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Pros: Basketball coaches and scouts always use the term length to describe their athletes who are tall with amazing wing spans. The term for Farragut's newest 18, Cutthroat, has length, as in not just length, but mind numbingly lengthy. Cutthroat is described as a championship level course with it's almost 11,000'. This course is much different than Farragut's other four courses which are all played in mostly wooded surroundings. This is prairie golf with some scattered trees designed with the Pro player in mind. If you don't have a 350' to 400' arm, you want to avoid this course. And that's what the locals are doing, in droves.
Beside it's length, Cutthroat has nice large concrete tee pads although they even had to be extended in some places. The maps are currently Xerox copies of the terrain with the tee and basket added on. There is one bench where the pads for # 5 and # 17 intersect. I have no doubt that signs and benches will added soon.
There is some elevation to play with. # 17 is the most wide open downhill at 460' while others all seem to have a smallish gap to hit. With only four holes playing under 400', the course is wearing. Add the wind that was blowing consistently and you can have a tough day at the office.
Signature hole? Because I'm really not fond of long, long prairie holes, I think I'll go with # 13. Although it's a hole that me and my weeny arm normally hate, it being 470' blind, twisting uphill, on Cutthroat it seemed fair.
Cons: I believe that some of these CONS will be corrected and probably very soon.
Only one bench on the course.
Current signs are photocopied aerial photos with the pad and basket added.
These CONS might be a little more difficult to fix.
Much of the course is prairie grass with only the fairways mowed.
Primarily because of it's length and openness, most of the disc golfing world will pass on Cutthroat.
Open prairie can be windy.
Final 400' of the 1023' Hole 5 is wide open and coma inducing.
The target group for this course is so small, I don't know how anyone can justify spending this much money and energy on building a course for maybe 2% of all disc golfers. It was explained to me the Pro players feel they lose much of their advantage playing on "regular sized courses " because their distance advantage is negated and therefore ends up lowering their ratings
While the parking lot for the other four Farragut courses was filled with cars on a lovely August day, there was just one other group playing Cutthroat the entire time I was here. I'm fairly certain that will be the norm here. Except for the occasional tournament, I don't envision this course ever receiving a lot of play. Eventually I expect to see some Am type tees add to encourage more players to play here.
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Pros: Cutthroat is the newest and longest course at Farragut State Park, it is a long almost 11,000 ft par 67. This is not a course I would recommend for beginners, but if you are a more experienced disc golfer it is a great course that is unlike any other course in the area.
-Very well laid out course, excellent course flow.
-Nice, big concrete tee pads.
-Variety of different tee shots.
-Requires you to plan the landing zone of your tee shot to set yourself up for another throw.
-A lot of distance, not very many other courses like this in the area.
-Typically the least played course in the park, not very much traffic.
-Pars are very fair, a lot of the par 4's are definitely 3-able with two good shots.
-Most open course on the property, but still has a good mix of wooded and open holes.
Cons: -Obviously not as complete as other courses on the property.
-Although there are tee signs on every hole they are basically just laminated images of google maps from overhead, not too big of an issue but just shows the in-completion in comparison to the other courses.
-No benches (not a huge issue to me but if you play with a big group or have a hard time walking on such a long course it may be a factor)
-Ground isn't the most level to walk on
-Tall grass in rough can make it difficult to find your discs, but I have played courses where it is much worse.
-I would not suggest this course to anybody who cannot consistently throw 350+ feet.
Other Thoughts: Previous reviewers had mentioned that the course did not flow, and I did not see that at all. There are arrows on every basket pointing to the next basket, and although there are a couple long walks (4-5, 9-10) there are trails that are very easy to find, I had a map downloaded on my phone and didn't have to use it once. This course is a great addition to the courses at Farragut, but again I would not suggest playing this course if you do not want to be throwing up to 400 feet consistently.
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BIG Drive Big Drive Big Drive putt
Pros: Open meadows with groves of pine tress. Big driver course. Concrete tee pads. Innova baskets. Mowed fairways. Mowed paths between basket and next holes. This isn't a city park course.
Cons: Long. Average hole length is over 500 ft, with a long 1155ft on hole 5. Don't play this course after AWOL. LOL. Ground is fairly lumpy in fairway. Your ankles will get as much of a workout as your arm.
Other Thoughts: It's a huge course. Can get a little monotonous but it's different than our usual shorter courses back home. If you're at Farragut, and an avid disc golfer, give it a try.
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