8 Helpful / 0 Not
Best in the Ark-La-Tex
Pros: The state park itself is beautiful and set far enough away from the city and main roads that it feels very secluded. Wildlife abounds, including deer and alligators (though I believe the gators are rarely seen near the course).
The course is quite wooded and very technical, but mostly flat...there are only 2-3 "open" shots that allow you to really let one loose without worrying about your shot being "tree-nied". Several lake-side holes surrounded by Cypress trees w/ hanging moss make for some great scenery. 2 pin locations on most holes add some variety for tourneys, but they aren't moved very often otherwise. Good variety of shots required to shoot well, nice facilities, cabins for rent (2 are actually on the course), and several very unique shots. My favorites holes are #3-short (shooting through a small gap in the Spanish moss for an ace run), #7 (700' through an open field with a few trees, then 100+' through a tunnel cut into dense woods), and #9-long (mini ski-slope type hole with dense woods on both sides of a 30' wide fairway).
Cons: Last time I played (a few months ago), the only signs were 4x4s in the ground and small green arrows showing the general direction of the next tee...can be a little confusing your first time through without a guide. All tees are natural right now...which I personally like, but many others might not. Not very beginner friendly...unless you're a beginner that likes a real challenge. Bring bug spray for the swamp mosquitos!!!
**Update - distance and number signage has been added to the existing 4x4 posts marking each hole**
The new pin placement on Hole 13 (right side) is pretty cool, but definitely needs some clearing done. There is only a 2-3' wide gap in the rough surrounding the basket, and only about a 5' radius around the basket has been cleared so far.
Other Thoughts: Once some better signs and good tees are installed, this will be a superb course. Last time a played there were flags marking alternate tees on most holes..hopefully those will be finalized soon. The park employees have seen a huge increase in park attendance since the course was installed, and if those numbers stay the same there might be a 2nd course coming soon! If you play, stop by the office to pay your $1 entry fee and make sure you tell them you're ther for the disc golf.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good facilities in the park,restrooms are in several different places around the course. The state park where the course is located is very scenic with many views of the lake. The course has some variety with open and wooded shots with water in play on a few holes.
Cons: The course is a little hard to find even with a map. Ther are some very small arrows pointing in the right direction but are not labeled as DG related and I did not even notice them until midway through the 2nd round. Also the score card bore no relationship to the course as configured today. The score card might say 250 ft and the basket might be 450. It was often hard to tell where the basket was and the map had only a general outline with no signage at each tee. Every single hole was in the back position making it a very long course. I would have liked to have seen a mix of long and short or some alternate tees for beginners and/or shorter throwing players.
Other Thoughts: There were 3 or 4 holes that did have alternate tees but more are needed. Signs for each hole showing where the baskets are would be great and scorecards with both distances are also needed. Not beginner friendly as set up today. Many of the holes are quite long with narrow heavily treed fairways. I would like to play it again with the pins in the short position for comparison.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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First Time Thoughts
Pros: All holes are clearly marked,and a map is available at the check in office. There is a beautiful camp ground with other activities available such as bike rentals,canoe rentals,a swimming area in the summer,group lodges and pavilians. There is even a little gift shop where you may purchase Discs for a reasonable price.
Cons: All the trees draped with Spanish Moss pose a big challenge .(But That is one thing we all love.)All tee's are grass. None of the baskets are marked as to par ,so I assume they are all a 3. This poses a huge challenge for the novice player such as myself. A couple of holes are 800+ ft.
Other Thoughts: While it may sound as if I am complaining about the challenge of the course these are just the thoughts of a novice player who loves the game and just played this course the first time. I would highly recomend taking the family and make a vacation of it. (We are booked for a wk the end of Feb.)
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