DG at BCCC gets a C-
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Pros: First and foremost, do yourself a huge favor by printing off a course map from the Links/Files page or by saving the PDF to your mobile device for quick reference out on the course. With that in hand, you can throw a pretty enjoyable round across the Barton County Community College campus (say that 5 times fast). The layout is a far cry from excellent, but overall the course has plenty going for it.
Where it succeeds:
- Recreational and pro tees at all baskets present players of different levels the right kind of challenge they're looking for. Recreational players who get tired of the short tees can step up to some of the more "intermediate" pro tees or mix and match their tee selection throughout their round, so as to keep this 9-holer from losing its spunk.
- Several of the alternate tees even change the approach enough to make it feel like an entirely different hole - a very nice touch.
- The most level and well-marked grass tees I've played to-date. The easily identifiable white plastic strips in the ground closely resemble baseball pitcher's plates.
- The campus has a very pleasant and calming atmosphere about it. The campus grounds themselves are well cared for, although the course doesn't receive fair and equal treatment (see top two "cons" below).
- The quality tee signs do not distract from the campus' beauty and are all still remarkably legible.
- The course starts and ends in roughly the same area on the south side of the "Classroom Building" (see map), which is convenient for outside visitors who park to play.
Cons: Where it falls short:
- The course is rather neglected, and I don't see why. It was built quite well, but has practically been forgotten by the maintenance crew and campus life committee. The missing basket on hole #4, pine branch-smothered tee sign on hole #7, and missing tee sign on hole #8 are plain evidence of that. These blatant signs of neglect make it quite difficult for first-timers to play a smooth round.
- A couple of the baskets are leaning at a slight angle out of the ground. This doesn't affect play much, but within a year or two, it could be significantly worse if nothing is done.
- The name doesn't lie. The course's position atop a notable hill that is surrounded by flat, wide open lowlands leaves the campus open from wind attacks at all angles. You may be forced to exercise your patience against the often-present gusts.
- Holes #1 and #3 are plopped down in open areas, seemingly without much thought.
- The practice basket right next to basket #1 is awfully placed, confusing newbies on the very first hole! It should have been placed somewhere out of the wind between hole #1 and hole #9. I guess you could use it as an alternate pin for hole #1 to mix things up.
Other Thoughts: I found myself simultaneously pleased and disappointed when playing 'The Hill'. Some of the throws from the recreational tees were fun for an intermediate player like myself, such as the hole #7 basket tucked behind a well pruned crop of trees. Then there was the neglect. I almost feel sorry for this course. If you read this and attend the college, use your young ambitious vigor to help resurrect a nice little 9-holer for the growing generation of disc golfers! Windy Hill could easily earn a 2.5 - 3 star grade with a little help and support from its "community"!
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Okay to play when campus isn't crowded
Pros: Scenic campus. Well mowed. An okay course for recreational players. Course has decent baskets and according to the course map has dual tees (signs are posted where the short tees are). Evergreen trees are the primary obstacles here and some of the holes force you to go over or under. Some holes with early trouble challenges that can shoot down an errant throw.
Cons: Right in the middle of campus. If students are walking to class it may be impossible to throw on many of the holes. #7 is the only hole in fact with no space conflict. Holes 1 and 6 are too close to parking lots. (Strangely enough, I was here on a day when classes were in session and it was pretty quiet). Tees are hard to find without a map as they are sometimes pushed up against buildings. Advanced tees have no signs. If hitting buildings or people makes you squeamish, you can't really throw aggressively here.
Other Thoughts: A noble effort to bring DG here, but this course is just too damned dangerous for me to say much nice about it. Until Great Bend got an 18 hole course at Veteran's Park, this was the only play in town. I've played a few juco college courses before, and was expecting to see this one out on the campus fringes, or around the athletic complex. I was rather surprised to find it weaving between the buildings and crossing sidewalks. Nothing I would go out of my way for, but good if you want to add to your course count or practice approaches. Probably best to play here on a Sunday when class isn't in session, otherwise be careful.
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