Local disc golfers know Oak Ridge as the perfect destination for a long day of high-quality, uninterrupted play. The two courses in Oak Ridge are as good as any in the area, and rarely get as crowded as the popular parks closer to Knoxville. Oak Ridge is definitely worth the trip if you want to try some different courses and have the place mostly to yourself.
What Makes It Great
Carl Yearwood Park
Carl Yearwood Park is in the northeast part of town, at the intersection of Laboratory Rd and Bus Terminal Rd. The course here is small and woodsy, with several holes that will require tight throws around corners and under low ceilings. There are only 9 holes, but most have 3 tees per hole so you can vary the difficulty. Almost all the holes are less than 300 feet, so work on honing in your short-range, technical tossing.
The park also has ball fields and a small skatepark, and is located in close proximity to the town center of Oak Ridge.
This large course is located a short drive east of town, along Tuskegee Dr. Nicknamed “The Mounds” because of its hills, the varied terrain keeps the game interesting. No two holes will feel the same. The main course has 18 holes will 2 or 3 tees to choose from, and occasionally the local club will come out and move the pins to switch it up a bit.
Groves Park has a total of 27 holes. In addition to the obvious 18-hole course, there are a challenging 9 holes tucked up in the woods behind the pond. The majority on the 18-hole course are over 400ft and pretty open, but a few are short and in the woods. The woods course has shorter holes, but some will feel surprisingly long for the number of technical elements stacked between the tee and the basket.
The best part about Groves Park is that it is a dedicated disc golf course. There is nothing here except 27 holes of quality tossing. A few tables near the gravel parking area make for a nice picnic between rounds, and benches have been built every few holes so you can relax before teeing off.
Who is Going to Love It
If you want to play through multiple disc golf courses in the Knoxville area, don’t miss out on Oak Ridge’s fine selection. Between the two courses, you can easily play a full day without even throwing a single hole twice, so Oak Ridge is definitely worth the drive if you are coming from somewhere else.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
For more information about Carl Yearwood Park, click here.
For more information about Groves Park, click here.