4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lots of elevation. A few good holes and a few more good hole designs.
Hole 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 are laid out very well but suffer from a lack of maintenance and other things discussed in the cons below.
#2 requires a tee shot though a narrow tunnel, over a small creek and then uphill to the basket. This could be a very fun par 4 hole.
#3 is a long, uphill hole that ends with the pin across a small pond. One of the better uphill designs that I have played.
#5 is a downhill tunnel hyzer with the basket near a creek. One of the shorter holes, it would be very fun if maintained properly.
#6 & 7 are longer par fours that give you less elevation to deal with than other holes. #7 is wide open off the tee and gives you a chance to air it out if you can do so without tripping.
Of all the holes, about the only one that didn't have problems was #14, a "top of the world" putter hole at only 275'.
It's pay to play. I always count that as a plus, even in this case because it's only $5. I'm assuming that this course would not exist if it didn't generate some revenue.
This could easily be a fantastic course on an incredible piece of property but . ..
Cons: Baskets are Discatchers with faded yellow chastity belts on movable bases. They can be hard to see and are seldom where indicated on the map. This is key, because almost none of the baskets is visible from the tee box.
Navigation is a nightmare. There is no course map available at the course. Tee markers can be hard to spot and there are no navigation signs anywhere. There are a few board "signs" that at one time apparently had some hole information on them, but they are less than basic, very faded and precious few in number.
So, on hole 1, you have no idea where to throw from or in which direction to throw. I looked at the map, made a guess and got lucky. Throw roughly parallel to the creek. The guy at the store told me to throw from the top of the rock. If not for that, I'd have never found the tee.
On hole 3 you also have to guess where to throw. My advice is to err to the left. There is a hidden swamp (yes, its on a slope, weird) downhill from the short, spread-out tree straight ahead. Don't throw there, you'll regret it and have wet feet for the rest of the round.
Hole 13, the one that everyone likes because the basket is on the rock, well there's zero indication of that from the tee. I got lucky, guessed a right turn and hit the rock. It's gimmicky and if you know where it is, you are going to get an easy par. 16 and 17, two long, downhill holes, require full on hikes to find the basket.
The lack of navigational aids, proper tee markers and signs and lack of maintenance are maddening.
On holes 2, 5, 8 and 15, the tunnels have closed up leaving such narrow paths to the basket that they simply reward luck. The grass is unmowed and leads to a lot of wasted time searching for discs.
Tee "boxes" are "natural," and include roots, rocks and very unlevel ground. These are the worst tees that I have ever seen, but that isn't saying much. They are playable, and some have boards that sort of let you know which direction to throw and where to stop. I.e., throw perpendicular to the boards and use it as the end of the teebox.
Some holes are miserably bad. 8 and 12 stand out, but there are others. 8 requires throwing over two different tree lines on a very long hole. You literally cannot see the basket for the first two throws at least. Hole 12 is a longer-than-marked hole with the basket at the bottom of what is basically a ditch. You can't see it from more than about 50 feet away and will probably walk around twice the length of the hole before you find it.
Other Thoughts: This course could be such a gem. However, some of the hole designs are just plain bad. It is such a chore to play and you'd better be in pretty good shape if it is your first time because you will need to scout up and down steep terrain on almost every hole before throwing.
The course really needs a redesign, but if the owners aren't going to keep it maintained any better than they do now, there isn't much use in spending the effort to redesign it. The frustration level is extremely high when you find a tee box and have only a vague idea of where to throw without hiking around over steep elevation changes to find out.
I'd play this course again, but its also the only course within nearly an hour drive. If you are considering going out of your way to play it for the first time, I wouldn't recommend it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The property is amazing.
13 is a cool basket location (on the rock).
14 is a cool downhill hole.
15 is a nice hole.
Cons: Where to start?. At the time i played the course it had a 4 rating. This isnt even close to a 4.
The tee areas are terrible. There are rocks and roots on every one. It's dangerous.
They dont have scorecards or maps. If i am paying to play I expect those types of amenities.
The course design is downright criminal. The property is so amazing it could be a 4 or 4.5 rated course with a good design. That said you never really throw down the hills there except for 14, and thats a midrange or putter shot. On almost every tee my group was asking why arent we throwing down there. You walk up the hills and all the shots are sidehill or uphill shots. The design is the main reason for such a low rating.
Theres animal poop everywhere .... And i mean EVERYWHERE.
Other Thoughts: If your passing through id play this even with the low rating but i wont be going back. I think it gets such high ratings because of the atmosphere at tourneys is probably awesome as camping here looks to be very cool, but as a disc golf course its bad. Again terrible design on such a beautiful canvas.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful. Creative basket placements. Even compared to some of the best courses in Colorado and California, almost half of the holes stand out as memorable, and I already want to go back for more. Some par 4s and 5s. Calls for some long RHBH anhyzers or forehands with fade. Nice use of the ups and downs of the terrain (although I'd like for them to add one huge down hill shot - even bigger than #16, maybe off of a bluff with some kind of incorporation of the 2,800 foot zip line). Some nice through-the-tree-gap shots. Water hazards require some care in spots.
This is the kind of course that gets better and better the more you play it, and every hole is distinct. (Some other reviewer already did a nice job of describing the holes).
One of the prettiest places in Arkansas, and the drive out there is nice too. Stop at the Marble store for catfish, or better yet, try the Low Gap Cafe. Mix in some time on the Buffalo River or Lost Valley trail/cave before heading back home.
Cons: Your $5.50 does not include a map or scorecard. They encouraged me to take a photo of the course map on their clubhouse wall, which was slightly better than nothing, but the map here on dgcoursereview is 100X better. You will likely not have cell coverage, so load the map onto your phone before venturing out towards Jasper. I spent way too much time and energy searching for baskets. Some of the baskets are truly hard to find, especially #8 (way up the hill) and #12 (don't overshoot to #14). I also spent too much time looking for tees (#4 is across the pond and up the hill). With leaves on the ground and much distance between some of the holes, you'll end up just on a pretty hike if you just try to wing it.
Tee boxes are dirt or grass, and not always entirely flat. There are wood boards that let you know what line to throw behind, and give you a good sense of which way to throw.
Only a few holes had signage with a distance, direction, and par listed. And since many holes are not par 3, I'd recommend loading par info before playing. It will make you feel better about that 4, 5, or 6.
The ranch was packed with a hundred or so climbers, horse riders, and kids petting animals. This is only a con because many of them were camping there and a few had pitched tents on the course. People were friendly, but I had to warn them of potential danger before teeing off. Maybe it was just the Thanksgiving weekend crowd.
Other Thoughts: This is rural Arkansas, not a groomed city course. Bring a towel to clean your discs, just in case (there's manure).
The pictures for holes #16,17,18 do not match what I just played. Just be mindful of that if you're trying to use the photos to navigate the course.
The course basically makes a big counter-clockwise loop, and at times you will be a long ways from a bathroom or water source.
We were the only group playing disc golf, and judging by the lack of foot-traffic wear on the course, it appears as though disc golf is far from the most popular activity at the ranch.
There are farm animals roaming around. I adjusted my route on #18 to avoid hitting a group of horses.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a private ranch, which is home to general camping, climbing, and horse riding activities. As long as the course is open, there shouldn't be any major interference.
- Terrain here is pretty mountainous, with plenty of elevation changes, rock formations, and scenic views. Steep downhill shots include #5, a nasty downhill hyzer or sneaky flick into dense woods, #6 plays down on the back end, and #7 is an open bomber. Plenty of valley shots as well; #8 is the mother of all valley shots; with a long steep uphill approach past a line of trees. #2 is a smaller creek valley, but has a tight line to snake through. #15 shoots through some trees over a deep valley as well. Not too many uphill tee shots, really, but plenty of uphill approach shots. Also many many spots with slopes off the fairway to swallow errant drives, like holes #9 thru #12.
- Decent amount of trees and woods here to force line shaping; both off the tee and on approach shots. #2 is a tight FH shot through trees, #5 forces some sort of wide shot, probably a hyzer, into a large patch of woods, and #6 is a FH flex out of some woods. #3 has a hard right turn at the end of the fairway for a tough approach. Other holes have woods on the right side to take away hyzer lines as well.
- Lots of hazards here to cause trouble; #2 has a small creek to go over, #3 has a decent sized pond in front of the basket, #6 has a pond way way left of the fairway. Plenty of valleys/rollaways on holes to make trouble. #13 has the signature basket on a boulder; a nearly vertical upshot is required to stick on the 'green'.
- Plenty of distance at this course, there are some BOMBERS out here that the biggest arms will reach back on. #1 is 529' and slightly downhill, #3 is a long uphill at 484' (with the hard turn at the end). #8, the gigantic uphill valley shot, plays looooong at 650'. Also shorter holes to get deuces on with a good shot - or much much worse with a bad shot. #12 is a blind, short flick around a boulder with rollaway potential. #14 is open, pretty short, but again has a rollaway behind the basket. Scoring out here can take raw power AND a gentle touch.
- Wooden posts with hole numbers are good enough to locate the tees, but the map is definitely needed to get going at first. Tees seemed OK, doesn't seem to get much traffic to wear them down. Baskets are having a rough go; a couple were tipped over and others were in really bad shape. Kinda sucked having to walk up and set up the basket before a couple of putts.
Cons: - Cons, cons, let's see... oh, I got one. Horse crap. Horse crap everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Teeing off? Horse poop. Approach shot? Horse pie. Putting? Might just be a big pile in the basket. I understand that this place is called Horseshoe Canyon Ranch because it is in a canyon shaped like a horseshoe. But honestly, just call it Horsepoop Canyon Ranch.
Other Thoughts: - Well, this is a big time course with big time shots. Elevation changes, woods, water, rock formations, technical lines, bombers, doglegs, really a little bit of everything. A fair amount of pretty open shots, but there is enough variety where it doesn't detract too much.
- Best suited for advanced players, intermediate players will be fine as well. Beginners might be a tad overwhelmed.
- If things like teepads, signs, and baskets make or break your round, you might be disappointed. But the golf itself is top notch,
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 22 Not
Great Layout but that's ALL
Pros: Course is on some great land. Up,down,flat and all kinds of shots.
Cons: Horses and goats all over coures. No tee pads(rocks and hores poo) on the so called tees. Talked to office day before was good with my group paying when finished with first round. Went in to pay after one and was told we are lucky we didn't get kicked off. Was told had good disc selection (10-12) guess that is good for them.
3 of 25 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Great Layout, Long Walks, Terrible Management
Pros: This course has a great layout and lots of challenging and awesome holes.
Cons: The bad side of this course is that there are long walks between holes and the terrain is rough. The lack of tee pads, and the fact where you tee is very uneven and rocky means you can't really set your feet or get a good run-up. The management (Jamie) was very rude and unaccomadating. She was very rude and unwilling to work with the group I was with.
Other Thoughts: Due to the cons of this course I would only recommend it as a play it to experience it and my group will not be returning.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Challenging distance on almost every hole. Great views of the Ozark Mtns.Great changes in elevation throughout the course. Variety of shots needed. Use full skill set for a good score.
Cons: Pay to play. No concrete tee pads. Tee signs minimal.
Other Thoughts: If this course could take care of the cons I mentioned, it would be a 4.5 or 5 for me. I love a course covering an expanse of mother nature like this one.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Great for long arm throws, scenery, challenging, lots of unique shots.
Cons: Gotta hike to find basket then hike back to throw, no signs to let you know where to even begin looking on some holes, horse manure- LOTS!!, not taken care of, and goats just roaming in middle of course
Other Thoughts: cost $5 to play which is not bad, but its not worth it for this course, bring a camera to take pictures.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Very scenic, but not care for...
Pros: Very Scenic, Challenging Holes, Good Baskets, they made use of the land very well.
Cons: No Concrete Tee Boxes, No signs on the holes. The course is extremely hard to navigate, especially if it is your first time. Horse droppings everywhere. Tee off spots not only lacked concrete, but they weren't reliably flat or sure footed. 5$ to play.
Other Thoughts: I like the scenery, but you could tell this place w did not care about it's disc golf course. We spent a ton of time trying to find the next hole, and a ton of time trying to find the basket for each hole. No signs, terrible tee off spots, could easily roll an ankle teeing off if not careful. This is one I can say I played, but probably wont go back.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 10 Not
Should host the National Championships
Pros: This is a huge course! These are some long and interesting holes! There are multiple lines for almost all of them. There are water shots, wooded shots, field shots, cliff shots, bridge shots, etc shots. Its beautiful!
Cons: A few of the fairways are always soaking wet which usually leaves you with at least one soggy shoe. Length of the course is both a pro and a con. I'm always exhausted by the end.
Other Thoughts: While I put the length under con cause the hike in the summer can be unbearable, Its really this distance that makes it so epic.. There are shots off cilffs, up cliffs, over hills, around, down, between, hills/creeks/woods/Horse barns.. This place is Great if you have a long arm and good hiking boots! There is one hole that you play down a tiered hill into a family of goats, then play over and cross a huge swinging bridge! Brilliant layout!
2 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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