhouse.
Camping area (donation)
Cons: Little intimidating to newer players but thats what the short basket locations are for.
Other Thoughts: Course is just awesome. This course has a par of 99 and it is a legit 99. Few holes are able to be reached in 2 and even fewer oppurtunities for an ace. The new 9 Jerry just built makes you play real golf. You have to hit your landing areas and play smart. Be patient and manage the course and their is alot of fun to be had. Try to rip and grip every hole and watch the score add up quickly. Harmon Hills is something special and if you have the chance its a must play!
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Pros: i jus like everything bout this course.. you get a lil bit of everything here!!
Cons: dont really have any lol
Other Thoughts: def want to bring your A game here and be ables to sling a disc far.. some of the holes are very very long but in all the owners are very nice and welcome anyone..
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Pros: I frequently travel the Interstate 81corridor between Johnson City and Knoxville looking at the rolling hills and thinking about how many amazing a disc courses it could hold. So when I got a call to play a course near Jonesboro, I did not hesitate to join in. I had wanted to visit this course for a while and was eager to see it for myself in spite of the fact that I knew it was going to bruise my disc golf ego. Tales of monster holes with fairways tight enough to scare off Br'er Rabbit, throwing around a 40' deep sink hole (bottoming out in water cave) and very long approach shots had certainly peaked my curiosity. We played two rounds and I have to say it was the most fun I've had getting my butt kicked since High School. I would not recommend that you take a new player to this course as it plays to a par of 66 in 18 holes but if you can throw 300 out of a 20 foot wide fairway and can shape long approaches, you're going to have a blast.
Just to make it easier, I'll write the Pros as features and benefits…
The front and back 9 start and finish at the parking area - Makes it easy to reload on refreshment.
Good mix of open and wooded holes - It's nice to have some grip and rip Tee shots.
More open holes on the front - easier to get your game going in the right direction.
There is a balanced combination of left and right doglegs - adds to the challenge.
Rolling hills, rock gardens, sink holes, big old trees and nice rural views - visual candy.
None of the holes give you the 'it's all up hill' feeling….most play down - Tee shots are more fun.
Plenty of Tee shots where big arms can air it out - even if you can't do it, it's fun to watch someone go big.
A fair number of tight Tee shots - to help those of us with less distance to compete with the big arms.
It's a rural area - you won't see a lot of other groups and you'll feel like it's your private course.
Terrific signs on every hole - you know where to throw even if you can't see the target.
Easy to find your way around - no time wasted searching for the next hole.
Rough finished concrete Tee pads - good footing in all weather.
Nice pro baskets - hit them right and it stays in.
Lots of benches at the Tee Pads - great for bag stashes or taking a breather while your group throws.
Cons: There are none! This is a private course on amazing terrain. This trumps any of the few minor 'cons' that I could come up with.
Oh, actually there was a big one - I did not get to meet Jerry Harmon :) But I'll fix that soon when I return for another round!
Other Thoughts: I played Harmon Hills with a group that included three private course owner/builders from the North Carolina high country so the conversations tend to be about hole design, the flow of the course and optimum land use. Discussions about improving a tee position and comments like "I'd take out this tree'- "would not have cut this one' or moving this basket to some overlooked location are more frequent than those about disc selection or playing strategy. I say USUALLY because it was different at Harmon Hills. We were quickly drawn in to the rhythm of the course and it was obvious that the designer/builder intimately knew the land and took full advantage of it's unique features and terrain. It's an incredible layout on an amazing piece of land - there is not a bad hole in the mix and most are exceptional! Sure, I'd cut a tree or two to make a few holes more playable for the average golfer (like me) but then again, this is no average course.
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In my Top 5 (out of 150+)
- Jerry Harmon. Jerry Harmon is a true Southern Gentlemen. I have crashed at his house a few times for DG tournaments and he has always welcomed me and others. I've also seen other people camp on his land. He's a great guy and he'd probably be more than happy to have you over to play his course sometime.
- Private Property. How many times do I have to say it…? Private Property courses rock. How can you beat a course that sits on 90 acres of beautiful Appalachian farmland? With that amount of property, there are some BIG holes out there… 800'ers, 600'ers, 500'ers through the woods, etc… I think every Hole takes up more than an acre of land!!!
- Serious Golf. Even though we all know "everything's a 3" in the world of DG, Jerry will tell you that his course plays as a Par 66 (I agree with Jerry). The Holes are amazing. You'll need to throw a great 300+' drive to an "ideal" landing zone in order to throw a 200+' upshot through a gap or a in a different direction just for the opportunity to make a putt. You definitely need to play golf.
- Open / Wooded. Harmon Hills feature a nice combination of Open and Wooded holes… and in many cases, both open and wooded on the same hole. There are many holes where you start in the trees, play across an open field and then back into the trees… with opportunities for punishment all along the way.
- Holy Cow Man Cave. The best clubhouse I have ever seen. 80' long, 30' wide, 3 sided structure, couches, fireplace, flat-screen… Tennessee football games on TV post-round… etc. Every disc golfer in the world will be jealous over Jerry's man-cave/course combination.
- Tweeners. A few of the Par 4's are really more like 3.5's. Many of them are easily 3'able, but rarely to never 2'd. 4's would be common, but the 3's could come a little easy on a few of the 4's.
- Tee-Pads. This really isn't a "con" but it belongs here more than the other sections. Jerry's tees are concrete (yeah!), but they're rather small for the length of the Holes and chunky (deep grooves for traction in winter).
- Quite Possibly One of the Best DG Experiences You'll Ever Have. When you combine a supremely awesome course, with Dave242's Appalachian Beauty, with Jerry's man cave, and great people like Jerry Harmon himself, Harmon Hills becomes one of the best disc golf experiences you'll ever have. It's definitely in my Top 5. The only thing missing from Harmon Hills is a Top of the World shot and Water.
- Course Record. Kris Orrick and I were partnered in a doubles tournament and set the course record of 51… and we played almost perfect golf. Jerry Harmon shot a solo round of 52 during a tournament, in the rain. I mention these numbers to give some idea of the difficulty of Harmon Hills… it's definitely not your standard Par 3 course. I think there are only 4 or 5 Holes that are actually, realistically 2-able… and, you'll need to get them all to counter balance the 5's and 6's your bound to take.
- Great Destination Area. The Johnson City/Kingsport Tennessee area is a hotbed for great disc golf. Fossil Hill is less than 1 mile away from Harmon Hills and it's super fun, although Fossil Hills is extremely private now and only really open for tournament play. Warriors Path is a great little course and it's just up the 81 probably less than 25 minutes away. And Winged Deer, also ½ and hour away, is bad ass. If you're on a road trip… PLAY HERE.
- My Disc Score: According to DGCR's disc scale, a 5 disc course is the best of the best. Since I gave Sugaree (IMO the best course in North Carolina), a 5 disc score… and, I think Harmon Hills is even better than Sugaree, I had to come back and revise my disc score to reflect that. I just don't pass out 5's like candy at Halloween, I take reviewing very seriously and felt like I had to come back and do justice for Harmon Hills.
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