5 Star Disc Golf!!
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: This is Mississippi disc golf. Championship level course, well-trimmed Bermuda grass everywhere, top-notch design, good variety, challenging, lots of concrete pads. Tons of money and tons of love put into this course!
Cons: This is a tough course, so noobs stick to the shorts, good players get over here this is how good disc golf should be played in this beautiful Mississippi land!
Other Thoughts: This course is amazing. Don't let the one star and half star reviews fool you. Without those people sour about some baskets missing for however long, the score would be way higher. Went there yesterday and saw baskets everywhere, 24 of them, and all easy to navigate! Played there again 11/11/12 and came back here to update my review - this course is one of the top five I've played in my life, and I've played everywhere in Michigan!
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: (I'm reviewing the Trace Gold Course)
The course was in great shape for the SNDC. Fairways were mowed and trees were pruned to perfection. The course has nice baskets that are clearly marked. Playing from the long tees, you the shorter tee signs along the way that worked as "yardage markers", similar to ball golf.
Benches and trash cans abounded. The course plays around water and provide a good use of the mild elevation changes. Some holes were open while some played through the woods.
This is a championship caliber course.
Cons: This course is for a limited set of players: the super long arms. It was fun to play in doubles format, but as Intermediate player, I would likely not enjoy this course by myself.
Other Thoughts: I'm reviewing this after playing the Southern Nationals Doubles Championship. The course was in pristine condition.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Woulda coulda shoulda been awesome.
Pros: - The course is beautiful at a glance with stunning lakes used as OB on almost half of the holes. The course's lush green fairways are well maintained.
- Cool wrought iron tee signs that are custom made and offer you a place to hang your bag.
- Lots of long bomber holes for the big arms, with a good variety of technical holes.
- Concrete tee pads on all 18. Most of the holes feature multiple tees.
- Excellent risk/reward. The use of the lakes as OB is very well done with clever basket placement. The course gives you the opportunity for birdies, but fairly penalizes bad or overaggressive throws.
Cons: - Missing baskets. I followed the maps of Old Warrior Run and Trace Gold, yet couldn't find 6+ baskets on the course. I ended up playing to trees near where the baskets should have been.
- Multiple long walks between baskets and tees.
- Poor navigation signs.
- Some of the open holes, in the middle stretch of the course, become repetitive.
- Campers in the center of fairways. This is unacceptable on a pay-to-play course.
Other Thoughts: Old Warrior Run has the makings of a 4-star course, yet not being able to find baskets, poor navigation and tents in the fairways ruined what should have been an amazing experience.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
A bit of a mess
Other Thoughts: So.. Old Warrior Run is the highest rated course in Mississippi. Seems like a great destination for a road trip, amirite? 10 hours of driving and hitting a couple of great courses in the area - we were really looking forward to this one.
The day couldn't have been better. A little windy to make those over the water holes more challenging, but sunny, beautiful, and no mosquitoes. We're new to this course, but we've got our maps... should be a piece of cake, right?
It was easy to find the tees. They had cool signs and a place to hang your bag. The tees were always nice and good for a nice runup.. but the baskets. Where are the goddamn baskets? I think half the baskets were missing/moved/something.
I have generally low standards for what a course should be. I don't care about concrete tees (I can throw from grass). I don't care too much about old, rusty baskets. What I care about is if there are actually baskets around. It's the *one* essential thing to make a disc golf course. I can't tell you how times we line up to tee off.. and go down the fairway to find nothing. We ended up playing to random trees.
If I can get past not having a basket to throw to, the course was good, not great. I can't figure out how it got rated so much higher than the other courses in the area.
...and if you're going to pay... like, hand money over to someone - there's the presumption that this person may, I dunno, pass on some information. Something like, "Hey man, the course is messed up today, we moved/removed a bunch of baskets because we like f*cking with people... so be wary." Nothing like that.
Clearly the place is well maintained. Everything outside of the disc golf course was great. It was just such a weird disconnect to have so many missing baskets.
Suffice to say, I was dissappointed.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Highly over-rated course not well-maintained
Pros: Beautiful camp ground area with a nice lake and some rolling hills.
We were very excited to play here, as the reviews of the course are pretty high.
However, the experience was so un-inspiring that it actually inspired me to write a review.
Cons: I have no problem paying to play at a course. In fact, my preference would be to pay, if it means the course is going to be maintained and developed. This course doesn't seem to be either.
The course had at least 8 missing baskets, and horrendous signage between holes. The staff at the front had no clue which layout was currently in place and there didn't seem to be any logic to why some baskets were simply not there and others were.
We had both maps for the two layouts, and we aren't newbies to finding our way around unfamiliar courses. But, this place was just not user friendly.
There were campers all over and on hole 18 we had to drive down in to tents and lawn chairs.
Overall if was frustrating getting around and dissappointing to have so many missing baskets with very little help from the paid staff.
Other Thoughts: If you go to this area of the country, don't waste your time here. Spend it at Bud Hill.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Absolutely Worth the Drive.
Pros: I've played few courses with better holes. I've played few courses that are as well marked and kept. I don't think I've ever played a course with the combination of both.
The course has cool, distinctive tee signs (with bag hooks) that are easy to locate; they make directional signs largely uneccesarry. However, there are clear directional signs where needed. The course has great flow and is easy to navigate. It starts and ends (in the standard layout) with a few, easier, open shots, but quickly moves to a series of technical, wooded shots and longer shots with water hazards and tight OB. The course designers calculated difficult but playable distances and angles. It's really excellent.
Most holes have multiple tees and/or pin placements. The tees are good size, level, and concrete. Trash cans, a few benches, water, and restrooms are available. The course surrounds a lake in a state park and is incredibly clean and well trimmed.
Cons: The only significant negative is that two shots (#3 and #4) cross a paved road. Any other issues are minor: there is a relatively long walk leading to 5 and the tee signs are not descriptive. You may have to take a stroll down the fairway to know exactly where the pin is on a few wooded shots.
Other Thoughts: In the standard layout, the course has only one really long shot. But the alterate layout and some provisional holes provide plenty of distance for advanced players. I'll definitley play this course when I'm back in the area; it's worth a trip.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pride of North MS
Pros: This course has it all. You really have to reach into the bag and use every throw you know. You have tight wooded holes, water holes, elevation changes, blind shots, and beautiful scenery. This course really has an unbelievable mix, and now there is a gold formation that will blow your mind.
Cons: Some of the teepads need updating. Some of them are too short and not wide enough for the longer holes. That's the only con I can think of.
Other Thoughts: This is a must-play course. If you want to have a look at the course go to youtube and type in Trace Open and there is a video of some of the Gold Course being played.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is well-designed 18 hole course that is extremely well kept and is quite challenging. This course has excellent variety of hole styles and hole lengths requiring every shot in your bag. I liked how the course is almost like 3 mini courses in regards to style- it starts with parks style for a few holes, then you play around the lake for a few, then some wooded holes coupled with steep elevation, and it finishes like it started. Every hole is unique and every tee shot must be carefully planned and executed. It seems every hole is a memorable one, but the signature #5 levee hole is one you will love to hate, lakes on both sides, the levee slopes down from left to right, and 520' from the long tees.
The layout and scenery are fabulous. I love how this course is spread out, each hole gets its own space, and the land is set aside purely for disc golf. Views of the lake are seen from most holes. The fairways were lush and green (played in spring after a lot of rain). The course has 2 sets of tees that are clearly marked. The baskets are in good shape. The tee signs and bag hangers are very nice and unique just giving one example of the care and detail Mississippi puts into their State Park disc golf courses.
There is ample parking. Restrooms near hole #1. The park workers are very nice, they will gladly give you tons of helpful information, and the ranger actually led us in his truck to #1's tee.
Cons: The biggest con (and this is very minor) are the couple of longer than normal walks from basket to next tee. But because this course covers such a large area of land this is necessary. I suppose they could add extra holes in between, but a little extra walking is really no biggie when you factor just how nice of a course this is. (The longest walk is from #4 to #5, and will give you plenty of time to mentally prepare yourself for the levee hole!)
Another very minor con (and I am digging here) is that you don't come near your car until 18, but in order to obtain that isolated in nature feel by the course being spread out this is a necessity.
Mississippi State Parks do charge $3 a day/car to enter the park, but this is well worth it.
Other Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed every second I was on this course. It is one of the best courses I have every played and is one of my all-time favorites. I highly recommend this course to any serious player looking for a challenging good time. (Be prepared to lose a disc or two in the lake.)
Old Warrior Run is the name of the course, Trace State Park is the name of the park, although many locals referred to the course as Trace, but they are one and the same. And it appears the original layout is called Old Warrior Run, and an optional layout is Trace Gold.
*Note- This review is for the standard layout, I have not played the Gold.
This park also features several other park amenities, a big lake, camping, cabins, etc. I strongly endorse the Mississippi State Parks Disc Golf courses. The courses are fun and very well kept and the people are nice. They are perfect for taking a disc golf vacation with your friends or family.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This is one of my faviroite courses. The park does a great job of keeping the fairways nice and clean. Concrete pads and bag holders on every tee. The water is avoidable from the AM pads.
Cons: The am pads are natrual. All I can think of.
Other Thoughts: This course is in a great state park and should get more attention than it does.
I hear the gold setup is amazing but I haven't got around to play it yet.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging, Scenic, Good Shots Rewarded
Pros: The course is located in a state park, and is well maintained by the park officials. There is concrete tee pads on all holes for pro pads. The course has good signage and flows pretty naturally, so navigation shouldn't be an issue. There's great camping near hole 3, right on the lake. The course starts and finishes by the parking lot, restrooms, and a large pavillion. There is a good variety of right and left holes, short and long holes, tight and open holes, so the course doesn't really favor any certain style of player. Also, there are hooks to hang your bag on most tees, which is cool for those morning rounds where the ground is still a bit damp.
Cons: There were only 5 am pads total, but they were grass pads, which takes away a bit from the course. Nothing major, but if the grass was wet, it could get a little slick. The walks from 2 to 3, 4 to 5, and 16 to 17 are somewhat long, but nothing that was a real issue. The only con that really affected my rating of the course was the wooded holes, 11-14. Holes 12 and 13 were okay, but 11 and 14 weren't good holes. Even thought I didn't mind 12 and 13, I still felt that this stretch of holes through the woods was really more of a "filler" for the rest of the course. They were short, the routes on a couple were sketchy at best, and they just didn't excite me.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is an excellent course. As stated in the cons, I wasn't fond of the wooded holes (tight wooded holes are some of my favorite, just not these). Under par is certainly manageable, but stray shots can get you in trouble in a hurry, especially on the water holes (5-10). The park was super clean and very well maintained when I was there, and I assume it stays that way. You're not really close to anything here, so bring anything you might need (food, fluids, meds, sunscreen, off, ect.) with you.
Favorite Holes: 2, 5(pro), 6(pro), 7(pro), 8, 9, 10(pro), 16, 18(pro)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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