Discing with the dead
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Pros: Located in a large [600+ acres] county park, the course is separate from the campground and other park users except for hole #s 13-14, which cross the ballfield.
Its a technically tight course, resembling a series of odd-shaped hallways with lots of doors leading nowhere you really want to go. Novices will thrive only if they throw 50-150 ft. and land in the fairway, though the ground cover in the rough is such that you aren't likely to lose a disc---but the spiders and snakes might make you wish you weren't hunting for it. Gradual, slight changes in elevation are sprinkled throughout the course.
A nice variety of tee-off hyzers, anhyzers and straight shots give way to short or long birdies, or difficult recovery shots if you find yourself off-fairway. Shrubbery extends from the ground to 20-30 ft. high, and the large trees might leave a gap of 10-20 ft. before their branches start to shade out the sun. Several times only an unlikely tomahawk rescued my par. Much of the fairway is open hardpacked dirt or leaf/pine needle cover, so skips/slides can be expected. A total of 4 holes are 300'+, so a distance driver is unnecessary, though I did use a Wraith, underpowered, to great effect on hard corners. Each set of nine holes starts clockwise and ends at the parking lot, but you'll be out of sight of the public on most of the holes.
Tees are nicely brushed cement, and the tee signs, though simple, give distance and an accurate rendition of the necessary shot: their tombstone shape give tribute to an ancient cemetery located on a trail in the park.
Lots of animal life: whitetail deer, raccoons, cranes, blue herons, armadillo, salamanders, black cats, every snake you've ever imagined.
The interstate is about 1/2 mile away and you can hear it, but the park is on a dead-end past a neighborhood, and is completely shaded except for #s 13-14, so it feels secluded. No one will hear your screams.
Cons: The course was created long before warp-speed drivers existed, so a lot of the tees are within 30-50 ft. of the last basket. Easy to find the next tee, risky to ignore those driving behind you.
The newest 9 holes have a lot of small stumpage, so watch your footing, though the rest of the course is fairly rooty also.
Humid and buggy during mid-spring to mid-fall.
Rain will leave shallow standing water in many places, and a downpour will put a foot or two of muddy water in some ravines.
Other Thoughts: Store with snacks, drinks and a few discs for sale at the gate. Night golf fun if you know the course. Huge field to practice drives. Swimming at the river/beach, swingsets and playground at river and ballfield, 3-4 miles of hiking trails. Lots of undeveloped terrain for future course expansion.
*COURSE UPDATE: nine new holes have been added between #s 6 and 7 of the nine holes added two years ago.
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Pros: This course offers a great variety of technical shots. Concrete tees, good tee signs and benches on every hole. Plenty of trash cans. One the best wooded courses I have played.
Cons: Nothing bad to say about it.
Other Thoughts: Can not wait until I can make it back to Mobile to play some golf. My favorite course I played there.
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Pros: - Very easy to find each tee
- If you call ahead and tell the park you are coming they will allow you to play at night!
- This is a great course to work on your accuracy and it provides you with some good right hook shots as well.
- Every tee pad it concrete and well marked
- If you stop by the guard gate you can pick up some disc, food, and drinks (and they are not over priced)
- Lots of shade and it's got some places to sit on every hole, which is great when playing in big groups.
Cons: - It's very easy to shoot in the negatives. Hole three is maybe the hardest shot on the whole course if you can't throw an "s" shot.
- The maps are not clear on what the actual hole looks like, it's just a wood post with a drawing on it.
- Lots of people drink out there and do other things so it's not always kid friendly
- There is almost always a ton of people on the course so play can be a little slow if you get stuck behind a large group of drunk rednecks that won't allow you to play though
Other Thoughts: I do like this course! It's fun to bring my middle school club out to the park and play because it's challenging for them and gives them chance to work on their accuracy.
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