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A great big huge course
Pros: Absolutely beautiful well manicured course. This is done up better than many golf courses I have played. There is a great variety of holes, long, short, island holes. Some baskets are very well positioned in trees, near water hazards, this course has it all. The scenery is spectacular, and there were very few people out playing today. There are washrooms and many nice resting areas.
Cons: It is very long, wow some holes seemed like they were miles away! Watch out for the water, I lost a disc to an errant shot.
Other Thoughts: Mosquitoes while I was there, bring some bug spray.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Big course, big fun
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: You're going to develop a big arm if you play this course a lot. It is the longest course in Canada with a number of par 4's and a par 5. There aren't very many technical holes, as the main challenge that this course presents is length. For this reason, it could be a little daunting for beginners.
The course is immaculately maintained by the city (since it is a multi-use park and not just a designated dg course). If the weather is nice, you'll probably see lots of other park-goers during your round. This course requires you to be patient enough to wait half a minute for them to pass out of the line of your throw.
The course is well-designed with only 2 relatively longish walks between holes (walking from 7 to 8 and from 15 to 16) with a front 9 that loops back to the parking lot and the back 9 that also brings you back toward the parking lot. The walk from 9 to 10 is longish as well, but it provides a good break to gather your thoughts before you begin the back 9.
Cons: Something that could help the course is having more garbage bins around. There are a few garbage bins throughout the course, but never when you need one, it seems. Some golfers carry a small garbage bag with them during the round to collect garbage they come across as a way to clean up the course. This is recommended for all who use the facility, as a courtesy.
The course designer will arbitrarily move the tee pads once the area around them is starting to get worn down. The tee pads are grass (no concrete) and tend to get worn after a few months. This often throws off newcomers who use the tee signs to try to locate the hole. The blue (advanced) and red (beginner) tees are generally permanent and are easy enough to find, but the white tees are rarely in the same place for more than a few months. It's tough to keep a record of a 'pure' pb for this reason.
As I mentioned earlier, the pedestrian traffic could become an issue on busy days, so just be patient or send a spotter to make sure that nothing bad happens.
One thing to consider when you're playing this course is that Lethbridge is generally a very windy city. If you struggle playing in the wind (not just a breeze either, but significant wind), you'll get frustrated by this course.
The last con I can think of is the baskets on the course. the course designer has also designed the baskets and he swears that they're the best baskets that have ever been made. He understands that there are differing opinions on the matter. The conical shape of the basket has spat out putts (we call it being "toilet-bowled" or "CBJ-ed") that would otherwise go in on any other basket. The chains are also on the heavy side, and there are no nubs on the basket rim. Where the links meet the top of the basket are welded, so there is no play other than side-to-side when the disc hits the chains. The top is also domed, so if you hit the top of the basket on an aggressive shot, it's going to deflect it pretty far.
Other Thoughts: You'll want to bring bug spray if you're playing in the summer months. The mosquitoes aren't terrible, but they're present and some bug spray will keep them at bay.
The overall par for the course (all tee locations) is 62. There is only one pin location for each hole, but three tee locations for every hole (blue is advanced, white is intermediate, and red is beginner)
I'm going to give a hole-by-hole description with pointers now (for the white tees), so if you don't need it, this would be a good place to stop reading.
Hole 1 is a par 5 that runs along McMaster Blvd. The road to the right is OB, and the path to the left is also OB. A patch of trees about 350 ft on the left will impede your second shot if your drive fades too much. Stay right if you can, without going on the road. The basket is in a clump of trees and pretty straightforward in terms of approaching it. A path out the back is OB, but that rarely comes into play.
Hole 2 starts off in the trees. Anything left of the shale path on your left is OB. It's a tough par 3 playing through a group of trees in the center of the fairway. I've noticed that the basket area is particularly windy for this course.
Hole 3 is a shorter par 3 that plays over the crest of a hill. If you aim for the tree with a blackish trunk, that's a good landmark. A group of trees will get in the way if you turn your drive too much to either the right or left. The basket is on a relatively steep hill, so do what you can to avoid rolling a missed putt down the hill.
Hole 4 is a picturesque par 3 from the top of a hill overlooking the park. Trees come into play on the right. The single tree on the hill has been played as a mando, but it isn't anymore.
Hole 5 is just a long par 3 across an empty field. A large tree guards the basket on the left, and a clump of trees to the right of the basket can provide problems if your approach goes awry.
Hole 6 is a short par 3 with a wall of trees between you and the basket. Some players go left around the trees, some go right, and the brave ones try to hit the gap (about 8 feet across) that gives them a straight shot at the basket. The basket is about 6 inches shorter than the other baskets, and is at the front of a wooded area. Long approaches may be hard to navigate through the pines.
Hole 7 is a long par 4. There is a tree at the end of the first field on the right side of the fairway that is mandatory left. Beyond the tree, there is a path that runs along the right that is also OB. Your first shot on this hole should find you at the end of the field before it drops a bit (preferred spot of many locals) and then your next shot will have you facing a wall of trees bisecting the hole. If you get through the trees on your second shot, you have an easy approach and putt that aren't impeded by too many trees in the putting area.
Hole 8 is by the washrooms. The short par 3 plays over a small hill at the tee off area. There is a tree guarding the front of the basket and a clump of pines in behind the basket.
Hole 9 starts in the trees and has you negotiating through about 80 feet of trees before the open field. This par 4 can provide an easy birdie if you make it out of the trees on your first shot. The basket is at the front of a group of pines that will punish any approach that goes past the basket by any more than 10 feet.
Hole 10 is also a par 4 that plays a sharp dogleg right. The shale path on the right is OB. Your drive will have to wrap around a row of trees on your right, putting you in a big field for your approach. Many locals have found the distance on the approach hard to gauge.
Hole 11 is a shorter par 3 that plays to a small grove of trees. There is a shale path about 2/3 of the way to the hole. Don't land on it or it'll cost you a stroke.
Hole 12 has proven to eat up lots of discs. It's a par 3 on the first larger island over the bridge. Any throw that lands to the right of path on the right is OB, and water on the left comes into play as OB too. The bushes on the bank of the water may save your errant throw, but they're very prickly and tough to work with.
Hole 13 is another island hole that requires you to throw over water to the smaller island. If you happen to land on the bridge or the shale at the end of the bridge, you're OB. This hole is probably the easiest ace on this long course, seeing as it's the shortest open par 3 hole.
Hole 14 is a par 4. You tee off between the path and the water. The locals will either play to the left of the clump of trees in the middle of the fairway, or play to the right (which is a longer path to take). The basket is at the front of the putting area, and any long approaches will get you in trouble as the trees are pretty close to the back of the basket.
Hole 15 is a long par 3 that runs back towards the water. It's a low-ceiling straight shot at the basket. The path that runs behind the basket to the right doesn't usually come into play but it is OB. A tree with a full, low-hanging branch can make for an interesting approach shot as it may come into play on your second shot.
Hole 16 wraps along the edge of the water back towards the main road (Columbia). The tree just to the left of the tee box is mando right to keep people from driving over the lake. Anything that lands left of the pathway is OB (including in the lake). This is another par 4 that is easily birdied if your approach shot is relatively decent. Three trees can act as a backstop if your approach has a little too much muscle on it.
Hole 17 is a par 3 that can frustrate you if your drive clips one of the early trees. There is a shale path that bisects the hole that you don't want to land on, or it'll cost you a stroke. The basket is close to a few trees that will keep your approaches relatively low.
Hole 18 starts on the north side of the pathway and plays across a large open field to a basket that is accessible in two average throws. It's where you'll want to grab your last birdie as it's a par 4 with very few obstacles.
Hope this helps!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: If you like to throw long bombs, or especially rollers, you will love this course. As far as I know it is the longest course in Canada. It does have some technical challenges on a few holes but nothing too crazy...the main challenges here are the length and the wind.
The park itself is excellent for disc golf, it is very well manicured with a good variety of trees and some elevation changes too. There is even a true island green, which can not be said of many disc golf courses. Water comes into play on holes 12, 13, and 16, but is easy to avoid if you play it safe.
My fav holes here are #10 and #4 with many others deserving honorable mentions.
Cons: As pointed out by another reviewer the course is a bit too long in spots, hole #1 especially, its just overkill. Also the fairly busy road along hole #1 comes too much into play, especially on a windy day when players are trying to crank their drive as far as possible. Ive seen discs nearly hit cars and even houses along this hole. If it were up to me I'd take it out completely.
Other Thoughts: One of the better courses in Alberta for sure.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
Long, Beautiful, Variety for all skills!!
Pros: This course is one of my favourites. I have had a chance to play a bunch of courses through the eastern U.S. and Canada, and this remains near the top of my favourite courses. The recreation par for this course is 72, with a pro par of 54. Each hole has multiple pin locations, and clearly marked on the tee signs, as are the baskets themselves. Each hole seems to have two or three different pin locations, and a tee sign with a decent hole map and distances.
The course is through a large city park, yet still manages to incorporate many different settings and terrain for each hole. There are holes that play through wooded areas, long fairways, water hazards, and some smaller and larger hills scattered through the park to give just the right amount of varying elevation needed. Most of the baskets are protected in a grouping of trees. Many of them are evergreens, but also have a variety of small-medium deciduous trees, along with larger more mature trees too.
Each hole will challenge you in different ways. You will need to think about your shot placements to allow you the best access to the protected basket. Some holes are fairly long and seem to be "boring" for the beginner, but if you can huck it you'll earn your birdie.
Although Signature hole #13, which reminds me of hole #17 at ball golf course TPC Sawgrass, my favorite hole is #16. The hole is a dogleg to the left. The fairway plays right along the lake shore, and is protected by trees surrounding the shore. If you feel confident, or lucky, you can go right for the pin and over the lake. A hyzer too short will land you smack in the middle of the lake. Throw a strong anhyzer to keep it safe, or you can layup in the fairway and make it a three shot to the basket. I have never birdied this hole.
The front nine seem to start off a little slow. Hole 1 is a long open drive to the basket. It is possible, but difficult, to get to the basket in two drives, and I'm guessing one for pros. Hole two is a similar hole to #1, but the tee is placed a few yards from an overhanging tree, which gives you a small window to drive from. The basket on #2 is a little better protected. Number 3 starts to make things interesting. You start off driving up a slight hill and you can barely see the basket. Number four take you a little further up that hill, and shows you a great view of the park, which you then drive off of to the basket across the valley at the bottom of the hill. On #5 you're hucking across a field to a basket protected by pines, and then #6 is more of the same, except there is a grouping of trees right in the middle of the fairway that you need to manoeuvre around. On #7 you begin turning back to the parking lot, and slightly uphill especially closer to the basket. Every time I've played #7 it has been always against the wind. Since it's a long hole, it can get fairly frustrating. Hole #8 is a shorter hole and very easily deuced, however the many younger trees can end up giving you grief. Hole #9 has you driving right at the lake. The basket is protected by trees and not too close to the lake. This is your chance for an easy birdie.
The back 9 are a little more interesting. Hole 10# and #11 are moderately wooded shots, with the basket near the lake. If your drive gets high and away from you, it could end up wet. Hole 13 is the signature island green. In the middle of the lake are two islands one larger one, and one smaller. The basket is on the smaller one. The tee is on shore, so you can go right at the pin, or lay up on the larger island. Hole 14 & 15, play through a field which is kind of boring, but the distance makes up for it a little. At least #15 has some scattered mature trees to give you more of a challenge. Then my favourite, number 16, see above paragraph. Hole 17 starts off blind and you have to place your disc through a small opening of pines to get to the basket. Number 18 points you back to the parking lot and seems to be just added to complete the full 18. It's just a long field drive to a basket protected by small-medium size trees.
The course is fantastic if you are short on time. The parking lot is fairly large, so there's always parking available. And, if you only want to play 9, you can pick which 9 to play.
This course is always a great time thanks to the variety of terrain. The beautiful park alone will wow you more than the course does. It is definitely worth playing if you are in the area.
Cons: The course is a good challenge. It is very well designed to maximize the benefits of the land that the park is situated on. It has the standard signs which show signs of vandalism, which I'm guessing is the reason they don't have nicer signs, although the signs do show all relevant information. The park is a city park and has a couple of bathrooms on each nine, which can be locked depending on which day and time you are throwing. It isn't a super hard course, but the wind makes it difficult. It is a course for all skill levels, and although there are a few of holes with long flat open treeless fairways, the overall course is great!
Lethbridge is a very, very windy city, but I have played this course 5 different times when I visit the city and not once has it been windy. I can definitely see the wind affecting a round.
Other Thoughts: Nicolas Sheran Park itself is gorgeous. It is the second largest city park in Lethbridge, located a minute from the University of Lethbridge. This park is a busy place, especially during the school year as the students are drawn to the course. I have only been at the park during the school year once in October. There was almost one couple at each tee at a time, but I never got backed up waiting at all.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Long course. New lay out plays long and technical. Good use of trees. Some excellent holes. Includes a throw off of a hill, and two island holes.
There are alternate tees too. They play shorter and more technical. There are no signs up, but there are markers in the ground. Overall a great course.
Cons: A little too long. Hole number 1 is a par 5 where you just use the same shot 3 times in a row. Gets boring. New design is a huge boost to diversity of tee shots though,
Other Thoughts: This is a beautiful park in the summer time. I have played courses in Alberta, Idaho, Arizona, British Columbia and Washington State. This is the best "park course" I have ever played.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Best Park Course not on the coast
Pros: A huge flat course that you could play several times a day w/o being tired. A well designed course that makes use of every shot off the tee. Several par 4 and 5'5. Great island hole.
Other Thoughts: Unique CBJ baskets. Huge park that is almost soley used for DG.
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