0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: concrete tee pads
multiple pin locations
great mix of shots (wooded, open, over water, island hole, uphill, downhill)
challenging but loads of fun
Cons: the only con I can think of for this course is that it is not always open and you have a slight chance of losing a disc to water
Other Thoughts: This may be the best course I have ever played. It is definitely the most diverse. You start off with a couple of moderately long shots with big trees to throw around. You quickly get into some tight woods where you need to hit some lines. Pop out of the woods and play the recently added island hole. The rest of the course alternates between wooded holes and open shots with some great challenging holes including one over a small pond.
All in all this is a great course to play. If you are ever in the area, check to see if the course is open and if it is you should definitely make time to play it.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Best in the Area
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: After three trips up to Memphis, I finally got a chance to play the Grove, and boy, was it worth the wait.
The course is set on a church camp, which made it in great condition. The wide open holes in the fields were cut and it made me feel like I was on a pay to play course. The course plays around a big lake with it coming into play on a few holes. With this being on a church camp, there is no alcohol allowed, which makes the trash virtually nonexistent that you may see in public park courses.
From wide open bomber holes, to moderately wooded holes to tight holes in the woods, this course may be the all around most diverse course I have ever played. All the holes were named, which also added to holes being memorable. I honestly did not feel like there were that may holes that could be filler holes.
With there being multiple pin positions that move frequently from what I heard, the course has a different look all the time. From what the sign shows, the other pins are in significant different places.
Hole 15 was my favorite hole on the course. I love a good water carry shot, and with only a 180' carry, it should not be a huge problem for even the average player to carry.
A lot of love and thought went into this course and it shows on just about every hole.
Cons: At times there was no clear defined spot to walk to the next tee. All of the baskets had arrows pointing to the next tee, but sometimes there were no trails and you kind of just had to make your own path.
The course is a seasonal course, which means it is open only certain times of the year including being closed the entire summer. I got lucky in that I was able to play on a weekend I was in town, I was not as fortunate other times I have been in the Memphis area.
Other Thoughts: This course may rank in my top five favorite played ever. I hope for the opportunity to play this more in the future.
Check the Facebook page of the course before coming. The Facebook page can be found in the links/files tab. They are pretty good about saying when the course is available to play.
This is a must play in the Memphis area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course is fun. There is a good mix of shots for all players. Being that I play RHBH and have no flick some of the shorter holes on the course present the most challenge.
Cons: There has been a lot of dirt work done and lots of limbs and brush stacked in the fairway of #3(I think it is) but I expect it to be cleared soon since there is an upcoming glow tournament.
Other than that this course is awesome. gave it a 4. Will be higher once the work is all complete.
Other Thoughts: talked to one the property care takers a few weeks back and they are thinking of moving a hole to the new man made island in the lake. Once the improvements are finished this course will be beyond great. Quickly becoming one of my favorite courses in the area.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great hole variation. Left to right, right to left, straight, wooded, open; this course has it all. A beautiful location for a course as well. Set on camp property, this course is both neatly constructed and uses the natural landscape to design the holes. A truly wonderful course.
Cons: Minor issue, but the par on a few of the holes is a stroke too high. Especially on hole 10, which is listed as a ~450 ft par 5 in an open field. It should be a 4 or maybe even a 3. 11 and 13 had similar issues. Construction also comes into play on a few holes in that the ground has been moved by construction machines making it very soft. Again, not a huge con, but still worth noting.
Other Thoughts: Awesome course, set on a beautiful property. This course is definitely worth stopping by when visiting Memphis. One thing to note, this course is open most, but not every day and the schedule of availability is located on the Facebook page.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice Challenging Course
Pros: Very well maintained.
Large tee pads.
Great balance of woods and open holes.
Cons: A little backtracking to get to next tee.
Other Thoughts: Another great course in the area. Will most definitely play it again.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
pristine and beautiful
Pros: Above all, I loved this course because of the impeccable maintenance of the entire facility. All area courses have beautiful woods, but at this course there is no trash, rusty equipment, or deteriorating structures to detract from that beauty. Rather, the structures here frame that beauty and add to it.
Huge tee pads.
Top quality baskets (I love DGAs, but I prefer the visibility of Discatchers, especially when playing a new course).
Great hole variety-short, long, tight, open, right, left, water.
Hole #6 is a classic long, wooded hole
Several of the holes seem to use a John Houck 2-shot strategy. Meaning you need to make two accurate shots to reach the green (not just two long shots). These holes spread out your scores and add variety to repeat visits (can you think of any holes at your local favorite where you always get the same score?)
Cons: We did get lost a couple of times, but other golfers helped us out. A couple of signs could help the flow.
The facility is a Christian youth camp, so it is usually not open to disc golfers. (however, being a private facility is also why it is so nice and clean)
Other Thoughts: This course is a model for course design and installation. If you get the chance to play here, do so, and make sure you thank the staff for a great time.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
One of Tn's Best
Pros: Huge Teepads (6x10) and the nicest signs I've seen.
There are A, B, and even a few C locations on each hole.
There are several long holes and a few tight, wooded, tricky ones.
A great mix of right and left handed shots that require accurate shots.
A good throw will be rewarded with a chance at birdy while others may suffer.
There is only one Water shot and it's short but you need to be accurate to stay dry.
It's super quite out there and the walk is moslty shaded by huge mature trees.
CLEAN- i have never seen any trash out there.
Cons: It is a camp and therefore prior permission is required to play so that it remains a safe place for children which is the primarily the function of the land.
Other Thoughts: Thoughts for the future of TGAROL-
there is talk of going to a bag tag system that would require players to pay a once a year fee of $15 and fill out release to play.
This will allow the camp staff to know who is on the property.
During the busy summer months, they have talked about coming up with a "flag" system to allow DG'ers to know when it's open or closed. (think green is open and red is closed)
This information should be available on their website, on an actual flag pole, and on a voicemail that people could call before making the drive.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
pretty fun new course
Pros: i think the tee signs are great. they have an A location and a B location. great baskets and they are double chained. good holes some cool tough long ones and some technical short ones. Great use of the land they had available. nice pads and nice owners.
Cons: its on a christian camp so the director want let you always play it especially during the busy summer camp days. Got to play it on the weekend. It is hard to get in sometimes because of where the course is.
Other Thoughts: has potential for a top level course. Needs to have tournaments here. No scorecards yet . i heard a rumor they were going to make it pay to play and maybe do a year membership sort of thing.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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