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Disc golf is alive and growing in Tennessee, especially within our Tennessee parks! Players of all ages and walks of life can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of our parks while throwing discs in a basket, whether it’s for entertainment or for competition. Read below for some of the must-play golf courses!

Maiman Shelby Forest State Park

Address: 910 Riddick Road, Millington, TN 38053
Number of holes: 36 (2 rounds of 18 holes)
Course landscape: moderately elevated, densely wooded

The park is home to one of the largest and most beautiful golf courses in the Southeast. The 36-hole wooded course is divided into two 18-hole courses (Eastern Track and Western Track) which provide both beginners and advanced with a challenging game.

With two separate courses, this is the perfect park for an overnight stay so you can play both courses! Visitors can choose from camping or cabins to best suit their style. The park is located just 13 miles north of Memphis, so you are within driving distance of world-famous restaurants and a fun city to explore!

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Big Hill Pond State Park

Address: 1435 John Howell Road, Pocahontas, TN 38061
Number of slots: 18
Course view: narrow, densely wooded lanes

Established in 2022, this is Tennessee State Park’s newest disc golf course! The course is Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) accredited and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. You can find discs, course maps, scorecards, and other merchandise inside the Big Hill Pond State Park Visitor Center. Hole 1 starts from the gravel parking lot next to the basketball courts, and all holes contain concrete tees.

With over 20 campgrounds in the park, you can stay overnight to enjoy other fun activities! Big Hill Pond State Park features one of the few mountain biking trails in Tennessee State Park. There are also many hiking trails throughout the park ranging from easy to moderate. You can also paddle or kayak on Big Hill Pond Lake to enjoy the views from the water!

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Pickwick Landing State Park

Address: 116 State Park Lane, Counse, TN 38326
Number of slots: 9
Course landscape: mostly flat, slightly wooded

The course is designed to be beginner friendly while providing an element of challenge for more experienced players. Some tees use existing hard surfaces and others are carpet. Each tee is marked with two wooden blocks in red. The park has a hostel and a restaurant and players can use the campground. Course maps are available at the lodge’s reception or at the garden desk.

While you’re in Pickwick Landing, be sure to check out our newly renovated inn and restaurant! If you’re looking for a more rustic getaway, they also have plenty of cabins and campgrounds to choose from. Since the park is located on Lake Pickwick, there are plenty of water activities including boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and more!

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Cedars of Lebanon State Garden

Address: 328 Cedar Forest Road, Lebanon, TN 37090
Number of slots: 18
Course landscape: mostly flat, heavily wooded

The course was designed with the help of Ed Headrick in 1977. “Steady” Ed Headrick, the father of Disc Golf, introduced Disc Golf to the world in the late 1960s. In 1976, Hedrick founded PDGA, which promotes golf through player and spectator participation, maintains competitive rules and standards, and seeks outreach.

Cedars of Lebanon Golf Course is a short 18-hole course designed through cedar forests with limestone karst terrain. The required throws are short but technical. The course remains crowded throughout the year and is frequently used by local golfers, as well as hosts for a few tournaments throughout the year.

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Henry Horton State Park

Address: 4209 Nashville Highway, Chapel Hill, TN 37034
Number of slots: 18
Course landscape: mostly flat, moderately wooded

There is an 18-hole golf course within the park which is free to the public. With flat terrain and well-marked fairways, this is one of the best golf courses in Tennessee. Fairways range from open to narrow and are often cut shorter than the coarse in summer that defines the path well. New baskets were installed in 2019 and there are concrete litter pallets for every hole. With an upgrade in the baskets, Henry Horton State Park is now able to host golf tournaments and community recreational programs.

Henry Horton State Park has plenty of other amenities to offer disc golfers. The Duck River flows through the park and is one of the biggest attractions. You can go for a nice kayak after playing a relaxing ride. They also have a newly renovated restaurant for dinner and to grab a cool restaurant after a day of playing. If you want to stay overnight to truly immerse yourself in the park, Henry Horton has campgrounds, cabins, and a lodge.

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Panther Creek State Park

Address: 2010 Panther Creek Park Rd, Morristown, TN 37814
Number of slots: 18
Course landscape: Highly hilly, moderately wooded

Panther Creek State Park is home to a beautiful 18-hole championship-level golf course, which opened to the public in May 2017 in Morristown, Tennessee—which calls itself the Disc Golf Capital of Tennessee. This course has been designed according to PDGA guidelines by one of the nation’s leading disc golf designers. This world-class course is one of many excellent courses in the area that are played during the Tennessee Disc State Golf Championship each year. The course offers significant elevation changes, challenging holes, and a mix of open fairways and trees.

With so many other golf courses in the area, Panther Creek State Park is the perfect base camp for a disc golf vacation! Panther Creek State Park also has boat ramp access to Cherokee Lake, so kayaking and other kayaking activities are popular things to do while on a break from the drives.

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Warriors Bath State Park

Address: 490 Hemlock Road, Kingsport, TN 37663
Number of slots: 27
Course landscape: somewhat elevated, somewhat wooded

The golf course is a popular recreational facility in the park. It is a fun and challenging course with 27 holes. The local golf association maintains the course and holds frequent tournaments. The course is considered one of the best in the state!

When you visit this course, stay a while and enjoy the whole park! Warriors’ State Park has 94 campgrounds, each with water and electrical hookups, a picnic table, and grill. There’s also the new Cedar Creek Hammock Campground! There are 3 campgrounds with 6, and one site with 24 hammocks for larger groups. Each site includes water access, a stone picnic table, fire ring, lantern hook, and grill.

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We hope to see you on the course, and in Steady Ed Headrick’s words – “Whoever has the most fun wins!”

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