Ruined By Design
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (2.910 Rating) A great mix of technical wooded shots and open bombers.
- CHALLENGING - Sunrise DGC is definitely a challenging set of holes. I'd say it most closely aligns to the upper intermediate skill level. However, much of the challenge here is unfairly added due to flawed holes, see cons below. Lots of tight lines on the front and some longer open shots on the back. I could see a 925 rated intermediate level player averaging even par out here. Newer rec players are going to take beating. Players will need a good recovery game to score well on the front.
- SHOT SHAPING - Some serious thought process will take place on many tees. Players better have both a forehand and backhand perfected or they're going to be seriously handicapped here. On some holes, players will need to be a magician to avoid all the obstacles before them.
- TEES - Really nice 5 foot by 12 feet long concrete tees.
- SIGNAGE - Hand crafted country club style tee signage that would make my top twenty-five on aesthetic appeal (264 course played as of this review). A few holes are a bit off on the artistic representation of the hole layout, but that's to be expected with this style.
- NAVIGATION - Near flawless. Excellent next tee signs at every transition. I never once looked at my map being a solo first timer.
- COURSE MAP - I knew right away it was an HB designed course by the design of the course map. The map is a very large print, that's accurate and with all the info one would need.
- CHARACTER - Above average. In addition to nice tees, signage and navigation, there a few other nice extras of note. There's a practice basket near (1). There's seating at about half of the holes and a majority are shaded. They're also a really cool driving posts laid along hole (10's) fairway at 200, 300 and 400 feet.
- UNIQUENESS - A good mix of heavily wooded to open holes, with a few moderately wooded holes. I like it when a course has a couple shots coming out of a shoot and yet also a few barreling into a pocket. Lots of needle tunnel shot lines. There are three par 4s, one of which is a really nice dogleg right. As for missing items, no elevation, no significant water plays, no par 5s and no dogleg left.
Cons: I take issue with the design of a few holes.
- FLAWED HOLES - The enjoyability of this course is spoiled by a handful of holes. Unrealistic lines and poke and hope shots occur way too many times. Hole (4) is a twisting 265 foot shot that turns into a poke and hope line 60 feet out from the basket. Hole (7) is a 285 foot 60 degree left bender and has near 100 percent obstruction mid fairway. Hole (14), a 340 foot 80 degree left bender where the tee shot has to stay relatively low and straight out of a shoot yet then bend abruptly at least 125 feet to the left from straight ahead after traveling 225 feet. The basket for (14) is buried deep into a pocket, where a great shot would still be more than 50 feet short of the basket. Hole (15) is a subtle double move line that's 5 feet wide and has to stay very low due to the canopy above, yet the basket elevation is above the tee elevation and it's 270 feet long. Good luck. I predict less than 5% of the tee shots get within 50 feet of the basket. It's funny to note that a carpet tee is present on this hole at a plausible angle to the basket. My guess is that it was installed by some local who hates the hole.
- FORGIVENESS - Excluding the before mentioned holes there are also a bunch of boarder line fair needle lines that have the potential for making scores jump. Ricochets are going to happen and when they occur in the wrong direction, scrambling for par may take a miracle. The odds of losing a disc however, should be real low as the water features are generally going to be dry or muddy washes. In addition, the thicket areas are not impenetrable jungles and they are generally flat.
- ELEVATION - If there's one thing a course designer can never fix, its elevation. This site is very flat. The entire park probably varies by no more than twenty feet overall. The most grade change on any one hole can't be much more than 10 feet.
- TRASH - Lots of plastic trash along the drainage wash on (17) and (18). No doubt this is not a disc golf related trash issue but rather coming from neighboring communities run-off.
Other Thoughts: I've played five HB designed courses (also, Doctors, Lovers Lane, Red Hawk and Panther Creek). There are no doubt some really cool holes out here but a handful of holes spoil the rest of the bunch as a whole. Despite my displeasure of a few holes, I still somewhat enjoyed my round and would put it third on my ledger of HB courses after Red Hawk and Panther Creek.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Average. There are numerous aesthetically appealing holes to throw and to walk along, especially on the front. However, Sunrise Rotary has inadequacies compared to courses I've scored higher. As started above, no water or elevation and no backdrop views. In addition, the trash issue mentioned in the cons above, obviously doesn't help either.
- TIME PLAY - My solo round took about an hour. This seems to be about average among 18 hole courses. Figure about two hours for a foursome.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Extremely challenging. The course is clean and well kept. There is a little variety in shot...
Cons: ...but not that much variety. There is a lack of elevation changes and there are too many throw and pray fairways with no real line to the basket.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Course if you are in the Area
Pros: If you are in the area, or within a short drive - go check this course out. The layout and variety of shots make for a fun round of golf.
The front 9 of this course feels a lot like other courses that HB Clark has designed. Lot of 250 - 300 foot shots with tight fairways and tricky approach shots.
- Great baskets and excellent signage.
- Almost impossible to get lost, great directional signs.
- Love the shots in the woods, tricky fairways or not.
- The front and back 9 loop near the parking lot.
- A few major distance shots for the guys who want to throw as far as they can.
Cons: Unlike the other reviewers, the insanely technical fairways don't bother me. A 250 foot shot with a crazy fairway is still a fair 3. Most of the things I didn't like at this course were dictated by the land.
- This course is limited to almost exclusively flat shots, less than 30 feet of elevation change on any of these.
- No alternate teepads.
- Very few benches on the course.
- The last 5 or 6 shots on this course seemed to be a way to throw across the open field.
- Not super challenging for experienced players.
Other Thoughts: I drove from Nashville to check out this course. There are some nice elements here, but if you are making a 90 minute drive from Nashville, there are other places I would recommend.
This course does get a pretty good amount of play from the locals. From what I saw, most of the locals just play the front 9 twice or just the first 12.
After playing this course once, I would return to play again if I was in the area. To get the most enjoyment, I might play 1-12 and do that twice. Was not much of a fan of the finishing holes.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
a few good holes
Pros: nice tees ,great new baskets and a practice basket, next tee signs was a big help. very friendly locals were all pretty new to disc golf.
Cons: baskets were all very low to the ground. I guess you could call it a challenge instead of a con.we went at 12:30 pm on a weekday and the course was
already getting busy with several large groups.
as others have mentioned too many small trees were left in fairways to enable a well executed drive to fly. i have also never been a fan of 90 degree turns halfway down a fairway on a tight heavily wooded hole.
Other Thoughts: there were 4 holes i would love to move to my perfect course.
i think i'll wait a couple of years and let "Bubba" clear some of those extra trees out before driving a hour to visit again.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Challenge: You'll need 500 ft airshots as well as 130 ft putter drives that must land in extremely tight spaces.
- Cool wooded and open par 4's
- Decent teepads and signs
Cons: - Some holes have so many small trees in the fairway that there is no real route, making the 2 impossible but the 3 fairly simple. I've never played a course with so many bizzare "par 3.5" holes
- Rough is very rough on some holes
Other Thoughts: The front 9 feels like putt-putt but was enjoyable in a novel way. A fun course to play once but just too weird to respect.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Sunrise Rotary DGC
Pros: Sunrise Rotary DGC is a pretty fun and challenging course. It is a well balanced design that does not put a premium on one particular disc golf skill set. To play well here you'll need to bring accuracy, shot shaping, and distance. If you are having a tough time hitting your lines in the woods, some recovery golf will go a long way as well. On the other hand, on the long open holes, you can lose strokes to your long throwing brothers.
The course is fairly close to the interstate, ringing up at only about twenty minutes away, and the course is certainly good enough to justify the trip if you are passing through. Beyond the generous parking, an information kiosk and course map welcomes you to the course. There is an always welcome practice basket for a quick pre-round warm up. In addition, hole ten's distance markers made for an impromptu driving range and it was nice to loosen up a bit before heading to the nearby pad at hole one.
Hole one is a fun shot punching into and introducing you to the woods. It's pretty much a steady diet of shorter and technical shots until you get to the lengthier and more open back nine. Hole ten's wide open and long fairway offers a chance to air our your drive and perhaps gives the only hint of elevation change on this predominantly flat course. The back nine is the more open half but a few longer wooded holes are in the mix as well. Overall, there is a very balanced mix of strait and left/right sweeping shots across the course.
Are far as amenities go this course is well stocked. The kiosk was nice for starters but the course itself was nice too. Great tee signs mapped the fairways sufficiently (although a quick walk on the blind shots were needed a time or two), while next tee signs led the way on some of the areas where the layout might have not been obvious. Nice concrete tee pads on all the holes were nice. There were a couple bridges in the areas that needed them.
There's mulched areas in the most flood prone areas. Of course being a new course, the baskets, which are DGA's, are in tip top shape.
Cons: Generally, I felt like some of the holes were a little too close to one another, especially on the front nine. I think it is probably fine for most times but come tourney time this will cause some problems, namely backups and waiting on folks to clear out.
During the wet season, some flooding/muddy conditions will take away from the overall enjoyment of the course.
There are two holes that I didn't like. Hole seven, which has the potential to be a good hole, just needs to have some trees removed to make it a little more "valid". There is way too much luck needed as opposed to raw skill to get through the trees in the fairway. The second is number 15. This hole is borderline ridiculous. As a previous reviewers noted, a 25' "upshot" from the tee is needed to get to a spot where you can actually throw a disc golf drive to reach the basket. I like a challenging hole as much as the next guy, especially a good dogleg, but a hole that defies any reasonable flight of a disc under any circumstance is frustrating.
I like the idea of having an opportunity to recover if you get off the fairway. Here, at least on most of the wooded holes, it is difficult as there are really no graduated fairways where there is a hint of clearing of shule. You are either on the fairway or in thick uncut areas. This is a personal preference but worth mentioning.
Benches and trashcans, while not necessary, would be a nice addition.
Other Thoughts: As mentioned previously, this is a fun course and worth the trip off I-24 if you are passing through. Anyone should enjoy this above average course. If you are looking for more challenge go play this course on a windy day!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Very Clean very well kept. nice signs indicating next hole. hole 10 has signs indicating length of drive.
Cons: people who have trouble with tight shots may want to play somewhere a little more open before letting this beast get ya
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Average Cousre but Hard to Play
Pros: -Well kept fairways in woods
-Large variety on holes
-No holes felt similar
-Nice signs indicating the hole
-Varying pars on holes
Cons: -Narrow fairways in most parts of the course
-Slightly muddy do to recent rain
-Not a beginner course
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Technical Players Delight
Pros: This 18 hole course flows nicely and is in a portion of the park that looks to be only dedicated to Disc Golf. No need to worry about pedestrians. Both the front and back 9 end up right at the parking lot and course flow seems natural between holes. Course Map shed at the parking lot shows the general layout and there was a box on the back side for scorecards but was empty when I was there. Plenty of pencils though. A nice touch.
The front 9 is mostly wooded holes while the back 9 has only 2 or 3 fully wooded holes so if you are looking for a more technical round you can play the front 9 only or if you are looking for more open holes, back 9 is your game. Fairways in the woods are well groomed. I've seen other courses that hack tree out and leave the 3" stumps everywhere but not at this course. Grass was even planted on the wooded holes to keep it looking nice.
A variety of shots is needed to excel on this course but accuracy will win over raw distance. Distance varies from under 200' to over 600' and pars are fair with a course par of 56 that seems accurate.
Full size concrete tee pads on each hole are all in great shape as well as the DGA baskets that are brand new and all catch very well. Mulch around most of the baskets caught missed putts well. Signs with distances look great and the few "Next Tee" signs where needed were helpful.
Cons: Most all baskets seemed to sunken in 6-8 inches lower than baskets I normally play on. I'm sure they are within regulation height though.
Many of the wooded fairways seemed a bit narrow and some holes such as 8 had too many guardian trees in the middle of the fairway.
The only hole I thought was a very poor design was hole 15. The sign is extremely incorrect and does not play straight at all. It plays about a 25-30 foot layup shot from the tee, hard dogleg right, then down a 12 foot alley 150 feet into the open where the basket is another 40 feet out of the woods. This hole felt very unfair.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed hole 12 which played out of the woods, to the right and back into the woods. I felt that this was one of the signature holes on the course and nothing could be done to improve it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
I first played this course in 2013, shortly after it opened. I played it again 4 years later and was very impressed with how nice the courses has matured and the care that has put in to it. Great to see improvements over time here instead of something wasting away.
18 holes set in a park-like area that appears to be 100% dedicated to the course. There is a mix of shorter woods, and longer open, and even a couple holes play from the open into woods and from woods into open.
The wooded holes are relatively short, but are plenty challenging as they often have sharp angles, strategic trees in the middle of the fairway, and punishing rough if you miss the fairway. Most open holes had few to no obstacles other than length, but there was a shorter grass fairway and long grass rough clearly defined by mowing that reminded of ball golf (in summertime).
Superb concrete tees with traction tops. Baskets still in fine shape, including a practice basket. Ample parking lot, kiosk with map. A very nice Disc Golf Course sign at the main road entrance. Course navigation was a breeze with plenty of quality permanent next tee signs and clear paths. Also, the permanent tee signs are really nice and classy, a big step up from the originals.
I really enjoyed the aesthetics of nature on this course. It looks amazing now compared to when it was under construction.
Overall, a decent beginner/intermediate course in a town that did not have a course nearby. If traveling down I-24 between Nashville and Chattanooga, the course is not too far from the interstate (12 miles) and most of that is highway.
Cons: Some tee shots that I would call unrealistic shapes of disc flight, where basically you have to conservatively putt it from the tee to the bend in the fairway, and then play your long upshot. On many of these it seemed to me there was a better, more obvious spot for the tee- would not have made it any easier, just more of a risk/reward option, rather than a play-it-safe option as your only option.
For me playing here occasionally is fine and enjoyable, but if this were my regular course, I think it could mastered in a short amount of time. The woods holes are pretty short and getting 3's is usually simple even with a putter on every shot. Many of the open holes are very open, with length as the only obstacle..
Other Thoughts: Not a con, but a potential one: I hope the open hole tall grass is not allowed to become a ridiculous length in the summer. The fairways are beautifully defined and manicured and plenty wide at least.
I have only played here when school was not in session, so I can't comment on playability during school hours- the park is set apart from the school, but the road to the parking area is the school road.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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