Let's keep Secret City a secret for now
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Pros: There's a little fun to be had here. 7, 8, and 9 had some decent lines through woods, slight elevation, and a little stream. 7 was my favorite, with a right to left line through trees uphill to a mound with a tightly guarded basket.
Once you find hole 1, navigation is pretty straightforward. Signs are aging but informative.
I won't gripe about the mulched tees. They were level enough and probably adequate for the shortness of the holes.
Cons: When you pull into the parking lot, you'll immediately see a incorrectly assembled practice basket (pole section above the bottom of the basket was at least 6 inches too short). Next to the practice basket is a message board. You'd assume hole 1 would be around here, right? Nope, it's on the other side of the park behind the skate park. A map or at least an arrow or two would be helpful here.
Hole 4 was a mess of trees with zero line to the basket. If they'd remove some trees, they can help make an actual line and identity for this hole.
Why are there 2 baskets 40 ft apart on 9? They clearly spent a lot of effort and resources creating the hanging basket (although I wish it was a little higher up). Keep that one and repurpose the other! I'd recommend moving this extra basket to make a long option on #1. There's a nice little channel in the trees 100ft past the current basket on the way to the #2 tee where that basket would be better utilized.
Several holes had weird and unnecessarily punitive basket locations with trees literally 2ft away (3, 4, and 5 for example).
Other Thoughts: Secret City needs work. I think there's hope with some tweaking. Right now, I'd say the biggest issue is the lack of realistic shot lines. Too many times, luck seemed to trump skill and it takes away from the fun. It's also hard to enjoy a round here especially considering the quality you'll find at the nearby Pelissippi and Powell 9-holers.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Nice mid range challenge.
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Pros: Very technical course.
Lots of trees to really work on your accuracy.
Great for practicing placement.
Nice for someone wanting to learn the ropes, or a great way to work on something other than gripping it and ripping it.
Love the nature shots and having to dodge trees and play around a creek.
Good mix of partial cleanings and wooded technicalities.
Cons: Can be very frustrating and not laid out perfectly.
Pins need updating, still using older just metal baskets with no color to them so they can blend in to the surroundings and hard to spot.
Tees are mulch, which is better then just grass and dirt, but some pavers would be nice.
Could use some more longer cleanings for driving.
Other Thoughts: Overall I love this course. Been playing it since they opened in 2006 and it has come a long way. Pins are laid out a lot better and it is fairly easy to navigate. I don't play here as often as I used to because the holes are short and I love a good drive and just watch the disc fly, there are only 1 or 2 spots here to do that, but this is a fun course and a great getaway from the big courses. I easily recommend this course to anyone.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
A Must Play!
Pros: Short and technical with well manicured fairways. The baskets get moved around often, there are multiple tee boxes, and there are benches located at many of the tee boxes.
Cons: The baskets could use an update along with the earth tee pads.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Mid-Range Focus, Fast
Pros: Multiple Tee pads. Par is capable for many players with some effort. Helps hone tighter more technical throws. Fast course. Fair Maintenance. Excellent signage.
Cons: Pads are mulched, better than dirt though. Course is strongly affected by rain. Trees can be challenging for new players. Drivers won't get used effectively. 9 Holes
Other Thoughts: Course can be played in about 30-40 minutes alone. Fun little course if you love your mid range.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 15 Not
Difficult and challenging course
Pros: Very technical and heavily wooded. I love this course because it is all about the ability to control your disc instead of throw it as hard as you can in a general direction. If your not accurate with your shots then you definitely need to play here a lot. After playing at Carl Yearwood daily for a while I find all other courses simple and un-challenging. There is also several benches added on holes 3, 4, 6 and 7.
Cons: No concert tee pads.
1 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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Crazy old Carl
Pros: Carl Yearwood is a typical, city park, 9-hole course. It serves as an appetizer course, giving you a little taste of everything, so you want to go play one of the city's 18 hole courses.
- This is a more wooded than average nine-hole course. It ranges from some trees on holes #1, 2 & 6 to heavily wooded, tight layouts on #4, 5 & 9.
- There are several fun hole layouts on the course. The two most notable for me were #6 & 7. #6 tees off in the woods to a fairway and tee that's much more open. There are four basket layouts for this hole, and the one I played set up nicely for one to be aggressive for a birdie chance. #7 is a wooded hole throughout, with thick tree coverage on the right side. The basket is on a slight mound, protected by trees. There's a thin line between great tee shot and a tee shot that leaves you fighting for par.
- Good tee signs. They clearly show you the multiple hole tee & basket locations. Most tees are clearly marked by colored, wooden markers. A couple holes were missing them however, but you usually could see where the grass was worn.
- This course definitely puts the emphasis on accuracy. If you can throw straight, you'll save yourself a lot of headaches by staying in the fairway, and in turn, not having to search for discs in the thick rough on most holes.
- For such a relatively small park, the course is almost completely isolated from everything else. About the only thing you'll have to deal with are walkers, plus close proximity to two different roads on #1 & 8.
- This was a smaller park with not a lot of facilities - ball field, skate park, picnic tables and restrooms. That should also help DGers not have to deal with many people.
Cons: There was a couple confusing layouts. Some holes had two baskets on them (what's the deal with one regular basket and one hanging basket 25 feet apart on #9), some had poorly marked tees, and some really could use arrows helping you find both tees (#5 comes to mind).
- The rough on some of these holes was really thick, that you could really spend some time searching for a disc if you get a bad bounce off a tree.
- #4 is a poorly designed hole. The 'fairway' is a cluster of trees. The luck factor seems to play as much, if not more, of a factor as skill. At least, there's enough spacing for putts/short shots, that you should be able to save par. #9 was similar, but that one at least had narrow paths around the trees, making the hole tough but fair.
- I'm listing this as a con, but some might argue it's a positive. The course seems a little confusing in terms of who it's trying to appeal to. It's short like a beginner-friendly course, but it's also heavily wooded, and has narrow fairways, which would seem to be aiming for a more experienced player.
- The course is lacking in basic amenities. I only noticed seats on #7, and don't recall seeing trash cans. But I do recall seeing trash.
Other Thoughts: If all nine holes were as tough, and decently-laid out as the last 5, this would be a pretty decent, and fun, course. Instead, you feel like you want to rush through the beginning just to get to the good part.
- There wasn't enough variety in the holes in terms of distances or even overall feel. From the short tees and baskets, holes ranged from 160 to 249 feet, from the longs they ranged from 216 to 303.
- To its credit, Yearwood had a much bigger risk/reward factor than what you'd see at most nine-holers. Good, aggressive shots will get rewarded with birdie putts, while bad ones will leave you scrambling for par or worse.
- It'd be nice if the basket positions were clearly marked at the beginning, or consistent. My buddy and I had to walk the fairways on several holes to determine which layout we were throwing to.
- #6 & 7 was the best stretch of holes. These holes are isolated from the rest of the park, giving a good disc golf feel. And with a couple of good shots, you should be seeing two birdie putts.
- Overall, a decent nine-hole course. There's nothing really bad or good here, just a lot of consistency. It's not as good as Admiral Farragut, but still alright.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
~Tight wooded layout
~Decent flow, easy navigation
~Multiple tees to allow for longer mixed rounds
~Clean, well maintained park
~Putter & midrange friendly
~Technical from start to finish
~Uneven, dirt tees
~Longer holes and more variety would be beneficial
~Hole 1 is a short walk from the parking lot (bring map)
~A bit cramped in the space provided
Stopped by for a mid morning 9 while on my way home from a weekend visit in Oak Ridge. Brought my bag, but quickly realized I could have been fine with only a few discs. All in all a quaint wooded 9 hole course with multiple options that would allow for a full 18 if you mix it up a bit. Overall the park is on the small scale, but the design seems to make full use of the wooded landscape. Primarily an approach and put course, but the terrain and placement still make for challenging pars on most holes. Easy to find and navigate once you find the first hole. Number 9 finishes close to the parking lot which is good. Hanging alternate basket on the last hole over a small creek is a very nice touch.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Review for Pin position #3
Pros: The new placement of these pins is exactly what this course needed.
Short, but technical. This is great, me and two friends met up to play the new pins positions this morning and managed to get 2 games in around an hour and a half
3 Pin positions and 3 tees each (if you include the sadists' Fearwood tees) pin. This means a lot of variety.
Great flow, even with all the additions everything still flows well, and the pins, while not always visible, are still lined up pretty well for the tees
Secluded. This is one of my biggest winning points on a course. I can't stand when I'm at a course and every few seconds I see heads poping up, people coming behind me, etc. This course is not too terribly played and when it is doesn't "feel" busy.
Signage. The shortest Tee on each hole has a sign on it, which, as of today, is marked with pin 3 (though just in sharpie).
Cons: It's short. I know I put this as a pro, but sometimes this course is a bit of a tease. Getting you nice and warmed up just to have it end.
The Tee's are dirt, This seems to bother quite a few people. I personally don't mind, and perfer them over gravel or grass (except after rains)
The short tee's are easy to find, the longer ones can be a little harder to find if you don't look at the signs. Also "Fearwood" is almost impossible to find on some holes.
The place does flood a little when it rains a lot.
Other Thoughts: I could see this being a problem, but I've never noticed it. But the place looks like a mosquito breeding ground.
Also some of the holes are a bit of a joke (namely hole six, pin position one, short tee), while others seem impossible, thanks to a few areas with "walls o trees." But I like the mix it provides.
I find hole 7 pin 3 more fun (and ironiclly easier) from the fearwood tee.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Better than a two...
Pros: Clean. Safe. Technical. Unique 'signature hole' (Hanging basket over a creek on #9). Quick play. Ample parking. Shelter. Walking track and playground.
Cons: Ground tees. Could use a couple of trees taken out (and this is coming from a guy who enjoys wooded holes!). Lack of elevation.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course my son and I took in while having a w/e trip to the Knoxville area. We enjoyed playing this course as it was quick and rewarded accurately released tee shots. Still, an errant throw can turn what appears to be an easy deuce into a bogie; so let the buyer beware!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: great little nine hole course. very very interesting shots. very very wooded. a lot of fun though. good wind down course after playing the mounds. one of the better nine hole courses i've played.
Cons: some holes are a little too wooded.
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