Play It, Play It Again, and Play It Some More
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Shot Variety: Cedar Hill forces you to use every shot and disc in your bag. There are tight fairways that open up into a field. There are open holes that end just inside the woods. There are tunnel shots. There are slightly larger fairways where you need to follow the curve of the land. There are uphill shots, downhill shots, and tunnel shots. If you play here consistently and focus on your shots, this course will both reward you and make you a better player.
Pin Placements: One reason this course offers so many looks is the pin placement. Each hole has at least two pin placements, with most having three. Some have up to five. There are scenarios where a different pin placement can change the distance of a hole up to 300'. For example, #2 in the A position is a ~230' ace run with a couple small trees to avoid. However, in the furthest position (I think it's D), it becomes a 400+ foot hole where the last 100' enter the woods, with many more trees to dodge on the way in. This pin variety not only keeps the course interesting for regular players, but it also adds unique elements to the course depending on what positions the holes are in.
Teepad and Pin Areas: The teepad areas throughout this course are fantastic. The teepads are large and in great shape. There are benches and trash cans throughout. The hole signs are accurate for all pin placements, and the pin in play is clearly marked. The signs also mark where the next tee is, aiding in navigation. For the most parts, the pin supports are located in small wooden boxes filled with rounded gravel; this not only prevents the area from eroding away, but it also points out clearly where the unused pins are.
Navigation: For the most part (see cons), navigation on this course is a breeze. Even without the "next tee" markers, it is pretty intuitive where to go. The paths between holes are well-traveled, well-marked, and usually don't have any erosion issues. The course designers did a really good job laying out the course throughout the park, incorporating different looks while still giving it an easy flow.
Dramatic Shot Views: I'm not really sure how to title this, but anyone who has played this course knows what I am talking about. There are a lot of "wow" holes on this course, due to the excellent use of land and maintenance of the fairways. The drive for #17 is one of my favorite shots of all time, a true downhill bomber where the thrower can just let it rip. #18 also has a good driver view, and an even better finishing view when the pin is in the wooded tunnel (Pin E). The drive for #7 is probably the most risk-reward throw of the entire course, with a tight downhill fairway of around 400' opening up into a field where the pin locations are. #2, #5, and #10 are more examples. This course uses the elevation and flora of the park extremely well, and it is apparent while playing what exactly the course designers were thinking with each hole.
Cons: ***it should be noted that none of these cons are drastic, nor do they really detract much from the overall experience.
Navigation from #7 through #10: This is the only confusing section of the course (especially if you make note of the "next tee" signs at the teepad). Once you crush that downhill drive at #7, you see a yellow elevated basket right in the middle of the field you are playing to. However, this is not always the basket. #7 and #10 share basket placements, and while this yellow elevated basket is always in the same location, the other basket moves and it is not always clear which basket belongs to which hole. #8 is beyond #7, and not hard to find. #9 has both a regular teepad and an alternate teepad, and the alternate teepad is the one that is easiest to find from #8; however, only the regular teepad has the sign that says what hole is in play. #10 also has an alternate teepad, roughly 150' closer to the pin than the actual teepad. Again, only the actual teepad has a hole sign. These are the only two holes with alternate teepads, and personally I think it disrupts the flow a bit. However, if you've played it before and can manage the navigation, this is no longer an issue.
Baskets: The baskets are in good condition. However, all of them are grey (except the elevated basket for #7/#10 and for #18, they have a yellow band at the top). This makes them blend into the forest pretty well. This is not a huge problem because the signage at the teepad does a really good job of showing where the pin is, but it can be an issue if you've never played that pin location before.
Mud: When the ground is wet, this course becomes a bit harder to play. Because a lot of the fairways are either grass or dirt, mud is prevalent and slipping (both on throws and on walks) can be an issue. #7 is almost always wet at the bottom of the hill, even in hotter weather.
Lack of Par: Personally, this is not a con, but it should be noted... There is no listed pars on the holes of this course. Using a Par 3 works well for most of the pin locations, but for some holes (#7, #15 in the longer positions) it is not realistic. I think the pars were left off because the pin placements can drastically change how difficult a hole is, but as long as you agree on a par with your playing mates, it is not an issue.
Other Thoughts: Personally, I think Cedar Hill is Nashville's most well-rounded course. It attacks you with both distance and technicality, and it has all the amenities you would expect a top-notch public course to have. An added bonus is that this course is rarely crowded, unlike its oft-compared cousin on the south side of the city (Seven Oaks). If you are visiting, you should try everything you can to play this course; if you are local, you need to have this course in your rotation. It is unquestionably in the upper-echelon of Middle Tennessee courses.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
A Nashville Must
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Every tee had a nice tee pad with seating around and a trash can. Course was clean with a few cans laying around here and there (yes we picked those up).
Signage made navigating the course very easy. Easy tee had multiple tee placements, but a red ring is place below the sign next to the current placement allowed throws to be taken without running up and down fairways. Along with the pin locations each sign showed where the next tee box was located.
Not many open holes to have a huge open bombs other than 17. The majority of the holes will require some kind of tunnel shot or straight accurate shot with a late turn one way or the other.
A couple of my favorite holes were #3, #16, #18
- 3: Threw two different shots because of the two different lines. The first was a LHBH with a nice late hyzer and the second was a LHFH (the more open shot) that ended with a nice skip towards the basket.
- 16: Huge shot with a late turn right down into a grove of trees. Main reason I probably enjoyed the hole was because of the birdie, but really neat tunnel shot down.
- 18: Just a great way to end the course. A nice shot out of the trees to an open field back into the trees.
The staple hole was #10
- 10: "Ben's Basket" is an elevated basket requiring an upwards putt. I wish there would have been a little more information about Ben. #7 and #10 explained the placement of the basket because both can potentially play to it.
Cons: We played the course after some rain and the course doesn't hold water very well in a few spots, but this won't be an issue every day.
Other Thoughts: Very fun course that requires every shot in the book. I really enjoyed getting out to this public park and playing this course. No real major cons and its an absolute must if you are in the area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Worth playing. Again
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Fantastic variety of shots. You will use every shot you have
- Great use of elevation. I had to re-throw a couple of holes to really do them justice.
- There are several downhill ceiling shots that are pretty unique and challenging!
Cons: - The course could use some love, it's a little worn down
- Navigating some holes was a little difficult, I did get lost once or twice (make sure you study the tee sign for the next hole)
Other Thoughts: Technically this course was amazing. Maybe I caught it on a bad day, but the course came off a little bleak. I hope to give it another shot soon!
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Probably Gets Better The More You Play It
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very well kept course. Signage at each tee is very detailed & better than most at other courses. Concrete tee pads at every hole with benches and trash cans at most. The course offers a variety of holes. Both downhill & uphill, hyzer & anhyzer, wooded & open. The property this course is located on is very nice. Lots of walking trails & pavilions - but none of them really interfere with the course.
Cons: If this is your first time at this course - finding hole #1 is going to be a problem. As you enter the park, there is a sign that reads "Disc Golf Course" that points to the left. We turned left & could see a bunch of cages, but couldn't find the first hole. We circled the entire park twice and actually stopped to ask a park patron where the course was before we got to the right place. The pins are not in the greatest shape and don't even match! Some are the yellow Innova Disc Catchers and some are the standard metal ones. This makes it pretty difficult when you don't even know what to look for when trying to locate the pin from the tee pad. Almost all of the holes have multiple locations, which many would consider a Pro, but I wouldn't say so here unless the par for the hole was changed based on where the pin is. Pin A, for example, could be a Par3 - but Pin 5 might be an additional 200 feet further and still the same par. I also feel that moving pin locations makes it more difficult to compare your play to a previous time.
Other Thoughts: Overall - I enjoyed playing this course & might play it again if I'm in the area. But there are so many other courses in the Nashville area - I'd like to see what other parks have to offer.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cedar Hill Park is a wonderful disc golf course. The layout is fairly easy to follow, concrete tees, signs and baskets are adequate. There are numerous basket placements on each hole. The fairways are clearly discernible, with plenty of trees and a good elevation change. If you like a challenge you will find it here. Plenty of chances to mark a 2 on the scorecard, and several where a 4 or 5 may be much more likely. Holes 7 and 10 were my favorites, similar holes that are long and downhill with tree lines lanes running to the bottom. 12 and 18 were also some monsters with the pins in the longer layouts. I banged out birdies on holes 4, 11, and 16. Also had four 5's on the card, and hole 16 got me with a 6. Would love to come back and try for better.
Cons: Par 3 on every hole is not realistic with the pin locations I played. Six of the holes were 450' and longer. It is tough sometimes to guess where you are throwing if you're unfamiliar with the course. Saw a bit of litter, but the course was fairly well kept overall.
Other Thoughts: I played 45 holes in Illinois and Kentucky before rolling into Nashville, and wasn't playing my best. Wound up with a 66 (+12), and still felt pretty good about it. I am sure I could shave a few strokes off of that with a few reps. Great mix of difficulty and fun. Give it a shot if you can, definitely a good time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Most readers of this review probably won't have the same course overlap, but the most similar course I've played to Nashville's Cedar Hill is Austin's Circle C. They're both long, extremely challenging, forcing you to make all kinds of different throws. The short, scrubby trees reminded me of Circle C too. The other similarly on the con side is that both are older, beat in courses that have seen better days in terms of upkeep. They both are fighting a battle with erosion. There are logs and gravel paths to try to stem fairway erosion, and it seems to be working, to some extent.
1. Very challenging. Distance required, but also finesse and accuracy. Several death puts, including an elevated basket and some on hills and ridges with bad roll-aways. There are tunnels, steep uphills, downhills, long par 3's and 4's. This course has it all, including multiple pin placements (2 to 6 per hole). I imagine the locals never get tired of this course. It's a monster -- and super fun to play.
2. Awesome shot variety.
3. Big elevation element.
4. Multiple pin placements.
5. Good tee pads.
6. Navigation is easy.
7. Benches at many holes, good signage at all holes.
Cons: 1. Upkeep isn't great. There's trash in several areas. It's also not the most picturesque course.
2. The multiple pins are nice, but it's a little overwhelming. Six pin locations on s hole seems a little much.
3. I wish the baskets were newer and more visible from the tee. There's no yellow/orange/pink band on the basket and they blend in to the trees and terrain. I had to walk up several fairways to see what I was throwing to.
Other Thoughts: Awesome course. If you get a chance to play this one in Nashville and Circle C in Austin, see if my comparison is accurate. Both are great courses that I highly recommend.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Relentless yet rewarding
Pros: -Type of course: This course really is a good balance forcing you to hit general lines as well as navigating the woods. Holes (2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11) I would consider to be wooded. Holes (1, 7, 12) I would say have tight fairways and you get punished for not hitting your gaps. There aren't really any "long bomb" holes on this course but there are some holes that reward having 400+ feet of power. Hole 17 is downhill and gives you some room to put something behind your shot.
-Pin Placements: I feel that I should start with this. Most holes have multiple pin positions and the change in pin could make a hole an easy two or a brutal 4. The perfect example is hole 2. I love courses with multiple pin positions because it allows a local course to mix it up and keep it fun for regulars. It also allows them to really change the feel and the difficulty of the course. Hole 2 is the perfect example. I love multiple pin positions and with how great the terrain is at Cedar Hill I'm glad they are making use of it
-Shot variety: Regardless of the pin positions, I think this course is so well balanced. Some of the more challenging holes give you options for a FH or a BH as well as forcing you to throw uphill, downhill, straight, and dogleg right/left. I think this course does a great job of forces you to have multiple varieties of shots in your arsenal. I love the change of pace. From the last time I was there it played (1, 3*, 6, 7*, 15*, 18*)- finished right, (4, 8, 12*, 13)- finished left and the other 8 had crooked fairways or opened up and gave you choices. * denotes elevation coming into play.
-Elevation: I love the elevation on this course. Hole 7 is one of my favorite holes that I've ever seen, in the longs its a 400' tunnel shot downhill then another 200' to the basket. It's beautiful, and the elevation on this course can be so challenging. Hole 15, 16, 17, and 18 have significant elevation. I think they use the elevation for really stretching your shot selection. The elevation is also a ton of fun on this course. It never feels gimmicky, even 17 which is the "downhill open" hole has a pretty tight fairway.
-Scenery: This course looks beautiful. It really does feel like a true Nashville course because of the looks. Very wooded, yet there are some open holes. Truly a beautiful course to play. Hole 7 has one of my favorite views off the tee that I've seen to date.
-Multifaceted difficulty: This course challenges a lot of aspects of your game. I've played wooded courses, long courses, water courses, you name it. This course felt like it was just difficult because it was designed well. All of the fairways feel like true fairways, there aren't any where you just huck your disc and hope it gets through. This course is grueling and you will probably feel pretty exhausted by the end. When the pins are all in the longs/hards it is such an adventure. No matter how exhausting I feel so satisfied with a birdie, or even a par at Cedar Hill.
-Uniqueness: Something about this course just sticks out. The holes feel so unique. I can't necessarily attribute it to one thing. Hole 2 at the longs is a 500' hole shaped like a backwards ? mark. The woods are tight enough that you need to pay attention, but loose enough that a well placed shot can net you a 3. The elevation on this course combined with the difficulty stops Cedar Hill from ever feeling like it has a filler hole or a gimmick. This course is awesome.
Cons: -Mud. This course does not drain well, it gets really muddy and that combined with the elevation makes it a little dicey when it's wet out.
-Course flow. Some of the holes are a little confusing, 7,9,10 in particular can be really tricky as well as 11/15, and 5/13. There are some shared baskets, where the pin for 7a could also be the pin for 10b (not at the same time). I can imagine as someone traveling those holes could be confusing. After hole 15 you have to cross the street without any real indication as to where to go.
-No open hole. This is more preference than anything, but I really like for a course to have at least one hole that is mostly open that rewards people with a little more distance. Even the open holes here have mandos/trees.
Other Thoughts: -This is a difficult course. I would not bring a beginner here.
-Great course. I have to give it a 4. I think Cedar Hill has a layout that I would rate a 4.5 but I also know they have a layout that I would give a 3.5. So I have to leave it at a 4. Best course in Nashville in my opinion.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Favorite course in Nashville
Pros: I love the variety. Upshots, downshots, and turns requires your whole bag.
Move baskets often
Cons: Limited benches. Maybe 2 trash cans (which I honestly don't care about)
The bottom of #7 gets muddy
Don't back in!!
Other Thoughts: This is the best course in Nashville. Plain and simple. Challenging shouldn't be a con. Its my favorite part. It humbles me, but when I score well, it feels way better then on a wide open flat course.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Gets Better Every Time
Pros: This is a city owned park but all the maintenance and labor is done by a remarkable course crew. There are constant improvements in areas such as: walking paths, erosion control, fairway maintenance, benches and signs etc. CH has all the amenities one looks for in a good disc golf course -- concrete tee pads, trash cans, benches, practice basket, good tee signs. You can tell right away that this is a lot more than just baskets and concrete dropped in and neglected since course installation. Cedar Hill is constantly evolving and slightly better every time you play it.
Where a prestigious ball golf course stands out due to excellent scenery, landscaping and greens, an outstanding disc golf course needs to rely much more on trees and elevation to craft fairways that reward good shots and provide excitement -- and it helps to have some scenic views (hole 17) and beautiful putting greens (hole 2). Cedar Hill nails this. Fairways are well defined and challenging but not unfair. Holes range from densely wooded to moderately wooded, however several holes are 'open' enough to reach for max D -- but you will need to exercise some control.
The greatest attribute of Cedar Hill is the varying pin placements. This will obviously be lost on you if you only play the course once a year or less, but it is what makes this course elite. Pin placements at Cedar Hill can change the entire experience. I personally have not played a more versatile course. Most holes have three pin placements, several have a 4th and 5th as well. Various layouts could theoretically alter average scores by upwards of ten strokes. Adding difficulty is not necessarily what makes them exciting though, instead it is the ability to make a hole left to right, right to left, or dead straight, etc.
Cons: I think casual players and newcomers may struggle with Cedar Hill's more challenging holes. I don't see this as a con, but judging by some unfavorable reviews it would seem that perhaps not all skill levels will get the same enjoyment out of this course.
If your distance is in the 300-350 range and you don't have a several shots in your repertoire (i.e. turnovers, flicks, tomahawks, etc) you may get frustrated with some of the longer more challenging holes. For instance holes 1, 2, and 7 require excellent placements shots just to be in position to think about getting a 3. Many can and do argue these are par 4's or 5's but that is a different topic.
Other Thoughts: The mix of holes means you can pretty much be as creative as you want from the tee pad. Play the fairways, go over the top, or throw rollers, you will have options. A varied mix of elevation throughout the entire course, an elevated basket that can play on 7 or 10, amazing downhill bomb on hole 17, the most serene putting green you may ever come across on hole 2; these are just a few of the qualities that make Cedar Hill worth your time.
If you are coming to play in Nashville this is a must stop. If you live in Nashville and want to get better at disc golf, then make sure you play Cedar regularly and don't shy away from its challenges. I can assure you, there is nothing more rewarding then mastering this course -- or so I've been told I still can't get under par.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Great teepads and signage
- Well used trees but no really stupid holes without a fairway
- Multiple pin positions
- Close to the interstate
- Obvious care goes into the course
- Amazing Views
- Different shots for almost every hole
- Varying distances from the 200' range to almost 600'
- No real wide open fairways, they all require good, accurate, and long shots.
Cons: The only bad thing I can think of about this course is that it is not beginner friendly. At all. This course is difficult. Most of us humans won't shoot in the 50's.
Other Thoughts: Difficulty is not a Con in my book. Just because its not an easy course doesn't mean that it deserves a 2.0 rating. This is truly one of the best courses in Tennessee and one of the best in the country.
I also have more Pro's but I can't think of them all.
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