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Valbyparken - Copenhagen
Pros: The course is built in a park with a diverse topography: open areas, partially wooded, and densely wooded.
The color map near the 1st tee box is well-made and a newcomer not playing with someone familiar with the course should take a picture of the course on a smartphone. It would help finding the way around the course.
Each tee box has a hole marker with a color mini-map which is a good aid in determining the hole location.
The length and difficulty of a hole dictates the "par" which makes it more fun for the new player or the player who can't throw especially far.
A true test of any player, advanced to newbie.
Cons: The layout of the course could have been better. Several tee boxes are not anywhere near the previous hole's basket.
The "grass" tee boxes are really just dirt or, with a little rain, mud.
A few holes cross others but is not a significant factor.
The course plays difficult the first time when played without someone knowledgeable of the layout.
Other Thoughts: Since there are so few courses in northern Germany and Denmark, anyone visiting Copenhagen should take the opportunity to play this course. Don't let the posted "winter" pictures discourage you. The course is beautiful in the summer. Look at the picture I uploaded of hole #3.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Valbyparken - my home course
Pros: 18 holes with a wide variety of challenges. No two holes feel similar, they all have something different that you need to take into account when picking your shot (to a varying degree ofc).
3 tees on every hole allowing for all skill levels.
It is a pretty, and pretty well kept, park, with one exception - see more under cons.
Cons: OB definitions on the lakes are bit iffy, as we are not allowed to permanently mark them.
Large areas of mostly stinging nettles are allowed to grow very high, and is only mowed down 2-3-4 times a year by the park service. In those periods, where they are waist high, it can be a pain to play there, mostly because finding discs can be time consuming, if succesful. And you need to dress for it. Long pants or long socks. I recommend the former. :)
There are a few occasions of crossing lines of play to get to the next hole, but it is usually not a problem and minor if that.
Grass/dirt tees, but that is usually not an issue.
Other Thoughts: I would really like to give it a four. But if you came in the period when the stinging nettles are really bad, you would rip my head of for it. :)
The difference in experience can be pretty big because of it.
It really is an excellent course in terms of the layout and challenges, though.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: It features three different skill level tees on each hole. Each tee has its own sign and the sign show the optimal flightpath.
In 2011 some wooded holes where added to the course, which complement the existing holes very well.
Baskets are very nice and catch very well.
There are some very good holes that offer a great risk/reward ratio. Fairways are cut pretty consistently during spring-fall.
Overall it is a good challenge and there are some holes that also require a accurate short game.
Cons: All tees are either grass/gravel. Some unevenness does occur, but only to a lesser degree. Some holes are too open and do not place enough emphasis on accuracy/line-shaping. The rough gets cut only twice a year and in the summer there are a lot of stinging nettles. So if you are wearing shorts, make sure to wear long socks that can be pulled up.
The penalties for missing fairways is on a couple of holes very low.
Other Thoughts: Overall the course is very flat, with the exception of a slight hill, that comes into play on holes 4,6,7 and 8. The elevation is not more than 7-10 meters. From the back tees, Valbyparken is the longest course in Denmark with an average hole length of around 130 meters.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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My home course
Pros: Valbypark is just around the corner from where I live, itīs in a publick park, and there is good Signs, Maps and Markers, but the teeīs are just grass/dirt wich can be a problem, the grass is cut regularly and the course are in a fairly good condition.
The course has a good mix of tight technical and Open bombs, with trees, small lakes and some long open holes, but more to the bombs then technical, itīs a long course.
There are regular events to participate in, and there are scedueld meetings every tuesday and thursday where everyone can come and learn from the club members and other locals, wich is a nice thing for someone like me.
Cons: Beside the teeīs not beeing in the best condition, there are alot of stinging nettles in the summertime, so donīt do like me on my first visit, and show up in shorts.
Only 12 holes.
Other Thoughts: The stinging nettles gets to much in the summer and is a big hazard if you land in them, hard to find your discīs.
The Copenhagen Open Course with itīs 18 holes is great, I would give it 4 ****, but hole 5-6-7 are not permenent.
The new Alternative Matchcourse is with 18 holes, a mix of the 12 Valby holes and some of the Copenhagen Open holes in play, a great course ontil they get a permenent 18 holes course.
I would give the Alternative Matchcourse 4,1/2 ****/*.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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