Tennessee’s Top 8 Disc Golf Courses: Most Scenic and Challenging Destinations

Without a doubt, Tennessee is one of the most beautiful states I’ve ever had the privilege to play disc golf in. I find myself staring around at the scenery as often as trying to park my Lucid Warden under the basket. 

As a fan of the Trilogy brands (Dynamic Discs, Latitude 64°, and Westside), I often equate the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with the Norrland Terrain in Sweden, the latter being the home of Latitude 64°. It’s silly, but I find myself doing it nevertheless. 

The point is that the best disc golf courses in Tennessee offer a ton of variability within their beauty, and nearly every one of its over 200 courses presents multiple challenges to disc golfers of every stripe. Whether you’re slinging meat hooks over glittering lakes or carving lines through red and white oak sentinels, Tennessee is a fantastic state for the sport. 

My Picks for the Best Disc Golf Courses in Tennessee

Any list of best disc golf courses is difficult to come up with simply because there are so many. The sport is exploding in popularity, and new courses are popping up everywhere. Tennessee is one such state. 

  1. Harmon Hills (Best Overall)
  2. Cedar Hill Park (Best for a Challenge)
  3. Sharp Springs Park (Best Mix of Wood and Open)
  4. The Mounds in Oak Ridge (Best Long Course)
  5. Oggwood Disc Golf Course (Best Private Course)
  6. HV Griffin Park (Best for Beginners)
  7. Cane Creek Park (Best Elevation Changes)
  8. Cane Ridge (Best Wooded Course)

Me, my dad, and brother have spent a lot of time roaming across these courses (mostly fishing our discs out of creeks, ponds, and deep woods), and it works out great no matter what disc golf brand we’re throwing. I’m a Trilogy fan, while my brother sticks with Innova and Discraft, and my dad fills a Walmart grocery bag with Axiom discs.

So we all have a good bit of disc representation on these courses, testing out which ones work best, especially with the challenges the terrain in central and eastern Tennessee has to offer. 

It’s a good spread for all the short, medium, and long tosses we could ask for. I’ve learned a ton about these courses over the years, and every one of them is a challenge in its own way. With that being said, here are my picks for the best disc golf courses in Tennessee and why I chose them. 

Harmon Hills (Best Overall)

Best disc golf courses in Tennessee, Harmon Hills

Features

  • 11,481’ course length
  • 27 holes
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Includes course guides
  • Single tees and pins
  • Concrete Tees

Harmon Hills is owned by Meredith and Aaron Prosak, and it’s a private course located on what used to be farmland. The rolling hills are constant throughout the entire course, whether you’re in the woods or the clear. Harmon also hosts several disc golf events throughout the year, so always check your calendar. 

The biggest drawback is you have to fill out an electric form and establish a membership to play. Once that’s out of the way, however, you’re in for a unique and variable challenge. The course is all up-and-down throws, but it’s never ridiculous. Fortunately, there are no water holes to gobble up an errantly thrown disc!

Cedar Hill Park (Best for a Challenge)

Features

  • Multiple pins
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • 4,500’ to 7,500’ course length
  • Concrete tees
  • 21 holes
  • Includes course guides

First and foremost, this is a very challenging course, full of tight lines and dense rough. Some days, it’s better than others, depending on whether or not the pins have been moved. If you love a challenge, this is one of the more difficult courses in the state. 

Bring your A-game and get ready to polish those technical shots. It’s also a great course for practicing tomahawk throws, rollers, extreme hyzers, and anhyzers. If you’re a beginner to intermediate player, you’ll be throwing back to the fairway a lot. Sure, it’s a very challenging course. But you don’t get better unless you play beyond your skill level. 

Sharp Springs Park (Best Mix of Wood and Open)

Features

  • Prodigy T1 baskets
  • Concrete tees
  • 5,327’ to 6,896’ course length
  • Single pins and tee pads
  • Includes course guides
  • Excellent course for carts

This 280-acre park near Murfreesboro is one of the most well-maintained courses you’re liable to run into. It’s the perfect mix of wooded and open shots, and it’s also a fairly short course. That means you can get a couple of games in on one trip to this 20-hole course. 

It’s a decent course for beginners as well, with no elevation changes and only two holes where water is potentially a threat. Even the water holes include alternate tee pads to help you avoid going for a swim. Overall it’s a fantastic course for frolfers joining the sport for the first time.

The Mounds in Oak Ridge (Best Long Course)

Features

  • 7,200’ to 10,300’ course length
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Paver tees
  • 6 water holes
  • Multiple tees and pins
  • Cart-friendly (for the most part)

The Mounds in Oak Ridge, often just known as “The Mounds,” is a beautiful, long, and mostly open course. For those who pack a lot of high-speed drivers, this is a great course to work on extending those drive distances. 

There are several water holes, so you may want to tone it down when water is flanking you. It’s not a difficult course by any means, with some elevation changes sprinkled throughout, moderate woods, and mostly open fairways. 

Oggwood Disc Golf Course (Best Private Course)

Features

  • 5,000’ to 6,000’ course length
  • Concrete tee pads
  • Multiple pins
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Cart friendly
  • Nearby camping

Oggwood is a fantastic private course with exactly 9 wooded holes and 9 open. There are no water holes, and the owners offer camping opportunities on-site. The course is very well-maintained, and the layout is perfectly incorporated into gently rolling hills. 

The owner and family members are the groundskeepers, and they are very friendly and highly focused on taking care of the course and keeping it in pristine condition. It features clean lines throughout, and it’s the perfect challenge for intermediate players and welcoming to beginners.

H.V. Griffin Park (Best for Beginners)

Features

  • Concrete tees
  • Mach V baskets
  • Single pins and tees
  • 4,260’ course length
  • Cart friendly
  • Restrooms on site

H.V. Griffin is an excellent, small course that’s seemingly designed for beginners. The site designers did an excellent job of packing 18 holes into a tight area while keeping each one slightly unique and open. 

It’s mostly a flat course with lightly wooded areas throughout. You won’t find yourself throwing any rockets out here, but it’s a great place to build up your fairway drive, mid-range, and approach shots while enjoying the incredible scenery. 

Cane Creek Park (Best Elevation Changes)

Features

  • Moderate to extreme elevation changes
  • Two water holes
  • 4,679’ to 6,113’
  • Concrete tees
  • DISCatcher baskets
  • Multiple pin locations

Cane Creek Disc Golf Course, located in Cookeville, Tennessee, features some incredible elevation shots. Whether it’s down and around tight corners or launching your disc across a small valley, the dreaded “disc roll” is an ever-present fear. 

A lake flanks two of the holes, with the latter one including a throw over an inlet (dangerous at the best of times). The front nine are fairly open, with a few exceptions, and the back nine are almost entirely wooded (light to heavy). This is a challenging course with several extensive ups and downs. Bring your hiking boots. 

Cane Ridge (Best Wooded Course)

Features

  • Short and Advanced Course
  • 5 water holes
  • Mixed tee pad types
  • Prodigy baskets
  • Single tees and pins
  • 3,837’ (short course) and 6,343’ (long course

Take your pick at Cane Ridge, with either the short course or the long one. We’re really talking about two entirely different courses here. The long course is the “Advanced” course and includes moderate hills and wooded environments with several high-risk technical shots to contend with. 

The short course is heavily wooded, so don’t confuse shortness with “beginner-friendly.” Some of the shots from the tee are barely over 100’ but still manage to challenge you. The short course also features 5 water hazards, so bring a towel and aim for precision whenever you’re near the water. 

Final Putt: Best Disc Golf Courses in Tennessee

Tennessee is a gorgeous state for disc golf, and you will easily spend as much time looking at the surrounding environment as you will play. One of the biggest benefits is the terrain. It provides a number of well-thought-out course designs that integrate well with hilly and mountainous topography. 

During the fall, hitting up a heavily wooded course with extreme elevation changes is a recipe for replacing your discs. I’ve had many a disc disappear into a gorge that’s overflowing with piles of blazing red, orange, and yellow leaves. 

Though I’m from Florida, most of my family lives in Tennessee, and whenever I visit, we’re hitting the courses on this list, along with the growing number of courses throughout the state. I’m hard-pressed to imagine a better environment for disc golfers. 

Don’t miss the other top disc golf courses in nearby states like Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Virginia!

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