Beware of water
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Beautiful park
-Trees around baskets provide for unique and challenging up shots
-Great for intermediate players
Cons: -Beginners will lose a lot of plastic
-Not much variability off of the tee
Other Thoughts: Difficulty (3/5): This course has slightly above average difficulty, especially for beginners, because of the water. When I first played this course I was incredibly new to the game, and was stressed out on almost every shot because of the threat of losing my discs in water. This caused me to play overly safe and add a ton of strokes to my score. When I played again more recently, I was much more confident in each shot I would be taking and was willing to take my normal lines as if the water wasn't there. I still found my fair share of trees and shallow water a couple of times, but having a little more experience under my belt made the course far more manageable.
Maintenance (3/5): The baskets were in great shape. The teeboxes were in good shape but often a little shorter than I would have preferred. Grass and brush were trimmed low. Tee signs were extremely faded.
Variability (3/5): The majority of obstacles on this course are from the water. There are definitely trees, but for the most part they're on the edge of fairways and therefore don't force different lines but rather punish you if you don't throw straight. That, combined with my noodle arm (I can't throw more than 300' consistently), meant that on at least half of the holes I was driving as hard as I could straight down the middle. An additional 4 or 5 holes were straight down the middle but within my driving range, so I needed to focus more on accuracy. A couple of holes used the water very well to make you question whether you wanted to go for it or layup. All of that being said, there was usually clusters of trees around the basket that made approach shots interesting. The tee shots were less varied than most courses, but the approach shots were more varied than most courses.
Flow/Experience (4/5): Going from 9-10 and 10-11 can be a bit confusing the first time, but not much. The hole layout really makes sense even for a first time player. This was a really stressful course to play as a beginner, as I mentioned before, but much more enjoyable as an intermediate. I imagine it'll be even better with more skill. A lot of pretty views and fairly secluded disc golf.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Technical if windy
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very technical course
-A few wide open holes to see how far you can throw
-Well thought out lay-up areas for those of us not blessed with huge arms
-Water hazards that aren't too daunting to get your discs out of except the pond
-A few elevation changes to keep things interesting in the beginning of the round especially
-Well marked hole locations for each hole with approximate distances
-Benches at the tee pad for most holes
Cons: -Make sure you have some overstable discs in your bag or you will go swimming a lot, especially if it's a windy day
-While the basket locations are marked on the signs, some of the locations of the holes change depending on the season, so it can take some scouting
-On the weekends, the park can get a little busy so be careful blind throwing
-Some of the tee pads are a little uneven, and the pad at hole 6 is almost treacherous
-If you throw your disc in the very small pond on 12, good luck getting it out thanks to zero visibility
-Don't be fooled by any rock bridges you see, they are cosmetic and the rocks will move
Other Thoughts: -There are no bathrooms on the course at all. The closest is at the softball complex across the street
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Water water everywhere
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice easy to navigate layout
-Teepads in good shape
-Nice variety of holes
-Water in play on almost every hole
-Very distinct holes
-Flow from hole to hole is excellent, nice rapid pace of play
Cons: -The fairways are fairly open, with most of the "wooded" description coming in from guardian tree placement around the pins
-Some of the rough, especially on holes 5,6,8,10 is pretty dense.
-Water in play on almost every hole, most of the creek is shallow but there are definitely some deep spots that require more than just removing your shoes to retrieve your disc. And then you have the pond on 12.
-Walking path weaves through the course and there are some near blind shots on 4 and 6 where you have a chance of hitting somebody
-Hole 14 tees of right next to a busy road and I cold see a lefty grip locking a drive and causing a big problem.
Other Thoughts: Jimmy Porter is an excellent example of a municipal multi-use park course. The design incorporates a wide variety of shots and approaches and uses a single creek to introduce OB and risk reward type shots on a number of holes.
The design of this course really maximized the terrain, landscape and water features to its full potential, resulting in a course where each hole feels distinct and memorable.
Standout holes for me were:
Hole 2 - Nice elevate tee with creek OB right in front of the pin
Hole 4 - Curve your drive around the base of the hill and then an upshot into a wooded section guarding the pin
Hole 10 - Pretty wide expand of creek and rough in front of pin which is tucked in the woods. Decent fairway before you get to the OB if you want to play it safe and layup.
Hole 12 - Hyzer line over a nice sized pond
Hole 15 - Drive over a wider, boulder strewn section of the creek with the pin on the opposite bank
All in all, the water really adds both challenge and an extra level of scenery to a nice municipal park layout. While the fairways are mostly open, the pin placements have you still needing to make a technical upshot on most holes.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: They've removed most of the reeds and are doing work on the creek on 17. Looks like they're putting in large rocks. They're also putting in concrete tee pads on all holes. Nice combination of obstacles. Wooded, but open, too.
Cons: It can still be a disc eater, though losing one in the water is less of an issue than before
Other Thoughts: Love this course. It's a "home course." One day I'd like to check out a tourney there on a Sunday.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice use of available land for a couple of cool elevation change shots. Easy to navigate and some boy scout volunteer work is only adding to the playability of this course. The wind is kind of funky here but it's nice. Seems to work with you most of the time. Almost always mowed. Another course I would recommend playing tourney rules as far as ob is concerned. Really tightens it up. Most holes are birdie possibilities, but don't count on doing it.
Cons: Could use a tee box facelift, but not horrible. Can take a while to play a round in a group. A couple of the baskets could be replaced.
Other Thoughts: Nice place to spend a saturday. Worth a drive.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Lose Discs Much????
Pros: This course offers up diverse challenges with creeks trees ponds and thick vegetation makes for interesting rounds
Cons: If you hit the thick brush just say goodbye to that disc unless you have waiters and a machete.
Other Thoughts: I am new to this sport and learned about the shoes on the electric wires if you ace or just wear your designated DG shoes out they are retired by hanging for all to see!!!!!
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Still one of my favorites
Pros: - Excellent use of the terrain available.
- Water obstacles come into play on multiple holes to provide challenge.
- Good mix of hole variety and length.
- Great local disc golf community and one of the best courses to meet new players.
- Plenty of parking available.
- Very little interference with non disc golfers except a few walkers.
- The city recently cleaned up the brush from the waterways, which made finding discs easier and seemed to push the snakes out some.
Cons: - Teepads are simply terrible.
- No signs anywhere and a few teepads can be difficult to find if you don't know the course.
- Flooding can be an issue after heavy rain.
- Maintenance is a little sketchy at times and if they miss a mowing rotation, they simply wait until the next scheduled day.
- Baskets are of random quality and make. Some are decent, others are pretty bad.
Other Thoughts: This remains one of my favorite courses to play. It is not the best maintained or even designed course, but it's just fun. I have met so many friendly disc golf players here. I highly recommend finding a local and giving Porter a try. Do note however that water can be a serious issue here, especially if you don't have your drives under control. The weeds on hole 6 can be very unforgiving on a high or underpowered release.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good use of what was given. Sidewalks and across are OB which add to the challenge of the course.
Creek comes into play on #2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,15,16,17,18
Pond comes into play on #12 and maybe 11
Sidewalks and across come into play on #2,3,4,5,6,7,8,12, and maybe 14 if you over throw it.
Park boundaries come into play on #1 (railroad tracks) #4 (Apartment complex) #11 (Fence Line) #13 (Tree line behind the basket usually marked with a string) #14 (Street) #17 and maybe 18 (the Parking lot)
Basically, if you play a round without an OB, you played a good round.
Hole #12 has a short and long tee marked. The long tee is the signature hole in my opinion.
Cons: Dirt tee pads
Does not have tee signs, holes are marked for the most part, but keep getting destroyed.
Other Thoughts: It is a fun course to play. Not real hard, but with all the OB, it makes it challenging.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I liked the course quite a bit...
Recently redone and reopened after that had cleared a lot of brush out, planted new trees, lined creek w rocks and built a couple bridges.
The course was pretty well designed for the small amount of space used and occasionally different elevations added to the course as well.
Most memorable holes - 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, and 17.
Final was three over par, counting all as par threes besides hole 16.
Cons: Baskets are pretty old and there was prob three different putts where I rocked the chains with a solid putt and my putter just popped out because of a lack of grip. Chains on a few baskets had also lost form / shape and left less of an area where you could sink a putt.
Other Thoughts: Good course... replace the chains on a few baskets and it'd bump it to four stars. New trees once grown in will make it pretty challening.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
This aint your mommas old Jimmy Porter
Pros: Fun course that challenges old Porter for the crown. I like this layout more then the other one because of the fairways. This course doesnt really favor a certain player and I think that it is more lefty friendly then most courses. The front 9 has "fairways" on every hole except for hole 1. The fairways have the sidewalk on one side and the creek on the other making for some interesting shots when playing sidewalk and everything OB. The risk vs reward can be fun to because of the rough can get rough in places. A couple of holes, 7/9/10 are planted in spots where you have one option to get to it and if you dont it could hurt your score. I think that there are alot of birdies out here for a pro/adv player which makes it fun but you can also shoot high if you throw off line a couple of time. The back is pretty open and doesnt challenge you too much because of it. I think the birds are more plentiful on the back but they are everywhere if you look.
Cons: Not much shade therefore it can get hot very fast! The pond is nasty, just like it used to be. There could be more trees to change a couple of shots up. The rough can get rough in spots. Easy to lose plastic in the creek and even when mowed there will be spots that your disc will vanish before your eyes. There are a couple of tees/holes that are hard to find first time out, but once you find them its not a problem. Parking can get interesting as the lot is pretty small.
Other Thoughts: This course I compared to LL Woods in Lewisville because with sidewalk and beyond it plays alot like it. When this course gets mowed and cleaned up a bit, it will be fun and will blow Greenbelt out of the water. Bring lots of drinks cause it gets hot and its a long way back to the parking lot.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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