Chattanooga, TN 
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 Short course

1    6/3/2010   7/3/2010
Played: 39  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 11.7 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: It's free.
It's not crowded.
A variety of shots needed to ace the holes.
Ample parking.
Cons: It's 9 holes.
No place to practice really.
Other Thoughts: Just a basic course. I wish they'd add another 9 holes, but overall, a decent place to play if you're in the area. I wouldn't drive more than a half hour to play it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    2/16/2010   5/5/2010
Review By: TreeBurner
Played: 7  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 8.5 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Mulch throughout keeps the course dry even after a recent rain. Some work has been done to the course recently and now all the teepads are concrete. Putting is challenging at Shepard because most of the baskets are on some sort of slope. There are a few nice ace runs on this course too! #7, in particular, will have a beginner thinking they're about to bang the chains.
Cons: Not a very scenic course because of the nearby rec center and roads. Only 9 holes. Extremely hilly.
Other Thoughts: There is a shiny new fence next to the tee on #5 that nearly castrated me during an attempt to rescue a bad drive, so beware.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 The Sink's little sister

1    3/26/2010   3/27/2010
Review By: craigd
Played: 111  Reviewed: 100  Exp: 9.3 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a very nice, predominantly wooded nine hole course. Concrete tees, signs and newer baskets are all here. Besides being very short, there is a great mix of holes with left, right, and strait shots. The woods and some drop offs beyond the fairway added to the challenge. A little elevation also comes into play as well. Overall, with the exception of hole 7, the course requires a fair amount of accuracy and finesse. There are abundant ace and birdie opportunities as well. The course flows well and is easy to navigate.

The course is pretty clean and I felt pretty safe although the recreation center was empty when I visited.
Cons: The signs are disappointing. What I mean is that someone spent a lot of time and money for them but instead of actually mapping out the individual fairways, it just has the same old picture of a tee pad, trees, and a basket. After playing a few holes you realize that the fairways are not mapped at all. It's just a generic design repeated on every sign. Hole distance and numbers are there and they seemed accurate though. The baskets were hard to spot in the woods and could use some flags.

Those who dislike short holes will be disappointed.
Other Thoughts: This is a very enjoyable little course in the metro Chattanooga area. I was surprised at how much I liked this course. I just expected another boring nine hole course. Don't let the shortness fool you, the twos are not all gimmie's. However, I do think if you are a local or play here often enough it would be easily mastered though.. Some alt pin positions could be used to help solve burnout as far as that goes.

I believe it is worth a trip to play while you're in the area. It's like the Sink's little sister. It makes a good warm up course if you are trying to hit both of them in one trip. Enjoy!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Introduction to wooded

1    8/27/2009   8/30/2009
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Played: 30  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 9.5 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Concrete tees, challenges your mid range shot selection, easy to follow course flow, even a bad shot off the fairway gives you a chance to advance instead of justing tossing it back to the fairway, plus Melinda Gordon might stop by.
Cons: Some steep drop offs for bad shots, no distance signs/map, the trees moved between rounds to mess up my game.
Other Thoughts: This was our introduction to a wooded course and we had a good time. The narrow fairways added difficulty without being overly intimidating. We will be back, and soon!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 We have concrete

2-4    6/18/2009   6/18/2009
Review By: Part-Time Ninja
Played: 54  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 11.9 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great use of the land available!!! For just being a 9 hole course they did a great job.
Concrete tees. Variety of throws technical enough to make up for the short course. nice baskets. Clean
Cons: length
9 holes
Other Thoughts: As everyone I love a course that truly works every throw in your bag but for a 9 hole short course this was great. Must play if you live in the area. Or like me I work up here once a month.....its great.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Shepherd Rec Center

5+    3/18/2009   3/18/2009
Review By: Fender088
Played: 25  Reviewed: 25  Exp: 10.5 Years
This review was updated on 3/21/2009
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Another course to add to the Chattanooga flying disc scene. Great use of the land and lots of elevation changes. The course has a very wooded and technical feel. Although it's only 9 holes, you feel like you've played more because of the distance and all of the hills. All of the baskets are in great condition and it looks like the developers are going to lay concrete in the tee box areas soon. I really liked that I got to throw up hills, down hills, and a few flat and open shots. Variation is key.
Cons: Although things look ready for concrete to be poured, the task has yet to be done. This makes it very inconvenient when the best spot to tee of from for each hole is virtually unusable. I either had to shorten my run up or throw side arm. Also, the are no signs so I had to walk ahead of each hole to see what direction the hole was in. The course also crosses a walking path on a few holes. This isn't a huge problem because there usually aren't that many people out, but it is something to be aware of. I also found the course to be a little difficult to find from the directions posted. The first tee is located near the road to the far left of the Rec Center.
Other Thoughts: Like I said, just another course to add to the bag of courses popping up around Chattanooga. Not as good as The Sinks, but a good technically challenging course none the less. Very similar to The Sinks, in that most holes have a tight fairway with trees on either side. Hole 6 is a great opportunity to let your mid range coast down a large hill.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Nice course with potential

1    3/11/2009   3/11/2009
Review By: wi2ny05
Played: 200  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 20.5 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Develiping course with, as others have noted, no tee pads poured yet. Easy to find your way through and though it's not long, it challenges even the more experienced player.
Cons: Not finished yet and a little shorter than other courses. #4 appears to double back on itself in order to get to the tee for 5.
Other Thoughts: I love the inclusion of the "next tee" arrows to the pole holes.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Course in Progress

5+    2/25/2009   3/3/2009
Review By: Dan_Dizzle
Played: 13  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 11.8 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very good technical course that will test your best shots. Short and through the woods. Hosts a number of good challenges that will make the best golfer even better.
Cons: Well, the course is still in development and the tee pads have not been poured yet. They are marked and staked but no concrete yet. It has been rainy and cold the past couple months, so no real chance to pave them yet. Some holes have out of bounds and mando's but aren't clearly marked and there are no signs or any markers... you have to just look for the next tee pad.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun little course to play and will be even better once the tee pads are poured and they get signs up. Hopefully they will also be expanding as well, as I have heard rumoured whilst playing at "The Sinks". Definitely a course to experience.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Not for the feint hearted!

2-4    2/26/2009   3/3/2009
Review By: discchik
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great woodsy outdoor setting. Very challenging
Cons: No tee pads, No tee pads and no tee pads. Very easy to lose a disc if you happen to fall into the "I'm not quite as accurate as Dave Feldberg" category. All holes are wooded.
Other Thoughts: Ignore the random groups of kids from the Recreation Center who run through the fairways. Less than perfect throws are punished...sevenfold!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 The Sinks Part II

2-4    2/3/2009   2/19/2009
Review By: disccrazy
Played: 6  Reviewed: 6
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Nice use of terrain, Plenty of hills to climb to work on that cardio!
Cons: Bad location, unruly kids who yell racial comments at you from the rec. center. NO TEE PADS.
Other Thoughts: I wish that there could have been some holes at Shepherd that WEREN'T on the side of a steep hill. There seems to be plenty of land and room for a course that could have it all. Instead there was an obvious attempt to recreate the Sinks. The best courses that I have played on in Texas, Colorado and other states have a good mixture of both open holes and ones that are surrounded by trees. There have been numerous consecutive days that were warm enough to pour the concrete to get the tee pads ready yet still... no tee pads~!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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