Fatherís Day #7: 7 Holes in a Schoolyard
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Pros: Joe Hamilton Elementary is a K-5 school located in the center of Crescent City. Playing around the outskirts of its playground sits 7 holes. We arrived here at the crack of dawn after having spent the night at a hotel just a few blocks away, and played a few rounds before I think anyone else in town even got up. Like VK says its an odd school course with holes in the 200 to 300 foot range its playing a little too long and difficult, especially for K-5. Even more odd is the fact that its not that big a school, they were only able to get 7 holes in and that's pushing it. I guess Crescent City really wanted another course. The course is only open to the public when school is not is session. The holes play in and out of the grove of trees that wraps its way around the outskirts of the playground. The trees provide some decent shot selection and challenge but it is still a very beginner friendly course. A nice play to relax and work on your shots, kind of feels more like a practice area than a course for anyone other than a beginner. Nice warmup for Beachfront I would guess as its only a half mile away.
Cons: Only open after school or on weekends. Although it is easy to recover a disc the hole play very close to fences, the neighboring apartment complex, and the parking lot. It also plays near playgrounds and sand boxes and such as its literally in the middle of the school play yard. Definitely would not be playable with kids present.
Other Thoughts: Perfectly reasonable little recreational course. Would be fine to bring beginners and kids. Hopefully will expose more children to the game. Not a bad course, just not a destination course by any means. Probably a good changeup for the craziness that is Beachfront for the locals.
After playing and warming up here, were heading to Beachfront Park for the 24 holes there.
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Perfectly Serviceable Little Rec Course!
Pros: This works as a great little rec/beginner course when you don't want to tackle Beachfront. The baskets are DGA models. They're older and are showing some signs of rust but catch well here. At the base are small blue triangle pieces of tile set in the concrete base pointing to the next tee. They're not really needed here but I liked having them anyway.
Question?? Why do course designers put great navigation aids like these little blue triangles on small pitch and putts courses like Joe Hamilton where you don't need them and not on some wilderness courses where you end up wandering around around forever trying to find the next tee pad?
This end up having a couple of nice ACE runs. The on-line map was excellent! I guess it's fairly simple to make a map for a 7 hole course.
Cons: For a course designed for elementary students, it's a little too long, a little too difficult, with too many baskets too near fences and opportunities for students to throw into the nearby apartment complex or as in the case with # 7, into the teacher's parking lot.
Basket's # 1 and 3 are both set too near the fence for elementary kids. They'll be firing their discs over those fences all day long.
Teeing off from # 6 near the apartment fence, students will throw over the fence here. Also there is currently a branch hanging broken down right in your way. It needs to be removed. Right now, it forces you to roll so I kinda liked it. Gives you another look.
On # 7, kids will find a way to throw into the parking lot. Believe me, I teach elementary Physical Education and I know how poorly these students throw.
Other Thoughts: I like this course a lot as a recreational course. A place to bring a newbie or just to practice. It's shady and has some fun ACE ops.
I don't care for it in regards to elementary students. I don't think I would trust kids to use it at recess. It might work as a structured P.E. activity.
So I'd rate it about a 2.5 as a rec course and about a 1.0 as an elem. school course. We don't have a 1.75 rating so I'm rounding it up.
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Crecent City realy needs a good course...
Pros: -It's on a school grounds so students have a chance to be exposed to the sport in a safe environment
-All holes have an ace posibility...(also a con)
-Baskets have a piece of tile pointing the way to the next tee (though it's not realy needed)
-Wind adds some challenge to an otherwise boring course.
Cons: -Super short
-Most holes way too easy for a player beyond beginer level
-2 holes require you to throw at apartment complexes that are behind the school.
-A couple holes play neer the playground equipment so if kids are around this could get quite dangerous
-1 hole plays is short with a school bulding behind the basket just waiting for a disc on an ace run to break some windows.
-Only 7 holes
-The field that the course is on has quite a few low spots around that become quite the flood zone in winter.
-Very few obsticles, trees only on the edge of the field that the course plays around.
-Baskets rusting in the ocean air.
-The few trees that are there are disc eaters
Other Thoughts: This is a good course for what it was put in for, an elementary school. The holes are all very short and easly 2-able on all holes, if not aceable. It is definatly not ment to be a course that anyone looking for a chalenging round should play. It is though a good course for geting kids to learn the sport of disc golf in a less intimidating place than some more chalenging courses might be. This seems like the kind of course that would be good for a quick lunch time round if you worked in the area, but that would only be posible if school was not in session.
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Pros: See Mike Shoys review. He did a good job with his information.
Cons: See Mike Shoys review.
Other Thoughts: My wife and I played this course on July 26th. School was out for summer. We brought our dogs and it was perfect for them.
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Pros: -a couple baskets behind trees. one behind a backstop was challenging.
-not crowded at all.
-the course in the city park shared too much area with bikers, walkers, and sunbathers, making this the only comfortable alternative in the area.
-wind makes the otherwise very easy holes a bit tougher.
Cons: -mostly just some baskets in a field
-set on about 2 acres, so sharing the space with just a few groups would be crowded, though my group as all alone there.
-one of the baskets was located feet in front of a fence that had apartments only feet behind it, so i was constantly worrying about putting a disc in the kitchen sink on that hole...
-located at a school, so no playing til 3? or whenever they get out and clear the fields
Other Thoughts: this is a great spot to teach someone the game. Not challenging, but most importantly we had fun there... good for fine tuning your windy approaches.
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