Loudon, TN 
Loudon Municipal Park DGC Share
Uploaded By: bjreagh Hole #1 (Taken 7/2011)
3 / 289ft.   3 / 359ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #1 Short Tee

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 Short, but fun

2-4    6/23/2012   7/9/2011
Review By: bjreagh
Played: 229  Reviewed: 225  Exp: 18.6 Years
This review was updated on 6/26/2012
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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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