3 Helpful / 1 Not
Bring your waders
Pros: fun Challenging course, esp. for beginners.
multiple tees and baskets let you change it up if you want to play 18.
Really nice park. clean bathrooms, lots of trash cans.
neat old buildings in the woods.
Cons: there needs to be some signage or a map provided, hard to figure out where your supposed to go.
I promptly threw my pro Roc into the creek. had to wade out to get it back...hey, it's 10 bucks! saw some nice discs in the pond, too. I thought about trying to get 'em but it looked like a good place to get flesh-eating bacteria or something.
The steep climbs in the wooded holes aren't fat boy friendly.
Other Thoughts: Had a good time playing here. I really liked the "woods" holes, actually.It was fun bouncing discs off of all the trees, reminded me of pinball.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Great free 9-holer!
Pros: Each of the 9 holes has a short and long tee that is new concrete and each has two baskets per hole as well. There are red baskets for the short ones and the yellow baskets for the long one. All are brand new DiscCatcher baskets that are in absolute perfect condition. Each tee has a sign that gives distance to each basket from each tee. The tee signs show obstacles such as trees, water hazards and shows the short tee placements as well.
All fairways are well maintained, mowed and did not see any poison ivy or any other irritable plants or bugs worth mentioning. Not a far walk to the next tees and there was a nice breeze that cooled us off. A few nice bombing holes such as hole 1, 600' from long tee to far basket and hole 5 which is quite far and over a pond and both are downhill. This makes me and my noodle arm feel good about myself! Technical shots come into play on 7, 8 and 9 which are all in the woods and go cross slope.
Restroom after hole 6 and even though it's a 9 hole course (now) it's a great way to spend an afternoon. Plenty of other things to do there as well, playground, paved walking trail, hiking and mountain biking trails, ball fields and tons of parking. There is also a practice basket but it is after hole 2 for some odd reason and painted blue. There is also a winery about 2 miles away.
Cons: No place to put any trash and couldn't locate any vending machines or water fountains. On holes 3, 7 and 8, we had a hard time finding the tees. Maybe arrows guiding you to the next tee would help. On holes 6 through 9, you must backtrack the hole anywhere from 30-100' to find the next tee. Most holes are RHBH friendly as most curve left or are straight. Only holes 4 and 9 need a right fade from the tee.
Other Thoughts: Tee 1 is in the big field to the right after you drive in. Tee 3 is towards the main road. Cross over the driveway that leads to the house and you'll see it. Hole 7 is in the woods. Have the pond behind you and look towards the woods to the right and there's a small trail that will lead you to the tee. To get to hole 8, backtrack on 7 until you reach a 5' wide trail that goes up hill. Go up about 50' the tees are 50' left. Hole 9, backtrack about 50' and look downhill for the tee.
Oh I lost a blue Champion Beast that was custom dyed in the pond on hole 6. Probably 15' from the edge. Would like it back if you find it!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Easy acess from interstate. Enjoyed the quietness of a early Sunday morning. Tees are clean and level. Baskets appear to be brand new. Grass had been mowed recently.
Cons: A little confusing for me to find the layout at first. Once I figured it out it made sense.
Other Thoughts: 08/06/10 Course had been mowed recently. Holes 1,2,3, really nice. Hole 4 grass is taller. Hole 5,6, are ok. 7,8,9, are in the woods and looking good.
I put a disc in the pond, but retrieved it easily.
2 of 3 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.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
update on regional
Pros: Hole 1 and 2 are nice warm up grip and rip shots to get your arm in the groove. Hole 3 is a tight thread in between a huge tree and a creek. Hole 4 is another grip and rip with some trees in play from the long tee and could possibly play from creek if errant shot. Hole 5 is across the road and plays across the pond. Hole 6 plays parallel to the pond and the tree line to the left. Baskets are tucked away in the tree line to the left. Hole 7 is across the parking lot and in the woods. Plays uphill and if you can flick it good, it seems to work the best. Hole 8 is a monster and plays longer than stated on the sign. Hole 9 is elevated and downhill to the baskets. Yellow basket is far to the left.
Other Thoughts: I play here all the time and have gotten many discs out of the pond and creek. If you have lost a prized disc or just a personal fav and want it back bad. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me details on where it is and what kind of disc it is and I will do my damnist to get it for you and get it back to you. My name is Donovan.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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