Fun and technical without being too demanding
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Warriors Path is a classic old-school course that offers a diverse set of 27 holes spread throughout the park. You get the opportunity to play both tight, technical holes in the woods as well as chances to open up your arm. It's for this reason that I think the course appeals to a wide range of players, evident by the large crowd that we saw on a Thursday evening. What keeps things fresh throughout the round is that you are constantly traversing in and out of the woods, hitting up various patches of forest among the expanse of the park in between open sections.
Roughly 2/3 of the holes are in the woods, so the course emphasizes technicality a little more than distance. Still, you'll get plenty of chances to air it out with the other 1/3 playing more in the open. With 27 holes, you really get a wide spectrum of hole types.
The designers did a nice job of making sure no holes felt too similar. The design offers different kinds of shots with the use of elevation changes and levels of woodenness. If downhill holes excite you, you'll be plenty satisfied here with different looks for this type of shot. There are some fun downhill wooded shots in 4 and 15, while 6 and 22 give you a chance to really let loose being more in the open.
A few holes do a good job of changing appearance/terrain from tee to basket. 25 is a fun valley shot that plays down through a tight fairway, out over an open section, and up and to the left through another set of trees. 18 is another one that uses a combination of terrain, playing from in the open into a patch of trees.
The fairways were very well maintained and the grass cut short.
The course loops back near the parking lot before 19-27.
Plenty of benches help this long round to be less grueling.
Cons: The wear and tear is showing on this 35-year-old course. The baskets are rusting (though still performed up to standard) and some of the tees are cracked. There were a few tee signs missing.
It truly has an old-school design, which means it's entirely set up in par 3 format. The layout is well-varied within this type of design, but it would appeal to even more players if it had a few par 4's. Because of the par 3 layout, the course leans on the shorter side.
Some of the holes play too close together, added by the busyness of the course. My brother got hit with someone's drive on 6 when he was standing at the tee on 5.
The navigation isn't too hard, but gets confusing in a few spots with other holes close by. Bringing a map can't hurt.
Other Thoughts: This is a great casual course, one to play with friends for a relaxed round because it offers a good balance of difficulty: plenty of technical challenge without being too demanding or punishing. This I didn't mind, coming directly from Harmon Hills to play here. Definitely worth stopping at if you are in the area to play HH and it makes a nice three-course combo with Winged Deer Park also nearby.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Come lick your wounds here after Harmon.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Warriors Path State Park DGC offers a lot of bang for your hypothetical buck. It's not just a matter of sheer quantity, though that is here too: Warriors Path's 27 holes feature a lot of variety in distance, line, and woodedness. The emphasis is on technical par 3s that feature well-defined, challenging but fair lines. These run the gamut from ace runs to challenging birdies to tough pars. Distance covers a range of lengths, though for the most part stays within the comfort level of a decently skilled rec player.
The elevation at Warrior's Path is significant and varied, and helps distinguish the course. Fairways run across hillsides, approach dangerous slopes, or move directly with the terrain for uphill and downhill shots. There are in particular a few nice downhill holes, including one with a shallow creek in play. The elevation here can equally play spoiler or act as an aid, helping to keep you on your toes and jazzing up otherwise conventional shots: a few shorter holes become challenging with the accompanying elevation, and a few longer ones become less daunting if still interesting.
Overall, the challenge factor occupies a sweet spot, accommodating a broad range of skill levels. Beginners will find enough inroads to enjoy the course via shorter holes and friendly elevation, while more experienced players will appreciate the variety, with enough trees, distance, and elevation to keep their game engaged.
As a long established course, Warrior's Path is well-worn in a comfortable way. The nearby Winged Deer Park makes for a nice one-two punch of courses.
Cons: The real limitation of Warriors Path is simply its solid but unspectacular design. The strictly par 3 layout isn't deviated from, and although there are a diversity of approaches to this general hole type, the emphasis is almost always on a single shot or hazard. Par 4s and their emphasis on placement and chaining shots together would do a lot to mix up the feel. The varied terrain could certainly accommodate holes with more internal variation.
Some of the final 9 holes seem a bit of an afterthought. They plan in and around a smaller patch of woods than the front 18, and some of the lesser wooded holes seem like transitions rather than being there for their own sake.
The course seems to be popular, and has the potential to get backed up: our Thursday afternoon round was surprisingly busy.
Only one set of tees.
Other Thoughts: Warrior's Path DGC offers a solid round and I'd be more than happy to have it as my home course. The par 3 focus limits it a bit for me, but it offers enough challenge and some great terrain to more than justify a visit. It's nearby the fantastic Harmon Hills, too, so that alone makes it worth a visit.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Challenging course with some open shots, narrow technical shots and everything in between.
Good for practicing driving and mid-range shots.
Cons: Some tee signs were missing.
Foliage is rough on some holes.
Navigation can be hard for visiting players.
Other Thoughts: Nice course to work on driving and mid-range shots. And you are able to use all kinds of shots, back hand, sidearm, roller etc. Some tee signs were missing, so if hole had different pin locations, we had to walk and see where the pin was.
Have also been told by local pros that hole 1, 5, 18 and 21 are par 4 according to pdga standards when in long positions.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: Good place to practice your mid range game and putting. Cool looks and good use of mandos
Cons: SHORT. Not well marked. Way over rated.
Other Thoughts: If you are thinking of traveling to this course just drive by and say you've seen it and continue on to Harmon Hills. You will be glad you did.
0 of 12 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Overall nice design and layout. Large park set in the beautiful TN mountains. Good mix of shots and a nice challenge.
Cons: Could use better directions between holes and some of the tee pads could use some maintenance. Hole 1 basket was missing.
Other Thoughts: Great park but I like Winged Deer better.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
A Fun Course for the Experienced Player
- Challenging course, tests driving and mid-range abilities.
- Hole maps located at the tee of every hole.
- Variety of hole types; some in narrow wooded areas while others are for distance in open fields.
- Two pin locations for multiple holes.
- Grass and obstacles are well maintained.
- In my most recent play, one basket had been stolen and litter was found throughout the course.
- Somewhat difficult to navigate, some holes end with two or three trails around the pin and visiting players may be unsure of where to go next.
- Surrounding foliage can be fairly dense, be weary of bushes with pricks and of poison ivy.
Other Thoughts: All holes are either par 3 or 4's, depending on the location of the pin. This course can be very fun as long as the challenges of narrow holes lined with trees don't get in your head. I would certainly recommend playing this course if you ever find yourself in the tri-cities area.
Good and Varied
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a little bit of something for everyone. Long straight shots over grass for pins 1, 18, and 27 with a lot woods and hills in between. Pins 23 through 26 are some of the funnest on the course and it is a shame that they are in the less played back nine.
The course has a number of deceptive fairways that look easier than they actually are (5) and some look harder than they really are (15). All in all, you will have to use skill more than power or you will be one of the people I hear thunking into trees (and, yes, I hit them too, but I'm usually cursing too loud to hear my own thunks).
Cons: You don't know where the baskets are. Most have two possible positions and there's no way of knowing which unless you walk out to look.
Crowded. When the weather is good you will be waiting for the guys in front of you to clear and feel pushed because there is a group right behind you. Last weekend, the park was so full I couldn't find a place to park (I left and went to Winged Deer instead). I recommend trying to play in mornings or off times.
Basket 9 is the worst on the course. After a little bit of fairway, it's just buried in a bunch of trees. Some people try skip shots, some just throw and pray. My personal best ricocheted off three trees before coming to rest behind a fourth.
Does anyone par 21? I personally detest this hole, but I think better players than I may find it an appropriate challenge. Still, it should at least be a par 4.
27 is a terrible way to end a course. And it's a shame because 26 is so good. On 27 first you walk down a steep hill to get to the tee. Then you throw back up the same steep hill. Then you trudge up it to see where your disc has gone once you've thrown over its crest. It's not really technically challenging; it's just a pain and saps some fun out of your day right at the very end.
This course badly needs signs telling people where to go to get to the next tee. This is especially bad going from 22 to 23, 23 to 24, and one of the baskets in the first eighteen (can never remember which) that has three paths leading away from it.
Other Thoughts: Over the winter this was the course I played the most. I prefer Winged Deer, but this one is closer to home and I really like quite a few of the holes. I only really have issues with three of the pins and really like most of the rest.
I like the fact that there are 27 pins. Personally, I find this to be just about the perfect length.
It's worth making the trip to play here and worth returning.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
best course so far
Pros: very challenging for newer players retygjuklhgferyjkuihlkj;<:kjgh
Cons: the garbage cans on the course were over flowing and the back nine could use more upkeep.
Other Thoughts: By far this is the most fun course I've ever played.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Quantity over Quality
Pros: 27 holes with concrete pads in a very nice, large park setting. The disc golf course is well separated from other activities. There is ball golf, camping, boating, fishing and play grounds all on site. Nice place for a weekend trip if you can get here.
Fairways were well cleared and grass was cut. Park seems to be maintained well.
Course plays mostly through the woods, but does offer a few holes throughout that play through mostly open terrain. Elevation is used, but not so much you need to fear any big hikes.
Most of the wooded holes are short, technical holes that force you to hit a line in the 180-300' range. Seems like a good course to work on some putter and mid range shots.
Cons: Some areas have baskets close to tee pads and vice versa. It could get a little dicey on busy days. If there are other people playing keep your head up, and eyes open. 9's tee pad is pretty much in the putting circle for 8. Kinda tight in spots.
Navigation is a little tricky in spots due to multiple foot paths weaving through the woods, and no signage to help.
Tee pad signs were very rudimentary when they were there. Some were missing.
Repetitive in that you have about 1/3 of the course ending a straight or RHBH turnover/ RHFH shot.
Not many memorable shots or great holes. Just a lot of basic disc golf. And most of it is pretty short deuce or die type golf. By my count there was about 20 holes under 300'.
Hole 13 forces a shot right over hole 4's tee pad. That must be a blast on a tournament day!
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is worth a stop if you are in the area. There are 27 holes with concrete pads of very playable disc golf. Just don't expect anything outstanding or road trip worthy.
Luckily, there were a couple interesting holes in the last section that made the monotony of throwing turnovers in the woods worth it.
Hole 21 is a fun downhill shot that forces you to hit a gap and then go back up hill. Hole length is 498' and it is pretty cool.
Hole 26 plays through a very narrow, rocky ravine and leaves you little room for error. Great looking fairway, and a nice challenge.
Much if this course seems old and looks as if it has undergone a few design changes over the years. I did notice an extra tee pad or two not being used. There is lots of cool land, hills and trees, and it made me think that maybe if this course was being built new today, we'd have a very challenging 18 hole course instead of a 27 hole course with too many short repetitive shots. Oh well, I still had fun, and it was only a few minutes off of the highway. I'd play it again, and if I was a camper this is definitely a park I'd consider a weekend trip to someday.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great looking course. Nice tees (mostly). Great elevation changes too. If you are a lefty, you'll not feel left out on this course, no pun intended.
Cons: After hole 9, signs and direction are a lil' off. I spent about 20min I didn't need to trying to figure out where to go...walking back a path I went down to try to find the next hole. This course, well some of the holes anyway will be washed away in years to come. Already there are some crazy canyons from water.
Other Thoughts: If you can play this one, it's worth it fo' sho!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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