A Knoxville Classic
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Good variety. Good mix of distances, some holes are open, some holes are wooded, a variety of shots are needed, challenging pin placements on a few holes, and the long tees generally add more than just distance.
- Beginner friendly. A new player will have some chances at some pars and even birdies.
- Able to play a very quick 9 or 18 holes.
- There is a very large practice green.
Cons: - Long tees aren't marked and the course layout isn't necessarily intuitive. Look at a map before you start.
- This is probably the nature of a shorter wooded course, but there is some randomness to what scores. Sometimes you plinko off trees and end up next to the basket, sometimes you throw decent shots and get rollaways or funny skips or end up with an obstructed putt.
- The course is often very crowded on evenings and weekends, which is tough to deal with on such a small course.
- An errant throw on #8 could hit a car on a busy highway. Holes #3, #8, and #9 bring the road to the parking lot in play.
- The course can be a little muddy and slick after a rain. Treaded shoes aren't the worst idea.
- There is a big drop off with the tee pad on some of the wooded holes. You shouldn't need much of a run up for the distances, but something to keep in mind.
Other Thoughts: This is the oldest course on the west side of Knoxville and I believe the oldest existing layout in town. When you talk to people that don't play, this course is disc golf to most of west Knoxville. For those reasons, it is probably a little overrated by locals. Of course, that also makes it a can't miss course if you are sampling the 9 hole courses on the west side of town. The course absolutely has character. Even though I'm a relatively new player, there is something that just feels right about sliding your Stratus up to the pin on one of the wooded holes or hyzering your Cyclone into the green on #4.
The local club has a very popular Monday Dubs at this location, so either join in on that, or look to play this course some other time.
All in all, this is a fun course that compliments the other area 9 hole courses.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Oh Captain, My Captain
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Typical concrete tee boxes and standard baskets, nothing necessarily good or bad about the tee or basket setup.
- Technical challenges through the park. You will have to use multiple types of shots and pray that you won't have to use a flippy midrange to get out of a sticky situation.
- Two tee boxes to each hole, and with it being a shorter course, you can knock out a short-tee and long-tee challenge in no time.
- Decent balance between short holes that require more precise navigation and longer, open holes. Holes are anywhere from 150 ft. through the woods up to almost 400 ft. wide open.
Cons: - Not the nicest flow to a course. You may find yourself accidentally walking to the wrong tee box, and you'll be crossing over the road at least once.
- Somewhat high risk of the course eating a disc. Between heavy brush in some areas and a deep water hazard, some players may find it ideal to throw a conservative round.
- Lots of traffic, both on foot and vehicular. For more advanced players it may not be too big of a deal, but for beginner and intermediate players having a group in front of you, behind you, and heavy car traffic can be distracting.
- Simply put, there's really nothing particularly eye-catching about this course. A few short wooded holes and some longer holes around the road just don't leave you thinking, "Wow, what a beautiful course, I can't wait to come back."
Other Thoughts: Hole #1 is short, but requires a fine line straight down a narrow tunnel.
Hole #2 is similar to hole #1 but uphill and a little longer, so technically more difficult. Your most stable drivers or midranges will be needed early on.
Hole #3 is deceptively long. Narrow tunnel up front, but open once you get past 80 ft. or so.
Hole #4 is a deep RHBH hyzer into the treeline.
Hole #5 short uphill approach, but slightly more open lines compared to earlier holes.
Hole #6 is a short RHBH anhyzer downhill, but there is a heavy water hazard behind the basket. Let the hill do the work for you.
Hole #7 is a long shot across the field, just tank it dead center.
Hole #8 is straight uphill with heavy tree to the right of the fairway. I go RHFH hyzer here.
Hole #9 is another longer hole that is mostly open until you get to outer circle.
In all of the courses I've played, this is the most average 9-hole course I've found. There is nothing that leans this course far one way or the other, it will simply lend itself to the most average round of disc golf. If you're looking for a 9-hole course in the area that is more picturesque, check out Plumb Creek, or a course that is more challenging, try Powell Station.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Admiral Farragut DGC
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Admiral Farragut Park in Knoxville is home to a short 9 hole disc golf course. This course isn't one of those courses that you are going to see big tournaments at but it is definitely a fun little course to play. I've played this course more than a handful of times and I always have a blast. It's mostly wooded with a few open holes added in the mix also. Short tight fairways make for fun shot shaping and lots of ace runs. Several of the holes here you can just pull out your favorite throwing putter and give the basket a run but there are a few where more than a putter are needed. If you are looking to get a fun and quick round of 9 holes in this is the course for you. There is also the option of lopping the course twice and playing the longer tee positions as there are dual tees for every hole. As I said.. .not a top level course but definitely great for a fun round! If you want to see this course on video, check out the video of my crew playing this course in the videos below...
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Good 4 an O.G. - old guy
Pros: Many shorter, more reachable holes/ with canopy and open shots. Located in Admiral Farragut Park -scenic & historical.
Cons: Only one here enjoying it. Just finished raining.
Other Thoughts: Course suited my needs - not too long, but requires occasional accuracy with shots.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is passable for a casual round, but I'm a little perplexed about the rating inflation. Maybe it's seen better times. Anyway, there are a few pro's:
+ Short course, good for beginners. This is a decent course to introduce someone to the game.
+ Tightly wooded for about 5 of the 9 holes. Nice challenge. Well laid out. The final 3 holes are longer and more open with a chance to air it out. Nice variety.
+ My favorite hole is #6. It plays downhill. It's wooded, but not too dense. The basket is at the bottom of the hill, right next to the lake. Unfortunately, despite the course being right next to a lake, this is the only hole where water even comes into play.
+ #5 is a good one too. For RHBH players, you play a big hyzer uphill 250 feet. It finishes downhill, with the basket protected by guardian trees.
Cons: The con's are numerous. I'll list them from most hazardous to least:
- Hole 7 plays across the large field you drivr past when entering the park. The fairway is bordered by the entry road at the far end, but even worse, a busy road parallel to the entire hole on the right side. From the long tee, if you're throwing to the basket, all it would take to send a missile into oncoming traffic is a case of grip lock or if you flip the disc over. Not safe.
- Hole 9 plays along the park road. Not as busy or dangerous, but still, not great design. Watch out for cars.
- POISON IVY is everywhere -- the rough areas and underbrush are covered in it, but it's growing freely in the fairways too. I tried to avoid it, but my disc landed in big patches of it a few times. Sure enough, I'm itching today.
- That covers the major stuff. The rest could be fixed with a little TLC. First, the baskets are pretty old and rickety.
- The concrete tees are just average. It's be nice if they were a little bigger.
- I really wish they could've incorporated the beauty of the lake. Only the only hole goes anywhere near the water. The course is not that pretty. It plays through some unimpressive woods, then opens up to the aforementioned traffic.
Other Thoughts: The options are somewhat limited in this part of Knoxville. I only had time for a quick 9, so I came here. If I had any more time, I would've driven a little further south to the Claytons (currently the #2 rated course in Tennessee) or gone towards town to Victor Ashe. I'll have to bag those next time I'm in town.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good course with a mixture of wooded and open shots.
Course is beginner friendly.
Most holes are under 300' making lower scores possible for most players.
Cons: Water hazard backs up one hole and another plays along a busy road.
Course could be better maintained.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course that we would recommend to anyone.
Watch out entering and exiting the park or your vehicle could be hit by a wayward disc.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A Beginner Friendly Course
Pros: Well defined lines
Even mix of open and wooded holes
Most holes are less than 300 feet so beginner friendly
Concrete pads are level and appropriately sized
Two teepads for each basket to make for 18 hole course
Wooden posts to indicate hole number and length for the front nine holes
Water OB on one hole along with road OB coming into play on several holes add a bit of challenge
There's a lot of ace opportunities
Cons: The park sees a lot of people when the weather is nice. Expect to wait on people, especially beginners and families
The park is a notorious high school hangout so there's a lack of etiquette among a lot of golfers, and the course and park as a whole gets trashed on a regular basis
The baskets have seen several years of use with little repair or maintenance so some are rickety, and most don't take hard putts very well
It isn't much of a challenge for advanced to professional golfers. Several holes are under 200'
Other Thoughts: If you want to beat the crowd, your best bet is to play in the morning. I've had the course to myself up until 12 p.m. countless times, even in nice weather.
The two teepads for each hole were originally labelled as something along the lines of amateur and pro, so the front nine plays less challenging, with the back nine pads demanding tighter lines, and almost always longer drives.
There's also the orange tees designated by orange spray paint by locals as the most challenging way to play the course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
forgiving with a little kick
Pros: Simple 9 hole course, good for a starting player, wooded enough to help you cut your teeth. This would also be a good course to test out a new disc on as it has short and long shots to try it out.
Cons: You have to throw at the water on one hole and next to a busy road on another so be careful on those. Also it is pretty crowded.
Other Thoughts: overall it is nice with a few small concerns, Don't go out of your way to play here but play it if you are in the area.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Decent For What It Is
Pros: *Good Begginer Course
*Two sets of tees - can play through twice for a full 18 rounds
*Decent technical shots at points
*Can play through quickly if there is no crowd
Cons: *Local hangout for teens. Virtually unaccessible after school hours.
*Short holes - few opportunites to rip on drives without worrying about traffic (the entrance street runs right through the middle of the course)
*Insanely busy on weekends - lots of new players and people just goofing off, so don't expect any ettiquette.
Other Thoughts: As the only disc golf course in West Knoxville, its you're only real option if you want a quick game and find youreself out that way. It's a small, unintimidating course, and its a great place to take someone new to the game. Avoid the "after-school" rush and busy weekends if at all possible, or you will spend the majority of your time waiting to play through. If you are an experienced player traveling through town and looking for a challenging course, Morningside, Victor Ashe, or Tommy Schumpert are a better bet.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Great for beginners
Pros: Two pads per tee, short and long. On some holes the long tee changes the shot type increasing the replay value of the course. Great course for beginners as the course is short and calls for control and finesse over power.
Cons: More experienced players will be frustrated with how short the holes are. Hole 6's basket is 3 feet from the edge of the Tennessee River. It's not worth the risk to really go-for that hole. I've personally lost a disk on hole 6.
There's also some heavy underbrush in this course if your throw is errant.
Hole 7 is parallel to a fairly busy road which is nerve-wracking for both parties.
The park in general is a hangout for local teens so be prepared for the occasional bout of roudiness and general lack of etiquette if there is a crowd.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun, short course with enough shot variety to keep things interesting.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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