Chapel Hill, TN 
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Old basket example. There are some modern baskets as well but these old guys are worth noting.

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Needs An Update

1    3/11/2018   5/4/2018
Review By: wellsbranch250
Played: 326  Reviewed: 311  Exp: 4.9 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.891 Rating) An aging moderately wooded layout.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - About average, but since I was grasping for good things to say I decided to include it up here. The 50 to 60 year old tree canopy that occupies 90% of this layout looks really nice on first arrival. However, after you run 5 or 6 holes of what seems like the same backdrop, you'll realize that the course has a real monotonous feel to it.
- SHOT SHAPING - Although the holes are on the shorter side and with lanes wider than most woods courses, players will still need to put a little thought into just about every shot. Lots of minor flight path planning is needed. A couple holes have multiple lines to the basket.
- QUICK PLAY - The holes are stacked fairly close together. Even with me walking around aimlessly twice, this course was still a quick in and quick out for me. Figure one hour or less for a solo and one hour and 45 minutes for a foursome.

Cons: A lackluster older course that needs some upkeep and upgrades.
- NAVIGATION - With no course map on site and no directional cues either, those that don't pay attention (me) will get off track. I unwittingly played to the wrong basket twice and also walked to the wrong tee twice.
- BASKET AND TEE SEPARATION - A couple holes are right next to each other. (4) and (17) baskets are 15 feet apart and holes (11-14) are almost stacked on top of each other.
- SPACING - In addition to the noted above, the overall spacinf is below average. Although the fairways are mildly defined by the trees and bushes, the bordering spaces are narrow. I found myself in an adjacent fairway a couple times due to ricocheting off a tree and also just plain missing my line badly once or twice.
- CHAINS - I'm not sure what they are. Maybe older Mach baskets from the 90's. Regardless I didn't like them and a few were moderately damaged. I'm shocked that I made every putt inside the circle. Silly baskets.
- CHARACTER - In addition to poor baskets, the course is lacking a bunch of the typical amenities. As stated, no course map at the community board and no practice basket. The tees are ok being 4 feet by 10 feet, but I definitely wish I had more on the 400 foot holes. No multi tees or alternate basket placements either. The course does however have seating at a majority of the holes and there is a lot of shade as well. Tee signage is adequate although noticeably off in a couple instances. For example, hole (18s) tee sign reads "359 feet" but it appears to be more like 270 feet.
- MAINTENANCE - A touch of a rundown feel overall I thought. Lots of larger branches in the fairways, but it's possible I caught a bad day.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - The lanes are too wide and the holes are too short for higher skilled players. Listed as a par 59, advanced players should constantly post rounds in the mid to upper 40's. Hole (5) is listed as a par 5 at 478 feet. It plays like a par 4 and would likely be listed as such on just about every newer rec course. As an intermediate level player I only felt challenged once on hole (14). This hole requires hitting a 6 foot wide gap 50 feet from tee. I easily hit it... the tree that is.
- UNIQUENESS - For an almost fully wooded course, one of the lowest courses I've scored in terms of variety. Hole (6) is the only wide open shot and the other 17 wooded holes all have a similar feel. All the wooded holes weave through a tall ageing canopy comprised mostly of pines. Sure a couple lines will cut left and right, but the surrounding elements are always the same. Pockets to skip into are either loosely defined or non-existent. There are no water elements to contend with other than maybe the shallow swale running thru the heart of the layout, which I'm sure is casual water.
- ELEVATION - Like nada. Maybe 1 or 2 holes dive or climb by about 10 feet.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - I'm not really sure who this course appeals to most. Way too easy for intermediate level players and above. Rec players may enjoy this one and they'll routinely finish under par. But as for novice and beginners, just way too many holes require 20 foot wide lane hitting. It could get frustrating to constantly be kicked off fairway or throwing only a 100 feet before smacking another tree.
- PARKING - There is no parking by tee (1). I thought about parking along the road but considering that it was really narrow I opted to drive to the nearest parking lot which was a 500 foot walk away.

Other Thoughts: The course reminds me a bit of Brahan Springs in Huntsville, but an inferior example of the same style due to less challenge, less amenities and I'll also subjectively say less fun as well. The course is one of the older layouts still playable in the state of Tennessee and it shows with the older baskets. Is this course worth a look see for those in Nashville or Huntsville? Not really anymore. With so many newer courses that have popped up, most players would have to drive by a bunch of better courses before arriving here.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Compact course

1    3/12/2016   3/12/2016
Review By: Hippykamp
Played: 17  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 3.4 Years
Pros: Did not see any other players. Lots of mature trees. Older baskets but still nice shape. Very clean compact course
Cons: None really. If your close by stop and play but don't drive several hours to throw
Other Thoughts: I liked it. It was a fun way to spend some time doing what we all love to do

 18 hold course to yourself

5+    5/4/2015   5/13/2015
Review By: Redline4j
Played: 126  Reviewed: 40
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quiet course allowing for you to develop your personal skills. I played this course while on vacation for 5 days in a row, including a Saturday and a Sunday and only saw two other players. I only traveled with three discs and chose the wrong three for this course. Overall the experience allowed for me to hone my skills on those three discs.

The course was well groomed on the fairways and the "rough" was not too high that a stray disc would get lost.
Cons: I understand there are alternate pin placements;however the baskets are seldom changed to the alternate placements.
Other Thoughts: Great free park!
Three play structures for the kids.
Onsite dinning hall.
Camping at the cabins and I guess some tent or trailer camping.
Access to the Duck River Bike trail.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  Course to yourself!

2-4    5/5/2014   5/12/2014
Review By: Speedballer4life
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course is very VERY quiet. I don't think I've ever seen more than MAYBE a dozen players on this course at once. This is not what I would call a challenging course by any means. Most holes are in the 300 ft with trees lining every fairway but one. Course winds back and forth through a rather large wooded area, however only a few of the holds could really be considered "tight." Has a couple of 400 ft holes down the middle and only 1 hole under 200 ft. Great place to learn to control your drivers/long mids. While many consider the old school domed baskets a con I really see them as a bonus, both for their old school feeling and for the fact that if you can put on these things new baskets will seem like cake!
Cons: Would like to see "next tee" signs put up on the course, as of now you have to pay VERY close attention to the tee signs before you tee off. This leads to a bit of confusion finding the next hole on a couple occasions. Would like to see the course expanded/redesigned a bit to take better advantage of the open space nearby.
Other Thoughts: Very quiet course which allows for a lot of practice shots and personal development. Also a FANTASTIC place to take new/learning players.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Where's the next tee?

1    1/18/2014   2/11/2014
Review By: Vibramterraius
Played: 37  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 4.9 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Tight hole placement while offering some good distance. Ample tee space and descent signs for the holes. Well wooded to enhance the challenge a bit.
Near camping, cabins, an Inn, fishing, canoe float, hiking. Makes a great family and friends time.
Cons: Poor markings to lead you to the next hole lends to confusion on next tee location. The confusion created from lack of being able to determine the next tee at one point had a pair of players searching tee to tee for the next shot.
Other Thoughts: Rates for a return to play again sometime but not high enough to be a favorite course.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.


2-4    5/20/2013   5/23/2013
Review By: Jmorri67
Played: 16  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 5.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Other Thoughts: Overview- This course is fun, but definitely not that much of a challenge for any serious player. Worth a play if you live in the area or are passing through, but not one that you'd want to go out of your way for.

The tee pads are pretty small, but thankfully just about all of them are flush with the ground so a run up (if needed) is possible.

Few trashcans in the park itself, but the course is very well taken care of by the park crew, and I've never seen trash on the ground.

Tee signs are great at this park, which is a definite plus, and in addition every 3 or so holes there are nice wooden benches.

As to the Golfing itself, there's really not much to say. There are a few reasonably challenging holes that require good line shaping (hole 14 immediately comes to mind; par 4, 380 feet, with two large trees forming a gap about 10ish feet wide about 20 feet infront of the Tee), but for the most part the course is fairly short and to the point.

Left Handed or predominantly forehand right hand players will find themselves in a bind on this course, since most of the holes are obviously designed with a right hand strength in mind.

The course is on a fairly small piece of land, so while a lot of the holes are decently long, they seem to crowd each other a bit. Also, the land is extremely flat, so none of the holes have significant changes in elevation.

My biggest issue with this course is the baskets; Many of them are old and small, and a few of them are pretty beat up. It's still definitely possible to make your putts, but you might find yourself with a lot of chain outs. It can get very frustrating at times.

The thing I like most about this course is the views; It's in a fairly low population area, so it doesn't get played much, and it's absolutely beautiful.

One last PSA: WATCH OUT FOR POISON IVY. It's no worse here than on most courses, but I figured I'd mention it.

Overall: This is a pretty fun course if you're a newish player, but won't offer much challenge to a lot of players (I'd say most players will shoot 5 or so shots better on this course than your "average" course).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Perpetual Ace Run

5+    8/21/2012   1/12/2013
Review By: WillAnderson
Played: 28  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 7.8 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This little gem can be played in a blink of an eye. Majestic hard woods tower over the completely level course, & it's surprisingly well kept. Pick a line, any line, folks! I shot my 1st under par round here. You'll enjoy ace run, after ace run, even though many holes require drivers. If you have a challenging home course, this one you'll welcome for self-esteem building & reprieve. It's sweet parking it w/o much effort once in awhile so why not every hole once in awhile too?
Cons: You can see almost every basket from #1, and some of the holes aren't clearly designated--make sure you're aiming at the right basket. The holes are packed like sardines so crossover is inevitable. Although fun, I wouldn't want to play this course weekly. A tourney here would be a nightmare.
Other Thoughts: Plan on playing 2-4 rounds bc you won't be satiated otherwise. Be VERY CAREFUL with any extracurricular activity bc not much privacy exists. A park ranger patrols periodically.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Pleasure Cruise

1    4/10/2012   4/12/2012
Review By: RustyStrings615
Played: 38  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 16.8 Years
This review was updated on 5/13/2012
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Just a beautiful place to be on a perfect spring day. Mostly flat and wooded ..yet grassy below the large trees. The fairways are mowed in...leaving just tall grass as the rough...I enjoyed not encountering thorns and spiderwebs if I missed my line. This course is not very difficult...I think of it as more of a pleasure cruise. That being does require you to accurately throw 250-300ft shots of varying shapes. If you can do can birdie most of these holes easily. There are a couple that stretch into the 350-400+ range...and of course they are marked as par 4 or 5 (I still played them as 3's though)
Cons: Lots of ancient baskets with a funny retro dome top. Kind of vintagey cool at first until you putt at them. Had to slow my speed to make them can tell they were meant to catch frisbees. Lack of variety of holes..starts to feel like you are throwing the same holes over and over again.
Other Thoughts: If they redesigned it or added another nine to provide more variety with open, longer holes...this would be a complete course. But then again..I like it for what it is. It's a classic beauty...sure it's a little dated and past it's prime...but it's simply a beautiful, calm setting to enjoy a round of disc golf.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


2-4    3/13/2011   3/13/2011
Review By: Oneshotonekil8
Played: 9  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 7.8 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice green grass very neat and clean long easy to get to baskets I mainly made a bunch of huge mid range shots from technical places and did well I'll wait to go back it'sa real cool course
Cons: Old baskets but still work good got to pay attention to the outdated signs tho you will get turned around and get off track.some fairways cross paths so watchout for some players on other holes, or you will get hit Yu

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 GREAT practice course!

1    3/9/2010   3/9/2010
Review By: Scott P
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set in a nice small area under large pines. Hole one is a great place to practice long straight drives. There's plenty of benches here. My kids could watch me play the entire course from any bench in the park!(see cons)

This is also located in a state park so there is plenty here for a family to enjoy especially in summer months. There's cabins, camping, playgrounds, swimming pool, tennis, basket ball, walking trails, etc.

With concrete tee pads and signs on every hole, I would strongly recommend introducing a beginner to the sport at this park. The ease of walking distance for a full 18 hole course just makes this one really enjoyable! And using the old outdated hole signage makes for a real boost to your confidence!
Cons: The hole signage needs updating. You cannot read the distance to the basket on many of the signs and the pars on a few seem outdated. Hole 5 which is undoubtedly the longest hole on the course was a par 5 if I read the sign right. Unfortunately I couldn't read the distance! I'm pretty sure it would still play as a par 3 by current standards. And pretty much anything over 400 ft was considered a par 4?! But that's another good reason to take newbies to this course! Using the old outdated signage is a real confidence booster!!

I played this course on a very nice sunny day with temps nearing 70 and no one was out but me and my kiddos. Granted it was a monday though around lunch time. If the course was even slightly busy with players I would really watch out especially if kids tag along cause the holes really are close to one another as others have said. A person could easily be bopped in the head with a disc if this course was ever busy.
Other Thoughts: Oh, and the old worn out baskets as a con?...well they held my discs just fine! :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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