Where You Go To Practice Your Long Game
Pros: This course was recommended to me as "the" course to practice your long throws. It is. Lots of throws over big, open areas and even where there are tree hazards you can generally use a disc you can control a little better to get past them and go back to your long game.
Pins 5, 6, and 7 are really the only ones with any kind woods play, but they're really not the purpose of this course.
It's nice that the 9th pin ends you up at the parking lot again.
Cons: Major: Pin 5: The diagram shows an open corridor toward 5 and a dogleg. I didn't see it and neither did the people playing after me, unless it was supposed to be where the OB concrete path is. Basically, this is just a basket buried in a bunch of trees. Throw and pray. You might get lucky.
Minor: No signage: Generally, this park is so open you don't need it, but 2 to 3 needs a sign. Yes, I know there is a big board at the beginning of the course, but by that time, I was way too far away to go walking back. The tee I thought was 3 was actually 9. Luckily, some other golfers walked up to 9 and they directed me to three (other side of the road from 9's tee). The rest of the first 9 were simple enough to find and you better believe I studied that map before I started the back nine.
Very Minor: The course got a little boring after a while and the long walks and throws started to wear on me some.
Other Thoughts: If you are working through a group of courses (and apparently Morristown has plenty), this would be a good course to play once a month or so. If you want to really work on your long game, this would be a good course to play every other week. I just can't see playing it every week.
If you burn easily bring a hat and suntan lotion, because you will be taking long walks through open fields.
It's a solid course and I'd give it a little higher rating if they fixed 5.
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Pros: This is a very nice park/campground on a peninsula of Cherokee Lake. It is very new so the concrete tees and Discatcher baskets are in excellent shape. Like most courses in East TN it features a lot of elevation- rolling hills both up and down. The holes range from completely open to lightly wooded, the fairways were mowed, and what little undergrowth existed was not dense- so finding your disc is pretty easy.
The course makes two loops of nine holes (coming back to the parking area mid-round), but play as one 18-hole course. The front is more open and hilly, where the back is flatter and more technical. The overall design flowed well and made good use of the land obstacles available.
This is a great place to learn with few obstacles and little chance of losing a disc. It is also a good place for those who really like to bomb a long drive to get to use that skill. It makes a good complement course to nearby Kiwanis that is more of the shorter technical-wooded variety.
There are lots of other things in the park like walking trails, camping, a playground, but these generally do not interfere with the disc golf course.
Cons: This is a new course so things still need to be done. (There were no tees signs when I played, but I see they are now installed.) Next tee signs would be helpful to navigate in a few spots if not already part of the plans. Parking was unclear- in the grassy area by #10 tee. There were no open restrooms or places to get water that I could find- strange for a multi-purpose public park in mid summer.
There are several just long wide open holes with literally no obstacles other than length and maybe a hill (about 6 holes like this). I am not knocking long holes, but a basket in a wide open field is boring, and when this happens several times it gets old. I noticed other people were skipping holes 1-9, and only playing the back 9 because it has more trees, is not as long, and is more interesting to play. These open holes are also really hot in summer heat with literally no shade.
The course in general has little to no punishment for errant drives on most holes, so the course may not be challenging enough for those who are advanced. For the most part any shape drive will do, whatever you can do to throw it is far as you can.
Though surrounded by a lake on 3 sides, it is too bad at least one hole could not have incorporated the water as a hazard. The banks are steep, so I see why, but it is somewhat disappointing that the lake barely even comes into view.
Other Thoughts: Though I am not a fan of wide open disc golf, about 2/3 of the course I really liked. It makes for a enjoyable round and one that allows you to work on your distance. It is hilly, so it is a little bit of a workout. It is also longer than most parks courses- averaging 400' per hole plus walks in between.
Tee signs are now up it seems, but be sure to print a course map to help navigate through a couple of trickier spots with longer walks or walks past other tees.
Morristown now has 2 pretty decent 18-hole courses. Neither are super special, but they are not to be disregarded as bad either. Both are fun and can make for a good day of disc golf.
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