May Get Better
Pros: Holes are short - good for beginners.
Cons: Front nine is so frustrating, never got the back nine.
Other Thoughts: Had never been to this course, so thought we'd try it out. We are beginners, so we thought this would be a good practice course. Due to recent rains, the creek was almost overflowing, causing us to be swarmed by gnats the entire time - it was miserable. The front nine was so confusing with the poor signage, criss-crossing fairways, etc. that we never got to the back nine. From what I've read, the back may be better - if we happen to be in the area, we may try again.
Pros: This course is located in a nice, multi use park. It's less than two minutes off of I-75, along with several stores and drive throughs.
It's almost always empty, so if quiet solitude is desired....this course fits the bill. One of the best local courses to take beginning disc golfers due to the short nature of it.
Loudon is the only course in the Loudon Co area.
The front nine is cramped together and play on top of one or two other holes. Not a huge problem since this course is always empty. The holes themselves are not that bad in general.
The back nine is simply a horrible waste of space. Holes #10 and #18 play through Hole #1's fairway. Hole #10 - #12 are not as bad as the rest of the back nine as they offer a little distance and other challenges. #13 - #17 are all 98' - 110' long and are located in dense woods, using the old walking path as fairways.
Other Thoughts: This course could be a lot better if more thought was put into design. I applaud the city of Loudon for adding a disc golf course to this nice park. I sure wish they'd consulted with actual disc golfers or course designer first. The park has plenty of land where longer holes could be used, and where the fairways didn't overlap.
It seems they ponied up for nice baskets and some concrete tees, but totally gave up on design.
Loudon will offer no challenge to anyone with a skill level over intermediate. Some of the front nine can still challenge short throwers or those with little control.
A redesign would help this course out. Until then, it's the best course around to take your kids or beginning golfers.
Short, but fun
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Pros: This is a fun 9-hole course in a very nice city park. There are 2 sets of tees- long (black) and short (turquoise). There is a good variety of holes here in regards to length and obstacles. Distance ranges from 105' (short #3) to 382' (long #2). Obstacles are hills, rough, a creek, and several trees.
*Update- I came back a year later and was shocked to find this was now an 18 hole course. Many of the new 9 play through the woods about 100' per hole, keeping with the short distance theme- these holes make a nice introduction to technical woods style holes without being long and discouraging. (The holes in the woods share the Pro/Am tee.)
This is a great course for beginners, families, casual players, etc. It does not take very long to play 9 holes, or even 18. The long tees aren't terribly difficult but do offer a little more distance and often a different line to the basket. I really like this course for beginners as it forces people to keep their shots low- many holes play under the tree branches, and on hole #1 where a high shot down the hill will probably result in a lost disc in the rough or creek.
The course is extremely well-signed with hole number and map, a distance sign at each tee, a sign behind the basket to show the basket number, and even a sign in the middle of #2 fairway saying it was a dog leg left! (* see Cons…)
Cons: There were more signs on this 9-hole course than I have seen on any 18 or 27 hole course. Each hole had 4 signs (a map, short tee, long tee, and basket sign.) The signs were often in the way in front of the tee and the basket signs behind the basket could be in the way if you landed behind the basket. The direction the signs faced was inconsistent pointing all different directions. (Some seem to be placed so you can see them as you approach from the previous hole, but then one of the basket signs was facing backwards so all you could see from the tee was a blank sign- not very helpful!) It was also a bit overwhelming visually to have 35 signs, 18 tees, and 9 baskets in a pretty small area.
*Update- some of the signs on tall poles behind baskets were moved to the basket post itself- this is a much better set-up.
Speaking of a small area, where the holes are good for beginners, the space is not. It is all close together, and if there were a lot of people playing it could be very dangerous.
Design was ok, but 1-3 seem a bit strange. 1 plays down the hill 300' and crosses a gravel ditch, then you walk back up the hill in #1's fairway to 2 which is a 300'+ blind dog leg left where tee shots could hit people on other holes. Then #3 is only 105' from the shorts. It would seem better to have #1 play down without crossing the gravel, #2 to play back up on the other side of the gravel ditch with a dog leg right, and then lengthen #3 to play halfway down the hill. This would make the course much safer, eliminate extra walking, and make #3 a more normal length.
#1 and #10 tees are close to each other and cross lines. #18 (up) is basically a reverse of #10 (down) and dangerous if somebody is playing the other hole.
Other Thoughts: I had a lot of fun playing this course. Great for beginners, a par 18 course from the shorts for experienced players.
It is not too far off I-75. My main reason for being in this area was the Lost Sea in Sweetwater, which is not too far away. It is a cave tour that features a boat ride on a large underground lake that is home to giant rainbow trout. The Lost Sea is highly recommended if you like to see caves and/or fish!
Swatso's review below is excellent and I agree with everything in it 100%.
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Too Much In Too Little
Two concrete tees per hole. Abundance of signage.
Two concrete tees per hole. Abundance of signage.
Course sits at the back of a multi-use public park. The bulk (baskets 2-7) of the course resides in a small meadow between a plateau containing playing fields and a tree-lined creek. This land stays damp and is evidently an ideal breeding ground for gnats - bring bug spray! Tees 1 & 2 are on the hillside leading down to the meadow, holes 3-5 play in open space, holes 6-7 are amongst the small trees at the bottom of the slope forming an edge of the meadow, hole-8 plays halfway up and across this slope, and hole-9 brings you back on top.
A brief hole-by-hole guide:
#1 (359/289) Downhill initially, then flattening out, open
#2 (382/326) Downhill initially, generous window to hit, then flattening out, little left-turn at end, open
#3 (196/105) Flat, open
#4 (240/175) Flat, open
#5 (275/180) From the far tee, a few small, scattered trees to avoid straight ahead, with a left-turner being more open but need to be kept low. From the near tee, flat, open.
#6 (184/119) From the far tee, low-ceilinged alley early, small left-turn at end. From the near tee, flat, open
#7 (216/159) Initial low ceiling, getting even lower as a late right-turner is needed to reach the basket.
#8 (161) Straight shot slightly up a slope, which is right-to-left, with thick trees on left, scattered bushes/trees on right
#9 (247/157) From the far tee, blind shot over a steep slope directly in front of you - use the two large trees in the background for aiming purposes. The near tee is not aligned towards the basket - aiming 45-degrees over the front right corner of the tee is the direct line. Basket sits on the back left corner of a plateau.
The few-inch thick teepads sit on the ground, so whatever the countour of the land is where the teepad is located is the tilt the teepad itself will have.
Other than single teepad hole-8, there will be four signs at each hole. Each teepad will have its own, very basic (# and distance) sign - unfortunately, these are often located just off the front right corner of the teepad, i.e. precariously close to a RHBH-thrower's natural follow-through. There is also a larger sign, typically near the far tee, that shows the current hole, distances, and other features, but the map on it isn't always oriented from the viewer's perspective. The baskets themselves have no numbers on them, but a 6' pole with a number on it is located a few feet behind the basket.
For beginning players, the distances are appropriate, but there is some cross-fire danger as many of the baskets and tees are near each other. Experienced players should have a birdy fest and some ace runs.
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