Camp Jordan DGC
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Has concrete tee pads
Has most tee signs
Has a good mix of open and wooded fairways with some doglegs
Has a good variety of pars
Has elevated baskets
Has some mandos throughout
Had the whole course to myself on a Wednesday afternoon
Tee signs could use some updating
Needs more next tee signs at some baskets
Lots of mosquitoes at holes #4-6 - definitely wear some repellent before playing
Potential to lose a disc in the water at holes #4, 5, & 12
Walking path can interfere with play
This is a good, challenging course that I played while in the Chattanooga area. This is a huge park so finding it can be challenging as well. I like that the course has some variety in pars, mix of open and wooded fairways, some mandos, and some elevated baskets though the course is mostly flat. The park seems to be popular with other parkgoers so delays are possible when playing near the path. The course navigation can be a little difficult as the posted map reflects the older layout so some next tee signs are necessary at some baskets.
From what I can summarize after the redesign:
1. Hole #7 tee doglegs right to the former location of hole #8 basket
2. New path for hole #8 is created
3. Hole #9 plays to a short island elevated basket (island is currently under construction at the time of this review)
4. Hole #10 is stretched and absorbs former hole #11 - creating a one hole offset for holes #12-19...which are now #11-18
5. Hole #17 is shifted towards the parking lot where its sunken basket is just across the road where a skip putt off the road is possible
6. Down the road from #17 basket is hole #18 tee with the two road signs serving as a double mando
It's an interesting layout that I recommend checking out if you're in the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: If you enjoy throwing drivers and mid-ranges in open spaces, Camp Jordan might be a good option. Most of the holes are fairly open with few obstacles.
The first hole is an excellent starting hole. With a narrow gap off the tee before reaching an open field after 100 feet, your first throw will strongly influence whether you begin with a birdie or bogey.
Nice Chainstar baskets.
Cons: Too many mandos. Unfortunately, most of the mandos at Camp Jordan are a result of poorly-designed holes. The mandos include random trees, utility poles and road signs. And Hole 9 is in the process of having a forced "island hex" built around the basket. Camp Jordan features many gimmicks, most of which diminish the course's appeal.
In fact, nearly half the holes at Camp Jordan have a mando sign on them - as if the local flea market had a closeout on such signage. On several holes, the mandos are completely unnecessary as there's no advantage to be gained by seeking an alternate line.
The forced redesign has resulted in several holes where the fairways are dirt fields filled with weeds. While the dirt fields may be temporary, Camp Jordan is currently one of the ugliest courses around. (I'm willing to edit my review if/when changes are made.)
Other Thoughts: Rating this course as a 2.0 may seem harsh, but the quality of Camp Jordan takes an appalling hit on several of the redesigned holes, which are awful. Lazily-designed mandos, including utility poles, road signs and out-of-the-way trees is one definition of horrible disc golf.
Besides lacking in creativity, Camp Jordan offers very little diversity and no elevation changes (unless you trip and fall). Nearly half the holes on this course feel like "filler" holes, but there's no reward waiting at the end - just another terrible and pointless mando on the final hole.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Lots of potential
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Really well maintained park with baseball, soccer, football and a long walking tail. Like the rest of the park the course is fairly well maintained and looks recently mowed.
the baskets are chainstars, which are fine though not my favorite and a few are elevated which adds some interest. I like most of the holes, throwing in and out of the woods and avoiding some tricky mandos.
Would have liked to have played it when all of the holes were in.
Cons: There is no elevation, and most of the water is the river which if you throw one in makes it unlikely to find it. The woods are used fairly well, but over never seen a course with so many mandos. It's kind of excessive.
Holes 8-12 are gone as well as 17-18. That was a bummer.
Other Thoughts: Could be really cool when two other holes get put back in. Needs a summer haircut but has potential.
When you put the holes that are missing back, no more mandos please!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Cons: Snakes for one, seen a snake every hole that is by the river so watch for moving sticks when looking for disc.
Went the weekend 7/9/16 and after hole 6 good luck 7-11 aren't even there. I think 12-13 and maybe 14 but not worth the walk. No signs at start to indicate this so don't waste your time. Looks like they were just bulldozed down for a project and stopped,
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: If you like courses that have wide open holes and wooded ones as well, this meets those expectations. Hole one starts out with a narrow path through the trees into a wide open field, where the next 3 holes are also located. The only possible obstacles might be other park visitors walking around. There are wooden boardwalks to help navigate over possible wet conditions. Concrete tee pads are also in great condition. The course is also free to play, which is always nice. This course doesn't have a pro-shop, but less than a mile from the park entrance is a fireworks store which has a pretty decent selection of disc and other DG Gear. (Dixieland Fireworks)
Cons: Navigating this course for the first time is very difficult. There is a sign at hole 1 with a map of the course, which I took a picture of with my phone, but even with that - I had to guess where the next hole started. I'm sure this is only temporary, but a large tree fell across the fairway on hole #5 (now removed). There is also some VERY thick brush along this course, which makes it very easy to loose a disc.
Update As Of 12/31/16. After I played this course the first time, I didn't think I'd be back. After I heard the rest of the 18 holes were back, I decided to check it out. What a regret! This course is in horrible condition. Wide open fields are so wet and muddy you'll need an extra pair of shoes to change into before you get in your car to drive home. I'm okay with the occasional mando here and there, but nearly every hole on this course has one! The signage at the tee pads are awful - and some don't even have any! The pin location at 17 is completely invisible from the tee pad. We decided to throw in the direction we thought the cage was and then found it set up in a drainage ditch on the other side of a service road with heavy standing water in it!
Other Thoughts: This could be a much nicer course if more thought was put into the way it flows. Putting arrows on the baskets that point to the next hole or creating pathways that lead to them would really take out the need for second guessing. Being that Camp Jordan is such a big facility, finding the course for the first time was very difficult. I was there on a Thursday afternoon around 4:30pm and the main facility building wasn't even open. There were also no phone numbers listed to call. I saw no signage of where the course started and had to ask another park member for help. I'll eventually go back and try this course again, but in my opinion - there are nicer courses that aren't too far away. I don't understand why the course rating on here is so high.
I've talked to people in the past who have said Camp Jordan was one of their favorite courses to play. The property the course is on has a lot of potential - but the way it's designed now is a joke. The only way I'll play here again is if drastic improvements are made.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Might be a nice course when all the baskets are there. Challenging--very technical with some narrow alleys between trees with major penalties for missing the alley.
Cons: Touted as being in Perfect condition, but almost half the course is at least temporarily non-existent. Hole 1-6 and 12-16 were playable, but then 7-11 and 17-19 did not exist and it's a considerable walk between the two sets of playable holes, and then again back to the parking lot with nothing to throw to. So that was disappointing. But I did go back the second day as I was in a hotel within a 5-min drive and the next nearest course was about half hour away.
Other Thoughts: Would be nice if the course review was updated by the local club who obviously knows that the course in partially non-existent currently. I would not drive any distance to play this course until I could be assured that the entire course was back in functioning order.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Big Arms and Tight Shots
Pros: I loved this course. Absolutely loved it. Baskets were great. Signs were amazing. Everything was great. No complaints.
Cons: Nothing except maybe the tall grass.
Other Thoughts: Really enjoyed this course. Huge hyzer and anhyzer bombs. Nice tight shots. Plenty of dog legs. Great course for advance players.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Great use of land and woods. Some real thought was put in this course, and it was tough. Excellent information on the tee boxes detailing OB, length of hole, etc. Nice touch with the pictures of the hole
Cons: It was a little swampy/muddy in parts, however it had just rained a lot.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Potential not yet realized
Pros: Wooded holes - I thought some of the low ceiling tunnel shots on this course were a great use of the land they had. In particular I really enjoyed holes 4-7 (4 isn't that wooded but it was still a good hole). I also thought that hole 16 did a great job of giving you the choice of two different fairways.
Distance - Although it felt overused, I wish more intermediate/advanced courses put holes out longer than 450'. I appreciated that they did this, however, I think they could have reworked hole 10/12 and 18/19. It felt like two identical holes pretty close together both times.
Location/Maintenance - This felt like a very nice course. It felt very well taken care of and the scenery was beautiful. It was a little muddy but I actually don't have a problem with that (it might be a problem in heavy rain). The signs were helpful and the teepads/baskets were all good.
Elevation - I love elevated baskets (when used in moderation). I also enjoy a good downhill or uphill shot. I think the uphill shot (9 I believe) with an island green is one the best uses of space I have seen for a disc golf hole. It is so challenging yet rewards an ambitious throw if executed.
Cons: Shot variety/Repetition - The shot variety on this course is what prevented me from rating this higher. 17,18,19 are all pretty much 450+ straight shots with no real obstacle. (800+, 450+ 500+). Hole 9, 10, 11, 12 were also pretty wide open but they had some elevation change. The only real "dogleg rights" were holes 15, and 16 and hole 15 was a 250' that rewarded a high FH shot or a thumber (rhfh). It seems like comments in the other reviews favored this course as a course with a lot of varieyt, but I just didn't see it.
Shared Park - There is always some amount of danger for bystanders on a shared park, there is also the potential for cross-traffic.
Potential - I think this course could use some tweaking and become a 4-4.5 star course. The property they have is really incredible. But there were way too many times that I had to throw a 200-375 shot either straight through an open field or a small hyzer. (see hole 2, 3, 11, 12, 13)
Other Thoughts: My bias may come from not being a local. The locals seem to really like this course. I am from Nashville and I am reviewing this as someone who only played it once.
There really isn't that much "wrong" with this course. It felt like a decent course for any target audience but not a great course for any of them. Some holes are way too easy for any advanced player (2,3,5,11 etc.) , yet the long distance holes (17,18,19) would make it difficult for a beginner. I hope this critique doesn't seem harsh, I think Camp Jordan is a good course, but I would like to see a little re-working to add more obstacles. Until then I can't justify giving this course higher than a 3 because I think it has so much potential to become a better course as time goes on.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -fairly open course, good for beginners.
-some wooded holes, to round out the course and give beginners a sense of different types of disc golf experiences
-longer alternative to other area courses
Cons: -while good for beginners, there are way too many holes where you throw across an open field. Making the hole longer doesn't make it any more interesting. Players with a 325' controlled drive will probably not find this course very challenging.
-wooded holes are choked with underbrush and small trees, which creates a single alley to throw through. No multiple lines through trees available.. And getting more than 3 feet off the fairway means simply pitching it right back on with no real opportunity for a great "save" upshot. Underbrush and THORNS on hole 15, combined with a blind drive, make for several lost discs.
-hole 17 is just a long walk across a field back to the parking lot. I'd rather play an interesting hole and take a long walk back to the car after the round.
-different pars for pro/am. This is silly. Par is certainly always the Pro option on this course, or less. Par is always a relative number, and as you improve you are glad to see your score drop.. If a hole is obviously a par 3 everywhere in the world, then scoring a four doesn't feel better just because that's the "Am" par.
Other Thoughts: There is a very nice selection of discs at the fireworks shop near the entrance to the park.. Certainly the only place I've found around Chattanooga for MVP or Westside or Latitude 64 discs. Good spot to replace a disc you threw in the river that is much closer than you think to holes 4,5 and 6.
I do enjoy playing here, and am glad to have a course near an area I grew up in and visit often to see family. I'd certainly recommend it to beginners trying to learn different types of throws. More advanced players will probably find more of a challenge at The Sinks, which is relatively nearby.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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