6 Helpful / 1 Not
A true, 27-hole Warrior of a course
Pros: - The course has a little bit of everything: plenty of open holes, wooded holes, long and short ones, holes with elevation. There is a nice flow here that you never feel you're playing the same type of hole too often. For example: #1 is wide open, #2 - 4 are shorter wooded holes with a mix of elevation and doglegs, #5 is open again, #6 is a tricky tee shot....all the way to #27.
- Great use of elevation. There were few flat holes. Almost every hole had some elevation factor, which helped add extra challenge to some of the lesser holes.
- There are some very creative hole layouts at this course. The coolest is #26, a straight hole that plays between rock walls that run almost the entire length. The two longest holes #5 & 21 have great risk/reward factors, which encourage aggressiveness. #15 is a short, downhill hole that had the feel of Glenn Hilton in Hickory, NC.
- Along those lines, I didn't feel there was any real throw away hole. Sure, several could have been improved, but if you're only as strong as your weakest link, Warriors will hold its own against almost any course. Also, there was a good job of mixing in the easier/birdie-able holes with the challenging ones. It wasn't until the last stretch of holes (from #21 - 27) that you had an extended stretch of what I'd consider true challenging holes.
- Nice tee signs and tee pads. There were only two major confusing parts to the entire course: the long transition from #1 to #2, which could be solved by several next tee signs, and the layout for #21 - missing a tee sign.
- Great state park with a little bit of everything: large campground (although not being able to make reservations is a con), nice lake plus all the standards. You could easily spend an entire weekend here and not leave the park.
Cons: Course could have had a bit more difficulty thrown in. Only 2 of the 27 holes were longer than 400 feet, so adding length could help. Accuracy is more crucial than length, so if you're throwing straight you can really score low here.
- Several of the added holes didn't feel like they fit in with the rest of the course. The stretch of #23 - 25 felt like they were still works in progress, and just had a different vibe to them than anything up to that point.
- Signage could be improved between holes. I listed the two major issues above, but several other spots could also use next tee signs. This is especially important with extra paths in the woods (there's a path leading directly from #9 to 11), and extra/abandoned tee pads (there's an old tee pad between #4 & 5).
- I wasn't a fan of #6. It felt too gimmicky by trying to be different. The hole has no true fairway. There's a nearly solid line of trees, so you have to throw over top, leading to a nearly blind tee shot with thick rough on the right, and woods on the left.
- The rough could be cleaned up/thinned out in some places. I appreciate the reason for rough (I spend way too much time in it), but I spent more time than normal having to search for discs that got caught up in it.
Other Thoughts: For most of the first 18 holes, this course felt way too much like Kilborne in Charlotte; albeit, with some more elevation. Thankfully, the extra holes were nothing like you'd see at Kilborne.
- If they could ever squeeze in another 9 holes, Warriors could have two truly distinct courses here. Go crazy and make one difficult, a sort of Ultimate Warriors, so to speak.
- Maybe in contrast to what I just said, I really wish the last hole of the course was #26. That really is a fun hole, and would be a great way to end a round. Add in the rock wall factor, and you could end up with a crazy, lucky bounced birdie, or an unlucky, stuck behind a rock bogey.
- Random observation. Why does this site list 4 different layouts, when only one hole (#16) has an alternate tee? Red and white are the same, and yellow and blue are the same, and they're only five feet apart.
- This is easily the best course in the region. I played it during a 3-day, 10 course road trip, and it ranked a solid second on my list, behind only Sugaree, and ahead of some other solid courses.
- This is a must play for anyone in the region: western NC or VA, southern KY, anywhere in TN, or anyone driving on I-81 or I-26. Warriors truly lives up to its name.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Warrior's Path is set in a very nice scenic state park. Before you get to the course you are met with breathtaking views of a lake that will begin to get your adrenaline pumping (lake does not come into play however). The course has 27 holes, well-spread out, and mostly where no other park activities interfere. There is an excellent variety of wooded and open holes, and I especially enjoyed how the more open holes were perfectly interspersed among the wooded holes. There are holes that go left, straight, and right, and there are almost no back to back holes of the same shape, which forces you to use all types of shots and it really keeps you on your toes when you step up on the tee knowing this tee shot is completely different from the last one. The course also offers a good use of elevation- up, down, sidehills right and left, as you should expect in the mountainous area of East TN.
Lengths vary from hole to hole (~150'-400'), however the overall average hole length is not that long, which makes this course accessible to those who are distance challenged. Those of you looking for lots of length will not find it here. There are a couple of holes, however, where there are chances to air out a long drive.
There are several really fun and memorable tee shots here- I especially remember holes 6,14,20,& 23! The course is technically challenging and can be punishing at times, but there are also many opportunities for birdies and even some ace runs.
#19 ends at parking lot so you could easily end here if you only wanted to play 18 or 19 holes. The additional holes are just across the road. (Beware of trains on #25, they are not on the hole, but really close, and they are loud!)
Cons: The signs are also the typical older signs that you see a lot of on TN courses, and would my first priority here as an improvement. Tees are obviously showing their age as the ground around some of them is wearing away.
The open area (holes 1, 18-19) by the parking lot contains several holes that are more cramped than the rest of the course, and there are several baskets in sight which can be a little confusing, especially when you first jump out of the car and start looking for #1.
The finishing hole, #27, is not the best hole on the course so it is a little bit of a mediocre finish. It is not bad (straight uphill) but you have to first walk down the hill to tee off and then walk it back up just to play it. Hole #26's path takes you to the middle of the fairway as the two holes practically run parallel, which could also be dangerous if another group was already teeing off.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing this course. It is one of my favorite in East TN (and one of the best in all of TN). I have been wanting to play this course and finally got to three years later. This course is highly recommended for most all types of players looking for a challenging and fun round. While in the area, be sure to check out Winged Deer as it is pretty good, too. Also, Harmon Hills is pretty close and is awesome.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
great all around course
Pros: great mix of holes with good amount of distance. course is great for beginners and pros. many great disc golfers call this course home and they offer a lot to learn.
Cons: some vandalism and lack of signs
Other Thoughts: i get to play this course every couple of months, but if it was closer i would be there all the time
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: great mix of holes. close to home for me. 24 holes soon to be 27. wooded and open. some big shots mostly birdie golf.
Cons: trees. lots and lots of trees on some holes.
Other Thoughts: it's a great course but can be crowded at times.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Never gets old
Pros: -A good variety of holes
-Challenging, but fair
-A few very cool holes (#6, 14, 23)
-A decent amount of benches
-I have played here a ton, as it is just a minute away, and I do not get tired of it.
Cons: -Poor tee signs
-Navigation for newcomers is tricky without a guide or prior knowledge
Other Thoughts: I learned to play here and will forever consider it my home course. Awesome course and awesome regulars that play here!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I play here a lot, because it's basically in my back yard. There's a wide variety of holes at warriors. The layout of the course forces you to stay on your toes. Hole 14 is absolutely awesome. It's a hole you just want to play over and over.
Cons: Lots of vandalism. People have destroyed most of the signs and benches. It's really a shame.
Several of the holes are bordered by heavy undergrowth. It is easy to loose a disk in parts - at least for me.
Other Thoughts: I always shoot my worst at Warriors, but I love every second of it.
Make sure you play the extra holes on the other side of the road. They're awesome.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Pretty course, a little challenging, but not to hard. Good mix of long and short, right and left, wooded and open.
Cons: No signage. There were a couple, but you couldn't read them.
Other Thoughts: If they'd invest some money in some signs, this would be a great course. Also the tee boxes were concrete, but small, try not to step off them. If you are within a hour or so of this course, give it a visit, it is worth it. It is easy to follow except from the 1st basket to second tee. Go down the hill from the first basket and there will be a dirt patch on the edge of the woods, follow that trail across the stream, hang left and the second tee will be on your right. (above the White Witches Sleigh, you'll see)
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A little lost
Pros: - The course was great fun to play. Almost every hole was challenging and very nice to look at.
- The course is a great mix between wooded and open and also between hyzer and anhyzer throws as well as done the middle.
- I found myself smilling more on this course than any other course i have ever played especially when i was throwing over the tops of trees.
- The scenary is beautiful and all the people i met were very nice and helpful.
Cons: - The course was very very hard to navigate. I found myself walking the wrong way several times and having to turn around to find the right hole.
- The was no board with information or map at the beginning of the course and even hole one was a little hard to find. Luckily i read the reviews on here before i went out, that was a life saver.
- The signs at each hole are also in poor shape. Many were fallen over or broken. Other signs were so worn that i could tell nothing about the holes. several times i was just throwing blind.
Other Thoughts: This course is very fun and challenging and i will definantly play it if again if i ever have the chance. Be sure to take some water with you and be ready to hike.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
24 holes of greatness
Pros: I must start out by saying the course flows well. it goes in and out of technical wooded holes to more open holes. The elevation change is all over the course most noticeably on holes #5 and 6, 20 and 24.. The course can be enjoyed by a beginner and pro alike with great balance and variety in the holes. The course has a great signature hole in #15 across a creek. Overall the course is very wooded and technical with some open holes in between. The course has 24 holes and this number was not reached by throwing in random extra holes. The new holes across the street are both very challenging and fun. On one hole you must throw through a narrow valley with a bolder in the middle. Another is one of the steepest uphill holes you will ever play.
Cons: A new playground has replaced a few memorable holes on the course. However, new and challenging holes have been added across the street to make up for this. In the short locations the course can become more of a birdie race which is not always a bad thing i guess. However, the course is at its best in the mixed and long locations.
Other Thoughts: An expereinced player can perforn well on this course with some practice. A great course for any disc golfer to play. The course has a special feeling to it an always makes you want to come back for more. Tuesday night doubles and Sunday singles give one an opportunity to compete and have fun. This course is a must play and probably a top 3 course in Tennessee.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a great disc golf course. I had a great time playing it both times. It has a nice mix of long and short holes. Some dogleg left and some dogleg right. Elevation is a big key out here. There are quite a few down hill shots along the way. #6 is a nice launching pad out over the trees, down the hill, into the thick fairway grass. Then #24 is the most uphill hole I've ever played. I had to stop on the way up! All the baskets are in nice shape. All concrete tee pads and they were nice and long (except one but it had huge rocks behind it.. and the hole was short anyway). I always love a course with a straight long open hole as #1. Good to loosen up and stay out of trouble to start your round. A couple of very scenic holes as well. This is a great course and the next time I'm in the area I'll be played another 36+.
Cons: Getting to #2 is a pain in the butt (see "Other Thoughts"). They really need a sign on how to get there behind #1's basket. I could have used some directional arrows to the next tee pad in some cases as well. There is a lot of vandalism out there, which is weird because the area is very nice (just some stupid kids with too much time on their hands). Pretty much every bench and hole layout sign are covered.
Other Thoughts: I rated this course a 4 based solely on how nice the course was, the quality of the holes, and the course layout. It would have been easy to take away points based on the "Cons" section, but to me it's more about the actually course, and I really enjoyed this course ** #2 HOLE DIRECTIONS - from #1 basket look right and see two tiny paths into the woods (take the left path) - walk until you come out of the woods in a kids play area - cross the bridge and go lef up the path - ahead on the right is #2 tee.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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