Tommy S is Knoxville's best
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tommy Schumpert Park is a fantastic disc golf course tucked away in a lovely park north of Knoxville that provides variety, challenging lines and major elevation in spots.
The teepads and signage are excellent. The teepads are made up of brick-like stones with wooden borders. These teepads seem like they would dry off quickly after rain, and I've encountered no problems with traction. The front-nine signs could use an indicator of which pin ("A" or "B") is in use, though, I've played this course three times in the last year, and none of the basket locations were changed.
The front half of Tommy S is mostly wooded and offers some tight lines. The back half provides a wide range of diversity - from the long downhill and fairly open Hole #11 to the short but picturesque Hole #14 to the almost-ridiculous wooded challenges of Holes #15 and #16. And the course finishes with two holes that require the usually-fun downhill throw.
In fact, Hole #17 might be one of the most enjoyable holes. While it requires a steep hike up the side of a mountain to reach the teepad, the view and accompanying thrill of throwing your disc down the hill make the journey worth it. There is an alternate rubber teepad available halfway up the hill, but you'll feel like you cheated yourself if you opt to throw from there.
The variety is incredible at Tommy Schumpert. There are plenty of dogleg left and dogleg right holes and the elevation adds to the diversity. Hole #2, for example, nearly demands a RHFH drive, even from a backhand loyalist as myself.
The parking lot is visible from the basket for Hole #9, so a quick round is possible here.
The back nine offers a second basket on each hole. The orange-colored basket adds more than 1,100 feet of distance to the back nine and is perfect for those who enjoy some sadistic disc golf.
Cons: Finding the next hole might be tricky in a couple spots, but overall, the course flows well. A large map is present at the parking lot.
The "traversability" is tough on a few of the wooded holes. Getting off the fairway on Holes #7, 16 and 17 will prove a bit treacherous.
Erosion is an issue for the short teepad on Hole #8. Due to its location near the bottom of a hill, this teepad might be nearly covered in dirt/mud.
Other Thoughts: Now that the course has been increased to 18 holes, Tommy Schumpert is arguably the best disc golf course in Knoxville. Don't let the previous DGCR ratings (from when the course was only nine holes) or the nearly vowelless name distract you! If you're passing through the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains, make sure you make time to visit this excellent course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Disc Golf Wonderland
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Challenging, fun, variety of pads and pins, seclusion, helluva course overall. A common knock on this course is that it's too hard, even from the short pads, and that may be true but it keeps the course from being too crowded. From when you set off to when you finish you don't see any man-made structures, hear road noise or feel like you are anywhere near a city, even though you are. There are enough opportunities to really huck it that you forget how much of the course is in the trees--this is a much easier course than many others that spend as much time in the woods. Most holes feel like their own little secluded adventure which is a rare and wonderful thing for a course this close to a city center.
Multiple brick pads for every hole is nice, many holes also have multiple pins.
Cons: The bugs get bad around dusk in the summer time, but hey that's nature. There are three or four holes that feel similar, all dog leg rights so make sure you have something under-stable if you can't throw a flick off the tee pad.
Other Thoughts: This course has come a long way and is now, arguably, the best course in Knoxville.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Watch out for that tree!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: You can tell whoever thought up these holes has an eye for good course design. There's an even variety of forehand and backhand shots or holes that favor left handed throws and holes that favor right handed throws - however you want to look at it. There's an even mix of uphill and downhill holes. Dogleg lefts followed by dogleg rights. You can tell the designer put a great deal of thought into making sure no one would get bored with having to throw the same shot over and over here.
There's essentially a par3 and par4 option on every hole. The front nine has a short pad and long pad, while the back nine has a short pin and long pin, again adding to this demand for players to bring every shot in their bag to the course.
Every hole offers challenge, usually in the form of trees as it's a wooded course, but on the select few open holes there is some tall grass which can play as rough or OB.
Discatcher baskets that are relatively new and in great shape.
Stone teepads are level and economical and do their job well.
Drinking water fountain.
The course has good flow - there's no 5 minute walks from a basket to the next teepad.
There's an open and relatively flat space between the first tee and last basket that makes for a good driving range so you don't have to get in the way of other people playing by unloading your entire bag on a hole.
Cons: Getting punished after a good throw is a regular thing here. On the par 3s the lines are a little more defined and the luck factor isn't as prevalent but the par 4s are another beast. Some of them I argue are simply unplayable. And by that, I mean you could play the hole 10 times and still not see a line that isn't riddled with trees. Essentially, you just have to hope that when you do hit a tree, it stays in the "fairway".
It's a lot of poke and hope, and you'll hear that from a lot of people who play there.
In the winter the water fountain is turned off so make sure to bring your own fluids.
Not so much of a con as a warning and this may be obvious to some but there is wildlife out there so be aware. Check for ticks throughout your rounds and after you're finished. There are copperheads in East Tennessee. They don't go out of their way to harm people and in fact do the opposite so if you avoid running, you'll give them enough time to get away from you before you come in contact with one.
Other Thoughts: From the short pads on the front and to the short pins on the back, with a few exceptions, the course plays smoothly while still being a challenging wooded course. Again, some of the lines are tight but they're there. You can thank the dedicated local volunteers for making the course what it is today with their work on maintaining and improving the fairways. People who've been playing Schumpert from the beginning know it has come a long way.
There seems to be a running theme with the course designer when it comes to wooded courses and it's that he likes for there to be adequate challenge by leaving in trees that most people think should be taken out. That's the nicest way I can put it.
Once again though, locals love this course and see its true potential and these guys are making much appreciated improvements on a regular basis. There's nowhere to go but up for Schumpert.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Enjoyed the layout and variety of the course. Nice tee pads and baskets. Very clean with very little trash, probably because of a trash can at most tees for the first nine holes. Was easy to figure out the way to the next tee even if I did forget to remember the sign at the tee which did show the way.
Cons: First nine holes seemed to have only one basket, not two as in the description, though the back nine did have two baskets. Only the blue pads were all there but a number of the red pads either weren't there or I'm very blind, did find a couple that were only logs outlining the pad. Since I'm still a beginner, I wanted to play the shorter red so sometimes had to just guestimate. Only other negative is it is right next to the rifle range and some times the noise was pretty intense.
Other Thoughts: Visiting my daughter on the east side of town and was lucky enough to get a long enough break to play one course. This seemed like it was worth a visit and not too far from her house so choose it. Glad I did as I had fun and will be back.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Everyone has a type of course that they like. This one is the kind for me! A few holes in the fields but for the most part you are playing in the woods with tight lanes and basket placement on both the left and right of the pad. The first nine have two tee pads with one basket while the back nine have one tee pad with two baskets. Easy to follow course with nice tee pads and signage. Baskets are all good and all the holes are well thought out.
Cons: None really
Other Thoughts: In my opinion this is the best course in Knoxville bar none. I would play here even over the Claytons. Do yourself a favor and play this course.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
I'll go again
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Not many people in the way. The layout gives wooded technical play and wide open big shots. Has some opportunities to gain shots on the field with a few big wood shots. Plenty of room to mess up big or win big.
Cons: Some shots could be more dynamic and there is room to make some alternate pin locations that could make it really good. Also needs some signage. But that is understandable.
Other Thoughts: I look forward to playing this course a few more times. One of my favorites in the area. It's no slouch course.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great tee pads, highly variable shots needed, and good mix of open and wooded holes.
Cons: May be tough to navigate if you aren't familiar. Be sure to snap a pic of the course map if you're playing for the first time.
Other Thoughts: This is definitely my favorite course in Knoxville. It has a great variety of shots needed with a good mix of open and wooded holes. Highly technical. Even on the holes that are open bombs, it still requires some placement on your disc. It seems as most of the reviews came from before it was complete. Definitely check this one out!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Up and Coming Course - lots of promise
Pros: Left-hand/ Right-hand side-arm friendly course
Well-kept front 9 with a challenging array of shots needed
Only wooded, technical course in Knoxville area comparable with Kiwannis in Morristown or The Sinks in Chattanooga.
Off the beaten path - not as much traffic as Victor Ashe. Nice course if you want some solitude to practice.
Cons: VERY hilly/wooded - course layout somewhat confusing if you are new to the course.
As other players have posted, undergrowth makes this course VERY easy to get lost/loose discs - best for Fall/Winter play.
Back 9 still in development and still use tone poles (should be complete with baskets in the next week)
Other Thoughts: This is a nice course that is quite challenging. If you are a Knoxville-area disc-golfer, It provides a nice break from Morningside or Victor Ashe. If you are from out of town and only have time for one or two courses, I would recommend Victor Ashe or Morningside instead, but if you want a challenge and have a little time to go off the beaten path, I would definitely recommend checking out Tommy Schumpert.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: amazing tee pads
all veriation of shots
arrows every where for next hole
great tee signs
Cons: back nine not complete yet:(
more people need to play and rate course
best one in Knoxville and underrated
Other Thoughts: this course is actually 18 holes if you play longs second time around and they are all dif shots and way harder on longs. this course will be a top 25 in country when finished my guess 19 or 20 I will play this course again next year and hope it will be finished and I can rate higher.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Masterpiece in Progress
Pros: As of my round, the front nine has nice new yellow discatchers, tee pads, good tee signs and next tee arrows. The back nine is still temp/dirt tees and tone poles.
Stuff: Kiosk near #1 with detailed course map. Pretty nice concrete pavers tee pads. Great tee signs, good "next tee" arrows in red and blue. Benches on every few holes.
My buddy and I played the front nine from the blue tees twice...baskets all in long positions I believe. Heavy rain/snow previous days, so it was wet, but all the tees were high and dry, and most of the course/transitions seem to drain well, a few spots aside.
Variety: The front nine 2-8 is tight, tight, tight and tree rich...but didn't really feel that repetitive. The use of routing, elevation, and basket location breaks the front side up enough that it's not just straight plinko with all the trees. 1, 9, and at least 10 (we wlaked over to it but didn't play it) are all open bombs. So lookng ahead to the full 18, looks like a lot of shots will be required.
Challenge: This is like a Charlotte course. Long and tight, demanding disciplined lines from hand to ground. Trees left throughout fairways and on some 'common' lines. I should've thrown more putters off the tee. Difficult basket locations. New course-brutal rough. The front nine will be all about making smart choices and locating shots well, rather than simply ripping a driver through a single tight gap. I tried drivers too much off these tees, and paid a HEAVY price.
Caliber: the front nine in the layout we played was par 36. We didn't play the back nine, with natural pads, since the snow had just melted and it was sloppy, but it looks like the idea here is a par 72ish championship level course.
Cons: -The City of Knoxville needs to hurry up and get these guys what they need to finish this course. I wanted the back nine to be done, bad.
-Not beginner/Rec friendly. The 7 wooded holes on the front 9 can be no fun, especially for intermediate and less players. I suspect (hope) that as the course sets in, the designer(s) will consider removing a few more trees from the "fair"ways. I don't mind position golf in the woods, but the current blue layout is too tight to allow much risk/reward, except for truly advanced players, like high 900s advanced. For me, though I tried some heroics, it would've been smarter to throw like 80% putter shots. In some cases a very good shot, hitting the line and avoiding the line-snuffing trees, will still punish you with a landing area full of the trees felled for the design, etc. Again, I feel like a lot of this will be remedied as the course gets 'finished,' and by me facing reality and playing the red tees.
-I don't know that this is a true "con" for me, but the first time through, most of the front nine really needed to be reconned pre-shot, even though the tee signs were pretty well done. If you've never played this one, do yourself the favor and recon your shots, since the lines and basket locations are brutal.
-Really the only other ding from me is that the back 9 isn't done. This course gets a provisional 3.0 from me now, but it has all the makings of a 4.5-5er once it's all finished.
Other Thoughts: I visit the Knoxville area fairly regularly, and like the "bigger" courses, like Groves Park, Victor Ashe, and we like to play Roane County as well. I can get around all three of these in around 5-7 over par. Schumpert is already MUCH more challenging; I shot a 100 playing the front 9 twice long/long, @ par 72, so 28 over par. Schumpert is no joke. It will be the twinkle in Knoxville's DG eye once done and "seasoned," and a true Gold level course.
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