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Buck Creek State Park DGC
Pros: Challenging. Front nine is wooded but very playable.
Cons: Back nine is a long, hard walk up and down a very large hill. Poor signage on the entire course.
Other Thoughts: At times there is water in play. One hole on the front nine appeared to be in the process of a redesign and we played what we thought was the right teebox only to find out it was not the right teebox. Back nine should probably have a few more par fours and the 480' hole should probably be a par five for amateurs.
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Buck Creek Review
Pros: Layed out pretty well. Course is well maintained and challenging to play. First 6-8 holes are all wooded. Challenging placements make for some great risk/reward shots.
Cons: No Signs. If you're not looking, you will miss the "next tee" signs. No real indication as to where the Baskets are so plan some time to "walk around the tee" to find where you're throwing.
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All Shot Types Required
Park Staff is Friendly and Helpful
Great Elevation Changes
Camping in Park (Very Close to Course)
Plenty of Parking
Trash Cans On Every Hole
Great Views of the Reservoir
Other Amenities in Park (Boating, Fishing, Hiking)
Hard to Navigate
Gravel Tee Pads Need Work
Rough Can Eat Discs
No Real Tee signs (Wooded Posts with the Hole Number)
No Distances Marked
Course/First Tee Can Be Hard to Find
Could Use More Benches
The course can be hard to locate. From Route 40, take Bird Road north. Once you go through the light at Old Columbus Road you will be on Buck Creek Lane which leads into the park. Once you are in the park you will want to turn right on Merritt Road, just past the park office. From there you will take the 4th left. Park in the second parking lot that you come to, just past the restrooms, and the first tee is just at the edge of the woods on the backside of the lot, look for the bulletin board.
Course layout is really good, front 9 are short, technical, and heavily wooded. The back nine are more open, there are still a few mature trees in some of the fairways, and the holes are much longer.
Once you start playing navigating can be difficult. After Hole 1, face the tee pad for 1 and you will see a path heading off to the left. The tee pad for 2 will be visibly as soon as you are on the path.
To get to hole 3 continue past the basket for 2, over the downed tree/log, and you will see the tee pad just up the hill. Hole three plays up the large hill, and the basket is between the pine trees near the top of the hill.
From there the front nine gets a little easier to navigate, paths have been worn and lead you from the basket of the previous hole to the next hole's tee pad. There are a couple blind shots that will give first-timers some trouble. The first really hard to see basket is hole 6, and extreme anhyzer (RHBH), that is heavily wooded. If you head down the fairway to the turn you will easily spot the basket. Nine is also blind, another anhyzer, but more of a sweeping anhyzer around the side of the hill.
The back nine are a lot easier to navigate, they are pretty open, making the tee pad and baskets a lot easier to spot.
Hole 10 is easy to find, but you can't see the basket. The fairway is unmistakable and the basket is down the fairway and to the left, about 35 to 40 feet from the turn. HOle 11 should be fairly straight forward with the great elevation changes starting to come into play.
Hole 12 and 13 play up and down the side of a big hill. Over shoot 12 and you could end up in the lake, the only time it could really come into play.
Hole 14 is my favorite of the course. Its a long hyzer shot down a very steep hill (A top of the world shot). Wind can also be a big factor here, and not airing it out can be difficult. Make sure to keep an eye on your disc on this one, the rough at the bottom of the hill is, a little over knee high, grass and once you are down there it can be hard to spot your discs.
Hole 15 is pretty straight forward, nothing too tricky, with a great tee pad placement.
Hole 16 is a long shot, up a big hill.
The course flattens back out on hole 17, a big right turn onto an island green. Hole 18 is long and flat. It does play next to a fairly large, and often occupied picnic area adding some challenge to this wide open hole. Try to be accurate on this one and try not to hit some unsuspecting picnic go-ers, or kids playing.
If you are in the area definitely give this course a go. If you can get some one to navigate for you, you will be a lot better off, but even if you don't try to tough it out. The course itself plays well and can be very challenging. I'm hoping for some new tee pads, and something to mark the distances and the course rating would go up tremendously, but even with the cons the layout is good enough to keep me coming back.
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Springfield's Only 18
Pros: Great land, good mix of wooded and open holes, need a plethora of shots to get under par (pro par)
Cons: Raw course, needs a lot of beautification efforts. Course is going to have changes made which should create a better overall experience. No tee pads, no signs, but all of which will be taken care of later this spring
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