Pros: This course is passable for a casual round, but I'm a little perplexed about the rating inflation. Maybe it's seen better times. Anyway, there are a few pro's:
+ Short course, good for beginners. This is a decent course to introduce someone to the game.
+ Tightly wooded for about 5 of the 9 holes. Nice challenge. Well laid out. The final 3 holes are longer and more open with a chance to air it out. Nice variety.
+ My favorite hole is #6. It plays downhill. It's wooded, but not too dense. The basket is at the bottom of the hill, right next to the lake. Unfortunately, despite the course being right next to a lake, this is the only hole where water even comes into play.
+ #5 is a good one too. For RHBH players, you play a big hyzer uphill 250 feet. It finishes downhill, with the basket protected by guardian trees.
Cons: The con's are numerous. I'll list them from most hazardous to least:
- Hole 7 plays across the large field you drivr past when entering the park. The fairway is bordered by the entry road at the far end, but even worse, a busy road parallel to the entire hole on the right side. From the long tee, if you're throwing to the basket, all it would take to send a missile into oncoming traffic is a case of grip lock or if you flip the disc over. Not safe.
- Hole 9 plays along the park road. Not as busy or dangerous, but still, not great design. Watch out for cars.
- POISON IVY is everywhere -- the rough areas and underbrush are covered in it, but it's growing freely in the fairways too. I tried to avoid it, but my disc landed in big patches of it a few times. Sure enough, I'm itching today.
- That covers the major stuff. The rest could be fixed with a little TLC. First, the baskets are pretty old and rickety.
- The concrete tees are just average. It's be nice if they were a little bigger.
- I really wish they could've incorporated the beauty of the lake. Only the only hole goes anywhere near the water. The course is not that pretty. It plays through some unimpressive woods, then opens up to the aforementioned traffic.
Other Thoughts: The options are somewhat limited in this part of Knoxville. I only had time for a quick 9, so I came here. If I had any more time, I would've driven a little further south to the Claytons (currently the #2 rated course in Tennessee) or gone towards town to Victor Ashe. I'll have to bag those next time I'm in town.
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A lot of variety in a short, 9-hole course - wooded, open, in/out of woods open, downhill, uphill, hyzer, anhyzer.
Two concrete tee locations per hole. The farther teepads for the wooded holes greatly change the view you (don't) have of the basket. Practice basket.
Friendly locals. Some views of river.
Concrete teepads short with sharp drop-off. Most tees unmarked. Most holes unmarked. Little distance information available.
Crowded. Limited Parking. Plethora of cigarette butts. Lots of trash scattered about.
Decent chance to lose a disc on #6 - downhill, with water not too far behind.
A first-time visitor should definitely take a map (available from the links/files on this site).
The long tee for #4 is a dirt patch across the driveway, near #9's long tee.
Most holes, from the shorter tees, are possible aces - while not a long thrower, I put a disc past/near the basket on every hole but #9, often with a mid-range.
#9 is probably the most challenging hole - the longest, narrowing woods on both sides, rocks in front to prevent skipping up towards basket.
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