6 Helpful / 0 Not
Good course using all of the best features . . . need some TLC
Pros: 1) Course has some very memorable and challenging holes (#1 air it out down the hill and give the slide a chance!!!!, #2 basket is tucked right on top of a large hill making any putt tough!, #4 is a big dogleg to the right throguh some massive White Pines, #7 shoots you across a small ravine and back into the wooded area. Tight gap to shoot between two trees, #8 is another tight hole with a large right to left slope that could easily run your disc away, #9 is a tough uphiller through some tight gaps (almost no clear route to the hole), #10 is an awesome hole although short throwing over a creek to a basket set amongst the Cedars, and #11 is a blind basket out into a prairie area and up a hill to the left.)
2) Nice elevation changes on the first two holes and then they really use the terrain well on #7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. The middle of the course is flat and fairly open too so the variety is all there. The sidelsopes on the last 5 holes can be a challenge to navigatew without a rollaway or a slideaway.
3) Cedar trees are so underrated. They sure make a great setting for a disc golf hole. The White Pines are also an underrated tree and I think they should be incorporated into more courses. I had to mention these two trees as positives because I think they make great additions to disc golf courses.
4) Water is visible and although it shouldnt be in play an errant drive on #10 could hit a tree and shoot it to the side into the creek. Even if it isn't in play it is cool to walk across two bridges on the course. The setting of #9, and 10 makes the walk of this course worthwhile from a scenery point of view.
5) #9 is the toughest hole out there probably bec ause of the massive slope uphill and the many tree branches that can knock you all over the place. #8 is also prety challenging because of the sideslope. You can easily get a rollaway or your flat disc with no bead could slide down the compact vegetationless ground.
Cons: 1) Pea gravel set inside of a wood frame does not make a good teeing area. You are better off throwing from behind the tee areas because the gravel is loose. The elevated wood framed tees (#2, 4, 6 and I think one more) are also fairly slippery. The wood is just too smooth to get a grip. I hope they don't leave the pea gravel and I hope they don't think they are upgrading to the wood frames! Some of the pea gravel tees are also on some major slopes. #11 is ridiculous, I hope they didn't think that was actually going to hold up, cause that was obvious to me the minute I saw where they put it.
2) Somewhat confusing layout. #1 goes down the hill, #2 goes back up the hill (#12 basket is off to your left). Then you go to #3 and shoot back out to the road on 3 and 4, along the road on 5 and back towards the parking area on 6, #7 and 8 go into the wooded area, 9, 10, 11 are very confusing between holes. and 2 finishes back at the lot.
3) Course signs are very simple and I was unsure if I was throwing the right way on #3, the only thing that made me think to throw the correct way was the sign was always at the back of the teepad. I thought at first I was supposed to throw back into the woods (where #7 is).
4) Course signage is really lacking on #9, 10, 11. We need a directional sign to point you down the hill behind #11 tee to find #9. Because the area is also used for cross country the other trails can mislead you as to where you are supposed to go. #10 is a tough find from #9 because of these paths so another sign would be helpful to direct you to follow the trail down the hill across the creek to find #10 tee. Since you already saw #11 tee you should be able to figue out where to go but another sign would be helpful, in fact I think they could have easily added 1-2 more holes to get you back to that part of the park.
5) #3 is boring and #5 is a simple hyzer over to the trees. They are kindof filler holes to get you from one area to the next. #6 leaves a little to b desired becaus you are more than likely to land on a gravel area on your drive taking some chunks out of your discs. I would like to see some gravel removed and grass planted in that area, but it looks like overflow parking for a baseball game at this park.
Other Thoughts: Boy does this course have potential to be so much better. There obviously would be some more great holes set in those Pines and Cedars and a couple more holes through the hilly prairie area. They use some awesome features on this course but could use a little more maintenance and certainly could use some better teepads. Signage could be improved in a few spots and I would think this course could be ranked a 3+. With that said the issues I encountered need to be considered when i evaluate the course. I do not feel it deserves a single disc rating it had at the time of this review, but a little bit of work would make it a much better course. I feel like the design is great taking advantage of the great features of this park including the creek, the elevation changes. the Massive majestic White Pines on #4, 5, 6, the Cedar trees on #9 and #10, and the prairie and natural areas on 7, 8, 11, and 12.
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