A solid 9er
Pros: -Concrete tees
-Two sets of tees
-Good variety of holes for a 9 hole course
-Amazing use of a very small piece of land
-Water comes into play on 1 hole
Cons: -Concrete tees can vary in size (some are far too small)
-Baskets are old, catch just ok.
-Some basket to next tee locations are a little too close for comfort
Other Thoughts: This course is truly a fun course to play, when there is no one there. This course/small park is one of the few things to do in Farragut, so you get a lot of kids/people hanging out and/or enjoying a casual round + the play 5+ times a week discgolfers. Lots of people for a small area, so its hard to play a quick solo or duo 9.
Since this course has two sets of tee, it makes it a great course for teaching, beginners, kids, etc.
I give this course a 2.5, but on a 1-5 scale of just 9-holers, it would have to be a 3.5 or 4.
Hole 1)Wooded fairway. From the long tee, it's a sharp RHBH hyzer ~200ft with low ceiling. Can't see the basket from the tee but you will when you walk past the short tee. Long tee pad is small! From the short it's a pretty short pitch as you can see the basket straight on through wooded fairway.
Hole 2)Wooded fairway. Slight RHBH anhyzer from the long tee. ~240ft. Short tee shot is similar to hole 1. Can see basket, mid range shot straight on. Wide fairway, but going right can be bad.
Hole 3) Wooded fairway to gap into open grass area. Slightly downhill. From long tee slight RHBH anhyzer. Short tee can see the basket straight on, but still shooting through gap. One of the tougher holes as if you mess up before the gap, getting your 2nd shot to the pin for a putt could prove difficult.
Hole 4) Wide open fairway. Both tees are same shot but long is just...longer. Slight downhill wide open shot with basket tucked in trees. A big RHBH hyzer, or strong RHBH straight shot with overstable disc to let fade in to gap which is left.
Hole 5)Wooded fairway. Straight, narrow, low ceiling. One of the harder holes. Tees are same shot. The long tee probably plays as the toughest hole on the course. ~290ft, narrow, trees everywhere both sides.
Hole 6)Tees give slightly different shots. But either tee allows a putter to be thrown on anhyzer or hyzer line. It's short, downhill, with a lake 2 ft past the basket. It's a very risk-reward shot. You always want to be shorter than long. I've gone sprinting down the hill to jump in the lake several times. Lucky thing is it's not too deep, so I have always come away with the disc I've put in the water.
Hole 7)This hole plays the longest on the course at the long tee. Wide open straight shot. Flat elevation. ~380ft. But the road is on your right and it's very easy to put a disc in the street and/or hit a car. The short tee is up the hill so it gives a slight downhill straight shot the basket. But too much power can still end up in street.
Hole 8)Most uphill hole on the course. This is a hole where the short tee might play harder than the long. The long is wide open RHFH flick hyzer for me. Wide open with usually a birdie putt. The short tee has a huge tree 40ft from tee making it a tight RHBH hyzer up the hill in between the tree and shrubs/trees/fence on the right. Or a super wide out flight hyzer around the left of the tree. Basically that tree makes the short tee much harder.
Hole 9)Open fairway with basket ~400ft from long tee. Shots play the same from both tees. Long is higher up hill so a little more a downhill shot. Maybe longer than 7, but doesn't play like it since it's downhill. Straight shot to the basket that is tucked into trees that start at ~300ft. Throwing to 260-300 and going far left or right will turn out bad. You'll be in the woods. Right is way worse, so don't throw right! Easy to lose discs in there.
I've played this course 15+ times and lost plenty of discs so here are some holes to watch out on: holes 3,5,6(water),9 are some of the easier holes to lose discs.
A very fun little course.
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Pros: This is a great little course, especially if you want to work on your approach/short driving game. You don't have a chance to air out your drives, but there are plenty of chances for aces, and the course provides you with a multitude of different types of shot selections.
The course itself is very well taken care of, although I'm not totally sure who takes care of it.
Its very convenient to get to, just take I-40 to exit 376 towards Maryville. Take exit 5 towards Northshore Drive, then turn right off of the exit and drive about two miles and the course is on your left.
Honestly, take the time and play this course if you're in the area. It will take you an hour or two max, and you'll definitely have a good time.
Cons: I have only two qualms about this course. The teepads, while nice, are a bit short. Thankfully, with this course it's not that big of a deal since you don't need any real monster drives.
The only other thing I "dislike" about the course are the baskets. They're in good condition, but I prefer DiscCatchers. It really is more of a personal issue than anything.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 is the shortest hole on the course, at about 150 feet from the short tee, 180 or so from the long. The "fairway" is scattered with a bunch of trees, but there are several lines you can take, and with even a decent shot you'll be in great position for a birdie.
Hole two is another short one, at 180/210ish. The short tee is a direct line to the basket, with about a 10 foot gap over a small ravine to the basket. The long tee offers a much harder line. It's set about 20-30 feet back and down to the right. To set yourself up for a putt, you need to either throw a long anhyzer line or forehand shot to get into the fairway.
Hole three gets you out of the woods (literally!). The short tee is a clear shot through a nice big opening in the trees, with the basket slightly to the right. The long tee requires a bit more difficult shot. The opening in the trees is a fair bit smaller, but puts the basket at a bit easier angle to get to. A RHBH shot with a slightly overstable driver/well thrown midrange will put you in good position for a putt.
Hole four is slightly easier. It's a slight downhill grade, with the short tee being about a 330' shot around the woods towards the basket that's set in the edge of the treeline. The long tee for the hole is further up the hill, allowing you to see the basket. Nothing super special about this hole. Just requires a decent drive and avoidance of the treeline.
Hole five is a lot like hole two. Slightly longer, but with the same general format in that the short tee is a straight shot to the pin over a small dip in the landscape. The long pin for the hole is back and ever so slightly to the right, though not at the same hard right angle as hole two.
Hole six is downhill, through a fairway full of trees. The pin is backed by a lake (about 5-10 feet back) so be careful with your drive. The short pin requires either a RHBH anhyzer or RHFH shot. The long tee is a ways back to the left of the short tee, but is a pretty direct shot to the pin. Honestly, I usually just try to lay up and hit par on this hole. A birdie isn't worth losing a disc/going swimming.
Hole seven is one of the two open holes on the course. Short tee is on the hill next to the treeline, at about 280'. The long tee is down to the right at the very edge of the road, about 310'. The biggest problem with this hole is the road; it runs parallel to the hole, about 50 or so feet from the pin. Shouldn't be an issue, but if you let one sail on you you're going to have a rough time.
Hole eight is a bitch. It's at the bottom of a steep hill, with a very thick stand of trees to the immediate right of the short pin, and two large trees in the middle of the fairway. The long tee is a bit further back, making it a bit easier to avoid the trees, but still requires a nice long anhyzer to get within sight of the basket. Definitely the toughest hole on the course.
Hole nine lets you air it out a bit. It goes over an open fairway to a basket on top of a rock outcropping. There a few trees in front of the basket, but nothing that makes it too difficult to get to the pin. The short tee makes it about a 350ish foot shot, while the long tee is about 30 or 40 feet behind it.
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The admiral is alright with me
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Pros: Admiral Farragut is a solid, 9-hole course. He may have been a Civil War soldier, but he's now known for a solid disc golf course as well.
- A good variety of holes, especially for a 9-holer. There are four true wooded holes, two true open holes, and three mixture holes (#3, 4 & 9). Throw in some elevation, water and rocks, and you've got a little bit of everything. The rock formations were pretty cool throughout the course, especially on #9.
- Most holes have dual tee pads. Most of those give you a different look, but several are essentially the same look, just pushed back 30 - 40 feet. #3 gives you the best changeup in looks (change in dogleg direction), while #7 adds the most distance to the tee shot.
- This course rewards aggressiveness, without punishing you (for the most part). The wooded holes are mostly forgiving, so you can still redeem par with an erratic tee shot. The worst rough appears to be on the right side of the fairway on #8. Also, a wet disc on #6 would probably be considered unforgiving.
- A couple of really fun, creative holes. #4 is a dogleg right, starting in a field to a basket surrounded by trees. #6 is a downhill water hole. Basket is close to the water, so don't go long - a true risk/reward hole. #9 is similar to #4, in that you tee off from the field, to a wooded setting around the basket. The tee is also surrounded by rocks, so don't expect many skip shots to get close to the basket.
Cons: Nothing major here, just a few small observations.
- The course could use better signage between holes. There are a lot of extra paths on the wooded holes, so it's easy to walk down one and end up somewhere that's not the next hole. This isn't an easy course for a first-timer to play without a map.
- The basket is a little too close to the water on #6. It's one thing to penalize tee shots that sail away. It's another to be concerned about a 30 foot putt possibly getting wet because you have no margin for error. Even if the basket was moved in front of trees, so there'd be some sort of barrier between you and the water.
- The tee pads are shorter than normal. You don't need a full run-up on some holes, but on the others (especially #4, 7 - 9) it can be an issue.
Other Thoughts: Admiral Farragut is an above average nine-holer. I'm not sure if this was a pro or con, so it's ending up in the other thoughts. The holes are cramped together in a small space, especially 1 - 6, but I was surprised that they still felt somewhat isolated from each other. It might not feel that way when the park is busy, but it does on a Saturday morning.
- There's a ton of stuff in the area named after the admiral. You look around any there's Farragut this and Farragut that all over the place. I had to look it up online to find out who he was.
- I like the creative holes here. The first two are decent wooded holes, but after that, it picks up. I mentioned the notable ones above. My favorite layout of those is #9. It's a great mixture of all the holes together into one.
- Overall, a very good nine-holer that's worth a play. An 18-hole version of this course would be very fun.
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One of the Best
Pros: I like this course because it offers the player with less power the opportunity to play with some of the bigger arms. The course will be muddy if it has rained, but is still playable.
Cons: The only bad thing about this course is that it takes a long time to play if you get behind someone, because with the thick underbrush it can be hard to locate disc. So on some holes you have to wait for the players infront of you to locate disc.
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Short and Fun...
Pros: Good variation of hole layouts. A couple of holes you throw from elevated tee positions, also one going up a steep blind hill.
2 Concrete tee boxes for each hole (with enough variation for two rounds of play).
Fun for all skill levels.
Cons: course is a little short (30-45 mins) if playing 9 holes alone. Course gets muddy after a good rain.
Other Thoughts: #6 hole warning, too hard of a throw past the basket and you will lose a disc in the river. A fun course that everyone should try.
The park is right by the Tennessee river ( perfect for cooling off after a hot round in the summer).
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Shorty but a goody
Pros: This course is shorter than a midget's pubis. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This course has a ton of character and was super enjoyable to play.
Pads - two sets of concrete pads at every hole. Though some of them are a touch short, I am looking at you #1 long, at least all of them have some sort of pad for us.
Baskets - Every basket on this course caught like a champ and seemed to be in great shape.
Interesting variety - The longs and shorts are way, WAY different from one another and make it into a totally different course. 2 short is a straight ahead putter shot, while 2 long turns into a tunnel shot that leads into a sweeping right hand turn. Very cool when you play it. (Note to the guy that I almost killed on #2 long; LOOK BEFORE YOU WALK AROUND A CORNER TOWARDS A TEE PAD! A Firebird to the teeth would not have felt good!)
Misc - Great use of the terrain and natural obstacles on this little course. Nice downhill shots that play towards the river. Great uphill, longer shots that make use of the trees. Giant rock shelves that come into play.
Cons: This course was packed to the gills with people. I know this shouldn't be a con, but my group got thrown into no less than a dozen times, and we were NOT playing slow. Lots and lots and lots of people out there that had NO IDEA what they were doing. It became crowded in a hurry.
some of the tee pads are tiny. 1 long jumps out at me. we're talking maybe two feet long and two feet wide.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun little course that you could literally play in half an hour if you wanted to do the shorts and the longs in one round by yourself.
Not a ton of hard shots on the shorts, but the longs do offer some nice challenge. Go play this thing and have a good time. just watch your head for incoming discs.
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Admiral Farragut Park
Pros: Fun little older 9-hole course that plays through a park situated right along the Tennessee River. There are two concrete tee pads on every hole, with most of the holes being tight and technical through the woods. There are a few holes that play in to and out of the woods, and the three finishing holes are in the open. The final hole has you throwing uphill about 400 feet into a small landing area where the basket is elevated on a ledge surrounded by natural rock formation--very nice! There is also one downhill hole with the river immediately behind the basket that requires a careful shot to avoid a splashdown.
Cons: The park feels a little bit run down, but it doesn't affect the playability of the course. Good course flow but the map on this website will be very helpful for navigation. The only amenity I saw was a portable toilet near the first tee.
Other Thoughts: This was a very fun course to play. Great place to get in a good quick round or for kids/amateurs to have a fun round along with the pros. It's not a destination type course, but it has plenty of challenges and interesting holes. A local mentioned this was the original disc golf course in Knoxville, and if so it has aged well.
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Fun and rewarding
Pros: Nice mix of technical holes that flows well throughout this small park. One amenity you don't see often is that you could literally take a boat from the other side of the lake alongside the course, pull up to the shore, jump out and play! Each of the 9 holes are imminently deucable...if you are accurate off the tee that is. :) Concrete pads.
Cons: It seemed that this park is a 'hang out' of sorts for local 'teens'; and possibly even 'druggies'; so I wouldn't feel comfortable here after dark. (NOTE: my son and I played three consecutive rounds here on a Sunday afternoon; and didn't feel threatened though.)
Other Thoughts: Fun, fun, & more fun! Of the four Knoxville area courses we played over two days, this was our favorite. True, 9 holes is rarely 'enough'; however this course gets the most out of it's natural resources; and you can play a round in no time flat. The first 6 holes are pretty tight through thick woods; yet accurate tee's can get you a birdie...or even an ace. The last three holes are generally open shots where you'll need a pretty good arm to get a deuce.
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Pros: One of the biggest pro's to this course is that is is 9 holes that are close together but not too close. If you want to play a quick game this is the course to go to. It is half and half on wooded vs. open holes. If you go to the course in the fall, winter, or early spring, the water trap on hole 6 is no danger. The area is used by joggers and and families but they stay off of the DG course and most of the dog owners are good about cleaning up after their pets. The advanced vs. the pro tee's completely change the way the hole looks and allows you to play 18 different holes.
Cons: It is very easy to lose your disc on this course in the most random places. If you over shoot the 1st hole your disc can actually roll all the way to the water (it has happened to me twice). At hole 3 there is a very large hole your disc can fall in, you can go and get it back but in most cases you can't tell if the disc is there until you are all the way down there. Hole 6 is the water trap and it is a down hill shot with the water about 5' behind the basket (though during fall and winter the beach is about 20'+ behind the basket). Hole 7 is right along a decently used back road, both my friends and I have lost discs in hoods, beds of trucks, and in the grill of cars.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course for almost 10 years now and it was the first I ever played. I recommend this course to anyone in the area that has never been to this park, and to those who work in the area. One 9 hole game in 30 mins without rushing yourself makes for a nice lunch break sometimes.
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Pros: fun fun fun little course. can be challenging from the alternate tees. requires accuracy. easy flow. quick to play. not very crowded. good mix of holes. good mix of shots. one of the better 9 holes i've played.
Cons: short 9 hole course.
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