Pros: --- Is a very quick play (if you just want to throw during a lunch break or other quick reasoning)
--- Settled in a nice park
--- Plenty of trees creating throwing lanes
--- Concrete pads (although short, the short holes didnt require much of a run up if any at all
--- Parking right beside first tee
--- 18 holes
Cons: --- The baskets are in bad need of replacing
--- If you are looking to throw more than a mid this isn't the place
--- Some tees did not point in the direction of the basket, maybe due to past redesigning
--- Zero elevation (could definitely be a positive for some)
--- Extremely short holes
Other Thoughts: Most courses are very subjective depending on what you are looking for in a round. If you are looking for a quick round to get in during a lunch break or some other quick reasoning there is nothing wrong with this course. While extremely short it did present some challenges with the plethora of trees throughout the park. The park was dry when I played so I can't attest to the wetness of the course as others have. I think this is a perfect course for beginners. For example as soon as I got out of my car I joined another player getting ready to tee off. I told him I was from out of town and usually play Winged Deer or Harmon Hills or Warriors and he was surprised that I would want to play such hard courses. That being said this course is for him. He had been playing for 4 weeks and its a great course for him to learn. Experienced players will not have fun here in a casual round. Perhaps in an ace race setting it could be fun.
Great for families and beginners
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Park is clean, attractive
-Landscape is flat and accessible for elderly players
-tee-offs are in good repair
Cons: -No signs or layouts
-Many holes feel very similar
Other Thoughts: A clean, well-maintained and accessible course that provides a fun time for players of all ages. Those seeking a harder challenge should go to Warriors, which is mere minutes away.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Fun little course
Pros: Good use of mandos to increase difficulty on some holes. Good sign posts with clear distance and hole numbering. Grass and debris was well managed.
Cons: Difficulty distinguishing which baskets went with which tee pad if you hadn't played before. There are some pieces of glass scattered around the course and there is some funky mud patches that are likely a side effect from the proximity to Eastman.
Other Thoughts: It is an easy course that is very good for introducing new players. I would try and stay out of the creek that flows through the park as I doubt the water is very clean.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Easy to get to if you are around Kingsport and you want to try out disc golf. ***(2017) Someone put the effort in to put numbers on the pins and paint each basket a bright, easy to spot yellow. It has really improved the course.***
Cons: 1. No signs showing the layout of a hole.
2. No signs showing how to get to the next hole.
3. Most of the baskets are unmarked and those marked have a small number painted on the pole ***(fixed 2017 with numbers on top)***.
4. When I played there were a number of trees with white markings on them that made me wonder if they were supposed to be mandatories. One definitely was, but I still don't know about the others ***(fixed: all mandos now have white arrows).***
5. More than once, I threw at a basket from the tee and when I got to my disc looked up and saw two baskets that could actually be the one I should be throwing at.
Other Thoughts: This is not a terrible course. Download the map from here and take it with you because you will need it.
Experienced golfers will bypass this in favor of Winged Deer or Warriors Path. Serious beginners would be better served driving to Steele Creek. ***(2017) The improvements have made the course much better. Currently, I use this as my warm-up course Friday night after work and then go on to play Winged Deer/Warrior's Path/Steele Creek/Sugar Hollow on Saturday.***
***The course could still use better signs at the tee showing which basket to throw at (particularly 7) and where the next tee is or at least a sign with a map at the first tee, but someone is putting a lot of TLC into this course and I wouldn't be surprised to see those improvements over the next year or two.***
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Short Course, Perfect for Beginners
- Very short, most holes between 150 and 220 feet. Longest hole 253 feet.
- Every hole is a Par 3 which makes score-keeping easy to remember.
- Only few holes with heavy tree hazards.
- If you aren't looking for a challenge, this course is for you!
- Difficult to navigate. There are no signs or trails pointing to next hole.
- Be weary of weather conditions; if it rained recently this course will hold water for a few days.
- Located in a rough part of town.
- Poor course management. e.g. grass rarely mowed and fallen trees remain
Other Thoughts: This is the first course I ever played and, as a beginner at the time, helped me build driving and putting skills. Great course to bring a friend who is a young player and may need help navigating from hole to hole.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great for having fun with friends and just enjoying playng disc golf.
Great place to introduce new players to the game.
Course is short, so you can play 2 rounds without feeling exhausted.
Good course to work on mid-range and putter throws.
Cons: Course lacks course layout and signage on holes.
Advanced players may not like the lack of challenge.
Course holds water badly.
Other Thoughts: Borden Park is a good short course to warm up for a course like Warrior's Path or to just have a good time playing. Great course to bring new players to play for the first time. The course isn't very challenging, which new players will enjoy, but advanced players may not. The course needs to have signs installed at the tees showing the layout of each hole. Since this isn't a big course, the holes come close to one another at a few locations and can get confusing as to which target is the correct one for the hole you're playing. This course also holds water pretty badly so after a good reain it is like a swamp.
Overall though Borden is a good short course to play and have a good time with friends and family. It may not be a challenging course, but it does it's job perfectly.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Has a Place in the World of DG
- Fills a Niche. Not every course in the world needs to be championship level. Beginner friendly, kid friendly courses that help introduce players to the game and give them somewhere to go where they can build their game and get to a level where they can then successfully visit other, harder courses are important to the sport of disc golf. This is especially true of the Johnson City / Kingsport area where there are several championship level courses available.
- Different Level Players can have fun there together. For example: My girlfriend loved this course because she could Par almost everything and even got some birdies... while I enjoyed the putter/midrange practice and ACE RUNS.
- The Ghetto. From what I could tell -- by visual inspection of most of the other park patrons (especially the non-disc golfing public) -- this park is in Kingsport's ghetto. Not that that's a scary place... but still, watch your valuables in your car.
- Run Down / OLD. Everything about the park looked run down or old. The tee-sign posts were sun-baked and heavily graffitied with Ace announcements and other lesser desirable messages. The baskets looked older than almost any baskets I've ever seen, and a few of them were damaged (bent, leaning, missing chains).
- Pitch-N-Putt. I played the course with an Aviar, Roc and my putter (Legacy Clutch). I shot a -12 with 3 missed putts. I only state to illustrate the pitch-n-putt nature of the course. I could have used a few other discs to shape shots on a few of the holes, but didn't want to carry the extra weight.
Simply put, if you're an advanced player, Borden is a great place to practice your upshots / drives with putters, etc... If you're a beginner, Borden would be a great place to learn the sport of disc golf.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is a very short course within the city. The thing that I like the most about this course is that you can really learn your mid range and putters here. If you want to work on driving the said discs this is the course for you. Another pro for this course is that it is close to everything in Kingsport.
Cons: When it rains, stay away from this course. It holds water and you will get muddy. It is very short and sometimes hard to tell which basket to throw to.
Other Thoughts: Nice place to take some one who is just beginning. This is also a confidence building course. Very nice contrast to Warriors Path disc golf course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
More fun than challenging
Pros: Borden Park is a decent little course. It doesn't offer a lot of challenge, but it does provide some fun holes.
- There are some decent holes here. The biggest obstacle throughout the course is trees. Course is relatively flat with only several holes having slight elevation. A couple holes are doglegs (including an extreme dogleg right on #17) or have mandos, which add to the challenge. The back nine is more challenging than the back. One of the biggest obstacles, and an unintended one at that, is a large tree that fell down about 20 feet in front of the basket for #11. I'm guessing the tree will soon be removed, but for the time being, it makes this hole just a little more challenging.
- Lots of birdie chances and ace runs. Accuracy is more important than distance, so leave the drivers in the bag. Longest hole is 253 feet, with holes averaging slightly more than 200 feet.
- Great course for beginners. On the Sunday afternoon I played, the course was getting a fair amount of play, including a couple and their two young children.
- Great compliment to Warriors Path. This is almost the complete opposite of that course, so most players should fine their niche in either of these courses.
- Course, for the most part, gets better from beginning to end. Back nine is much better than the front with more challenging holes and much better layouts.
- Very nice, clean park which appears to get lots of usage. Course uses most of the park, and for the most part, doesn't interfere with other park users.
Cons: The biggest issue is the lack of signage. There are hole number posts at each tee pad, but that's it. Many holes play close to each other, and most baskets are missing hole numbers. The course map is decent, but even using one, a buddy and I played one hole to the wrong basket because several are so close together. Next tee signs or hole numbers on the baskets would help the problem.
- There's an overall lack of difficulty here. Advanced players aren't going to be challenged, and may dislike it.
- A few too many open holes for my taste. On one hand there aren't too many, so it could be worse. On the other hand, the first two holes & #18 are all open, so you begin and end your rounds with a thud.
- Course has poor drainage. There had been a heavy rain three or four days earlier, but there were still areas that were very muddy. It reminded me of the old front 9 at Orangeburg, SC, which had to be pulled for getting flooded too often after heavy rains.
Other Thoughts: I had little to no expectations for this course, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Sure, I'd just finished a grueling round at Warriors Path, but I was still impressed this course had a decent "fun factor."
- As stated above, I was impressed how well this course played off of Warriors Path. This is a nice warm-up or cool down after hitting up Kingsport's signature course. Any frustrations you have from that course can be eased with a string of birdies here.
- #15 was a good to very-good hole. It's a 241 foot slight downhill shot that has both a right and left-side route to the basket, which is blanketed by a tree. This is the only hole that truly requires a good shot to put you in birdie range. Overall, the stretch of #14 - #17 is the best part of this course. Each hole offers something different - #14 (slightly uphill shot), #15, #16 (dogleg left with low ceiling under branches) & #17 (sharp dogleg left).
- Nothing too special, but Borden does its thing pretty well. Add the tee signs and arrows, and there will be no problems. Obviously, Warriors Path is the must play, but if you have time, check out Borden
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Good beginner course
Pros: - Easy short holes. Some required someskill to avoid a tree or other hazard. Good for beginners.
-Lots of birdie opportunities.
Not much chance to lose disc.
Cons: -Very short. I dont recall one hole I couldnt play with just my mid-range or putter.
- Do not go after a rain. It turns to a swamp.
-I got the feeling I was playing in the ghetto.
- No holes that really peaked my interest.
-As small as it is its really hard to navigate to next teepad.
-Lots of holes are to close. Very easy to throw at someone on another whole.
Other Thoughts: Borden is not a bad place for beginners. Not much going on for players with any skill. My friend decribed it as a putt putt type disc golf course. Use your putter and throw around a few obstacles.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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