3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The holes taken individually are mostly amazing masterpieces that offer a huge challenge to a good player.
Cons: The overall design of this course is a nightmare. It is easy to follow the flow of the course for the first four holes, and then all of the structural issues become apparent.
The first problem is that the 4th basket is placed down a narrow walking path beyond what should be an open green (though there would be trees). It's a very long hole that very few of the big bombers could reach, and it would only be fair that the basket be accessible for a deuce. What further makes this a bad placement is that it is right next to the basket for hole #13 and there is great confusion as to where to go next.
Getting to the 5th tee requires backtracking across what should be the 4th green, taking a short path that crosses the 7th green and then turning left. There are no markings whatsoever to indicate this, and it is very dangerous to backtrack across two greens. If the green were out in the open, it would be obvious to turn left (they could let the path to the current pin grow over so that no one enters the 13th green).
The next step would be to completely redesign the next few holes. The green for #7 should become the #5 tee and go from there. This is an incredible piece of land and it would be very easy to rearrange these 3 holes in a way that winds back around to the tee at #8 (a very easy hole that could also simply be done away with and another hole inserted somewhere to make up for it, perhaps then renumbering #9 as #8 and going from there).
The 9th and 10th holes are fine, but the 11th should move the tee about 15 feet to the left. It seems that the designer wanted to challenge right handers with a forced and extreme anhyzer, but failed to recognize that the angle is far too extreme and there is no play whatsoever for a lefty. The pin is brilliantly hidden down in an arroyo, so there is no need at all to make the tee shot that technical or difficult since the challenge is at the green.
The 12th hole is a disaster. It is far too difficult, and it is virtually impossible to make a good tee shot, even for placement (again, I am a lefty and even a right hander with a perfect turnover shot is barely going to get placement in the fairway out to 200 feet. The long pin placement should also be eliminated. There is absolutely no way to make a putt on that position, even if one were to have a drive reach within 50 feet. The short pin should be the permanent pin, as it is also located right next to the path to the 13th tee.
The 13th seems to be considered one of the signature holes, but it is one of the worst holes on the course (a tornado seems to have blown through the night before and the basket was covered with a tree, as was the tee on #11). There are no lines to reach the green for a left handed player and almost no line anywhere for a right hander. It is 220 and slightly uphill, which should be an easy midrange, even for a guy of 53 like me, yet nearly impossible to get a drive in the middle even halfway up the fairway. This could be solved by strategically removing approximately 4-8 trees on each side of the fairway.
The 14th could also benefit from some strategic cutting of maybe 3 or 4 trees on each side of the fairway.
The 15th is a perfect hole.
The 16th is a complete disaster. It is unreachable for a left handed player. At least a dozen trees to the left need to be removed to make this hole fair to both players.
The 17th hole suffers from almost exactly the same problem as the 16th, with no paths to the basket to the left. It is short and could be reached easily for the deuce, but I fired a driver straight up the middle and was 50 feet past the hole. It is impossible for a lefty to turn it left against slope and through that many trees. I had a difficult approach--the protected green is a fine challenge--and did leave it within 5 feet for an easy par, but the hole should be fair to both right and left handed players and should have fair routes for both to potentially get a deuce.
The 18th is a little bland for a finishing hole, but there are no structural issues and it is fair.
Other Thoughts: I would have loved each hole if the course layout were more friendly and if a few holes were more balanced.
It is a wonderful piece of land that could be a championship course, but it is poorly cared for after this storm and has quite a few very bad design flaws.
Fix those and it's one of the best courses I've ever seen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice Park Course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A good mix of open and wooded holes. The front nine is relatively open, but still requires shaping your drive to a specific line to work around the trees that are there. The back nine is much tighter, with narrow fairways.
Hole lengths vary from 220' to about 440', with the longer holes being in the open areas of the course. Good mix of right and left-finishing holes, with a couple of true tunnel holes in the woods.
For the most part I didn't find the wooded holes unreasonably tight. They had narrow fairways which needed to be hit, but they were fair. I do think that hole 16 is just too narrow and really more of a plinko hole. Removing a few trees would improve it.
Excellent concrete tee pads, large and flat. Good baskets. The couple of "new signs" that were installed looked nice.
Cons: The old tee signs are really showing their age. Little useful information as far as the layout of the hole. The few new signs that were up looked much better. Hopefully the full set will be installed soon.
Course flow was a little difficult in some areas. Unfortunately the "next tee" signs are virtually useless. Printing out the map helped.
Minimal elevation on the course. I disagree with the description of "Moderately Hilly" but didn't change it as other reviewers haven't mentioned it.
Other Thoughts: This is a solid course that would benefit from completing the sign update and some better "next hole" indicators. It was terribly muddy the day I played, but the area had gotten a lot of rain.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Ohhh the Hills
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fun design, mix of shots and can be very difficult for newer players
Cons: Can be very difficult for newer players due to it being heavily wooded and holes not being clearly marked
Other Thoughts: Local club works to keep in decent shape. hopefully tee pads will be fixed as well as maps and hole locations being updated.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Some cool holes
-not crowded (didn't see a single disc golfer from 4 to 6 on a Tuesday)
-It will most definitely challenge your accuracy
Cons: -Unclear where tees are when going from hole to hole.
- Many of the fairways are more like hiking paths rather than disc fairways
-there is a lot of low branch growth in the fairways/near the baskets
-tee maps on each hole (aside from the ones missing their signs) are not too helpful
-Many of the baskets are blind shots; not good if playing alone especially for the first time
-lots of poison ivy/oak on the sides of the tight fairways (luckily I am not allergic but none the less)
Other Thoughts: This is a very technical course with a lot of challenges. There are not many options for those who are not really good AM or Pro unless you want to go rummaging through the poison Ivy/Oak.
In regards to the direction of "1st tee by swing set" There are three swing sets. If you park in the lot at 5009 Aztec Blvd. the swing set that is mentioned is to the right (the opposite direction of the basketball court)
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Not As Fun as I Was Thinking
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Nice Teepads
- Nice Baskets
- Easy Directions to get to the park
- Fairly Easy flow from one hole to the next
- The Newer tee signs are absolutely beautiful
- Good mix of every shot is needed to complete this course
- A Good Mix of Distances as well
Cons: - So many Unfairways. There are a lot of holes that are more of a luck shot then they are a skill shot and makes about half of the holes not fun to play.
- Low Cielings on about half of the holes. For me being really tall this is a big issue for me. There were so many holes that just were not fun to play because there was no legitimate way to hit a gap with the cielings.
- Lots of Very Very Very tight holes where there might be about a 5' gap to hit a hundred feet down the fairway. Making for some unpleasent holes.
- Lots of low hanging branches right over the teeboxs. Not an issue if you are short but for me the were really annoying.
- There were "Next Tee Signs" at the base of most pins but it was impossible to tell which way there were telling you to go.
- Markers telling you which position the pin is in would help a lot since there were a couple times when I threw to the wrong basket.
Other Thoughts: - On the PDGA site it says that hole 1's tee is by the swingset. But there are 3 swingsets in site. Go to the oldest looking one.
- The Front half was a lot more enjoyable to play since you were not stuck in your shot selection. Where as the back half there was really only one way to play the hole.
- There is a mando on hole 1 that I didnt even see until I got up to it, so look out for that.
-Probably wont go back and play again until the course gets manicured better to not just play to shorter people.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Large variety of holes and shots on the course. The first 8 or so holes are fairly wide open but with obstacles and doglegs on most of the holes, after 8 or so the course starts going through some woods which leads to some great tight shots that require accuracy until hole 18 presents another open shot to a basket in a guarded pin position
-Decent range of distance with holes ranging from right around two hundred feet all the way up to a little over 400 hundred feet.
-Good tee-pads and decent baskets on the course
-Several benches throughout the course
-The course provides a lot of shade on the back nine for those hot Missouri days
-The course does a good job of steering clear of other park users and you never really have to worry about interfering with other park users, and the holes never cross fairways which is nice
-The course will punish you for going off the fairway on many of the holes, which is nice because it rewards accuracy
Cons: -The tee-signs are a little outdated and not the most helpful and two of them were missing.
-For the most part the flow of the course is pretty easy to follow but there are a few spots where you can get turned around and several of the holes have a decent walk between them which can lead to getting turned around while looking for a few holes (I suggest taking a map the first time you play)
-In the summer the course gets a lot of thick rough on the side of the fairways that could lead to some lost discs.
-Not the best part of town but its also not the worst part of town either.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course to play when I visit Columbia. It provides a great variety of shots and a good amount of challenge without getting to frustrating or unfair. During the hot summer months make sure you bring a good amount of water with you. If you are stopping in Columbia or nearby definitely make sure you stop by and play this course, it is definitely worth it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Best of Columbia
Pros: Secluded park not much traffic. good teepads, mach 3 baskets. good flow of course. some trashcans. Test of ability
Cons: No benches, signs are a little dated, neighborhood a little sketchy but if you park on the backside and start on 6 OK, sketchy neighbor hood leads to trash bummer try and help a piece here and there helps.
Other Thoughts: I love this course, best play in como, will test your skill set. A lot of people say a poke and hope course but with a heavily wooded course what you learn is risk reward how to get up and down. Cool thing final 9. 6-7 par 4 tall grass OB, 5-6 par 3 sidewalk tall grass OB, 7-5 par 3 tall grass OB, 4-2 par 3 tall grass OB, 3-1 par 4, by 1 basket to 18 par 3, 1-3 par 5 tall grass OB E-W sidewalk OB, S in sidwalk on 3 fairway to 4 tall grass OB par 4, by basket 4 to 3 par 4 tall grass sidewalk OB
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Challenging but Fair. Every hole has a fairway even though they are not easy to hit.
-Great Mix of shots are needed to be successful
- Variety to the hole lengths 150-450 ft.
-Par is a good score ~1000 rated
-Accuracy and distance are of equal importance to score well
-Sitting areas on many of holes
-Signature Holes would be 2,4,9,11,12,15,16
Cons: -Could use updated tee signs
Other Thoughts: I would park near hole 6 because the neigborhood is much better.
You can create an epic safari course on this property as well.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Be ready for a challenge...
Pros: A VERY difficult course with a good variety of holes. Most holes are extremely wooded with not very wide of a fairway to hit. But the open holes give you a break from all the crazy shots. I personally think the open parts are the strong point of this course. The wooded holes have very think roughs. If you get in there, you will be lucky to save par. There are a few holes where the top is open, but the lower part is very tight. It makes you feel like your not creeping around in the woods as do other technical courses.
Cons: Definitely not recommended for new players. Every hole is extremely difficult. Signs aren't very good. Navigation can be an issue. I wish I could play better...
Other Thoughts: I would love to play this course some other time, but at a tournament never seeing it before: not fun. I still think it's a great course...
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
The better course.
Pros: Good technical course with some great wooded holes. Nice variety of shot type demanded. I'll play this one again when I go back there.
Cons: A little tough to navigate, and I'm not a huge fan of concrete tees, but they'll last.
Other Thoughts: A better course, overall than Albert Oakland, which I've played a couple times.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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