Closest Course to the Grand Ole Opry
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Pros: (2.151 Rating) My first experience on a Tennessee Course.
- EASY GOING - One of the better aspects of Two River Park is the laid back feel. No hazards and little overgrowth. There are also birdie opportunities for rec players. Skilled players will be able to shoot low and make a few ace runs. Lots of opportunity to air one out for players maxing at 400 feet, if that's your thing.
- FORGIVENESS - The odds of losing a disc due to an errant shot is near impossible. Misguided shots are generally not further punished within this very lightly wooded layout.
- NAVIGATION - Adequate with a download of the course map on DGCR. I did not see a course map on site, but even without a downloaded one, you'd eventually figure it out. The openness helps with locating next tees, however the hole signage and also downloaded map don't help enough to stop first timers from playing to the wrong basket on a few holes. I personally threw to the wrong basket 3 times, even with the map.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - Not a beginners course per say or an advanced level course, however Two Rivers does manages to provide a prefect middle ground with the one set of tees. The forgiveness as stated above, is great for beginners and rec players. The fairways are long enough on a few holes for advanced players and the few obstacles that are here will make a skilled player work for it on several holes. However, upper advanced players and pros will come away unchallenged.
- QUICK PLAY - For its length, it plays fairly quick. I did my round here solo in under an hour. I think this will translate to two hours for a group of four seasoned players.
- MAINTENANCE - The grounds appear to be constantly mowed, trimmed and manicured. I don't recall seeing any trash on my visit.
- NIGHT GOLF - I think Two Rivers would be an ideal night golf course. Spacious fairways, only a few areas of overgrowth and no water hazards in play.
- LOCATION - Located literally like one mile from the Grand Ole Opry music hall, resort and mall.
Cons: No major issues with Two Rivers but it scored average to below average in all five of my reviewing categories (Fun Factor, Character, Uniqueness, Raw Difficulty and Raw Beauty)
- UNIQUENESS - Way too many open plays. There are at least three holes without a single tree in play (8,14,18). 13 of the remaining 14 holes I'd classify as lightly wooded, and only one hole, number (4), I'd label as a moderately wooded hole. There are no water plays, doglegs and or pockets to skip into. There is only one good bender on (4) if basket placement (A) is used. Only one par 4 on (3) if basket placement (C) is used.
- ELEVATION NOT FULLY USED - Just about every hole has some elevation to it. Nothing all that major, maybe 35 feet max on any one hole. Two Rivers however, has way more available than is currently used. The site has the potential to perhaps work in a 50 foot elevation tee shot on (14). I read on an earlier review that a redesign in 2011 reduced much of the elevation here. I understand that some players will struggle with navigating elevation but I personally would prefer that a couple shots use the maximum the site allows.
- CHARACTER - Fewer amenities and comfort items than I was expecting. I was not impressed by the hole signage. Very poor in its artistic description. The old signage behind these posted over images appears to have been much better. So it was a bit of a head scratcher to think that an item like this downgraded over time. Probably the next biggest thing missing is seating. I also didn't see a practice area. There were however multiple basket placements typical of older established courses.
- TEES - A few of the pads are carpet. For the remainder that are concrete, several are in need of repair and they are very much on the smallish side.
- CHAINS - Mach 3s that are very much starting to show their age.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - Seasoned players who are able to throw 300 feet should have no problem breaking par on this course. Advanced players should probably be able to go several down. Very few shots require you to shape your shot and baskets can typically be attacked from multiple angles.
- SPACING - I found myself deep into other fairways. It's not that there's inadequate room, it's the absents of bordering tree lines and the constant paralleling of hillsides that allows misfired discs to head way off course.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Perhaps it was the time of year I played, but I did not find the course to be vibrant. For what few trees and shrubs that were here, several looked to be on the verge of death. I saw massive branches that were downed in the fairways that I passed through. By all means, Two Rivers is nowhere near the worst course out there in these terms, It's just a touch below average compared to the 149 courses I've hit as of this review.
- TIME WAITING - I played at the break of dawn and still found myself waiting for a few morning joggers and walkers. Five or six holes have a walking path in play.
- WIND - I lucked out, hardly any wind the day I came out here. But considering the openness, I'd bet that it's a common occurrence out here.
Other Thoughts: I forgot my bag on my trip to Nashville, so I had to run this one with three new discs I purchased in town. I see Two Rivers being an adequate rec course that probably also makes it into the rotation of many area players. Not a destination course, but if you're from out of town staying at the nearby Gaylord Opryland Resort, you can slip away early in the morning and knock this one out before your wife even knows you were gone. True story.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Bomb and Hike
Pros: Its disc golf.
Grip and rip course.
Good for all skill levels.
Mixture of distance.
Mach III baskets
Multiple lines on all holes.
Concrete tees on most holes.
Plenty of elevation.
Cons: Needs tee signs.
Course map would be a plus.
Carpet tees on a few holes.
Non golfers may come into play.
Other Thoughts: Great course to spend the day with the family.
Course needs some TLC.
Not a must play with better courses in the area. But fun non the less.
My son's and I enjoyed the course.
It's not as bad as most are saying.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: If you like wide open courses where you can throw it as far as you can and watch the flight of the disc, you will like this one (although as far as open courses goes, this one is far from great). First, the pro's...
1. Great for ripping drives as far as you can throw. This is a big arm's course.
2. There's lots of elevation on this course: downhills, uphills, and valley shots. Nice variety, as far as elevation goes.
Cons: 1. First off, for a wide open course, I expect navigation to be self explanatory or easy to follow: that's not the case here -- and it's frustrating. I could be wrong, but I couldn't find the basket on a few back nine holes and ended up throwing to the same basket, marked #10, on three holes. I don't know if it's worse to be unsure about the basket you're throwing to or to have 2, 3, or 4 different holes throwing on the same basket. Either way, Two Rivers gets dinged for this.
2. Very old, unappealing baskets.
3. Carpet tee pads (as in real carpet, not turf).
4. While there's variety in elevation, you're essentially just throwing back and forth across two fields. Very mundane and forgettable.
Other Thoughts: There are lots of other amenities here, including a water park, walking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. This looks like a really nice place to bring the family. Bring your distance drivers too. But don't bring lofty expectations about playing a great course.
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0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: this is a nicely maintained park. the terrain and trees make for some fun and challenging shots.
Cons: There were some tees missing signs and there are extra tee boxes so I had a difficult time finding the right tee and basket at times. A couple holes I guessed wrong. Most of the signs that were present had an extra paper in the display that covered information related to the hole - distance and direction. there weren't many people out but I did have to watch for some on the path. I can see this being a problem on a busy day.
Other Thoughts: This has the potential for being a great course if a little time was put into maintaining the course not just the park.
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3 Helpful / 0 Not
Better than it's rating.
Pros: --Good use of elevation, up and down hill shots required.
--grass mowed very close, great for rollers.
--Lots of different pin positions.
Cons: --no benches.
--signs are there just not much detail. Missing a couple yardages.
--could be busy with non DG people.
Other Thoughts: Nice course with a wide variety of distances, from 180ish to over 400ft. Mostly open but has enough mature trees to require shot shaping on most holes. Enjoyable course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great place to air it out & get some exercise! Situated near a wave pool/water park, this little gem will have the out of shape huffing & puffing! The scenery is quite nice, rolling hills. The front half of the course plays very quickly with shorter holes & long ones that are easy to park. The baskets are in decent shape. The only obstacles on the course will be your bad driving habits if any. I'd recommend this course to anyone practicing a new run up or trying out a new set of drivers. Blizzards really love this course too! Grip it & rip it!
Cons: BORING! While it's nice to go big sometimes, it's not DG at its finest. The pads are inconsistent, some carpet, mostly concrete. The signage is dilapidated & confusing. It's easy to get lost because many of the signs have been vandalized, and all of them are on their last limb bc they've been turned backwards and reused. Tee pads that don't go to holes are everywhere. Some signs are marked for B basket for example, but the B basket isn't indicated on the map.
Other Thoughts: Take your time navigating, and look for the basket before your throw. I wouldn't bring anyone with joint or health problems bc the course goes up & down many times on these big open hills. If your disc goes over the fence, into the Waterpark area...that's trespassing brotha. The signs clearly say not to jump the fence for disc retrieval. A phone # would be nice.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Rating doesn't accurately describe the course
Pros: Wide open course layout that is perfect for the beginning player, but has definite length and great elevation changes for the more experienced disc golfer. There is the opportunity to try out a number of different shots as well, without too much risk.
Plus, the park is absolutely beautiful. Every time I have gone the holes are well taken care of and baskets, although some need to be re-marked, are in great condition
Cons: -The park is rather busy, so you do have to contend with bikers on some holes.
-No next tee signs near the baskets.
-Remnants of disc golf course of the past can make some shots confusing ( but are great for making different holes for tiebreakers
Other Thoughts: This course is a necessary counterpart to Seven Oaks right down the Road. Where nearly every shot is a punishment and the lines are at time inconceivable. I think that both of them are great courses in their own rights. Are there small changes that could be made to make this a much more difficult course? Absolutely, but this course is excellent for what it is.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good basic course
Pros: Great for the beginner. If you take every chance/risk, it is a blast for more experienced player. The wind adds an awesome feature, just see how far you can bend some shots on gusty days. The course is in good shape, and they have recently moved the pin on 11 around to bring back some elevation. Good holes are 11, 14, 5(one of my favorites), and of course I love #1 on a very cross breeze day.
Cons: It is pretty easy overall. I'm by no means terrific compared to some of you men and women. The course is forgiving about 70% of the time. but the upkeep is good, and its a quick hour with friendly people.
Other Thoughts: To the people responsible, use the gradual up and down hills more effectively. The course could be more challenging, without being longer.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Serves its purpose
Pros: Full 18 hole course in a large city park. Mix of carpet and concrete tee pads that all worked well. Signs at tees showing multiple basket locations with the washer system to show current layout. Course is pretty wide open so you can simply look at the basket to know where you're headed.
Rolling hills and scattered mature trees are the setting for this course. No line shaping or tight gaps to hit. Plenty of room for error, and multiple shots could be used to reach most baskets. Nice looking course that is open enough on the hills to allow wind to impact throws on certain days. Course also has virtually zero lost disc potential.
Several of the baskets are tucked behind or near large trees to add to the challenge. This course did what it could with the layout to make things as interesting as it could be. There are a decent amount of small up and downhills throws. There is also a few baskets with some sloping ground to add some risk to putts and approaches.
With the open layout of this course, and distances ranging from 221' to 378' this would be a great course for newer players or to bring less skilled friends. Nothing overly challenging or brutal that would discourage lesser players from having a good time. With all the more challenging wooded courses in the area this looks like a good choice for practice rounds or rookies.
Cons: Signs are old and need replacement. I would also question some of the distances.
It looks like there are some random extra tee pads around. There might be some alternate layouts with more challenge, but without better signs I had no clue.
Every shot is pretty straight and simple. Not a hole on the course where you are excited or in awe.
Other Thoughts: Not a ton you can say about this course. It is decent in a typical open park setting kind of way. Nothing offensive and nothing great. If you are in Nashville and looking for an open course to practice or bring a new player this would be a nice option. Every city should have at least one of these type courses, but I wouldn't travel out of my way to go there.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Two Rivers is a fairly open and beginner friendly course, that being said it can still be a challenging course even for more advanced players if you are really trying to go for it on every shot not to mention there always seems to be some kind of wind. Most holes have multiple lines for reaching each pin placement so no matter your playing style you have a good chance at reaching the basket. Both a pro and con it is a fairly short course with only a few long (350+) holes. I consider this more of a training course that is great for working on touch shots, new discs or learning to play in the wind.
Cons: This is a multi-use park so you have to be careful and watch for other park visitors, mainly on the front half of the course due to the bike/walking path. Inconsistent tee pads can be annoying at times. Some are a little dangerous I've tripped or lost my footing on tee pads for hole 4, 15 and 17, but I've heard they will be doing some work on them in the coming months. Signs are poor not showing where the next tee pad is and even missing some of the pin placements, best to play your first round or two with someone that has played there before. Finding the first hole can be interesting if it's your first time, it's back where you entered the park but there is no parking anywhere near the tee for hole one. Moles seem to be prevalent here as well so you have to watch your footing at times when walking.
Other Thoughts: Not my favorite but I play here often since it gives you more freedom to test out different shots and work in your wind practice. It would be nicer if there were a few more long holes to work on your distance throws in the open field. I will give a brief overview of the holes of the course to give you an idea of what you'll be getting into. I must mention I am a right handed backhand player, so any shot suggestions are given with that in mind unless otherwise noted.
Hole one is a fairly simply hole the pin is a good ways below you, straight ahead behind a large tree. The low hanging branches on the right side make this a nice touch shot coming low under them, most pros I've seen will try a high hyzer and attempt to crash through the tree with varied success. The left side of the tree is more open making it a bit more of a side-arm or lefty friendly hole. This is a possible ace (hole in one) hole but not guaranteed, I have clipped the basket with a side-arm and low skip shot.
Hole two, a fairly straight forward shot with the basket straight ahead, an OB (out of bounds) road 15-20 feet past it and a tree on the right side. There is also a rather large tree just a little ways off whose branches now are low hanging and blocking the hyzer line. This is the first true ace hole, though you can risk going OB if you throw a little too high. A nice slow anhyzer or straight shot is the preferred route, once again this is a lefty/side-arm friendly hole.
Hole three is the first difficult shot if it is in one of the long positions. The short position is straight ahead and easy to reach, but the pin is rarely in this location. On this Hole you are throwing uphill towards the tree line, a blind shot since you can't see the gap you are trying to reach and there is almost always wind here to affect your disc. The gap is almost straight ahead but only roughly 10-15 feet wide with a couple of trees in the dead center, it is easy to block yourself out off the tee if you get a little too far right or left. There is a high window on the right about 30 feet from the main gap if you happen to pull your shot right off the tee. This hole definitely forces you to place your shots well.
Hole four forces you to throw through a twenty foot gap forty feet away, not a difficult shot but the fact that you are throwing slightly up hill and the ground levels out then goes downhill means you have to place your shot well again. The first pin position is a fairly simple hyzer through the gap and turning left, there tends to be a headwind you don't feel off the tee here that can mess with your disc a little. The second pin placement is nearly straight ahead a little off to the right, the uphill then downhill factor coupled with the headwind can make this a challenging shot at times. Both pin placements force you to throw blind shots.
Hole five is fairly straight forward, a downhill shot with the ground sloping downhill right to left. The pin is slightly off to the right with a few trees to shape your shot around. Preferred route is throwing straight at it avoiding the low ceiling, but there is also an option of throwing a stall shot through a right gap and letting your disc fade towards the basket. A touch shot but this is the second possible ace hole.
Hole six is straight ahead on a slight incline, fairly open allowing a wide range of shots. Still this requires placement if you can't reach the pin in one shot because it is possible to have your disc roll away if you miss your upshot.
Hole seven shares a tee pad with hole nine, another nice touch shot here on either pin placement. If the pin is in the first placement it is straight down the path and a little to the right, with trees on the left and right creating a 15-20 foot gap about halfway to the pin and a low ceiling. The ground falls away to the right so getting your disc to settle and not roll away is key. The second pin placement is down the path and to the left near the paved path (OB). You can take the same gap as in the first pin placement here just making sure to end up left but not going over the paved path and out of bounds. The second line is to go to the left of the tree just left of the path, great shot for lefty/side-arms or if you have nice anhyzer shot. Even if you do make a good shot off the tee you must be careful not to push too hard on your putt and end up OB on the path beyond the pin.
Hole eight is slightly uphill straight ahead with the ground sloping downhill to the left. A fairly straight forward shot, what makes it interesting is the wind can really affect your disc here being on top of the hill. I have played here a lot and the wind can come from just about any direction.
Hole nine is straight ahead down the path or possibly to the left just off the path but it rarely changes position. This is another touch shot but is a possible ace if you can throw long and straight. The main problem here is there is a major slope going right to left downhill the entire length of the fairway making this a very interesting shot for right hand backhand throwers. If your disc hyzers out at the end you can be looking at a very difficult putt with the basket at a considerably higher elevation. Trees down the left side can block you out if your shot isn't perfectly on line here. There is another option of taking a wide hyzer to the right following the slope of the hill around a tree if you can place it well and not skip to far, this is my preferred shot here.
Hole ten has two placements, the first is behind a tree straight ahead . The ground slopes downhill right to left again, that being said the preferred line is a hyzer crashing in at the basket near the tree. The second placement is in the flat of the valley with a large tree on the left forcing you to shape your shot. The preferred shot here is throwing straight out barely missing the tree on the left, the only downside is the distance you have to get with this is difficult unless you have some real power. The wind can affect your shot hear as well. Another option is if you have a good tomahawk shot you can flex around the tree. The third option is throwing a wide anhyzer around the tree to the left and letting it work back towards the basket, this is the route I have seen a few pros take.
Hole eleven is downhill straight ahead behind a large tree. This is another ace hole if you can shape your shot around the tree.
Hole twelve is possibly the longest hole on the course depending on the pin placement. Trees on the left, right and straight ahead will make you shape your shot somewhat. The pin placements are focused around the large tree about 300ft away, being left, right or about 150ft behind. This is a great hole to work on your flex shot or flip up hyzer. The wind here swirls around and can affect your disc tremendously; I have experienced headwinds, crosswinds and tailwinds here making this a good hole to practice getting distance in the different types of wind.
Hole thirteen can be touchy depending on the pin placement. The ground falls away left and right off the main path down the center. The first pin placement is down the path just off to the right behind a large tree, choosing how to deal with the tree makes this a very touchy shot. I consider this placement more lefty or side-arm friendly. The second placement is straight ahead beyond the trees by about 50-75ft and a good 10-15 higher in elevation. The trees create a low ceiling that force you to throw long and straight and you are still left with a difficult putt uphill. If you have the power it is possible to take the trees out of play going with a high hyzer up and over them, but that can bring the wind into play.
Hole fourteen you are throwing over a valley at the pin in one of two positions on the opposite hillside, the wind tends to push you left here towards the woods/bushes so be sure to put your shot out wide enough. The first pin placement is wide open, the second is slightly behind a tree. There is a possibility of going too far and going over the fence if the wind takes your disc, but not a consideration for most.
Hole fifteen focuses around an uphill shot around a large cedar tree directly ahead and a few other trees beyond. There are two pin placements, the first on the right is an easy soft hyzer. The second placement is directly ahead past the cedar tree, the hyzer shot here is difficult being uphill with the trees beyond the cedar creating a low ceiling. There is a fence running down the left side of the fairway that is possible to throw a large anhyzer for those that have the shot, just make sure you force it over enough to keep it in the fairway. This is another lefty/side-arm friendly position.
Hole sixteen has two placements with the ground sloping downhill to a great degree left to right with trees creating a low ceiling. Placement one is straight ahead behind a tree, this is a touchy shot with all the trees around and low ceiling. The second placement is straight and right almost at the bottom of the hill below the second far tree on the right. A nice semi-flat anhyzer or trying to crash through the tree on the right near the basket are about the only two options you have here. There tends to be a tailwind or slight crosswind here so choosing the right disc to reach the basket is key.
Hole seventeen is slightly uphill with a mando on the tree straight ahead and slightly to the right (you must be left of the tree with your shot). The pin is straight ahead and slightly off to the right with a wide gap to throw through and a large tree between you and the basket. An anhyzer is the best option here just make sure to clear the mando being uphill this can be a little touchy, yet another lefty/side-arm friendly hole.
Hole eighteen is straight ahead across a slight valley with an OB road (and fence) running down the left side of the fairway. The tree the tee pad is under can sometimes create a low ceiling if it hasn't been trimmed. There are two pin placements, the short one is straight ahead reachable with just about any shot you want to go at it with and a possible ace hole. The second is long with the basket situated amongst three guardian trees. The interesting factor here is the wind, sometimes there is a crosswind from right to left that can push your disc OB. At other times there is a headwind that pushes your disc right and you can be in danger of hitting the playground area. Using the wind to your advantage here is key.
Well I hope this helps give you an idea of the course and what to expect, have fun.
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