1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good baskets, beginner friendly, not crowded either day I was there. well maintained.
Cons: Dirt tee pads which are quite "worn" on most holes. Course holds water in several places which could potentially make some holes unplayable after rain. signage is fairly non-existent. Too many wide open holes.
Other Thoughts: It's not a bad course and it has potential but it needs work. The navigation is ok but after #11 you have to go through some bushes to the next hole with no sign and #14 is in plain site so the natural assumption is that it is the next hole. Some signs would definitely be a plus. The layout flows ok but a lot of the holes are just completely out in the open. There are some woods there that are used for a couple of holes but I certainly feel like they could have put a few more holes either in the woods entirely or at least tucked some baskets into the edge of the woods. Nice little course to play if you are nearby but I wouldn't go out of my way to play there.
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Not a destination but pretty
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *Several nice, easy, recreational holes.
*Great if you live on campus or in Montevallo
Cons: *Not much in the way of design
*Long walks between several holes
*Confusing layout and lack of directions
*Not worth going out of your way to play if you're not in the area.
Other Thoughts: To me, this course suffers from a lot of not really knowing what it wants to be. The back holes play really nice as simple recreational holes, as do the first two, but there's a middle section with longer holes that are mostly wide open. These holes offer little in the way of obstacles which would force any kind of shot management besides "just kill it in the general direction of the basket".
I enjoyed the simpler holes for a casual game, especially since I played it with my 12-year-old daughter. It's a pretty area to have a little disc golf course. However, holes 3 thru 7 were super tedious in full sun, and from hole 3's basket you can basically see what you're in for. They just zig zag in front of you with no variation.
The course finally turns into the woods at hole 8 I think, but there's not much made of it in terms of design. The hole is straight and short, down the hill. Even if you "overthrow", it's just going to hit the opposing hillside for an easy putt. The basket could have been at least placed around the corner a bit.
The rest of the course is a nice recreational course that's not too long in a setting of partial woods which is very pretty.
The design elements which *do* add subtle interest to this course all favor RHBH throwers. For the price of *lunch*, I would imagine someone from the university could probably get a local Birmingham pro to come out and stick some markers in the ground for some new pin placements and tees on some of these holes and vastly improve it. A little concrete...move a few baskets...
Hole 3's basket should probably be placed to make use of the wooded area on the right, either nearer to it or actually in the woods somewhat. You'd automatically have a hole that turns right for a change and add some shot placement decisions to one of these wide open holes.
It would also help a lot to have the course go into the woods after a couple of holes in the open area instead of having to play four of them in a row. Then, maybe move a couple of baskets to bring the road OB or woods into play and to add variation which doesn't favor RHBH.
If the long section wasn't quite as long or didn't have as much walking between holes, I would consider this a nice recreational course to take the wife and kids. But because of the above mentioned reasons and considering that Inverness or George Ward are almost as close, I probably won't make it back.
However, if I was in college at Montevallo I would play every day. I wonder if I would have ever passed my classes with disc golf so nearby. I think that, with a few tweaks, this course could improve a lot.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
simple and enjoyable
Pros: This is a well-used but uncrowded course. I can point out a lot of negatives (see below), but they are mostly ways to improve an enjoyable course rather than things that detract. The course is very well mowed and litter free with a relaxed atmosphere.
Even though there are no signs, the course has decent flow; the white tee-marker poles are numbered and easy to follow (with the exception of #3 & #12). Most of the pins are cleverly placed on or near inclines or in trees to add some challenge. There are two or three long, open holes where you can empty your bag of drivers, which is always fun. And the course wraps neatly around the student activities center so that you are never too far from restrooms or water. The open fairways mean easy recovery shots, but the use of inclines and OBs around the pin do lend the course some risk/reward intrigue. Both make the course a little more enjoyable if not difficult.
Cons: Despite the quality pin placements, the fairways themselves are wide, straight, and obstacle-free with the exception of the very cool (if very short) #11. Even the two fairways in the woods (#8 & #9) feel like open fairway shots on most courses. Where the fairways do bend slightly, they bend in the favor of RHBH throws. There are no signs, benches, or garbage cans (though, as noted litter was not much of a problem). The tees are just dirt patches next to the tee marker poles which can quickly become slippery mud, and cars were parked in the middle of #6's fairway. While there are a few holes that allow you heave your diver, holes #1 and #2 (plus a few others) are so short, straight, and flat, they aren't really fun. The quality picks up with #3, but the first two could benefit from a redesign.
The major con is, however, that we encountered standing water and/or mud (sometimes ankle deep) on 12 of 18 holes. Judging from the footprints, it looks like most of those sloggy areas are standard components of the course. Take away the muddy fairways and slippery tees, and I would rate this course a point higher; it was a significant problem.
Other Thoughts: When you finish #11, follow the little path that appears to enter the woods. We didn't and ended up playing #14 out of order.
This is a recreational course. There are too many short, open holes for advanced players. However, if you're out on a sunny, dry day with friends, take an hour and play Montevallo, it'll be enjoyable.
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