7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Perkerson Park is a fantastic disc golf course, and an instant favorite for me. So many great holes. A high percentage of the holes are lengthy and/or up or downhill. The trees are mature, and there are open, grassy portions, but the woods are prominent about half the time, and will provide clear and defined fairway lanes. The first hole tells the story perfectly. A downhill, anhyzer (RHBH) around 360'. Two is 400' downhill, hyzer this time. Several holes on this course will tempt you to throw multiple drives, sometimes out of frustration, sometimes for fun. Through 5 or six holes, it may not seem too difficult. Once you enter the woods it adds another layer of demands. Around hole 7 you ease into the woods. On hole 8 the trees take over. 8 is steep downhill through mature woods. Loved the consistent and usually considerable changes in elevation. 9, 10, and 11 are all solid. I think it was hole 12 preceded by al stair climb. At the top, is a long hole, way uphill. 14 is another fun, lengthy downhiller, and if you can keep it centered a deuce is in order. Better eat your Wheaties and some spinach before this one, it is a hike. We played there on a hot day, and I almost ran out of gas on the second nine. 15 over the hill and far away. 16 is average. 17 is downhill hyzer-city bomb. The last hole, at 850 feet, uphill all the way, laughs in your face before dismissal.
Course conditions were good, even following a week of considerable rainfall. Several other players were helpful in navigating the course when we went astray. Course design is a very nice mixture of challenging holes, however many are still within reach of the tee box. A few white signs point directions on paths in between holes. The front and back nine could be played independently if your pressed for time. I liked finally getting to play some Gateway Titan baskets in a park somewhere east of the Mississippi River. They are very cool if you ask me.
Cons: I started on the wrong hole (it turned out to be 5) before asking directions from somebody else. The first hole is not closest to the parking, but I understand why it is first. The tee boxes are not concrete in most cases, usually a black mat, and signage could be added or improved as well. Some of the transitions between holes are long, and a few stairs are thrown in there, too. We did waste some time looking for the next box once or twice, and also teed in the wrong direction on hole 16, way downhill, instead of way uphill. There were many other park goers on the Saturday we played, once or twice we were delayed by pedestrians. Dogs must be on a leash.
Other Thoughts: Perkerson Park is still in the process of finishing touches, but a great course as is. You should have this one on the wish list if you haven't played it already. Some really amazing holes! If there was no other traffic other than disc golfers, and concrete tee pads, I would strongly consider giving Perkerson a 5. I think my rating will remain at 4.5, even after installation is complete. Somewhat reminds me of Flat Rock Park in Columbus, VaDuMar in Boiling Springs, SC, and Robert L. Smith in Charlotte, NC.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
A Gem in Atlanta!
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The layout - The course design is simply fantastic. It plays through a public park which incorporates a nice open area with nice green grass and tall hardwoods, along a nice old stone channeled creek (no real danger of losing a disc, but you might get wet), and through a heavily wooded hillside. The creek is the centerpiece, and hills rise on both sides. There are holes playing both across and along the creek, as well as up, down, and along the hillsides. There is a great mix of hole lengths as well. Hole 4 is 220 ft with a 20ft elevation drop easily reachable with a putter, and hole 18 is 850 ft uphill through the woods to a basket that is about 30ft higher in elevation than the tee pad.
The Baskets - I am not sure if these are custom built or production baskets, but they are much nicer than what I am used to. There were 3 rows of chains and the thickest basket metal that I have ever seen. They caught discs nicely, and barely made a sound.
Plenty of parking and public restrooms available.
Cons: There were a few, but most of them are likely to be remedied in the near future. As mentioned by the course description, this course is a work in progress.
Tee pads - The tee pads are carpet, and while most appear to be in their permanent positions, some have flags in new locations.
Benches - There aren't any, and this course is a serious walk. They will be a welcome addition when they go in.
Signage - Since the course design has changed some in the last year, the current tee sings (laminated paper stapled to wooden stakes) are not accurate for several holes. The distances listed on the DGCR scorecard appear to be correct.
The hillside walking up to hole 1 (which is also used to access 3 other tee pads for different holes, looks like it will be prone to erosion issues. Hopefully the volunteers that are putting in this course have a plan for landscaping and shoring up this area. I would likely be slippery after rain, and could really use better stairs cut into the hillside.
Other Thoughts: I read a lot of the reviews before playing this course, and was very excited to play the new layout. It did not disappoint, and was quite challenging from the first hole to the last.
Several previous reviewers mentioned the neighborhood as a con. While not one of Atlanta's richer areas, I would definitely not call this a 'bad neighborhood'. The park itself is beautiful and peaceful (which is amazing considering its proximity to Downtown Atlanta.
I will definitely play this course again on my next trip to the ATL. Hopefully I can make it to a tournament!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Absolutely beautiful park! Some people mention that it is in a sketch neighborhood, but that is not at all the case...Yes, you are in south Atlanta, but the park is very serene and non-discgolfers are only present on the first couple of holes and have never been an issue in my experiences at this course. And as for the course itself, Perkerson has a little bit of everything; great uphill, downhill, left-turning, right-turning, straight, heavily-wooded, moderately-wooded, and lightly-wooded holes! It is a difficult course that will test your accuracy. Also, the creek that runs through the middle of the course adds some extra beauty to the course. If your in the area, Perkerson shouldn't be missed!
Cons: This course is relatively new, and as such is still somewhat a work in progress. For the time being, the lack of good signage and the carpet teepads (often very short) are the two most noticeable cons. The good news is that there is a group of dedicated golfers that are putting in A LOT of time to making the necessary improvements. I hear that teepads and signage are in the near future for this course!
Other Thoughts: For the time being, you should definitely print off a course map or try and play with a local if it is your first time here. Great course!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: A coarse that is short in Ft but is still pretty tough. Tons of elevation. Trees hills and the creek running though the park provide awesome obstacles to make this a favorite of mine
Cons: #1 can be tricky to find for newcomers. the trails can be a little mushy after rains. carpeted tee box could be a little nicer
Other Thoughts: i live about a half mile from this coarse so send me a message if you wanna play a round.
Pros: This course is very diverse and is a great course to challenge your skill set. Great park with lots of beauty! This course has lots of potential and they always seem to be finding ways to make it better.
Cons: The signage at this course is not all that great. They are working on making this better for the people that have nevered played this course. If you are going to play in the near future and have never played this course, I highly recomend playing with someone that has.
Other Thoughts: Wish there was Sunday or Saturday doubles at this course. Willing to start the trend if I can get some input on people wating the same.
Time for some praise.
13 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: If I were to solely base this course on layout, which is my MAIN factor in reviews, this course would probably be a 4.5.
This course has such excellent land in such a random part of ATL(also the first permanent course in the perimeter) it's almost hard to believe when you step out of the car.
The park is absolutely beautiful, and has relatively nice facilities.
Literally every single shot shape is tested here, quite a bit of elevation with tight fairways, some longer open shots to air out, downhill and tight, uphill shots open that turn to tight and turning to the right. Just excellent variety and an EXCELLENT addition to the Atlanta area disc golf scene.
Cons: Ugh. This course isn't as bad as people have said when it comes to the people who frequent the park. I never once felt not safe, but unfortunately, I suppose the surrounding area is unfortunate..I played it less than a week after everything was put in permanently, and chains were missing off of 3 baskets, including one that I literally hit the metal pole on and it just bounced off..no chains there to catch it.
Other Thoughts: I truly hope that this course can remain intact. I know they have fought incredibly hard to get this course here after a lot of years of temporary play.
This is an excellent course, and I advise to play it while it is here, I'm not saying it's going to be gone at any point in the future, but if things like this keep up, I could see it happening.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
Diamond in the rough
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First and foremost, this is a great city park to use for a DG course. Good elevation changes, nice creek that runs through most of the course, and once the wooded holes and trails become seasoned, they will also be fantastic. The permenate baskets are among the best I've seen. This is a players course, not really designed for beginners, and still needs a lot of work, but could be a 4.0 or 4.5 with proper tee pads and signs !!!
Cons: The "carpet" tee pads are good enough to play a round, but this course deserves nice pads, ( 2 on each hole ). There is still a lot of work and clean up to do, mostly because of having to clear fairways in the woods, and also some storm damage. Signage is not in place yet, except for handwritten hole # and distance, and finding the correct basket, and finding the next tee was challenging at best !!! Perkerson is a urban metro park, and another player I spoke to while I was there, carried a stun gun with him, but I didn't get the feeling that was needed, even though I was by myself.
Other Thoughts: A trick I saw on another course is to paint one of the rods on the basket, bright yellow pointing in the direction of the next tee, that way there's no sign to be stolen or broken !!! As of August 18, the trail to the #1 and #5 tee's has been cleared of storm damaged trees !!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: It is a very balanced course. It requires multiple types of shots. Distance and accuracy are both required at spots.
There is significant elevation change that is incorporated very nicely into the course.
The rock walled creek and old fireplaces that line the center of the park are very nice.
Cons: The wooded holes are still pretty rough at this point and contain a fair amount of trash.
It seems like a very busy park, being located in a very urban environment.
Other Thoughts: Tee pads and signage were both acceptable.
Challenge, variety, and aesthetics were all above average although nothing really wowed me.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very pretty course, with the best baskets I have ever seen. Good mix of backhand and forehand drives. Nice downhill shots for long distance.
Cons: Not sure if it was due to a recent storm, but the paths are horrible with trees and debris blocking the way to the first hole. Way too much underbrush on some holes, which means a lot of time spent looking for discs. On one hole even though I drove my disc about 20 feet from the pin with an awesome drive, I spent about thirty minutes looking for it. The tee pads are also tiny, which didn't matter to me because I don't use a run-up anyways.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great Piece of Land
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The park that this course is located in is absolutely awesome. Baskets were heavy duty quality! Locals were putting more signage out while we played, so that will help with directional flow! The use of elevation makes for some really cool shots, especially for putters and mids. There is 2-3 "signature" holes in my opinion, but hole 18 could be a beast, long, narrow, uphill ending could make a good round turn bad! I can't say enough about the landscape and endless opportunities for different layouts! It was beautiful!
Cons: Most of the negatives will be addressed as the course is played more, such as the new signage that was being put up that morning. The transition/walks between a couple of holes holes didn't make sense, especially with land between to lengthen holes or put new ones in altogether. If it wasn't for a local in the parking lot, I doubt we could have found hole 1 tee. Tee boxes are carpet, some uneven, again something that will probablybe addressed with the course now being permanent.
Other Thoughts: This course is fun to play, not too technical or long and only calls for distance on 4 or 5 holes...... Some of the "longer" holes play down hill, so a mid or fairway driver will easily reach them. Holes 11 and 18 are great golf holes! The stone sided creek/brooke is amazing scenery!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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