8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Athens Regional is a solid 9-hole course set in a nice city park. Although it only has 9 holes, each hole has a pro tee and am tee AND two permanent baskets per hole. The baskets are Discatchers (Red are shorter, Yellow are longer). This set up allows for 4 different configurations (pro-red, pro-yellow, am-red, am-yellow) for more variety if you want to play more than 9 holes (you could play 4 rounds/36 holes with no repeats!). For locals who play here often it gives them a chance to change it up from round to round. This set-up also allows for players of different skill levels to play together.
Each hole had two concrete tees and each tee had very nice color signs showing the distance to both baskets. There was also a blue practice basket.
The variety of holes is excellent for only having 9 holes:
1-2 are mostly wide open (good for a warm-up),
3-4 play along a small creek,
5-6 play over/around a pond, and
7-9 play on a wooded hillside.
There is parking and a nice restroom between holes 6 (pond) and 7 (hill). Take the first left as soon as you enter the park. This course is also less than a mile from I-75.
Cons: Holes 1 and 2 have almost no obstacles, mostly wide open with plenty of room for error. (however, I am glad these holes are at the beginning and not at the end- they allow for a little warm-up.) Overall the course is not real difficult as there is usually plenty of room to avoid obstacles.
Navigation in the woods (7-9) was kind of tricky. There were lots of paths. Next tee signs would be helpful. We had no problems finding them in the winter with no leaves, but in the summer it might be difficult to see. First timers might end up on a walking trail, or walk out in the middle of another fairway.
There needs to be steps up the big steep hill as you have to cross the park entrance road from #4 to #5. If it was wet and muddy, it might be impossible to get to the top.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is one of the better 9-hole courses I have played. I would not recommend traveling a long way or going out of the way to play here, but it is definitely worth a quick round if you are driving I-75 from Chattanooga to Knoxville. For the locals, this is a great place to come and learn disc golf and will allow players to work on all aspects of their game- there are holes to practice driving distance, avoiding water, and woods accuracy. It is also a nice place for long-bombers to air it out if they play from the Pro tees to the long Yellow baskets.
*The course used to only be the 6 open holes, but they have recently added 3 more in the woods. It seems that improvements are still being made. (There is a break in the guard rail now from 4-5 that you can walk through that apparently you used to have to crawl under.) I would rate it a 2.5+ (closer to a 3.0 than a 2.0 for sure!)
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Long level tee pads, close to I75, quality hole info signs. Good shot variety required.
Cons: The walk between holes. Wooded paths need worked in and some stairs would help.
Other Thoughts: One and two played back and forth across an open field. Three is nice along a creek and around a large tree after landscaping. Four is mostly open with a wide tree on each side. After you climb up the steep bank, under the guard rail, across the entrance road, under the other guard rail, and down the other steep bank, hole 5 is over water and 6 is along the other side. In the woods for 7, 8, and 9 which are designed fairly.
I have updated my review and increased the rating now that the first 9 are complete. Now I can see this course has potential to turn into something special.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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