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Needs a lot of TLC
Pros: DISTANCE VARIETY (5% weight) - 3 - I think there is distance variety, but hard to tell without a course map or signage. The course I kind of "made up" as I played had both short and long holes....
BENCHES / TRASH BINS (3% weight) - 4 - There are plenty of trash cans and benches in the park, but not necessarily at the tee locations.
PARKING (2% weight) - 5 - Plenty of free parking!
Cons: OVERALL FUN FACTOR (16% weight) - 0 - It was not fun at all, just frustrating to try and figure out the holes and when you do try to avoid hitting people with your discs on boring shots.
COURSE DESIGN (14% weight) - 0 - It seems like holes 1 and 2 both throw through a cemetery - pretty tacky and disrespectful, but I may be wrong on this because I could not find any maps or defined tee locations for these holes. Other holes are just throwing in an open field and a few through right over the very busy walking path at the park.
SIGNS/MAPS/MARKERS (11% weight) - 0.5 - Looks like at one point there were nice DGA signs ordered, but they are all faded and the numbers / letters are peeled off so you can't tell the hole lengths or tee numbers on most of them. Many of them are missing also.
TEE PADS (8% weight) - 0.5 - I could not find any defined teepads at all, bust just be the ground next to the tee signs
ELEVATION (8% weight) - 1 - Only holes 1 and 2 seemed to have any elevation, but I may be wrong about this. All the rest are just on flat ground.
SCENIC BEAUTY (8% weight) - 2 - The park is pretty much an open space with a cemetery hill on the side
BASKETS (5% weight) - 0.5 - I could only find 7 baskets, they are old DGA baskets, and of those 7 =, one had very few chains and a few others had broken chains.
EPIC HOLES (5% weight) - 0 - none to speak of.
SHOT VARIETY (5% weight) - 1 - most all shots are relatively open
FOLIAGE MAINTENANCE (3% weight) - 2 - while the grass is mowed, there were a few felled trees / branches that had not yet been picked up
MIX OF TIGHT AND OPEN (3% weight) - 1 - most all shots are relatively open
OVERALL CHALLENGE (3% weight) - 1 - It was a challenge to figure out what the holes were, but the play itself was not challenging
CROWDED? (3% weight) - 1 - Park is very crowded with people walking the exercise loop, kids running around and playing and people flying kites, playing soccer, etc. But I did not see any other DG players there. Most people were looking at me funny when I was throwing frisbees and the distorted metal targets so I don't' think the regular park goers really even know what disc golf is.
Other Thoughts: It wouldn't take much to make this course more playable:
- a course map
- defined tee locations
- re-post over existing signs
- repair broken baskets and add a couple more
- possibly re-route holes to avoid the walking paths
- make the cemetary OB
It's too bad because it seems like this park gets plenty of traffic from the townsfolk - even with bored looking teenagers that might like the game if they were properly introduced to it.
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Pros: This was the last course I played in a marathon attempt to cram the Tulsa area over a warm spring break day in March and as the sun set on the park near the creek , the weather was perfect and it was a great ending to more than 90 different holes in one day. The park and the town are lovely; however it just did not extend to the course.
Cons: The great disc golf scene in Tulsa heads south just south of Tulsa. Warned by DGCR reviewer notrpmp (who's review is spot on) in person just a few short hours before, I had to see for myself. Without any knowledge to the politics of the park and available lands, I have to question if this was the best land. There are not many trees or hills.
Number one, when you finally do find it, is located near both the parking lot and the side of a hill that belongs mostly to a cemetery. I just don't feel right teeing off on top of the dead. One fairway had a soccer field that was in use in the middle of it and the course struggles to find any noteworthy obstacles usually having the basket or tee area find one of the few very mature trees. There is a paved walking trail that circles the park and comes into play in many parts. I met am older couple on it who told me that they haven't seen anyone use the baskets in years.
To say that the course runs by a creek is correct but in full disclosure the creek is actually very far from the fairway down a very steep hill of jagged rocks that make climbing a tough go. A review of this course is encapsulated in the sight of a basket bent out of shape and resting on the ground hugging a pole beneath set of random rusted chains. A state of disrepair that was mostly blamed on the wind, but it's not hard to imagine a rouge vandal, bored to destruction in Okmulgee.
Other Thoughts: How do things get like this? I imagine that park was once the setting for a local disc golf enthusiast given permission to build a suitable course a decade or more ago. I'm shocked that the established date for this course is 2001 I would have guessed late 80's. Hopefully as the popularity of disc golf grows the locals will adopt this course and give it the treatment the original builders and designers had intended.
I drove away happy to have played, happy that the night air was cooling me off, laughing to myself about the comedy of errors that this place has somehow become. I wish I could adopt this course and put in the work myself but that not my place, I guess I'll leave it to the people of Okmulgee.
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