A really nice surprise
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Really good use for a small area. Tee pads are fantastic. Good elevation changes and great use of trees. Well maintained.
Cons: Would be really frustrating if many people were trying to use the course as tee boxes and baskets are often doubled up or crossing paths. Definitely take a map for the back 9 as it's not well marked.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
A typical, decent DGC.
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Pros: This course now has 18 concrete tees which play to 9 baskets for effectively 18 unique holes.
There are a decent number of trees which are well utilized to require a variety of shots and keep it challenging. And the big hill in the centre of the park is utilized well. There's enough space here for some long par 3s, with the occasional opportunity to rip a long drive. The baskets are great and the sunken tee markers are in good shape.
The park will take it's knocks being in such an urban area and not that hidden away, but truth be told it's actually clean and I've seen both city crews and local disc golfers cleaning it up.
As mentioned the trees create a challenge on most holes, but by the same token it's a forgiving course because when you miss a shot, you can approach the hole from any side to save par. You're not going to wind up deep in bushes with a lost disc here.
Cons: The park is definitely not isolated, with a bit of traffic through it but a lot of traffic around the perimeter on the streets that border it. Frequently kids and/or homeless people hang out in the bushes on top of the hill, but not so much during the daytime.
You don't want to play here during the school year during lunch of after school, as there is a huge influx of traffic through the course at that time.
[UPDATE Sep. 2014: The natural tee pads are now concrete tee pads, and they're nicely done with circular pads on top of the hill. Upgraded my rating +0.5 as the pads are a nice improvement over the dirt pits.]
And figuring out the layout will certainly require a map your first time through, but at least you have the tee markers there once you've found the spot.
Other Thoughts: It's not going to wow anyone, but it's worth playing to be sure. If you're a local, you would certainly play this once in a while for variety. If you're from out of town, I'd put this behind the other 3 courses (Baker Park, Old Refinery Park, and even 9 hole Thorncliffe)... but if you wanted to play them all there's no reason not to play this course, it's definitely decent.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Bring the bombs.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: As of Sept 2014 Forest Lawn now has concrete tee-pads with the hole number embedded (the line under the number roughly points to the basket) for each of 18 tees (9 baskets). A substantial hill featuring several tees and baskets adds some elevation, while the baskets are well placed in the parks scattered trees. Hill drives give discs some extra hang-time over a clear field allowing for a wide selection of shots and styles at times - a good park to test new plastic. There are a couple of nice ace runs, ample parking and the course is regularly groomed in summer.
Cons: The park isn't much to look at visually with busy roads, a school yard and houses around a mostly open field. Public pathway and park users occasionally present delays. Mosquitoes in season can be atrocious, but this lasts only a few weeks intermittently during the summer. The public restrooms onsite are no longer in service, but there are convenience stores and shops a minutes drive away.
Other Thoughts: Forest Lawn has become Calgary's longest standing course with older park closures over the years and while not particularly long or technical, is just enough of a challenge to make it a destination. The CDGA holds league night here every Tuesday during the warmer months.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The park is in decent shape, and its a good course to play during the winter time. The shape of the park makes it good for creating alternate course layouts.
Cons: Its kinda plain, nothing too interesting about the original layout. No signage, a new player would likely find it tricky to get around the course without a map.
Its in a slightly sketchy neighbourhood too.
Other Thoughts: I wouldnt make a special trip to come play this course, but its one of only 2 public courses in Calgary so its better than nothing!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice Little Course
Pros: Well-kept park; nice elevation changes. Good mix of short and long holes, left and right turns. For a course with only 9 baskets, the 18-hole layout works well. The locals have several other configurations for play and hold a mini every Sunday afternoon, barring blizzard conditions.
Cons: Hole numbers are on sunken concrete markers and can be difficult to find. Natural tees can become muddy and slick. Occasionally pedestrians will slow your play.
Other Thoughts: I have played several 9-basket courses in city parks. This is probably the best.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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