2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course overall. Mostly wooded holes, with one or two more open holes at the beginning. The wooded holes present a challenge and require a variety of shots in order to navigate. If you miss the fairway though, prepare to scramble in order to get back on. The elevation on most holes adds an interesting element to playing through the course. Overall, a great course that should present a challenge for pros and ams alike.
Cons: Every hole aside from the first two are heavily wooded which gets old after a while. Playing through this course I never had to pull out anything faster than a Teebird and I used my Roc on nearly every hole. The first time I played this course it had recently snowed which made the conditions tough and because it was my first time, it made course navigation rather challenging. A few more signs around the course would be beneficial for first time players. One other issue is that many of the alternate pin locations simply make the holes ridiculous to play. They make a few holes impossible birdies even after a perfect tee shot.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a very enjoyable course if you know what you're getting. Expect lots of trees and be ready to work on accurate, short, stay in the fairway kinds of shots.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Good test, but nothing spectacular
Pros: -Used every disc in my bag, good variety of shots left and right, uphill and downhill
-Tee signs are great with all pin locations and distances clearly marked
-The General Store at the Park Entrance is worth the trip to this course . Thanks to the ladies there for a delicious lunch and outstanding hospitality.
Cons: -A few of the tee pads were covered in mud and very slippery
-1 or 2 of the baskets looked a little rough and may need to be replaced soon
-Almost all in fairly deep woods
-Can be confusing as to which basket/tee you should head to in a couple of spots
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed playing this course (except for all of the trees I hit) but nothing jumps out at me as being stellar. Lots of variety as far as lefty and righty holes, a few uphill or downhill, but seemed like a lot of them were around the same distance. Hole #2 is the exception, just a monster. 500+ ft into a tight channel in the woods for the last 200 ft. If you want to practice hitting a precise spot off the tee and don't mind being punished if you don't, this is the place for you. A good, solid, rugged type course.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has multiple pin placements on most every hole. In the longs, this is the tougher of the 2 courses located in Shelby Forest. In the short pin placements, it is the easier of the 2 courses. There are good concrete tees on most holes, with carpet pads on the others.
Design wise, this is your typical wooded course, with a lot of variety, elevation, tough holes, and easy holes. The multiple pin placements give the course good balance for all skill levels. The fairways are fair, but require an accurate shot to birdie most holes.
There are benches on every hole. At the start of the course is a pavilion and bathrooms. The park has cabins and also allows camping.
Cons: The main problem with this course is navigation. There are no tee signs or next tee signs and the many worn pathways where the original course was can lead you to the wrong tee pad in several key areas. After hole 2, you want to go straight back to find hole 3 (the pad to the right of 2's basket is hole 9). After hole 3, follow the path to the bench, where you will see that hole 4 goes left and hole 7 goes right. After hole 12, you have to go down the small hill to find hole 13 (going straight after hole 12 is hole 16).
I personally think that the mando on hole 16 is stupid and should not be there. Also, remember to bring bug spray and cover yourself with it, and even then, I wish you luck.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I like this course. It is fun to play, with a lot of unique challenges and shots. The overall enjoyment of this course for first timers would be greatly improved if there were tee signs. It is just difficult to truly enjoy yourself when you are constantly trying to figure out where to go next. There really is nothing overly special about this course, but it is nice to have 2 full 18 hole courses in the same immediate area. If you like wooded courses, then you will enjoy your visit to Shelby Forest State Park. The general store down the road has food, drinks, sells discs, and loves disc golfers.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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