Tragic example of what NOT to do to a course
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Pros: Updated after playing for the first time in 8 years 11/22/12
I'm leaving my original review as a tribute to a course that used to be very good and is now very average.
(No longer true)Mix of open and wooded holes.
(No longer true)Forces you to try different shots.
Perfect course for beginners,(<--True, now false-->) but challenging enough to keep long time players interested.
Well maintained park and short rough make it virtually impossible to lose a disc, which is a good thing, since...
Cons: ...Nearby college ensures the course is almost always packed. Fortunately, pace of play is good, and people are considerate about letting faster groups by.
Adding a few selectively placed trees would make the opening few holes more interesting.
(Update:) Massive removal of trees makes this course too easy and has highlighted how close some tees are to other baskets.
Other Thoughts: (update:) Carter Park has been scalped! The signature, formerly extremely difficult holes 6 and 7 have lost over 20 large trees and are now virtually wide open holes. Other holes in this area have been thinned out significantly as well meaning that it's no longer safe to have certain tees in their current positions, as the open conditions encourage shots OVER those tees! Some moron didn't think before they busted out their chainsaw! In addition to the massive overthinning of the orchard area they have also removed a humongous oak tree that used to guard the basket on hole 12 leaving this as an overly easy straight shot, and they've also removed a huge patch of scrub bushes and trees that guarded the 16th pin. Overall this is now a boring course that will only interest beginners. Don't waste your time.
This is where I learned to play, and I used to shoot par or better using nothing but a Champion Eagle, so it's more than accessible for beginners. Given the proximity of BGSU, this is perfect, as it brings lots of people to our sport. However, as you add discs to your bag, this course becomes much more playable. Its a course that allows new players to enjoy the game, and then teaches them to evolve their game.
Some people want to nitpick the fact that the course is mostly open. They are obviously NOT locals, as when the infamous Blowing Green winds kick up, this course plays entirely differently than it does on a calm day, and par becomes an accomplishment instead of an expectation.
Now that I'm back to playing after an 8 year layoff, I can't wait to play Carter next time I visit BG.
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