Too Many Issues Mar What Could Be a Solid Course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The course plays through a gorgeous campus with well-manicured grass and beautiful brick buildings.
-Elevation is well used on many holes. Hole 10 is an amazingly well-done top-of-the-world shot.
-The course is semi-wooded and forces you to hit your line.
-The rough at Lander is not overly punishing.
-There's a creek that runs through the course giving you the added challenge of OB.
Cons: -The biggest issue is that navigation is nearly impossible without a guide. A map is a MUST as it is not clear where the next tee is in most cases. Lander plays in 4 distinct hole groupings (Holes 1-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-18).
-Hole 5 was hit by a tree. The bent cage and pole are still present, but you are forced to play to hole 1's basket instead. Hole 8's basket was taken out 4-5 months ago to put in a gazebo, but never replaced either in front or behind the gazebo. Hole 13 tee and basket were both removed due to construction on campus.
-There is more unnecessary walking on this course than any course I have played. Lots of tees are several hundred feet from the previous hole. The course seems to meander around campus randomly.
-Most tees are natural and covered with roots.
-Holes are not well-maintained (other than short grass). Many lines are obscured by branches and several tees are impossible to play due branches hanging over them forcing you to play off to the side.
Other Thoughts: Lander is a fun course with great elevation that unfortunately left me disappointed due to the navigation issues, the long walks between holes, and the fact that 3 baskets and one hole were missing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pretty and Short
Pros: The course is well maintained and provides a beautiful view of the campus. There's a good mix of hole types and they made a good use of the terrain.
There are several holes that you'll remember and the elevation changes are well used. Finally, there's very little underbrush and (with one exception) it seems almost impossible to lose a disc.
Cons: The course plays right through campus (in fact the first hole you throw between two buildings). We played on a Saturday morning and it was fine but I'm not sure you can play mid day during the week.
Additionally, the course is very short and there are a higher than normal number of open holes. If you're looking for "challenging" this wouldn't be my choice.
Other Thoughts: The course designers were somewhat constrained by the university (no throwing toward the roads) so there's some unnecessary walking as a result of that. Additionally, if you're playing the course without a guide you MUST get a map before playing. There are several walks in which the next hole is not visible from the previous and you'd never be able to find it without help.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: On campus, so watch for coeds. Several great/memorable holes. Of a decent difficulty to appease a pro, but good for learning and rec play.
Clean, well maintained. Map available. Baskets blue instead of yellow.
Cons: -WITHOUT MAP NO WAY TO NAVIGATE REASONABLY.
- Many long walks and detached clumps of holes means it takes a long time to play (due to land constraints).
- On campus so watch for people, cars, buildings.
Other Thoughts: Get the map online and take it with you, more than a couple 500+ foot random walks across campus and around buildings with no signs.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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