5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is in a large, beautiful park with an area devoted exclusively to disc golf. It has concrete tees and multiple pin positions. The tee signs are nice and list the distance to each basket. I really like that unused sleeves were marked with a 3 foot tall white pipe. This allows you to more easily figure out which position the basket is in.
The course is very long with only a couple holes under 300 ft and roughly half of them over 400 ft. A lake comes into play on a few holes and a stream on another one, depending on the pin position. There are a couple nice shots that force a turnover and a few fall away greens that add to the challenge.
Cons: With the exception of a few holes, this course is basically wide open and boring. To make matters worse, so many of the holes are long par 3's where you have little chance of getting a birdie, but getting par is easy. It's just long drive, short approach, putt. Even with the water in play, there really isn't any risk reward here.
The tee pads are only 8ft long. On your typical course this isn't really a con for me, but it is when you're throwing for max distance on most of the holes.
A number of baskets are bent, but still usable; looks like they've been hit by the mowers.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a nice course to practice long drives, and despite its length, it's not a bad beginner course since it's so wide open. But the complete lack of risk/reward and wide open spaces make for a rather boring round.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
No big guns? Stay at home!
Pros: Concrete tee pads, signs, few water hazards, unlikely to lose a disc, multiple pin positions
Cons: TOO LONG!! Too wide open - if there is a light wind everywhere else, expect 10-15 mph shifting wind on this course. Very few skill shots. No benches. Bathroom @ hole 1 only. Garbage @ hole 1 & 16 (& close to 12)only.
Other Thoughts: This is a "Throw as hard as you can every single time and hope for par" course. Very few holes offer women or beginners a chance to par much less birdie even in the short positions. Pictures updated 6/2011 but not hole information.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Creative and long
Pros: Let me start by saying that the new layout is a vast improvement, so don't pay too much attention to the older reviews. It is an excellent redesign that makes the most of the terrain. Plus, they have done some much needed work on the course infrastructure. The new tee pads are crucial, and the signs are clear and accurate and make it much easier to spot baskets off the tee and navigate the course.
This course has nice rolling hills, but not very many trees. Thus the old layout was basically just one long open shot after another. Now they have made much more creative use of what's available to create some great hyzer and anhyzer shots. Be sure to bring your long game! Also, it is practically impossible to lose a disc out there unless you toss it into the water, so its generally a forgiving course.
Cons: As mentioned, it could use more trees. Also, while long is great for some of us, it would be nice to have some short but technical shots for beginners. As is, there is not much to get in the way of a bad drive. They go all the way, whether to the basket, or to the ditch.
The tee pads are a little small and a couple are already cracking up. They will probably have to replace them soon. Also, it can get a bit crowded and peanut gallery-ish out there, but that is not the course's fault.
Other Thoughts: Shelby Farms is planning a multi-million dollar revamp over the next several years including planting over one million trees (it's a really big park). We will see what is in store for Shelby Farms disc golf in the years to come.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course makes good use of the terrain it is on. This is a very good course for new players as there are few opportunities to lose a disc. It is forgiving in that fairways are typically open to one side. Approaches and putts present more of a challenge for newer players. It is very easy to get to from anywhere in the Memphis area.
Cons: Once you are experienced, the course will play fairly easy. The wide open fairways mean that you can make mistakes without having to pay for it. It can get crowded, especially on a nice day. There are no benches, bathrooms are limited, and there is no water on the course.
Other Thoughts: As a new player, I enjoyed this course much more than Johnson Road Park. I didn't feel like a mistake was going to result in a lost disc. With the wide open spaces, it gives you a chance to try things without worrying about water, hitting a tree, getting lost in the woods, etc. This is a heavily traveled course so you will get your share of rude players, but also your share of nice players who are willing to give or take advice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
long tall sally
Pros: Nice course. Pretty scenery. Let's you pull out the big gun, ON EVERY THROW.
VERY VERY LONG.
One of the baskets was halfway hanging together when I played it because some tractor had ran into it. I think it was hole 14 or something like that.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
New course layout
Pros: The new holes create much needed challenges. There are great shot varieties now. Great way to get a tan?
Cons: Hot,hot,hot! No water, little to no shade, no benches, no directions to next holes, and lots and lots of walking back and forth. The tee pads are so short they are almost worthless. Hate to say it..but the natural teepads allow more run up without falling off the end. Could be a great course with a few more modifications.
Other Thoughts: I know the guys were trying to improve the old course..and they did a good job....as far as golf shots go. I played it for the first time this weekend...and was completely lost. There were multiple baskets with wrong numbers in the same field..(you could see them from one of the teepads)..pick a basket? any basket?
The old layout could be played in a little over an hour...this extra long hike takes ALOT longer...pack water and a snack.
UPDATE...played four more times with the newer layout...still a major disappointment. The game is supposed to be fun...not a bit of fun on this course. Come on guys(designers...I know who you are) you can do alot better..if not tear it up and start over..the bad layout can be corrected. Anyone like to play golf in a pasture?
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
New Layout, New Teepads, etc.
Pros: New Layout - Prior to the change, every drive on this course was pretty much identical.... straight and long. Now, the are 5 anhyser holes ranging from ~280' to ~450', 3 hyser holes, and the rest are straight but long. Longest hole on the new course is 504', uphill, with a ~10 change in elevation. The new course is much longer, and also definitely more difficult than before. I know that it has already made me a better player when I've gone to other courses.
The new layout plays the terrain very well, with some holes that cause you to think, "Are you kidding me?"
Teepads - FInally! The new teepads are great. Before, some of the "mudpads" would become so slick that you would actually have a difficult time driving from a stand still without slipping. Great addition.
Cons: Teepads - A little small. Only 4-8' I know it's a small gripe since we did not have them before, but a little larger would have been nice.
No Trash Cans - There are only 2 spots for trash.... Hole 1 and Hole 16. More should be placed to help with overall trash disposal. The course is very clean, but it would be nice to not have to carry trash for up to 15 holes before throwing it away.
No Benches or Water - not all courses have these amenities, but they are nice if available. Water would be great for the steamy 100 degree summer days.
Marked Baskets - The baskets have been moved from their original positions, so that the basket for the new Hole 15 still has Hole 5 in place. This has let to big problems with the flow of the course, as new players that do not know the course are constantly playing the incorrect layout. I've told about 2 groups per round the correct directions due to confusion.
Other Thoughts: Temporary signs are in place, and permanent signs will be soon to follow.
Overall, this is now a great course. There are still a few things that we are working on adding (signs, basket labels, etc), but it is still a much welcomed change from the old design. If you live in the area or will be traveling to it in the future, I highly recommend visiting this DGC.
Edit: I have changed the "Hole Info" section to indicate that Hole 6 also involves a potential water hazard that depends on the recent rain/water level of the pond on hole 7. For instance, yesterday and today, the water from the pond was ~3-4 feet from the basket on Hole 6.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
New Concret Pads!
Pros: New Concret tee pads and all new course layout. Finally have signs so beginners are well directed. A little harder than the previous layout. Friendly fellow disc golfers. Its not super crowded so hardly no waiting to tee off. A lot of money has been put into it so more improvements are to follow.
Cons: Horrible after a rainy day. No trashcans. Hole numbers on the baskets are wrong so dont follow what is labeled on the baskets.
Other Thoughts: I play here more than any course in the Memphis area(I live in Lakeland, TN). You'll need a real strong arm for this course for the holes are real long. (longest one is over 500ft.)
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course is wide open you can really let go. Great place to play if you are new to disc golf. Don't let hole 4 intimidate it really isn't that far to the basket. But the real pro of this course is the people that play here. Played two rounds the people were helpful and friendly. On my second round I played with a local named Chris and a visitor named George the two of them made my visit to the course a great experience. George was a beginner but he was able to keep his disc in play and did not slow the game up at all. If you are in Memphis go out and play this course for no other reason that to meet the Memphis disc golfers.
Cons: There no teepads on this course. only trenches and potholes. You could break a leg doing a run up on hole 10. And for goodness sake get some signs. I would still be out there looking for the teepad on hole 15 if one of the local.players had not come along and told me where to go.
Other Thoughts: The gentlemen who helped me find the teepad on hole 15 informed me that the local players have already paid to have tee pads installed, He didn;t mention the sinage problem. The area around Memphis has some turly classic disc golf courses. With a little work and the judicious planting of a few trees and shrubs this course could join the ranks of great courses surround the city.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: I was just visiting memphis and gotta couple games in!!Nice long open shots!Great for beginners.Couple water shots.nice course lays well..
Cons: Little to easy for advanced players.No concrete tees..well there where a couple,but mostly dirt.course very hard to follow due to no signs pointing you where to go.No signs..No trash cans...Also Gets very sloppy when wet!!
Other Thoughts: Nice park and course.Just needs little more money spent on course.signs,trash cans and tees.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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