40 Holes at a Single State Park
Pros: *This is one of a pair of 20-hole courses in this nice state park with camping etc.
*Great disc selection on-site.
*Bathrooms, snack machines and practice basket at the main station.
Cons: *Several poke-and-hope holes.
*Not a lot of balance.
*Only one hole with the opportunity to really launch a disc.
Other Thoughts: For whatever reason, the local park managers have an aversion to cutting *anything*. This is the newer of the 2 courses and isn't quite as grown over, but if a tree grows up in the middle of the fairway, so be it. If they follow their previous inclinations, every single sapling that pokes through the surface of the ground will be left to grow up in the middle of the fairway.
I think this course has tons of potential and could easily be a 4.0 with some *very modest* trimming. After moving to North Mississippi, I can honestly say that these courses hurt my game. I found myself more irritated with lower scores compared to better, more difficult courses which tested *skill* over dumb luck, or course familiarity, and that's after learning this course as a local.
If you're coming through the area and want to stay in a park with 40 holes of disc golf, this one's nice. However, Trace State Park, just down the road in Tupelo, has an outstanding course on site as well as several other great courses immediately surrounding it in Tupelo.
I just don't think Wall Doxey is a disc golf destination unto itself. This one could be a beauty if the managers would set it free and trim a few. The state of MS has done the same in Tupelo and Morton to make two of the best courses in the state.
I've talked to the rangers at this park about it on more than one occasion and they swear that it's illegal to trim *anything*, *ever*. Meanwhile, Trace State Park a few miles away has one of the best courses in the state with a lot of cutting done. The same has been done for the outstanding state park course in Morton, MS. Please, set this course free!
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40 Holes of Disc Golf!
Pros: This is one of two 20-hole courses on site. Overall, the course is in excellent shape- clean, mature, and well planned out. This course should challenge most people. The first hole is long, mostly open and slightly downhill, but the rest are in tight woods. The Mississippi-shaped signs were not flashy, but were informative; they were in front of the tee but are really short, so not in the way. We were the only ones on the course that day (the $3 fee probably keeps many people away!)
There is a nice practice basket in the grass island by the parking lot between the park office and #1 tee. Be sure to visit the park office- they have an incredible disc inventory of several brands that you can purchase as well as other supplies, including bags. Be sure to pick up your free scorecard that also has a course map on it. The public restrooms in the park office were very nice, too. And I have to make mention of the extremely courteous and knowledgeable workers we encountered at all Mississippi State Parks. Everyone we talked to knew all about disc golf and the course, and they showed that they cared about and took pride in their courses.
Cons: Holes #2-#20 could be disappointing after you play the awesome first hole (too bad the coolest hole is not last instead of first). The middle holes start to become a little repetitive-there were several holes in a row that were just straight shots through narrow gaps in the tree (definitely challenging, but boring when you have to do the same thing on every tee, and it could be frustrating to those who can't hit small gaps off the tee!) Don't get me wrong, it is a solid and challenging course but few of the holes stand out as being memorable or special.
Parking is a little odd- you have to drive to get to this course from the other course/park office; and the designated disc golf parking lot is near #18 basket, but you have to walk across a field to get to #1 tee; or if the group camp is not being used you can park there beside #1 tee, but you have to walk the field when you are finished. The $3 a day fee may be a con for some, but it is $3 a day per car and there are 2 courses on site you can play all day, so the price ends up being very reasonable. We even played multiple parks in the same day and the workers told us our daily fee was good for all parks that day!
Other Thoughts: This is the longer of the two courses and is just a little bit tougher. The holes are longer on average (200' - 300') than the other course, including #1 which is over 450'! Most of the holes are in the woods, and the fairways are much more narrow than The Jungle course, and harder to recover if you throw errant drives.
I strongly endorse the Mississippi State Parks Disc Golf courses. The courses are fun and the people are nice. They are perfect for taking a disc golf vacation with your friends or family! Wall Doxey is especially nice because it has 40 holes of disc golf on site!!!
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Worth the drive
Pros: The course is fairly easy to navigate with informative tee signs and yellow poles indicating the next tee easily visible from the basket. Concrete tee pads are in place on all holes, as are benches and bag holders at the tee pads. Trash cans are found fairly regularly, and the course is fairly free of trash and litter. Turkey Hollow has a lot more elevation changes than Spring Creek, but the elevation is well-used. The holes make you use a variety of shots -- straight-away, dogleg-left, dogleg-right, etc. Pin locations are very well-thought out. Well-stocked pro shop in the park's main building and a DG-friendly park staff make you feel welcome. RR facilities are available in a couple of nearby picnic areas.
Cons: Plenty of areas harbor a good deal of poison ivy, and there can be lots of bugs ready to accept involuntary boold donations. Some of the lower areas of the course do hold water after a lot of rain, so footing can be an issue.
Other Thoughts: "Turkey Hollow" starts in an open field back by the group camp area, then turns into the woods. This is another risk-reward-focused course -- if you play very conservatively, you will be carding a lot of pars. You can get aggressive and go after birdies, but be prepared to take your share of bogies -- however, the risks do not outweigh the rewards -- they are there to make you play better.
There is a $3/vehicle entry fee - if you play both of the courses here in one day, that is 40 holes, or 7.5 cents per hole. Well worth it, in my opinion.
EDIT -- I had originally listed "Single-chain baskets" as a con -- those are on Spring Creek, the other course on site. TH is double-chain setup.
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Solid Course in a quaint park
Pros: This course has excellent signs, just like the other course in this park. Posts for hanging bags are helpful. Benches are abundant. Tee pads are in great shape. This course will test all players. There are some shorter holes. But there are some holes that require a good blend of distance and accuracy. This course is a complete challenge to the overall game.
Cons: While I think this is a course that is well above average, it lacked the "wow" factor. The first hole was a really neat sweeping hyzer shot and very picturesque. The rest of the course was nice...but just not "Man, that was an amazing hole". Again, I just don't like Discatchers. Far away from the park station amenities.
Other Thoughts: Of the 2 courses in Wall Doxey State Park, this one is more of a challenge. It requires a solid combo of length and accuracy. The environment and land is perfect for disc golf.
Also, I think it bears mentioning. The people that work in the State Parks in Mississippi are some of the nicest people you may ever meet. They were extremely hospitable. They really wanted us to enjoy their courses. I wish the state Parks in Tennessee took more interest in disc golf. Some parks here have courses, but they don't seem to care as much about them as the people in Mississippi. If you are in the area, a stop at Wall Doxey for 40 holes is a great day. Unfortunately, the park is in the middle of nowhere...about 30 minutes or more away from a large town.
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Welcome to the Jungle
Pros: Good concrete tees, tee signs, and benches on every hole. This course is great if you like tight wooded courses. The variety is great, starting off with a bombing 450' righty hyzer, then going into the woods for 19 more holes with tons of trees. The design makes good use of elevation, holes for righties, lefties, straight shots, and more variety in hole length. The fairways are fair, but getting off the fairway will punish you will loads of small trees.
It is a fun course to play for advanced level players, or if you like a challenge. Typical of MS state parks, camping and bunk houses are available. The lodge has a great selection of discs, as well as snack machines and running water.. There is also a 2nd, easier course in the park, with room for a 3rd if the park ever decides to expand.
Cons: As with most heavily wooded courses, there can be a tad bit of luck involved in some of the holes. The fairways may be fair, but some of the baskets are well protected by lots of small trees that can rob a well thrown shot from a birdie, which can get frustrating if it happens more than once in a round.
It cost $3 per vehicle to enter, but yearly passes can be purchased for $42 and are good for all MS state parks.
Other Thoughts: This is the tougher of the 2 courses in the park and can be a lot of fun to play if you enjoy a challenge. The variety is much better on this course, with lots of different types of shots, different distances, all challenging, and even more challenging if you keep landing off the fairway. Low scores are possible, but you generally feel pretty good to shoot under par. If you like technical courses, this park is the place for you to visit, with 2 good courses of differing skill levels.
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