4 Helpful / 0 Not
Needs to be Permanent
Pros: Perkerson park is a beautiful course in the middle of metro Atlanta. The park itself seems like it was made for disc golf. There are some beautiful mature oak trees, rolling hills and a beautiful stone-walled creek that runs through the whole park. The course itself plays par 61, with five par 4s and a par 5. Both distance and accuracy are a must have for a good score. The creek plays as O.B. and runs parallel to the fairway for eight holes, sometimes obviously and sometimes just lurking off to a side and waiting for you to let your guard down. It takes concentration and execution to stay in bounds for the whole round, and limiting those penalty strokes is absolutely essential to carding a good score.
Every single hole offers multiple flight paths, though not all paths are equal, creating some great risk/reward situations. In some cases this is compounded by the O.B., producing some situations that can really test your nerves
Cons: The course is temporary, and carries with it everything that temporary nature implies. Natural tees, no signage, and portable baskets. This is obviously a drawback, especially the natural pads in a couple places (Looking at you, holes 7 & 8) if it has rained recently.
Other Thoughts: The course isn't in the best part of town, but I personally have never had any issues. In my opinion, this will be the best course in metro Atlanta when it becomes permanent. But until then, you should definitely check and see if the course will be set up if you're in the area. If so, head out and play. You won't be disappointed.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Just an absolutely beautiful course, many signature holes. A true challenge as well, very tight but realistic fairways and more risk/reward than a Russian roulette game. A great variety of up and downhill holes with just enough foliage and water hazards to make things very interesting.
Cons: Temporary...with that comes a variety of baskets. I found it very hard to putt well with the big variety of basket types. Non permanent tees were and could be very slippery when the ground is moist. No restrooms, this doesn't really bother me but my wife didn't dig it too much. Some possible car or pedestrian hazards though none presented themselves.
Other Thoughts: A beautiful park with rolling hills, mature trees and a creek running through it. The tight fairways with multiple OB opportunities will challenge your accuracy to the limits. While a lot of the shots are tight they never felt forced or ridiculous. I really hope this becomes a permanent course because it is truly one of the best in GA.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Future Gem of a course
Pros: This is a beautiful, well maintained, and challenging course in a city park setting, featuring gentle rolling hills, lots of mature trees, thick foliage in some areas, and a large creek running through most of the course. The course is well designed around these elements to provide a challenging, legit par 63 layout.
There is a great variety of shots required to play this course. The course as I played it is set up for blue/advanced level players, requiring reasonable distance and accuracy to score well. True par 4s reward well placed drives and force accurate up shots in order to get the birdie. The course seems meant more for experienced players and newer players may have a tough time with this course, but a wide range of skill levels can play this course and enjoy themselves, especially if they enjoy being challenged!
Cons: The most obvious con is that it is not a permanent course. The other cons surround that fact, such as there are no tee pads, no tee signs, and the course only uses temp baskets whenever it is set up. These cons should go away whenever the course becomes permanent. The course did seem to be in a shady area of Atlanta, but I did not have any problems while playing there for league.
Other Thoughts: I had heard good things about this course prior to my trip and I was not let down. I was told of some changes that would need to be made for this course to become permanent, but all in all, I look forward to the day that I can make a trip and play a permanent course with good tee signs, tee pads, and baskets. I will also increase my course rating when this day comes. If you get a chance to play this course as it is in the meantime, then I would highly recommend doing so.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
A must stop
Pros: Fun course, laid out well along the creek with elevation changes and trees throughout. Many different types of shots are required and risk/reward decisions are important on may holes as there are plenty of chances to throw OB. Locals are extremely friendly and accomodating to vistors and out of towners.
Cons: I would probably rate the course a 4.5 if it were permanent. With teepads, signs and permanent catchers this would be a fantastic course. It was a bit "swampy" when I was there, but I assume it was just a rainy week.
Other Thoughts: None of the courses in the area are easy to get to with public transit. (Marta is fairly useless) If you are lucky you can get someone from the local club to help. This course is the most accessible to visitors (without a car) in the area. If you are there on a Wed. night this is a must.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Centrally located in Atlanta, not crowded with other activities, well maintained and groomed park.
Cons: Neighborhood might be a little rough. Some trash in the creek. Temporary course
Other Thoughts: This course plays along a creek that serves as an OB hazard, with elevation changes, mature foliage on the sides of the fairways and mature trees widely spaced in the fairways. A well designed course that takes advantage of the creek and natural obstacles to provide a very challenging experience for all levels of disc golfers. Advanced and pro players will find this course more to their liking, as it takes a fairly big arm and a higher level of accuracy to play this course under par. Its such a nice area though, all ability levels will like this park, and course.
The majority of the holes here are 350 to 500 feet in length, with a couple of shorter holes in the 200 to 300 foot length, and more than a few +500 foot holes as well. Most holes have moderate elevation changes to them, a couple of blind tee shots because of this. A good mix of uphill and downhill shots. You can get away with rollers on a lot of tee shots here as there is mostly mowed grass on the fairways, but tight OB on the sides of the fairways, and mature tree hazards in the fairways may keep you from that shot. Terrain usage and basket placement is at a premium here, every hole shows signs of well thought out dimensioning, from the tee, fairway, and corridor line-up to your final destination, the basket.
The advantages to this course is the longer-than-average hole length which utilizes the terrain in every aspect. The forgiveness factor on average is also fair, not to say you wont get in trouble if you shank or pull a shot. Preferred flight paths are well established, and if you follow them, you will enjoy this course much more than if you didn't. Which can be said for any course, but this course has so many trees in the park to account for down the fairways, you don't want to end up behind one on your second, or third shot, etc…
Its hard to describe the great potential this course has, to be a standard for other disc golf courses in regards to design, and terrain usage, but if it becomes permanent then it should be a must-play for you, so you can see for yourself.
And that's the problem with the park, its not permanent. Tee pads are dirt, and the baskets are only there when the local players set them up for monthlies, no tee signs. Contact the local players to see if and when the course is set up. For now, it's the only time you will be able to experience Perkerson Park for what it could be on a permanent basis. My rating for this course would be higher than a 4, but as of right now it's a temporary course, with no tee pads or tee signs, or even baskets most of the time which I hope gets rectified someday soon.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 25 Not
Pros: One of the nicest courses you will ever play. You would pay to play this course. I'd throw my grandmother down the steps if they would make this course permanent.
Cons: Not permanent.
Other Thoughts: I'm not terribly happy with the level of influence that big business has over the federal government. It is troubling, but at least we have disc golf.
3 of 28 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 7 Not
Better than Average
Pros: An overall good layout. Course includes several longer multi-shot holes that add risk-reward elements. Most shots require very accurate placement due to many out of bounds penalties. Many holes seem to be of kind of odd lengths that add to the challenge.
Cons: Course is not permanent and the park is located in a bad part of Atlanta.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice to see this course go in. Some holes probably could be improved and a little better thought out, but overall the course is one of the best in Georgia.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a great course with challenging and scenic holes. Out here you will find nice long holes mixed with a few shorter that both wind throughout this quaint park. The shortest hole, 18, rings up at 230' and employs a double mando with the creek that taunts you from behind the basket. On the other hand you'll find a very challenging par 5 on hole 13 that stands out at 850'. It's not long just for variety's sake either. Placement is crucial as it winds itself beside a creek to the left and leads up to a wooded "Island" dividing the fairway ¾ of the way down. It finally finishes on the side of a slight slope that will make you worry about rolling away from the basket on a bad putt. There are many more memorable/notable holes as well. Seven par 4's also find their place in the overall 8129' par 63 course.
Mature trees are abundant in the park and seem to have scattered themselves perfectly for disc golf. The scenic creek with stacked stone walls meanders throughout the park and they make for some punishing but beautiful OB's. They seem to mysteriously lure my discs into its steep banks. Several holes play along its route and the view is quite pleasant.
There's a wonderful mix of gently rolling hills. Some are long and end with steep drop offs just made for pin placements, 14 comes to mind. There's a balanced use of both uphill and downhill shots. For me personally, the difficultly of the uphill shots are just payment for the nice downhill runs that are peppered around the course. Several flat shots play through the course as well.
As you might expect, there is a generous mix of strait, right, and left shots too. No one could accuse this course of favoring left or right turning fairways. I have seen people throw just about every throw imaginable. I can't imagine anyone finding repetitiveness as a problem here. You defiantly won't get the feeling you're playing the same hole over and over.
I have talked to several people who have played this course including new, advanced, and even open players. Everyone seems to feel the same way; this is a superb disc golf course. You really must see and play this course to appreciate it.
Despite the neighborhood, the park is relatively clean. The landscape maintenance is well kept. There's plenty of existing bridges intermittently placed around the park. There's even a nice covered pavilion on site for tournaments and summer shade with enough parking to serve the purpose.
Cons: It's only set up occasionally. Generally those occasions are Wednesday evenings during daylight saving time and monthly during standard time.
Being temporary there is only natural grass tee pads. The other things you would expect on a new/temp course are here too. No signs, benches, trashcans, etc. There are no bathrooms either but there are enough wooded areas to take cover when needed.
The neighborhood is on the shady side. I haven't heard of any problems but it's a little intimidating. If this course was permanent I don't see myself playing a solo round. With that said, the locals from the neighborhood I've met have been very receptive and friendly. Maybe I just need to evaluate my own prejudices.
Other Thoughts: I can't wait for this course to be permanent. The people that are involved with the design and talks with the city are working very hard with this course. If there is a chance to have a permanent 18 hole Atlanta City course (inside the perimeter) this is the best chance. They are doing a great job. Kudos to John and crew.
If you find yourself able to play when the course is set up, by all means try to make it. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Enjoy…
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Long AND somewhat tight, many many bomber shots that do also require accuracy. Must be able to throw far but not just wildly. Major hills make for a workout and add to the difficulty of most drives and putts. Clean, well maintained park- baskets just tossed in and you're ready to play. Someday will be permanent and with shorter tees for fairness' sake. Rock wall lined creek often in play. Scenic.
Cons: Not the best neighborhood but not horrible or scary. Only temporary once a month, I got lucky on my timing.
Other Thoughts: Review star count based on temp status, dirt tees and no signs. Add cement, signs, boost it a star to 4.5 someday, as it goes permanent.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: May 26th update -
No longer the supreme course in Atl, especially with the new additions that Moze has made. JPM has that title in my opinion. Mainly because this course just isnt permanent. Still breathtaking though.
This is the supreme course in the Atlanta area. Hands down, seems to blend the best of every course in the area into one 18 hole masterpiece.
Great holes, challenging yet rewarding, just stunning appearance.
Cons: Not the best of neighborhoods.
not in the ground
Other Thoughts: It looks so breathtaking and it is such a good risk reward layout. Watch out because this has Atlanta Open written all over it.
An overall great mix of holes that require different shots that other courses dont. Most notably elevation, prepare to throw both up and down hill here.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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