Ben Geren Park DGC North
Pros: Maps, signs and indications as to the direction of next hole. Mowed fairways with low grass in the rough. I can tell they've been keeping up with it since spring because alot of trees and brush have been moved.
Cons: Lots of traffic lately, it is summer though. Also cant wait for the south course to re-open... hince the traffic maybe. Some tee pads are somewhat different sizes... kind of distracting to switch up your run up every hole... maybe im being too picky.
Other Thoughts: It wasn't too wet in most spots and it dries out pretty quickly there. The elevation is really well controlled. There is a large creek that snakes through the entire park and it usually a lot closer that you think. They're very good about the irrigation in that area, if the water is high that means that some of the shots are riskier than others which is always a good thing but it's not so hard that you'll have no chance of ever seeing that disc if you do actually do turn over into the water.
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Worth the Drive
Pros: Holes are reachable on drive. Good and technical with plenty of trees.
Finished the course in 1 hr, 15 min.
Not a busy course for us playing on a Saturday.
Cons: Wished I knew to roll hole 14 and needed more beer.
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Good variety, and peaceful
Pros: This is a quick playing, clean, and secluded course. This course makes you work on a variety of shots and has water threat as well.
Here are my observations of this course:
#1 Open shot, pin is nestled between trees
#2 Short 233 ft hole, ACE Run potential
#3 This hole was really neat. Has several trees right off the box to work around. You have both hyzer and anhyzer lines.
#4 Aim straight because you have a low canopy on your approach.
#5 Straight shot for the most part, cross the road to #6
#6 Short drive
#7 Gonna have to hit your mark from about 100-150 in
#8 Tunnel shot
**Be aware there is a creek to the left of #7 and #8**
#9 Has both a lefty and righty path but you must be accurate. Be aware of a long putt rolling down hill into the run off stream.
#10 For RHBH a hyzer shot around the tree will do nicely
#11 A good placed drive should set you up for a good score here.
#12 A tomahawk shot would work great if the pin is in the short position. A creek is on the far left hand side.
#13 Tee off across the creek. Trees just on the other side of the creek to contend with. Has a stone walking path thru the creek, when the water is low, to save you having to cross the bridge.
#14 Trees protecting the basket on both sides, more so on the left. A bad tee shot on this hole will be punished on the right hand side. Heavy woods and a creek on the right. Getting up and down from there is very difficult, speaking from experience here.
#15 From 14's basket head across the road to #15 tee box. You again have a small window here. The creek is well past the basket, along with thick trees, so don't overshoot on this one.
#16 You have to cross the bridge from 15's basket. Dog leg left with protected pin.
#17 You need a good straight drive that will fade left, RHBH. Basket is out towards the road. This hole plays dog leg left.
#18 When the basket is in the 325 position, you'll need a straight drive toward the big tree on the hill. After you get to the opening, the basket is towards the creek on the right. A well placed 1st shot, and then hitting the gap, will increase your chances on this hole.
Overall this is a good course with all the skills being tested. There are water hazards and there is also open areas as well. Accuracy will be tested here, but not to the point where you will give up and go home.
Cons: #14 and #17 tee markers are missing. There weren't many trashcans(however, virtually no litter). Ground will get spongey after a good rain.
Upon my visit the rough needed to be mowed, however it is tough to do this when the ground is wet, so.
Other Thoughts: This course flows logically, and can be played front 9 or back 9 only if you so desire. There are other things to do in the park, such as playgrounds, ball golf, mini golf, and other activities. If you take your family with you, there would be things for them to do if they weren't into disc golf.
I would like to see a map of this course under the links/file section. As an out of towner it would be helpful, however the course is well laid out. Personally I enjoyed this course. It challenged my thinking and wasn't just bombs away, or pitch and putt. There are walking paths from baskets to tee pads, so navigation shouldn't be troublesome for a 1st timer.
If I'm ever in the area again I will play this course again. It is secluded and peaceful, which its cross town counterpart is not.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Flow was good. I like the rocks by most of the tee boxes. Clean park. More trash cans would be nice. Friendly locals.
Cons: This park gets a lot of disc golfers (a pro as well) but parking seems to be limited.
Not a real con but first couple tee pads I threw from I stepped off end edge. Seems to be a little higher then I am used to but a little adjustment to my run up and all was good. First course I played in Arkansas so was hoping for elevation but park seems to be pretty flat. Not the most challenging but fun all the same.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed playing this park and would recamend if in the Fort Smith area. Always a plus when you beat a local at his home course :-).
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Fort Smith's Favorite
Pros: Concrete tee pads, Multi pin, friendly locals, beginner friendly, Wide open on most holes, good signs,
Cons: Flat and muddy (I know it's been said in every review), no simple pathways across ditches and streams, trash on course (i know that's players, but a few more trash cans would be nice, could use a restroom/ concession stand, limited parking.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course. It was the first I played, and I enjoy it a lot. Most holes, I don't have to think much about my shots, I just grip and rip. There are a few places to be really careful, but not many. Experienced players can play many shots w/o much fear of disaster, and beginners have room to learn w/o being too frustrated. Go play this course! Don't litter! Have a great time!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Excellent Basic Course
Pros: This is a very fun, if casual course. I was able to take my 3-year-old with me and take my time (letting other people pass as needed) with no worries as far as sheer drops or overgrown vegetation.
I have played this course many times, and it offers challenging as well as vanilla holes. The fact that the city guys maintain the course so well goes a long way. They also alternate each basket within two locations (I think to avoid too much dead grass for all the traffic) which makes for very different approaches to each hole.
Always a staple, will go again many times. Great course.
Cons: As the other reviews mention, this is a flat one (with minor exceptions). Most of the holes are very similar, but a few offer real challenges.
It would be nice to have some sort of water fountains (or even freakin bottled water machines)
Other Thoughts: Also offers some nice secluded areas for... well, you know...
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decent course, def. worth taking a look
Pros: Signs provided path to basket and next tee pads. Absolutely worth taking a look if in town. Im from Texas, where in fact, the holes are bigger and longer. So I had to stop by and I am used to the holes 350+
Cons: Very flat. Hardly any elevation changes and if you keep it low, its possible to birdie many holes. Thats not to say some are short though. TWO TRASH CANS!!!
Other Thoughts: Halfway through my first round a guy was going through and changing the baskets, so I got a few different views/throws at some of the holes. Just stopping through town and played it 2 different days/ 5 rounds.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
open to opions
Pros: I enjoyed seeing a different type of throw on each hole. This place was really pretty. I think they water can get up on the creek, but it wasn't when i was there.
Meet 2 really friendly players there. Seems like its not a course where rift raft comes.
Cons: Would be diff to know exactly where to go since you have to cross a major road three times. however i don't think that there is much traffic down that road.
no where to pee.
very muddy and had to cross some ditches with mucky water in em.
Other Thoughts: i think this course would become very difficult if it were windy because it is so open.
If a guy holding 4 discs and two towels offers to play you for $$ dont do it. :)
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Pros: concert pads. a little water. partly open partly in trees. good combination. monster hole 18
Cons: a little too flat, but they did the best possible with the terrain.
Other Thoughts: bring some water it gets hot out there.
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Pros: Alternate Pins,Concrete Pads,Good Signs,Play the front or back from the parking lot(The best way to set up a course)
Cons: Yeah it's flat and water will stand.Bugs and Ivy are addressed several times a year.(We ARE in Arkansas)Contact Judge Hudson or the Parks Dept office to keep em on their toes.Oh yeah NO REST ROOMS yet,Parking is gettin tight as well.
Other Thoughts: I am proud to have been involved with this course and it's design.Contact me at email@example.com for course design info and any ideas you might have for the future of this course.We've been ready to add another 9 holes for some time now,I've actually laid it out.This will add REST ROOMS and better parking as well.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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