Well maintained and defined
Pros: Course is very well maintained, great signs, and good flow from one hole to the next. All but two holes are well placed to avoid interference from other park activities. Plenty of challenges with trees, and elevation changes. Lots of variety throughout.
Cons: Hole three is a blind tee shot, dog leg to the right. The tee pad is aligned in a manner, if you throw straigt off the pad, and go too far, there is a possibility of going in to a hidden pavilion, possibly full of people. Hole 17, dog legs to the left, with a fenced in dog area straight ahead off the tee. There's very little margin for error on this one. The fairway is only 15-20 feet wide at the bend. Throw too far and your disc could become a dog's toy.
Other Thoughts: I really like this course for a woodsy course. The area is maintained well enough to easily find discs that leave the fairways. Finding your way from one hole to the next is easy, just follow the beaten path. And, if you over throw hole 11, it's a steep drop just a few feet past the pin.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Great technical challenge with poor upkeep
Pros: It is a very challenging layout and most of the holes are heavily wooded. This could be one of the best courses in the area. Most of the holes are fair and require skill. For good players this should be a great course. The design of the course itself would justify a higher rating if not for the 'cons' issues. But for the maintenance issues, this course would be a 3.5 or higher rated course for good players.
Cons: The maintenance of the disc golf course in this park has become deplorable. The Park appears to refuse to clean up the dead trees located on the edge of the fairways. There have been dead trees along the 1st fairway for at least three years. There has been a tree down across the fairway on holes 12 & 14 for over two years. The tree in the middle of hole 7 and the dead tree in the middle of hole 6 have finally been cut down. In light of the superior upkeep of other parks in the area (Mike Miller & Kess for example), the MCCPB should be embarrassed. Money is not an excuse because the park continues to spend money in many other ways. For example, the Park installed a prefab building in front of the tee pad on hole 6 and nearly a year later has yet to follow through on the promise to install a replacement tee pad.
The Park a few years ago also put in a dog park in direct line with the 17th hole which creates dangerous conditions. Some innocent disc golfer will someday be attacked or suffer a dog bite while retrieving a disc from the dog park area.
A couple holes require long straight shots through trees. The course, the front 9 in particular, can be very difficult for a beginner.
A rogue former club president installed alternate basket locations which are as a whole poorly designed. The alternate basket locations have also caused destruction of trees which has changed some of the lines created by the original course design. I would rate this course with the alternate pins no better than a 2 rating.
Other Thoughts: There are innova and gateway discs for sale at the Park Office located on Payne Street at the old Chestnut Street Park. The park office is open on weekdays.
This course makes it tough for a first timer. However, this could and should be a great course. The design (until the dog park) is very good.
You should be careful to look out for walkers/hikers randomly walking the wrong way on holes (mainly on the back 9).
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
In The Woods
Pros: Makes you have to play to the best of your game. Very well defined tee boxes and plenty of shade.
Cons: Very heavily wooded with some invisible pin placements off the tee's. Trees trees and more trees...
Other Thoughts: I love the wooded layout of this course but unsure players will be spending some time looking in the brush for badly thrown discs.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a good balance of wooded holes and open holes. this course is played a lot the paths from hole to hole are very beaten in from players walking on them so much. pretty well maintained. and there is a local club that plays every sunday
Cons: there are a couple holes that if a bad throw is made can end up in the local pool or a small fenced off block..
Other Thoughts: Located in a college town so there are lots of students that play here often
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course is well maintained. Just a short drive from the university. There are some really good holes. Pretty good variety overall. #1 is nice (just don't hit the lights!) The front 9 is pretty good, and the back has several birdie opportunities.
Cons: Being that much of the back 9 is hilly and wooded, there are lots of blind shots and leaves for your disc to hide under. (Good to have a spotter down the fairway to keep an eye on your disc in case in hits a tree and slides under a pile of leaves.) This is not really a big deal, you just have to walk a little extra to make sure you can find your disc.
The tee behind the pool can be tricky to find- just circle the pool and you will find it. Also, #17's basket is hard to spot, but it is down there on the left in the trees.
Other Thoughts: This is a decent course if you are in the area. It is a moderately challenging course that you could play multiple times without getting tired of it.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very well loved and often played course. The locals here have definitely spent some time walking these fairways as the trails are well worn. This makes the course easy to navigate. The course has a nice variety of shots, including some ace runs and some nice tunnel shots. The woods are pretty thick, but there are lines there to be had, which makes you think a little bit about shot selection sometimes. The course will require technical/accuracy shots and there are a few holes where you can unleash a good, long drive, although a huge arm is not required to par any hole out here. You had better be a good putter though - some of the baskets are on the sides of hills and if you miss, you're looking at a 5 or 6 - some will even take you OB.
Cons: As some others have said, it can be crowded and it's in a college town, so the crowd can be there at any time. Update: Hole 13 is one of the most poorly laid out holes I have ever played. There really is no line - it's a lucky shot if you make it through. Don't let it keep you from playing this course though. Just try for a 3 and move on.
Other Thoughts: Several holes are blind shots, which can be frustrating for first timers, and with the woods, can also result in a lost disc.
The locals are really friendly and will help you out.
Another tip: Going from hole 10's basket to 11's tee requires that you go around the pool area. It's the only one that's not easliy found from pin to next tee.
I would recommend this course if you're passing through.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Path of least resistance
Pros: Nice concrete pads and Discatcher targets and lots of woods make this one special little course. I like the fact you throw into the woods and you seldom come out. The back 9 is that way and it's my favorite 9 holes around this area.
Traffic keeps these woods clean and trampled down so losing a disc doesn't happen often. It's close to a college and 5 minutes from restaurants and shopping.
Cons: Bugs and skeeters and oppressive humidity in August. Bathroom could use a good cleaning. Hiking trails are close and run next to some of the holes.
Other Thoughts: The elevation changes here are just right. You don't get wore out walking up and down hills. Some really memorable holes and some tough pin placements. If you are close to Murray, Ky. make it a point to stop by for a round.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Up and Down
Pros: Great tee pads and signs. Easy to navigate. Holes that will challenge the best player yet still give the beginner a fun experience in woods style courses.
Cons: Seemed to be more holes that go right than left. If you have a great forehand shot or are left handed you will definitely have an advantage here.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety of shots. Lines are clearly defined, with well worn fairways. On a nice day you can almost always find players out. This is a course that can challenge a newer player, but still be a fun round for the more advanced.
Cons: Park can be quite crowded at times, often have course walkers/runners. Getting off the fairway can lead to "interesting" shots.
Other Thoughts: Overall a great course that has been welled played in it's short existence. The back 9 starts across the street from where #9 finishes and 11's tee is on the other side of the pool from 10. Local club generally meets around 1:00 or 1:30 PM Sunday afternoons. New Park Director is gung ho for some disc golf so expect some great things coming out of this course in the near future.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Hey.... I like it
Pros: Concrete Tees.... Stairs when you need them... open shots and wooded shots
Cons: The open shots normally end up having to go into the woods or past some trees
Other Thoughts: Great way to spend the day
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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