4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice and large, mostly flat tee pads with good grip even after rain. Elevation change on every hole, some significant at 30+ feet. Good variety of shots and various routes to take which adds to the fun. Some easy twos and ace runs but also a few you can air out your fastest drivers if you're playing longs. Two baskets on some holes with talks of getting more sleeves and baskets in the ground soon with hopes of getting two baskets on all 18. Three cement picnic tables with covers, a small pavilion with roof, and a large covered pavilion that is great for hosting events or getting out of the rain. Water spigot near the pavilion with a clean porta-potty that has appeared recently. Recycling and trash cans at the park. Grass height is maintained frequently enough. Practice basket with elevation change. DisCatchers are showing wear and a little rust but not enough to make it any type of issue.
Cons: The paved trails are littered with fallen branches. The drainage ditch on holes 7 and 10 is so eroded it could swallow a disc golfer. Lots of non-disc golfers use this park. Lots of broken glass so forget rubbing your hand in the dirt for grip.
This is not a cart-friendly course whatsoever. The walking paths are steep, slanted, and can be slippery due to high clay content in the soil. Benches are few and far between so bring a seat. Not the best course to play alone cause of all the riffraff.
Other Thoughts: This place is somewhat of a haven for the city's drunks, prostitutes, and drug users. That being said, it's a great course for beer and such as cops and the city kind of ignore the everyday craziness at Morningside, for whatever reason.
This course will really wear you out on a hot/humid day. The hikes on holes 10-15 will even cause the physically fit to huff and puff. Rollaways can be very frustrating here, but I don't see it as a con, rather it just adds to the challenge and forces you to learn how to recover. Locals often say "Morningside" or the like, following a rollaway, even when at nearby courses, lol. The fun factor is high, especially on league dubs nights. I'd estimate 25-35% of locals would call Morningside their favorite Knoxville Course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Tons o' Fun if you have a map!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Others here stated that this course would be better if it was in a different setting. I think that's way overblown. Yes, you'll find some broken glass here and there but it's not in an area to worry about your safety. Morningside is a classic city park course with lots of creative lines and elevation. Several holes have MULTIPLE perfectly fine Innova baskets just for fun. I especially enjoyed the boulder-guarded 5, the mound-topped 7, the long 555ft downhill 9, tough-windowed 11, Idlewild-style tight wooded 14, and the deceptively difficult super-uphill 18. Tee pads are fantastic. Maintenance is strong. You'll have some great views of downtown at 12's basket. Each hole had plenty of character and I'd be proud to have this course in my hometown.
Cons: Navigation is the biggest issue here. I had the DGCR map ready to go from the start but I still wasn't ready to find the transition from 13 to 14 (you'll have to walk up the 11 fairway to get there, bummer). Clearly, the designers went with ideal hole design at the expense of goofy navigation. Signs need a major upgrade too.
Other Thoughts: If Morningside had great signs and better navigation aides, this would be a 4 star course! Definitely play here if you can. I'm very impressed with the Knoxville disc golf scene and the investment they make in their courses. Make sure to play The Claytons and Tommy Shumpert while you're in the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great Course in the hood
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a terrific disc golf course, lots of fun to play and makes you use side arm throws, rollers, turnovers, giant hyzers, all of it. It's challenging but you can still go low. Lots of pin placements give a chance to roll back down so it teaches you to play smart. Good baskets and great big concrete pads. Course really makes good use of the space it has. Basket locations move around pretty regularly.
Cons: It's in the hood. Signs get beat up there is broken glass, litter and nastiness all about. If this course was on a farm in the mountains, all else being the same, it would be legendary. As is, the neighborhood takes away a point+ off the rating, it's a factor. There are walking paths through the course and sometimes you have to warn people you are throwing. Watch out for dog poop.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course, I play it once a week at least and was tempted to give it a higher score just because I've grown to love it. Play it, see what you think.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Diamond in the rough.
Pros: 1. Tees: level, large, well marked for the most part.
2. Variety: Short, Long, Uphill, Downhill, Left, Right, Rollers, Risk/Reward.
3. The course itself is great. It challenged me and it was downright hard for my girlfriend who had 9 holes under her belt prior to us playing this course.
Cons: Locale: I wouldn't go near this course after 4pm. I'm not an alarmist, thats just common sense. Broken glass, other debris around the course. If it had more garbage cans I would have been inclined to pick up alot of trash. Theres a dangerous piece of something like re-bar about a foot and a half long sticking out of the ground on the back nine. Sorry I can't be more specific, it was last week. Interesting characters walking the park and it was before noon. Walking paths, roads, fitness stations, drainage ditches, apartment complexes, picnic tables, there are extra considerations all over this course.
Other Thoughts: I am no pro. Intermediate who throws about 400-450 RHBH. Flat n level alot less. I've been playing off and on for about ten years. Picked up the game in Montana. Go Griz!
The course itself is great. The neighborhood might be considered dangerous by some. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, general rule.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Solid Intermediate Course
Pros: Intermediate level course set just outside of downtown Knoxville.
Baskets - 18 grippy discatchers. They were easy to see. There is a practice basket as well at the bottom of the hill near the pavilion.
Tees - 1 large concrete tee per hole. They are shaped like a trapezoid with the wider end towards the end of the tee pad to allow you to throw in different angles if needed.
Signs - Billboard had info on disc golf but did not have a map. The signs for the holes were great. Showed distances, par, and a map. A few signs pointed you towards the next tee (7, 14, 16).
Variety - Course was very spread out and had some sort of elevation on every hole except 5 and 17. A few of the baskets were placed on hills to add elevation to the holes. Every hole had mature trees to shape the line. 2 and 14 had a thread the needle type of shot. A few holes had a small creek run through it but it was literally a few inches deep. No two holes were the same. A few blind shots due to elevation. 11 and 18 had extreme elevation.
Nice scenic park that had a view of the skyline from hole 12.
A port o potty and some trash cans after hole 4.
Playground on site.
Benches after hole 1 and 4 as well at the tee for 7.
Trash can after hole 4.
Peaceful park with some cool features (statue, paths, etc).
Cons: Course needs signs pointing you towards the next tee. Navigation can be tricky for a first timer, especially after the following holes (2, 4, 6, 10, 13, and 17).
Broken glass throughout the course on the ground.
Ground can be very soggy and muddy after rain. Leaves the tees to be slick as well as the walk uphill on 11 and 18.
Needs a course map at the billboard showing the course as well as the location of the practice basket.
Could use a few trash cans. Trash throughout course.
Walking path can cause delays if course is busy.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course. Most holes were reachable within 2 shots with the right throw. Plenty of obstacles to shape lines that can make or break your day. It was slick, soggy, and muddy when I played but I still enjoyed myself.
The elevation and the variety helped me to enjoy this course.
Would definitely recommend if in the area or passing through like I was. It is right off the highway.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Plenty of holes where you can let your drive rip. The hilly terrain makes for a nice workout. Intuitive layout and I really enjoyed myself. Would make a great everyday course.
Cons: All the yardage measures were exaggerated. Made for a challenging first round. The advertised views of the river were also exaggerated. Still pretty scenic though.
Other Thoughts: Rewards driving accuracy and caution in the putt/approach game. Most of the course is very uneven terrain and there are major risks of losing strokes when your disc rolls down a hill. I'm not that used to this kind of hazard and I could see it getting frustrating if you get victimized by too many bad rolls.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
a lot of bang for the buck
Pros: -perfect tee pads, good baskets
-really interesting mix of holes and shot types, particularly considering the course is on a city park
-excellent use of elevation and trees
-several very fast, challenging greens
-great warm up holes to start
-good mix of short and long
Cons: -condition of park in general. lots of trash, some of it pointing to illegal activity in the park. seems that this park doesn't get a lot of attention from the city.
-course throws over many other activity areas of the park
Other Thoughts: I really don't have much bad to say about the course itself. I found it to be really interesting and makes brilliant use of the available land. Great tees and baskets. Lots of fun/unique shots playing with the elevation in the park. Signage got us around the course even though there was no one else there and we had never played it before.
My "cons" are about the upkeep of the park itself. As others have said, it is in a rougher area right outside of downtown, and it seems maybe the park doesn't get the attention it deserves. Lots of trash, some of it sketchy. Ironically, the disc golf course is one of the nicest, most well kept things in the park (usually the other way around).
Some of the fairways go right over walking paths, but it was deserted when we played so this was not an issue for us.
I would highly reccomend playing this course. While the park leaves something to be desired, we never felt unsafe or unwelcome, and really enjoyed it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Excellent Variation, some very cool holes
-Visitors to the Park know Disc Golf
-Always other golfers playing
-One of the oldest disc golf courses around.
Cons: -Always other golfers playing
-Some of the latter holes (16-18) are not very fun, kind of seems like they ran out of room.
-VERY easy to lose discs
-Not excellent a pretty course, somewhat dilapidated
Other Thoughts: Solid course that is just minutes from beautiful downtown Knoxville. Great participation on the course with weekly doubles tournaments.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
The Much Needed Update
Pros: This is the completely new and redesigned Morningside course
Baskets 1 and 5 are still not there due to sidewalk construction, so this review is based on what is playable and considered the "course" currently.
-Brand new huge concrete tee pads at all holes
-Brand new yellow Innova discatchers
-Uses much more of the park than the old layout thus playing longer
-Four par 4s
-Lots of elevation change
-Great use of land
-The Charlotte course master/designer Stan McDaniel designed it!
-Lots of trees, meaning lots of shade
-Haven't experienced large crowds at all (possibly due to it being so new, but most Knoxville courses don't get nearly as crazy as Nashville courses)
Cons: -No permanent signage yet, and temporary signage is all just laying near the teepads under twigs and branches
-No signage means navigation is tough unless you have map or play with someone who knows
-Too many straight shots (even though these shots still have plenty of obstacles)
-1 and 5 still unplayable
-No practice basket
Other Thoughts: It's really hard for me to not compare this course to the old layout, which is why I like it so much.
Hole 2) Par 4 shooting gradually uphill, slight hyzer, over 350 foot of brush that can easily hide your disc. Then another 100ft+ shot to the pin
Hole 3) Gradual decline with a low ceiling becoming a problem 200ft after your drive. Pin on pretty steep slope so your putt can roll away easily
Hole 4) Shortish straight shot with low ceiling at 150ft after drive.
Hole 6) Plenty of airspace with this hyzer around a big tree 100ft in front of you. Easiest hole on course
Hole 7) Straight downhill shot with a menacing line of trees protecting the pin on top of a large sharp hill, so don't let your putt roll down.
Hole 8) Flat par 4 anhyzer with low ceiling. If your drive is even remotely close to good, it becomes too easy
Hole 9) Continual gradual decline of this straight par 4 playing the longest hole on the course. Power lines run down the left side of the fairway. If you miss the fairway it's better to miss left. Right of the fairway is a huge hill that eats discs
Hole 10) Par 4. Probably one of the cooler holes. 350-400ft flat straight shot to a wall of trees and the beginning of a hill. Then a shot straight up hill 100ft+ with plenty of trees to get in your way.
Hole 11) One of my favorites. Big elevation change teepad to pin. Anhyzer (RHFH for me on this shot) through small gap created by tree branches everywhere. Then pin on top of a hill with small drop off directly on one side.
Hole 12) One of the harder par 3s. Uphill most of the way. Have to hyzer at beginning of drive, then let it flatten out and go straight up the hill. Pin at top of hill.
Hole 13) Short hole shooting through a semi tunnel of trees and low ceiling. Anhyzer (RHFH for me on this shot) with the pin sitting in a corner of steep hills surrounding it. So even if you thought you parked a drive, it could roll quite a bit.
Hole 14) One of the two fully "wooded" holes here. Short, straight, and teepad and pin are roughly same elevation but you walk down to the "fairway" so you can easily end up with crazy difficult uphill up shots. Needless to say this hole is tough to get a drive to the pin. Ive played this course probably 20+ times now and I think I have had a respectable drive once or twice.
Hole 15) Awesome hole, but somewhat easy. Huge hyzer with massive high to low elevation change. Can't see pin. Way far left, and down the hill. Have to shoot low and hit the right gap to avoid trees.
Hole 16) Short straight shot but really low ceiling and easily can put it in the woods and have a hard second shot. Pin is on steep hill. I double bogged it when I had a 20 ft birdie putt because my putts kept getting longer and longer as they continually banged the basket and rolled away. Makes you really consider trying to lay up softly.
Hole 17) Straight, slight hyzer shot, but not the fairest of fairways with lots of trees 75-100 ft in front of the pin. Some good shots can feel a little lucky. Pin in hill so putts can roll.
Hole 18) Short and dramatically uphill, and the second fully "wooded" hole. Lots of trees but not nearly as unfair as 14 Anhyzer, straight, and hyzer lines all sort of exist, but I would say the anhyzer (RHFH for this shot for me) line is the best. Footing can be somewhat sketchy due to the steepness of the hill.
If it isn't already the best 18 hole course around Knoxville, when they get permanent signage and finally put in baskets for 1 and 5, it will be for sure. No other courses around here can offer the kind of variety and quality of holes and terrain.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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