Pros: Dupree Park offers what you would and should expect for a DG course. There are 18 holes here, tee signs are sufficient, concrete tees were in really good shape, and the older Mach baskets have held up well and caught discs just fine. There were signs for the next tee and the paths were worn so navigation for first timers is not an issue. The course is also on land all to itself and apart from the other park activities that are on the other side of the small lake.
The style is generally wooded and technical, with a little bit of room for options or for recovering from errant drives. The fairways were very fair always with a clear path or two to the basket (no throw and hope shots.) Most holes are in the shorter range (<300') but there are some holes over 330' providing for a good mix overall and from hole to hole. There is opportunity here to utilize all shot shapes during your round (left, right, straight).
The basket locations stood out as a positive. Well-placed for every hole with variety, for example: 1 on a mound, 1 behind a big log, 1 over a creek.
Hole 17 is one of the best holes anywhere, playing over a bend in the creek. You can play it safe to the left along the flat ground or go for the basket over the water (which is down in a fairly large and steep ravine). The view from the tee is really nice and the hole makes for a fun and adventurous ace run/birdie opp.
The park has plenty of parking and was easy to get to and easy to find from the interstate. There are restrooms in the park on the way to the course past the ball fields near the lake.
Cons: Not a big deal, but the front 9 and back 9 had 2 different feels, rather than being 1 course with mixed diversity throughout. The front overall is shorter and was better manicured and maintained with short grass or worn dirt fairways. The back 9 had some taller grass (hopefully gets mowed sometimes) and is where the longer holes are found.
Where hole 17 was awesome, hole 18 was kind of a let down playing down this laser straight gravel/dirt road (vs the more natural wooded fairways of the rest of the course.) Then there was a fairly long walk back to the car. The finish left the impression to me that maybe this course had been either increased from 9 to 18 or been redesigned at some point in order to create #17, but left the problem of somehow getting back to car when finished, so the overall continuity and flow lacked just a bit. I am a purist who prefers 18 holes, but adding a 19 or 20 here could work fine.
The flat ground the course sits on is in an area that can be muddy or even marshy during rainy periods. I would check conditions if playing here after heavy rains or the wet season. (Several of the more local reviewers back this up.)
Other Thoughts: I had a lot of fun playing this course. It was challenging enough but not too stressful or punishing. It was clear where to throw and there was no trouble finding your discs. Great for beginners, rec, and intermediate players (long bomber arms and pros may prefer to play elsewhere).
This is probably not a course one would want to play every single day, but I definitely would not mind playing it more than once. For me the course rates as a very strong 2.5 (I would give it 2.75 if I could.)
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Not long, but character
Pros: Variety of shots required
Aces are available,but must be earned
Monster arm not required
Lots of trees, so placement is a must
Good course for beginners with some control because distance is not as important as control
Good concrete tee boxes
Baskets are in good shape
Cons: Lots of trees can be frustrating
Mosquitos are prevalent
Longest hole is 400, but all others are under 300.
Floods frequently in fall and winter
Other Thoughts: If in the dry season, it is a good course to play to work on accurate lines and challenge creating a shot.
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I like it :)
Pros: -Nice Tee Pads
-Course Map // Hole Maps
-Trash Receptacles and Benches at Every Tee
-Mostly Wooded (good shade for the hot days)
-Good Rhythm from Hole to Hole
Cons: -Bug Spray is a MUST in the summer
-VERY Soggy When it Rains
-Not Much Distance for the Power Player
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course to play. Most holes are tight and therefore technical. The front 9 don't have much distance, but there are a few holes over 300 ft coming back. There are large fields in other areas of the park that I like to use to warm up, so I count that as a plus. Overall I give this course a VERY GOOD.
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Pros: Front 9 is really well maintained last time i was there. Back 9 they are doing a lot of work around it. Looks like they are trying to reroute the bayou. 6-9 are pretty brutal for being short.
Cons: Bugs. Lots of Mosquitoes, and wolf spiders all over the ground because of all the leaves.
Other Thoughts: Watch for water on 17 and 15. 18 is about 430 ft but super straight and very narrow tunneled.
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Trees, trees, and then a tree.
Pros: The front 9 were very short, and technical, while the back 9 were more open. Tons of tree make you think before you just fire a disc off. If you don't have a super long drive, then you would find this course to be quite satisfying.
The signage was nice, showing distance and flight path options.
Concrete teepads and nice baskets.
Lots of tunnel shots to keep things interesting and accuracy is a must.
Mucho ace runs for some, lots of holes sub-200, especially on the front 9.
Lots of shade was nice considering 103 degrees.
Cons: Can be a mud-fest after rains, as it is low-lying and almost grassless.
Very short holes could be a con for some as it could be boring.
Lots and lots of trees can get very frustrating at times.
Didn't see a toilet or potable water source and very few trash cans.
Road runs through part of course and we had to pause play to let a car drive through the fairway, lol.
Had a couple walkers that were walking through fairways.
No elevation changes at all.
Not a very "pretty" course, not that big a deal, really.
Other Thoughts: All in all, it was an enertaining round. One of the only other local 18's besides Burns Park. The short, technical runs were a fun break from the 300 foot norm at most other courses. This would be a wonderful course for beginners, kids, weaker arms.
Hole 18 is a fun way to finish, but bring your straight shot! It is a 400 foot, tree-lined tunnel of frustration, lol.
It is worth a play, but don't drive way out of your way for it.
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noisy from interstate - but Good!
Pros: Nice tee boxes - interesting shots - challenging for me.
Cons: I'm not used to interstate noise, and it overwhelmed me a bit - but other than that - it is a great course.
Other Thoughts: I didn't have a whole lot of time to play - and I couldn't locate hole #1, so I started on hole #13 - played thru hole #17 - couldn't find #18, but #10 was right there, so I played #10 back to #13 where my car was...
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nice if dry
Pros: fun course, lots of birdie opportunities.
great winter course.
Cons: If it has rained in the last week before you play this course forget about it. It's built in a swamp and even the slightest sprinkle will turn every inch of that course into a mud pit. The skeeters are so thick during the summer that you can't breathe without inhaling one. BRING BUG SPRAY.
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Good beginner course
Pros: Good course for beginners, variety of shots needed.
Cons: Some holes are overly simple, quite a few simple straight shots. If you can drive straight par wont be difficult at all on some holes.
Other Thoughts: I'll definetly be checking this course out some more. I always heard bad stuff about rain, but it had just rained a few days before I went last, and I noticed no standing water on the Tees at all.
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Pros: Front 9 very technical through thick woods but short distances overall. Back 9 a little more open & longer overall. A few alternate tee positions, 1(I think) alternate pin position. out-of-the-way from rest of park. The course has been well taken care of since I last reviewed it. There are signs for every hole now with distances. #10 & #17 have alternate tee pads while #7 has alternate pin position. The course has been cleared of excessive debris & the drier season this year has made it much easier to play without fear of flooding or muddy conditions. OB strings adorn a few fairways to keep you honest.
Cons: Quite a few holes can get pretty "swampy" if not maintained. DO NOTplay after rain, course very low & gets muddy. Watch for snakes on holes close to water (quite a few). Water very muddy & difficult to retrieve disc (much less see them). # 17 still intimidating having to throw over a long, deep creek. I've gone in it once, but I've consistently seen a lot of people down in it. Only elevation is the basket on #10, otherwise flat.
Other Thoughts: Good for working on short technical throws in every direction. Decent course when maintained but needs more attention than it currently gets. Wear shoes you don't mind getting muddy.
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Strolling through the WOODS
Pros: -Fully wooded course, if you like playing in thick woods, this is the course for you.
-Nice concrete teepads.
-Variety of shots needed. A lot of holes have more than one route to the basket, but you still have to put your disc right on the line. Most holes can easily be birdied or par'd with a putter or mid, but a couple of holes require you to air it out with a driver or fairway driver.
-Some variety of distance on the back 9.
-Memorable finishing holes (17-18).
-Overall, a fun course to play.
-Tee signs have been added with the length of the hole on them.
Cons: -This course can be a swamp after a rain for a long time.
-Because of all the water for a majority of the time, mosquitoes can get really thick.
-Most of the holes were pretty short especially on the front 9, even though the very thick woods make up for the length, it still seemed like it would be more fun if it was longer.
-Once you finish the hole, you have to look for orange ribbon that indicates the path to the next tee. It can be hard to see at times.
-A few holes are truly luck holes. A group of 3 could all hit a gap the same way and only one is likely to make it through the trees passed the gap and give a look at a good putt. The other two will be scrambling and could easily make bogie. Hole 8 is a good example of this.
Other Thoughts: -Two of the holes have alternate concrete teepads, #s 10 and 17. The alt tee on #10 is to the left of the "A" tee about 150' away. To get to the long pad on 17, you have to go around the short pad and then make a right by the creek.
-Play this course after a few weeks of dry weather, and even then, bring the bug spray.
-The creek is nasty and may be hard to get a disc back from it. On 17, there was a really long stick that we used to get our discs back from it (yes, we both threw in there), and on #14, the creek is just a few feet behind the basket, however, you can't tell that from the tee. The basket is only about 130 feet away, and the creek is about 5-10 feet behind it. **Update 12/17/12**: the creek behind #14 has been re-routed and is now about 100' behind the basket from the tee, making the drive a lot less interesting IMO, but you shouldn't have to look for a disc anymore.
-Because the course floods all the time, there is trash that is washed into it all the time. The trash is EVERYWHERE.
-I struggled to come up with the rating that this course deserves. The course is nice and fun if you know what you are doing and can find everything. I played with someone that knew his way around the course so I didn't have any problems with navigation. The reason I gave it the rating I did is because of how much of the year it is playable, and the fact that there are no signs that direct you to the next tee.
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