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Pros: Tombigbee is an 18 hole course in a relatively small state park just outside of Tupelo, MS. The park has an excellent staff, detailed scorecards and maps are available, and the park office has discs for purchase.
It is mostly wooded, but it does have a few open holes as well. There is quite a bit of elevation utilized in the wooded sections. Several holes have a newer, alternate, longer tee.
Cons: The first few holes of this course get very wet when it rains, causing muddy tees, and then having to walk through the standing water and flowing water that is everywhere. (Navigable and playable, just very wet and muddy!)
The tees have a mix of natural, carpet, and concrete. Some tees need repairing.
Other Thoughts: Hole #1 is across the parking lot past the volleyball court. Most of the holes are very short (9 holes are under 200' from the short tees), but the woods and elevation do add to the challenge. There are a few more open holes as well, these are mostly at the end, however. The lake is in view on #18 but does not (should not) come into play. (There is a fence around the lake anyways so if you throw over it, then your disc is gone even if it ends up dry!)
This is a good course for beginners, families, the distance challenged, and those that want to work on accuracy and their short game. For the experienced disc golfer it would be an Ace Race or Birdiefest. The course is what it is, but it can be a really fun course to play if you don't mind playing a shorter course.
It is $3 a day to enter the State Park, however, if you ask nicely you can park hop and the other state parks close by will usually let you in with a receipt from that day.
*I am very impressed with all the Mississippi State Parks that contain disc golf courses. Every employee I have encountered has been very courteous and polite. They are definitely proud of their disc golf and are thrilled to have you come and play. All the workers (from the park rangers to the older ladies at the park office) were very knowledgeable about the game of disc golf, their course, tournaments, etc. All the park offices had discs and supplies, and often an excellent selection of discs at that. All the courses I have played had scorecards with maps that are also available. I highly recommend visiting any of the state parks in North/Central Mississippi to play disc and/or to do anything else the park has to offer.
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Pros: The design at Tom Bigbee was very good considering the land provided for disc golf. The course was extremely hilly but not too treacherous. There were a good variety of holes...some were open, some were very tight. Baskets were in good condition. Most of the tees were in good condition as well. There were also helpful signs.
Cons: There was one tee box, I believe on hole 2, that was a piece of carpet laid over a natural pad. It had rained a lot and the tee pad was nearly impossible to use. The early part of the course seemed to have some draingage problems as it was the most low-lying part of the course.
Other Thoughts: Tom Bigbee is a nice course. It is very similar to your "run-of-the-mill" course. There is a good variety of length and a good variety of lines. However, nothing really stands out as being amazing. The course was pretty soggy when we played. It rained hard for 2 days before we got there so it was to be expected.
The course sits atop a bluff that overlooks the lake. There are no true "water shots". Hole 18 is a nice finishing hole. It is an easy deuce. You have a good view of the lake from that tee box but it would be nearly impossible to get your disc into the water. There is a barbwire fence that surrounds the lake at this particular point and losing a disc in there is a possibility.
We played Trace State Park, Tom Bigbee, and Lake Lowndes in a day. The parks department let us into the second two courses without having to pay the entry fee which was really nice. If you are traveling through the area, that is something to keep in mind.
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