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Pros: Fun short 9 hole course of the wooded-technical style. Holes are not very long but still offer a good challenge through narrow but clearly defined fairways. Holes play straight, left, right, up , down- in all different combinations. I really like that, despite the space limitations, there are no two holes the same. Good baskets and tee signs. Natural tees are clearly marked.
Good for beginners/families. Experienced players will have the opportunity to work on controlling distance and shaping their mid-range shots. Several opportunities for ace runs and birdie opps.
Cons: Natural tees- I always prefer concrete, not just for footing but they make a course look more official. (I would not be surprised to see concrete tees added in the future, however, as every course in the area that starts with natural tees end up concrete eventually!) This course is set in a very small area (but good use of it). Views of houses the entire time, almost feel like you are playing in people's back yards rather than on a wooded mountain.
The land was very trashy, piles of trash on most holes somewhere, like this land used to be a dumping ground for old tires, scrap metal, etc. and has not yet been removed.
Other Thoughts: This course is very close to the Portland Park course- more of an open parks style, so pair it with this technical wooded course and you get a nice set of 18 holes. These two are on the same road, one on top the mountain, the other at the bottom.
Overall, even though it is not all that much, I liked this course. It was really fun and enjoyable, especially for a really quick round. Props to the designers- job well done!
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A hill of a good time
Pros: The three young adults who designed and built the majority of this course did an excellent job as they were the driving force behind this project.
Baskets are brand new Chainstars, no rust, no damage. Tee signs are up and give a general layout of each hole. For the most part you can see the basket from the tee but for the few you cannot, the tee signs help.
Course is a very short 9 hole course that goes through very thick woods and has great elevation change. I would say that the use of elevation is its greatest asset. Most area courses are quite flat (Cloudland excluded) but these huge down hill and uphill shots make this course difficult and challenging.
Fairways are well groomed, all brush and fallen trees moved to the sides. Also, no trash was present on any of the holes in the dozen times I have been there. A shared garbage can was placed at 3 & 7 (same can, the tees are close to each other).
Being on top of the mountain, this course is hardly ever in use. You will generally be one of a handful of people at the course.
Cons: A few holes are a pitch and pray type hole. 1 & 9 come to mind as there is no clear routes that are wider than 3' or so.
Dirt tees are usually not a con to me but here they are not level on 1,2,6 & 8. Rumor has it that cement tees are coming soon though.
Course highly favors a RHBH thrower. Good for me, might not be that fun for BH southpaws.
Off the fairway is rough. Really rough. Thorn bushes, poison ivy, kudzu….bring an extra pair of eyes if your accuracy is off.
Other Thoughts: Signature Hole: 2 is a great hole. A straight shot pretty much straight down a tunnel 12' wide. Tip, there is a RH hyzer route.
This is next to a children's playground called the Pumpkin Patch so bring the kids and let them play while you play. Also has a pavilion with restrooms that are open from dusk to dawn that are super clean for public use. Parking lot holds about 12-15 cars but there is more parking next door at the town hall.
Solid 2.5 course, not a destination course but if you were on a mission to rack up as many courses as you can, you can knock this one out in about 25 minutes. With a few benches, a few more trees taken down and concrete teepads, this will be a 3.0.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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9 on Top
Pros: 9 on Top is a nice little course playing down a heavily wooded hillside, across a valley floor, and then back up. As you can imagine by the name, the course offers plenty of elevation changes. A great mix of up, down, and somewhat flat shots are all here. Most holes lean on the short side but the technicality of the tightly wooded holes help create some challenge. The course also offers lots of variety with left, right, and strait shots. For a new course, the fairway floors are surprisingly clean with a good amount of work evident. I like how in a few areas they used the smaller downed trees to line the fairways and paths.
For now the tee pads are marked with flags and are pretty easy to spot. Some great homemade next tee signs point the way as you make your way through a pretty straightforward layout. Hole one starts near the parking lot and then the nine hole layout loops you back up to the parking area. A generous sized pavilion with plenty of picnic tables is there for rest, lunch, etc.
Discraft's Chainstar baskets compliment the course and they're in tip top condition. Based on the love the course has gotten so far I'm sure plans for those accessory amenities are in the planning stages once the layout is finalized. The lost disc drop box was a nice touch too.
This is a very fun pitch and putt course good for beginners and experienced players alike. Beginners will learn to play in the woods without too much length to be overly frustrating. For the advanced players it'll be good practice for shaping new lines. Power players can leave their drivers at home and just come enjoy a quick round in the woods with their putters and mids.
Against my better judgment I'll go ahead and mention it. There are a lot of soccer moms at the playground adjacent to the course if you're in to that sort of thing.
Cons: There has evidently been lots of clearing going on but there is still a lot of work to do. Many downed trees still litter the course. There are several areas where in my opinion lower hanging branches need to be pruned back to open the flight paths a bit. There are also a couple of holes where small trees near the basket (less than 6' at times) need to be removed. One of my favorite holes, number six, was great but the big downed tree just before the basket kind of messed up the hole. Hopefully there are plans to take care of that. I read that the tee pads may be adjusted before they get poured but as of now a couple are on pretty good slopes and will have to be leveled off. These are all things that are temporary and I'm sure will be taken care of in time. Once these are completed it'll be a little gem on the hill.
Watch out for some of the areas in the fairways that have a lot of broken glass lying around.
Other Thoughts: The course is only about 10 minutes from Portland Park and is pretty close to the legendary Sinks course too. 9 on Top may not be worth a long drive on its own, but trying to squeeze in some rounds at the other nearby courses while you're in the area will make it worth the ride.
I've read that this course is the project of three young men and I'd say they have done a great job with this course so far. I'm glad y'all were able to get them to let you put the course in. I pass through Chattanooga often and am looking forward to seeing this course mature.
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