Chattanooga, TN 
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Uploaded By: JSurmann Hole #9 (Taken 7/2011)
3 / 312ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Tee Sign



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Good - But Definitely Not Great

1    6/24/2016   6/25/2016
Review By: SuperDave1981
Played: 8  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 0.2 Years
Pros: Tee pads are concrete and level. Park seemed to be well maintained. Trash bins are located at some of the holes. No benches, but the course is so small - they're not really necessary. Two thirds of the course is out in the open with a few obstacles at each hole and the rest of the holes are in wooded areas (nice mix). There's also a good variety of pin placement which require left and right curved lines.
Cons: Finding the course wasn't incredibly difficult, but following the GPS with the address brought me to a tractor retailer and not the park, so be sure to put the name of the park in your GPS and not the address. The first tee pad is very close to where you park but there are at least 4 pins visible, which made it difficult to determine which one to throw at. Had to walk the course to be certain. Signage is at every tee pad, but it's very sub-par in comparison to signage at other courses I've played. More detailed diagrams would make it easier to navigate the course. The road next to the park can be pretty busy and one throw requires a direct line into the street, so be careful not to put too much power behind your drive.
Other Thoughts: This is a decent little course if you want to play a quick 9 holes and is only 10-15 minutes from 9 On Top, which can make for a nice 18 hole round. I would consider playing this course more often if I lived closer to it, but I wouldn't make a special trip just to play it again, unless I was already in the area.

 Updated review- course improved!

2-4    4/12/2013   3/14/2011
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 259  Reviewed: 249  Exp: 19.8 Years
This review was updated on 7/8/2013
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Redesigned and improved! There is a good variety of hole style here- 6 of the holes are the city-park style with grassy fairways, isolated mature trees to avoid, and no rough; 3 holes play through a densely wooded area with narrow fairways having but cut and cleared through it. A little bit of elevation is utilized on several of the holes as well.

Baskets are in great shape. Course now has concrete tees and excellent tee signs. Navigation is pretty easy.

This course is excellent for beginners, families, and casual players, although more experienced players can still enjoy a quick, fun round here. It is a good representation of disc golf, and on most holes there is plenty of fairway making it easy to find your disc and still have a decent next shot.
Cons: The "park" is a small piece of land wedged between 3 roads and a water treatment facility. There is barely enough room here for 9 holes, although it is well-designed considering the limitations. The holes are close together, which can be confusing and also a hazard as it is easy to land a disc in another fairway. Two of the roads bordering the park have a small chance of coming into play.

It is a pretty simple course, that can soon be mastered, and as players become better they will want to take their games elsewhere.
Other Thoughts: The Chattanooga club is very active with all the courses in the area and constant improvements are likely.

The course is not all that interesting, as there are better choices for sure in Chattanooga (Shepherd and the Sinks and now Camp Jordan), so if you are traveling here and looking to play the best then skip this one. But it is great that this area has so many courses to accommodate players of all levels. (It was nice to see what appeared to be a mom and three 10-16 year-old girls playing disc golf proving that this course can be enjoyed by guys and girls, adults and kids alike!)

This course is very close to the "9 on Top" course- more of a wooded technical course, so pair it with this parks-style course and you get a nice set of 18 holes. These two are on the same road, one on top the mountain, the other at the bottom.

From my original review "I rated this course based on its current condition of how I played it. With the addition of signs, concrete tees, and some maturing, I might change it to a 2.0 if I were to come back and play it again." Well, I did come back, there were improvements, and I am upping my rating to a 2.0!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Course at Base Camp

1    10/10/2010   10/11/2010
Review By: Fender088
Played: 25  Reviewed: 25  Exp: 9.1 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is located in a small park at the base of Signal Mountain, right outside of the city of Chattanooga. The course and parking lot is extremely easy to find if you're driving up the mountain. Once you're at the park, the course is fairly easy to navigate because a map of the course is presented on a board in the parking lot.
As for the course itself, the baskets are brand new and they catch wonderfully. Each basket also has an arrow on it directing you to the next tee. All of the tees are dirt, but they are equipped with wooden stakes indicating distance. Most holes are fairly open with a few trees influencing the shape of your shot. However, the last three holes play through the woods and are extremely tight. Despite short distances, the course does offer a good deal of variation in elevation. Overall you shouldn't need more than a midrange to play this course to its full effect.
Cons: This park is pretty small, and one is left to question whether or not there is really enough room for nine holes. I played in the evening and over the course of the first six holes I had to wait on another group to play through my fairway on each one. Also, the tees are located very close to the following baskets so your drive off the tee is heavily influenced by the group in front of you. It's also important to note that this tiny park is a multi-use facility so it makes the course even tighter sometimes. I would also recommend examining the course map before you play. This course is so small that you can see 4 or 5 baskets at any time during the first few holes so it can make it confusing if you've never played before.
Other Thoughts: Overall I really did enjoy playing this course. It's located in a great area, offering a practice or beginner-friendly course at the base of Signal Mountain. Before this was built, residents here would have to drive much further to play. All of the locals I met here were pretty friendly and were willing to point me in the right direction at times. Hole 9 is also a fun shot from the top of the hill that definitely serves as the signature hole.
I did see a sign that indicated that the park used to be a cemetery though. That was a first for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


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