11 Helpful / 0 Not
Open hyzer course, mostly water hazards
Pros: Course has a few fun holes. #2 from the hill down across the water is memorable and a great hole to bomb some drives off of. #13 is a sweet challenge shot with a tight fairway and the pond OB on the left and the stream OB to the right; it's dueceable with a great drive, but I've taken a lot more 4s than 2s on it. #5 and #17 used to be great holes, but the stream erosion and park revamping took down most of the trees that made them great... so while the park is getting cleaner and improving drainage, the holes are losing some of their challenge.
Decent mix of short and medium length holes. A few trees, but most of the hazards of water OBs, many of which are very hard to find a disc in.
Biggest pluses for Jimmy Porter in my book are the great tournament Bryan James (PizzaGod) runs every year, The Carrollton Open, which is a incredibly well-run event; and the fact that the relatively open course in good area of town make this an ideal place to play night golf. The discs are a lot easier to find in the water at night, because you can see the glowstick LEDs in the water, and so you're not likely to lose discs. The relatively open layout also provides lots of ambient light (from light pollution as well as from moon/stars) that make it pretty easy to see the baskets. So once they reopen the course, hit a night round out there and see the course at its best.
Cons: Teepads are a very mixed bag, with some being downright awful. They have worked to improve this the last few years with concrete pads, but the effort isn't complete yet. Streams and pond OB will likely eat a disc or two (or three or four) and can be somewhat frustrating during the round. The holes don't require too much precision or shot variety -- a big RHBH hyzer is the best shot on most holes and the upshots almost never force precision. Except for the water OB, there are very few obstacles and virtually zero rough to speak of. As long as you avoid the water you can take an easy 3 on every hole except for #16, which is ~500' with some trees guarding the basket, but it's the only par four on the course.
Jimmy Porter won't hone your game much -- you'll get a little wind practice and a little placement practice because of the water -- but none of that requires great precision or strategy. You basically backhand a fairway driver and can your putt. My best score there is a 45 (-9) shot during night golf with two discs -- a Teebird and a Rhyno.
Other Thoughts: For several years, Jimmy Porter was my home course. It is a great place to get in some throws, to try new discs, to bomb some open shots, to meet some fun local players... but overall, not well kept not enough shot variation to be worth the trip unless you are a local.
The course is currently under renovation by the parks department. I don't think this will change the layout of the course much, but will make the streams nicer and add some aesthetics to the course. This should also make it easier to find discs.
Anecdotally, be careful in the pond. A friend and I lost all our leg hair one fall round when were in there searching for his KC Banshee. The paint factory up on the hill above the corse had had a spill and didn't post any signage around the pond or stream. We got the EPA out to test the waters and they deemed that we would be okay, but it's made me wary ever since. Scary, scary, thing to look down and realize that your leg hair is all gone from just above the knees on down. I'm eternally grateful that the water was pretty shallow that time, and I didn't go teabaggin' that day. Just a word of warning before you go swimming for your discs.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is really fun!
First of all it has some really big open elevation drop shots. Who does not love big open holes?
Secondly, most of the landing zones or greens are small areas between the sidewalk and creek that winds through the park. You have to be able to hit these defined zones or it will cost you stroke.
The creek is not really deep enough to lose discs in but it still provides a good pucker factor.
Cons: Not much technical requirement to play this course other than being able to land in a specific area. Most of the holes are big air (which I actually love so I put this as a pro also).
No distances posted which would be nice to know, especially for first timers.
The teepads are a little worse for wear. Concrete would be nice.
I don't like the long chain link fence that defines the left side of one of the fairways. If you fade over it you have to get creative to get your disc back.
The only water you can really lose a disc in is the little pond and the only way you will do that is if you make a serious mistake or hit one of the newly planted trees in front of the teepad.
Other Thoughts: This was the first course I ever played so it has a fond place in my heart. I'm glad they revamped it and I'm glad they did such a good job on the revamp.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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