I Wouldn't Classify This As A Beginner Course!
Pros: If you play a course which is called the Blue Valley Park - Short Course, Why then would you complain that the holes are too short? It's listed as a course for beginners. It wasn't designed to challenge the normal disc golfer. Now I would inject, when you throw in the normal wind factor which seems to be about 20-30 MPH, that this course is not a beginner's course at all. I would categorize it as a recreational course. There is only one hole playing less than 200' and # 9 is 467' to a basket that sits atop a small mound. Very few beginners will par that hole on a day with the wind blowing hurricane force directly in their face.
The course features these weird odd shaped concrete tee pads. No two are alike. Whoever built the frames must have had a sense of humor, or was a very poor carpenter! The course has DGA baskets with the red numbers on top.
The terrain is very hilly making for some great downhill throws and tougher uphill throws, too. # 4 is often talked about. It's 279' downhill with the lake looming about 50' feet behind the basket. Playing in the wind, one is never sure what flight your disc will follow. So this hole will make you think before being overly aggressive.
At least two holes has low lying branches at the tee pad, slightly affecting your tee off. On one hole, I was trying to time the wind bursts so as to throw when the branch was up higher and so much in my way. (Or probably not so much messing with my mind).
I thought # 7 was a pretty cool hole little hole. It's just 207', slightly uphill with only the top half of the basket showing from the pad.
Cons: The wind made every throw an adventure.
Tee signs would be nice.
It took me a bit of exploring to figure out # 1 and where to start. After that, navigation was pretty easy.
Other Thoughts: This course is what it is, that is a easier and shorter version of the championship course. It's designed to be short, easy, less taxing, more birdies, etc. Accept it for what it is! Quit trying to make it out to be a big boy's course. And then I'll stop complaining about the winds in the Midwest.
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Nice warmup for Big Course
Pros: There's quite a bit of elevation and it's used pretty well, to help keep the holes unique. Pretty much every hole has a different elevation pattern. 1 and 4 both straight downhill, 3 and 7 are both straight uphill, but still one of the best varieties I've seen. 10/10
Shouldn't have much of a problem finding discs except if you go long on the fourth hole. There's tall grass behind the fourth hole but it's probably good since it helps stop discs from rolling into the lake. If you go right on the first hole you could easily get a bad bounce and roll way down possibly to the lake (happened to my dad). 9/10
Navigation on the holes themselves is pretty easy once you find the tees. 8 of the 9 baskets can be seen from them, number 5 is up over a hill, but it's pretty easy to tell. The only problem is that since the course is so short baskets are relatively close together and the tees don't always point exactly the right way, but just use common sense and you'll be fine. 9/10
Navigation between the holes was fine after you can figure out which is the first tee. Finding the last tee is also a little tricky, it's back pretty much straight right of 8's tee. The first tee is the closest to the playground, and if you see which basket is number 9 it's right next to it which is how I found it. 7/10
The obstacles here are used pretty well, especially for how short it is. No hole is completely wide open except for 4(unless you count the lake behind) and 9 is also wide open until you get right next to the basket. I really like the use of low hanging branches on a couple uphill holes. 7/10
There's a pretty good variety of openness on this course, there aren't many shots that are heavily wooded, but there are some open and some moderately wooded holes. 7/10
The holes require a pretty good variety of shot paths. 2 pretty much requires right to left, 3 and 7 require low shots, and 8 requires a left to right. 7/10
Cons: Course maintenance is pretty bad, there are some benches present, but most of them are flipped over. It's been well mowed both times I went, but other than that... 2/10
The tees are concrete, but they are some of the worst concrete tees I've played on. They're pretty small, too small for my runup anyway. 3/10
Baskets aren't very good, some are a little tilted making shots from one side easier than others. 2/10
Not very much variety in distance, as most holes are pretty short. I haven't been playing very long and I didn't need a driver except for the uphill holes with overhangs that forced a low throw and the last hole. The last hole is quite a bit longer (about 450) and is more like a normal hole. 2/10
This course definitely isn't good if you're a more experienced player looking for a challenge, the length shows it's obviously meant for beginners. Plus, the park map shows it as a "Junior Course" and it serves this purpose well. 2/10
No alternate hole positions, probably because there isn't much room for them. 0/10
Most of the holes are fairly straightforward with not a ton of options for how to play them. There are a couple exceptions like 2 or 6, but overall 4/10
There's water and restrooms at the start, benches are turned over though. A little bit of shade. 5/10 on comfort
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this course, it was a lot better than I expected based on the other reviews.
Both times I've played the long course I played this course first as a warmup because I didn't want to try throwing on 800 foot holes cold. It's good for this or if it's a hot day and you don't feel like playing a full 18 on the long course.
I also want to point out that the course is referred to as a "Junior Course" on site, and I believe it should be evaluated with this is consideration.
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