Good 4 an O.G. - old guy
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A solid 9er
Pros: -Concrete tees
-Two sets of tees
-Good variety of holes for a 9 hole course
-Amazing use of a very small piece of land
-Water comes into play on 1 hole
Cons: -Concrete tees can vary in size (some are far too small)
-Baskets are old, catch just ok.
-Some basket to next tee locations are a little too close for comfort
Other Thoughts: This course is truly a fun course to play, when there is no one there. This course/small park is one of the few things to do in Farragut, so you get a lot of kids/people hanging out and/or enjoying a casual round + the play 5+ times a week discgolfers. Lots of people for a small area, so its hard to play a quick solo or duo 9.
Since this course has two sets of tee, it makes it a great course for teaching, beginners, kids, etc.
I give this course a 2.5, but on a 1-5 scale of just 9-holers, it would have to be a 3.5 or 4.
Hole 1)Wooded fairway. From the long tee, it's a sharp RHBH hyzer ~200ft with low ceiling. Can't see the basket from the tee but you will when you walk past the short tee. Long tee pad is small! From the short it's a pretty short pitch as you can see the basket straight on through wooded fairway.
Hole 2)Wooded fairway. Slight RHBH anhyzer from the long tee. ~240ft. Short tee shot is similar to hole 1. Can see basket, mid range shot straight on. Wide fairway, but going right can be bad.
Hole 3) Wooded fairway to gap into open grass area. Slightly downhill. From long tee slight RHBH anhyzer. Short tee can see the basket straight on, but still shooting through gap. One of the tougher holes as if you mess up before the gap, getting your 2nd shot to the pin for a putt could prove difficult.
Hole 4) Wide open fairway. Both tees are same shot but long is just...longer. Slight downhill wide open shot with basket tucked in trees. A big RHBH hyzer, or strong RHBH straight shot with overstable disc to let fade in to gap which is left.
Hole 5)Wooded fairway. Straight, narrow, low ceiling. One of the harder holes. Tees are same shot. The long tee probably plays as the toughest hole on the course. ~290ft, narrow, trees everywhere both sides.
Hole 6)Tees give slightly different shots. But either tee allows a putter to be thrown on anhyzer or hyzer line. It's short, downhill, with a lake 2 ft past the basket. It's a very risk-reward shot. You always want to be shorter than long. I've gone sprinting down the hill to jump in the lake several times. Lucky thing is it's not too deep, so I have always come away with the disc I've put in the water.
Hole 7)This hole plays the longest on the course at the long tee. Wide open straight shot. Flat elevation. ~380ft. But the road is on your right and it's very easy to put a disc in the street and/or hit a car. The short tee is up the hill so it gives a slight downhill straight shot the basket. But too much power can still end up in street.
Hole 8)Most uphill hole on the course. This is a hole where the short tee might play harder than the long. The long is wide open RHFH flick hyzer for me. Wide open with usually a birdie putt. The short tee has a huge tree 40ft from tee making it a tight RHBH hyzer up the hill in between the tree and shrubs/trees/fence on the right. Or a super wide out flight hyzer around the left of the tree. Basically that tree makes the short tee much harder.
Hole 9)Open fairway with basket ~400ft from long tee. Shots play the same from both tees. Long is higher up hill so a little more a downhill shot. Maybe longer than 7, but doesn't play like it since it's downhill. Straight shot to the basket that is tucked into trees that start at ~300ft. Throwing to 260-300 and going far left or right will turn out bad. You'll be in the woods. Right is way worse, so don't throw right! Easy to lose discs in there.
I've played this course 15+ times and lost plenty of discs so here are some holes to watch out on: holes 3,5,6(water),9 are some of the easier holes to lose discs.
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A very fun little course.
Pros: This is a great little course, especially if you want to work on your approach/short driving game. You don't have a chance to air out your drives, but there are plenty of chances for aces, and the course provides you with a multitude of different types of shot selections.
The course itself is very well taken care of, although I'm not totally sure who takes care of it.
Its very convenient to get to, just take I-40 to exit 376 towards Maryville. Take exit 5 towards Northshore Drive, then turn right off of the exit and drive about two miles and the course is on your left.
Honestly, take the time and play this course if you're in the area. It will take you an hour or two max, and you'll definitely have a good time.
Cons: I have only two qualms about this course. The teepads, while nice, are a bit short. Thankfully, with this course it's not that big of a deal since you don't need any real monster drives.
The only other thing I "dislike" about the course are the baskets. They're in good condition, but I prefer DiscCatchers. It really is more of a personal issue than anything.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1 is the shortest hole on the course, at about 150 feet from the short tee, 180 or so from the long. The "fairway" is scattered with a bunch of trees, but there are several lines you can take, and with even a decent shot you'll be in great position for a birdie.
Hole two is another short one, at 180/210ish. The short tee is a direct line to the basket, with about a 10 foot gap over a small ravine to the basket. The long tee offers a much harder line. It's set about 20-30 feet back and down to the right. To set yourself up for a putt, you need to either throw a long anhyzer line or forehand shot to get into the fairway.
Hole three gets you out of the woods (literally!). The short tee is a clear shot through a nice big opening in the trees, with the basket slightly to the right. The long tee requires a bit more difficult shot. The opening in the trees is a fair bit smaller, but puts the basket at a bit easier angle to get to. A RHBH shot with a slightly overstable driver/well thrown midrange will put you in good position for a putt.
Hole four is slightly easier. It's a slight downhill grade, with the short tee being about a 330' shot around the woods towards the basket that's set in the edge of the treeline. The long tee for the hole is further up the hill, allowing you to see the basket. Nothing super special about this hole. Just requires a decent drive and avoidance of the treeline.
Hole five is a lot like hole two. Slightly longer, but with the same general format in that the short tee is a straight shot to the pin over a small dip in the landscape. The long pin for the hole is back and ever so slightly to the right, though not at the same hard right angle as hole two.
Hole six is downhill, through a fairway full of trees. The pin is backed by a lake (about 5-10 feet back) so be careful with your drive. The short pin requires either a RHBH anhyzer or RHFH shot. The long tee is a ways back to the left of the short tee, but is a pretty direct shot to the pin. Honestly, I usually just try to lay up and hit par on this hole. A birdie isn't worth losing a disc/going swimming.
Hole seven is one of the two open holes on the course. Short tee is on the hill next to the treeline, at about 280'. The long tee is down to the right at the very edge of the road, about 310'. The biggest problem with this hole is the road; it runs parallel to the hole, about 50 or so feet from the pin. Shouldn't be an issue, but if you let one sail on you you're going to have a rough time.
Hole eight is a bitch. It's at the bottom of a steep hill, with a very thick stand of trees to the immediate right of the short pin, and two large trees in the middle of the fairway. The long tee is a bit further back, making it a bit easier to avoid the trees, but still requires a nice long anhyzer to get within sight of the basket. Definitely the toughest hole on the course.
Hole nine lets you air it out a bit. It goes over an open fairway to a basket on top of a rock outcropping. There a few trees in front of the basket, but nothing that makes it too difficult to get to the pin. The short tee makes it about a 350ish foot shot, while the long tee is about 30 or 40 feet behind it.
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The Admiral is alright with me
Pros: Admiral Farragut is a solid, 9-hole course. He may have been a Civil War soldier, but he's now known for a solid disc golf course as well.
- A good variety of holes, especially for a 9-holer. There are four true wooded holes, two true open holes, and three mixture holes (#3, 4 & 9). Throw in some elevation, water and rocks, and you've got a little bit of everything. The rock formations were pretty cool throughout the course, especially on #9.
- Most holes have dual tee pads. Most of those give you a different look, but several are essentially the same look, just pushed back 30 - 40 feet. #3 gives you the best changeup in looks (change in dogleg direction), while #7 adds the most distance to the tee shot.
- This course rewards aggressiveness, without punishing you (for the most part). The wooded holes are mostly forgiving, so you can still redeem par with an erratic tee shot. The worst rough appears to be on the right side of the fairway on #8. Also, a wet disc on #6 would probably be considered unforgiving.
- A couple of really fun, creative holes. #4 is a dogleg right, starting in a field to a basket surrounded by trees. #6 is a downhill water hole. Basket is close to the water, so don't go long - a true risk/reward hole. #9 is similar to #4, in that you tee off from the field, to a wooded setting around the basket. The tee is also surrounded by rocks, so don't expect many skip shots to get close to the basket.
Cons: Nothing major here, just a few small observations.
- The course could use better signage between holes. There are a lot of extra paths on the wooded holes, so it's easy to walk down one and end up somewhere that's not the next hole. This isn't an easy course for a first-timer to play without a map.
- The basket is a little too close to the water on #6. It's one thing to penalize tee shots that sail away. It's another to be concerned about a 30 foot putt possibly getting wet because you have no margin for error. Even if the basket was moved in front of trees, so there'd be some sort of barrier between you and the water.
- The tee pads are shorter than normal. You don't need a full run-up on some holes, but on the others (especially #4, 7 - 9) it can be an issue.
Other Thoughts: Admiral Farragut is an above average nine-holer. I'm not sure if this was a pro or con, so it's ending up in the other thoughts. The holes are cramped together in a small space, especially 1 - 6, but I was surprised that they still felt somewhat isolated from each other. It might not feel that way when the park is busy, but it does on a Saturday morning.
- There's a ton of stuff in the area named after the admiral. You look around any there's Farragut this and Farragut that all over the place. I had to look it up online to find out who he was.
- I like the creative holes here. The first two are decent wooded holes, but after that, it picks up. I mentioned the notable ones above. My favorite layout of those is #9. It's a great mixture of all the holes together into one.
- Overall, a very good nine-holer that's worth a play. An 18-hole version of this course would be very fun.
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