Field (Not) of Dreams
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: (1.488 Rating) A nearly completely open layout that will work for the locals to practice their form and to try out new discs.
- BASICS - Good bye wood chips and hello 5 foot by 10 foot concrete tees. They appear to have been poured in the Summer of 2017. In addition to the nice tees, really nice baskets and adequate tee signs. The baskets are heavy duty prodigy. The tee signs, although just hole #, distance and Par, are huge. Having an artistic description of the hole layout on this style of course is just not a requirement.
- FREE SCORECARD - Every time I see a mailbox at tee (1) I feel like I'm scratching off a lottery ticket as proceed to open it. Will there be scorecard? Pencils? On my visit to Valley Fest it was a solid yes and yes.
- RETRIEVER - There is one solid chance out here to throw one in the drink. Thankfully a kind sole has left a long disc retrieving pole out here for everyone's use.
- QUICK PLAY - I busted out two rounds in 45 minutes. (9) basket and tee (1) are within 150 feet of each other allow for a seamless transition to make a second loop. I Figure a foursome should be able to run 18 holes in an hour and a half.
- NAVIGATION - No course map or directional cues, yet no worries. It's so open and the signage is so large that traversing this course is super easy.
- BEGINNER FRIENDLY - Due to only a few fringe overgrowth areas and also just a few water hazards, this would be an ideal course to bring a beginner to. The course is probably also nice for recreational players too.
Cons: There really aren't any major flaws with this course, but the dearth of variety at Valley Fest is so sub-par that it will have many players bored to death.
- UNIQUENESS - One of the lowest courses that I've ever scored. Players that enjoy the wooded element of disc golf should stay clear of this course. Six completely open shots without a tree in play. Only hole (5) requires thought at the tee being a tricky line across a creek. There are two par 4s, the longest being just shy of 700 feet, so the driver will have to come out for even the longest throwers.
- ELEVATION - With a little bit of rain and then freezing temperatures, this park could double as an ice rink.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Again, one of the lowest courses I've scored. There are several house back yards in view and a couple of these are a bit of a mess. On top of this, the course is almost entirely an open field without any trees. There is just no imagination here. I hope the locals start a tree planting program, its desperately needed.
- LACK OF CHALLENGE - Other than hole (4), all of the holes are recreational difficult. No shot shaping other than hole (5). Advanced players should be able to shoot 5 or 6 down routinely. Rec players will likely average around par.
- CHARACTER - Other than well done basics, Valley Fest is missing the big ticket items seen at the top courses. No community board or course map on site. No multi-tees or alternate basket placements or practice basket. There was seating only at 2 holes on my visit and tee shading is mostly absent.
- PARKING - It appears to be field parking. The closest paved parking area is over 1,000 feet away from tee (1)
Other Thoughts: Valley fest in all will probably works for its locals. If I lived in town, I'd probably be here weekly to practice my game, but I would be constantly planning out of town trips on the weekends. No need for out of area players to venture here unless they're a course bagger like myself. For the course's sake, I really hope that new trees get planted or that the park incorporates a neighboring parcel to spice the course of a bit.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 9 new blue prodigy baskets
9 new grippy concrete tees (new since the pics on here were taken)
9 tee signs with distance and hole number, large enough to make navigation a breeze. I did not use a map and no trouble.
#5 was a great hole. Very scenic with a risk/reward option: either go straight over a bend in the creek through all the trees for an ace run or play it much wider and safer around from left to right.
#4, though boring for the first 600' or so, had a nice basket placement protected by several trees making this a pretty tough hole.
Only course available in a very large radius. I made the ~30 minute drive from Fall Creek Falls State Park just to check it out (and check it off).
Though in town, it does offer some nice views of the mountains lining both sides of the beautiful Sequatchie Valley.
Port-a-potties at tee #2.
Cons: The biggest con is the fact that 7 of the holes are essentially wide open flat grass field style of varying distances. OK for practicing and introducing people to disc golf, but it would get pretty boring after a couple rounds.
Though the creek and some fences come into play on the right on almost every hole, giving each hole its only real obstacle, it is pretty easy for RHBH just to play a basic hyzer shot every time to stay safe. I tried real hard not to flirt with the fences and creeks, but again it just became repetitive. Note: you can probably get your disc back almost anywhere on this course with some extra effort, exception being certain spots in the creek during high water times or cold weather times. So the fear of losing a disc or having to make a special recovery mission on every drive is the only real challenge to what is an otherwise wide open course.
Scenic woods and creek in view on the first half, but the 2nd half plays along a row of houses, not my idea of natural beauty.
Like the previous reviewer said, this course is likely going to be played by local novices, but it just doesn't quite fit the bill with its long distances and fence trouble on most holes.
Other Thoughts: The land this course sits on is a very flat wide open grassy area that is apparently used for an annual music festival (not sure if used for anything else). So I guess it is cool to have this land as something the rest of the year when it may not have been used for much of anything else. Be sure to check the dates for the annual festival as I assume the course would be unplayable (baskets likely pulled) during the event.
There is a sign to park on the grass just inside the fence. I parked right there which is near basket #9 and made the short walk to #1. I would be hesitant to park on the field if it had rained a whole lot, but I saw what appeared to be some paved public parking on the corner towards town just a short walk away.
My rating- It does have all the essentials of disc golf and is not the worst nor the easiest course I have ever played. If I lived here I might practice here, but then would probably drive to Chattanooga to play more challenging rounds. And unless you are already here for some reason in the middle of nowhere, there is absolutely no reason for an out-of-towner to drive this far out of their way to throw at baskets in a wide open flat field. My rating therefore is 1.5 [passable], which I interpret as passing for a course, but pass on by and play elsewhere..
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
A dud in Dunlap
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nine-hole city park courses tend to be on the simplistic side regarding course design. The Valley Fest DGC lives up to that description and is little more than nine baskets placed around a large, flat and open field.
New Prodigy baskets.
Hole #5 offers a nice challenge with a dogleg right fairway bordered by a lovely stream. The basket is guarded by several trees too.
Easy to navigate. You shouldn't lose your way or a disc here.
Cons: With the exception of hole #5, the remaining holes are mainly the same except for distance - the rest of the holes are flat, straight and offer no obstacles (except for a few trees on hole #4).
Wide open courses are ideal for beginners, but if that's the purpose of this course, then hole #4 is too long at 681 feet.
The right-side border of holes #7 and #8 are residential yards with fences.
Other Thoughts: Located in the picturesque Sequatchie Valley, the Valley Fest DGC feels out of place. Its simplistic design offers beginner disc golfers an opportunity to throw without fear of losing a disc or encountering obstacles, but even amateurs will likely tire of this course. A 1.0 rating might seem a little harsh for a course that offers easy navigation and nice baskets, but the holes are repetitive and plain. Another location would have likely been a better choice.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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