Rockin' Down The Highway
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (2.034 Rating) A lightly wooded novice level course.
- FUN FACTOR - Jack Mattox is the perfect place to bring three friends and a six-pack. There are ample opportunities for birdies and some putter ace runs. Errant throws are generally not further punished. The odds of losing a disc is near zero and for the most part, no searching in overgrowth areas. The flow of the course is pretty smooth as well.
- NAVIGATION - There was a mailbox filled with score cards and pens on my visit. On the scorecard was an accurate map of the layout. Although the tees have no marker above ground, as the tee sign is embedded in the concrete, the layout is open enough that using the scorecard map to locate the next tee is easy.
- THE BASICS - Nice 5 foot by 10 foot concrete tees and good baskets, Chainstars. It's always a nice start when a course has the appropriate core items.
- QUICK PLAY - A single should be able to complete a round in about 25 minutes when the course is empty. Groups of 4 should probably finish in about 45 minutes in normal conditions.
- LOCATION - A five minute drive from I75. Perfect for a freeway stop between courses.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be constantly mowed, trimmed and manicured and there are a proper amount garbage cans.
Cons: No playability issues with Jack Mattox, but the layout definitely lacks variety and challenge.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - Only Novice level challenges are present. Recreation players should have no problem being under course par. Intermediate and Advanced players should routinely be 4 to 7 down and should be able to throw all birds if played enough. There are a few slightly challenging lines on the last 3 holes, but all these lines are short enough for a veteran player to clean up a misfire for an easy par.
- UNIQUENESS - There are three holes without a tree in play. Three other holes are lightly wooded and the remaining three are wide laned moderately wooded holes. All of the holes play straight. There are no water plays. No pars 4s or 5s. Hole (6) is the longest being 330 feet and its slightly uphill and it's a raised basket. There are a few nice swales around baskets that could bring into play some minor putting elevation.
- LACK OF ELEVATION - Its used a little bit here and there. Total elevation change on site is probably 30 feet. However, there are no shots that rise or fall, basket to tee, by more than 15 feet. Hole (7) and (8) play across a valley that dips 15 feet or so, but the pin is generally located at the same level as the tee. It would been nice to have had at least one hole that played up, and one that played down, on a more aggressive slope. On positive note, at least it's easy to roll around a cart on this one.
- CHARACTER - Other than nice baskets and tees, the comfort items and extras are mostly absent. No multi tees or alternate basket placements. Only one picnic table for seating on tee (3). Tee shading is 50/50. No shelter or practice basket.
- SPACING - About average. If the course were full, there would be a few tees that could be reached by an errant throw because of little tree protection. Also, a few fairways feel fringe shared.
Other Thoughts: A very beginner friendly layout that will work really good for newer players looking to improve their game or for those with a bit more skill looking to have a fun and easy going round. Definitely not a destination course but this layout would be a good choice for those day tripping along I75 looking to add an easy going warm-up round before hitting The Sinks or Camp Jordan.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - The roar of I75 traffic can be heard the entire time, hence my Doobie Brother's reference in the review title. There are also a bunch of open to lightly wooded plays and ball fields are in view on a few holes. There are some good elements however. The last 3 holes (7-9), make this course much better. This stretch has some really good charm with the mini creek, valley and wooded canopy high above. In totality I scored the course about average.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Pretty decent beginer course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -nice tee pads and chains
-decent directions pointing to the next tee
-trash cans through out the course
-open holes making it a good beginner course
Cons: -all holes are straight from the tee offs
-some of the signs on the tee pads are fading so it can be hard to read
-not a course for advanced players
-not a huge variety in distances for each hole
-short distances on every hole
Other Thoughts: A good course for beginners looking to enhance their skills
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Perfect for beginners
Pros: - easy, open course that is great for young children and newer players.
- for the advanced player throwing by themselves or introducing newer players to the game, it is a good place to practice different flight paths to a basket.
Cons: - Jogging path runs close to the DG course and you must watch out for joggers (especially Senior citizens walking).
3 Helpful / 0 Not
The Chattanooga Area Beginner's Course
- Simple course layout perfect even for first-time visitors.
- Concrete tees and baskets are in great condition.
- Easy course, you can certainly play well with little frustration, but this also has its negative side... *
- Clean complex, free of trash and graffiti.
- Fairway conditions well maintained, grass is cut.
- All holes are a par 3 which makes for easy score-keeping.
- Very quick course, can be played by almost anyone in about half an hour.
- Lack of variety; as aforementioned in previous reviews, the first six holes are very spacious and then the final three take you through a moderately wooded area, making for a predictable round.
- *For the intermediate and professional players, this course may very well be too easy.
- There is only one tee to every one basket, which can be rather typical, and it seems as though this will not be changing any time soon.
- Be weary of the walking track around the complex, a stray disc may wind up closer to the track than you think.
Other Thoughts: I played this course last weekend for the sole purpose of getting my cousin excited about the sport. Jack Mattox is definitely the place to bring beginners because it is easy to play and easy to have fun. I finished in just under par (-1) and my cousin was one stroke behind me on almost every hole. I would definitely recommend this course to all beginners and intermediate players in the greater Chattanooga area. For professionals and travelers, I recommend researching other courses as well.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice little course
Pros: Clean, well-maintained. Nice pads with distance etched in the concrete. No markers but finding the next tee was not an issue. It is a fun little course you can play in about 20 minutes.
Cons: Only 9 holes, they are simple and pretty much straight-forward. Requires little thought or technique. Interstate can be a distraction on a few of the holes.
Other Thoughts: First six holes are wide open, but the last three are wooded. Loved the last three holes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: 1. Nice clean course
2. You can finish in 20 minutes
3. Almost no places to lose discs
4. open with 3 wooded holes
5. occasional shade
Cons: 1. All par 3s
3. people walking around the track constantly
Other Thoughts: Good although short course that is in a good area and is woth it if you are in the Chattanooga area
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Short and sweet
Pros: This course is a nice, small 9 hole course that I would describe as beginner friendly. Course navigation is very easy and #9 puts you right back at the parking lot of #1. For an experienced player, it shouldn't take you longer than 30 minutes to complete a round.
Course is very clean. It is rare that I have seen any rubbish on the ground. Concrete tees are now up on each hole and all of the baskets are in perfect shape. Tee signs at each hole are accurate and display the needed information of distance.
Since this is in a county park, this gets mowed quite often and it is rarely overgrown. The three wooded holes are very cleared out and it is next to impossible to lose a disc here.
A few baskets are protected and force an accurate shot (4 & 9). Good for the advanced players. Elevation is used well, fairways are well defined, next to no overgrowth.
A great place to practice different shots.
Cons: A few holes are a shot straight into a field with a basket. Once you play it a few times, you may get bored.
Other Thoughts: This is in a mixed use park, with many baseball fields, a walking track and I'm sure more activities to do. Paved parking lot and easy access to I75 is nice too. While I would not call this a destination course, it is very nice for what it is, a neighborhood course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Wish This Was My Neighborhood Course
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Wonderful rec/neighborhood course in beautiful, hilly north GA.
Nice concrete pads with hole # and distance, and nice baskets.
Very easy to navigate.
The 1st 6 holes are on a very nice and well-maintained grass field with enough trees to force some shot shaping. The last 3 holes are in a light woods with hills and valleys.
There are enough picnic tables and garbage cans.
The course is very close to I-75. Getting a quick round in to stretch your legs here is highly recommended.
Cons: This is a multi-use park, and there is a jogging track that runs around the course. Children also play in the park, so care must be taken while throwing here.
The course is somewhat short and can be played mostly with mids and putters.
Other Thoughts: Clean, fun, and family friendly. Lucky you, if you live in this neighborhood, and can play it every day.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Quick Play off I75
Pros: -Very well-maintained. All grass was cut and most fairways were clear of debris.
-Amenities. Trash cans were available on several holes and there were a few benches. In reading the other reviews, I saw a lot of people say there was no bathroom, but I just walked in the REC Center and they allowed me to use the bathroom.
-Discs sold onsite. I didn't thumb through, but it looked to be all Discraft.
-There were some fun shots to be had. I particularly enjoyed the last 3 holds which were decently wooded.
-Ace runs to be had!
Cons: -Open shot after open shot. Hole 1 is a solid hole, very fun, but until it gets into the woods it gets to be pretty repetitive.
-Not very challenging. If you're looking for a course to take beginners, this is it! For more experienced players, you would want to play with a putter and a couple of midranges.
-There is a very nice pond closeby holes 5 & 6 that I really wish they had incorporated...
-An alternate set of teepads or another 9 altogether, could really improve upon this course.
Other Thoughts: This is a reasonable course and definitely worth your time if you are passing through. It's not one I would go out of the way to play, but I would be perfectly fine if this were my home course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Beginner Course
Pros: This is a great beginning course to work on some basic skills. Wide open holes, 3 wooded holes gives a good mix of shots required. Double chains on baskets, marker at tee tells feet to basket.
Cons: Hardly any, but if I had to list some:
Would like to see concrete tee pads and signs for each hole. No restrooms either. Would like to see a 2nd tee at each hole, there is room.
Other Thoughts: Go on a Saturday or Sunday and probably will see a few others out there. Midweek, will have it to yourself, untill the evening when folks get off work. I've picked up trash at baskets left by teens.(even though there are trash cans spread out on the course)
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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