3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Phil Moore is a diverse course with about half the holes being long grip it and rip it holes, the other half are shorter and wooded and there are elevation changes on some of the holes. The discatcher baskets are in good shape, there are tee signs and amply long concrete tees. There's a large course map near hole 1 and a practice basket. Water and restrooms are near by in the gym if it's open.
The open and wooded holes are split up so you play a few in the open, then a few in the woods, go back into the open, then back in the woods and finish with a fun downhill shot out into the open.
The open holes are generally long and flat, although two of them tee off from elevated tee pads and hole 9 has a raised basket. There is some OB on the open holes, but it really only comes into play on hole 1. All this really helps to add some variety to the open holes.
The wooded holes are shorter and some are fairly technical. They have more elevation changes in play and the large creek looms near by on most of them as OB and discs are generally unretrievable from it.
Cons: Hole 18 is a little dangerous. It's a downhill hyzer shot with a playground just right of the basket. So a shot that goes too straight could wind up there, in fact I've seen it happen there before. A hole where it is a distinct possibility that discs can land in a playground is major design flaw IMO.
The course is in a flood plain. Water tends to pool on some of the wooded holes and make them muddy. The hill on hole 12 looks treacherous, muddy and like an accident waiting to happen.
The tee signs are adequate, but the diagrams seem less than accurate on the wooded holes.
The open holes are long for the sake of being long and boring. To make matters worse holes 1 and 7 are tweener holes, meaning they're in between par 3 & 4. They're so long only a small percent of people can throw long enough to get a 2 on them, but they're short enough a 3 is very easy.
Hole 15 has so many trees protecting the basket it seems like pure luck as to whether a good drive will get through.
The shot selection here is poor. Two of the wooded holes call for a RHBH anhyzer or RHFH shot.
Navigation is a little confusing in a couple places. After hole 2 you walk right by hole 11's tee to get to hole 3. After hole 6 there's a long walk to hole 7. Hole 17's tee pad can be a little tricky to find. Of course once you've played the course these things aren't a big deal.
Other Thoughts: I want to like the diversity this course presents, the wooded holes are ok but the open holes are boring and there's little shot diversity on this course. There are lots of courses in BG and unless you want to add to your list of courses played, I would suggest playing another course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 3 Not
Either wide open or tightly wooded
Pros: The course sits in the middle of a large multi-use park with walking trails, baseball fields and an indoor gymnasium though none of these features really coming into play with the course. There are large grippy tee pads and good baskets that are in good condition. The open holes are exactly that, open. Only about three holes have any trees on them so there's no worries of getting stuck in the trees or hitting them. The basket on number 9 is on an elevated pedestal to make for an interesting putting situation. The wooded holes provide some well defined lines to the basket with the omnipresent risk of getting kicked into the creek if you have an errant shot.
Cons: The open holes don't have much going for them other than wide open expanses with plenty of distance. The only way to go OB is to shank one 60 feet off the fairway. These holes have very little elevation change and are quite repetitive in that you throw 350ft plus on mostly flat ground with no obstacles. The wooded holes provide more of a challenge but the course upkeep by the local club and parks department is minimal and the grass/weeds is usually very long unless there's an approaching tournament. Any errant shots are very difficult to find in these growths. The location of the course and the wooded holes on the front nine in particular are situated in a floodplain for the adjacent creek so its not uncommon for lots of silt/mud, large logs, and debris to be all over these holes and tee pads. At other times, especially during the Spring these holes are completely flooded and unplayable.
Other Thoughts: This is arguably the least played and least popular course in Bowling Green. For all the times I've played here, I've never run across any other golfers out there except for right before the BG Ams. The course could potentially be a championship caliber course but it will take several years of work on various aspects of the course (trees/obstacles on the open holes, better maintenance on the wooded holes) for this to occur. There's only a couple holes (5, 12, 15, and 18) that really entice me to play here but its not enough to keep me coming back regularly. My two cents would be to skip this course unless you're dead set on playing it and go play almost any other course in the Bowling Green area.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Good mix of different types of holes, nice pads, nice park
Cons: The wooded holes are fluky, the open holes are bland. What's the deal with the hole with the big tree in front of the pad and no fairway?
Other Thoughts: I only played this for the 08 bowling green am, the course was brand new and didn't need to be included in the event.
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0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Still a long way to go!
Pros: This is a new course with huge teepads and nice signs. The course has some really long holes and some shorter ones. The baskets are new and extremely nice. They have planted a lot of small trees that will help this course improve in time. There are 2 holes on the back nine that are extremely nice. I really like hole #12 and #16.
Cons: I don't quite understand why this course was placed in a flood plain. If there is a large rain the course is soaking wet if not completely unplayable. There are currently several extremely long holes that are completely wide open. I don't understand the point of a 900ft hole with nothing but a pad and a basket. Then if you are not playing a long open hole you are playing a rediculously tight hole in the woods next too a river. This course goes from one extreme to the next extreme with no rhyme or reason to it. There is also still a lot of underbrush that needs to be cleared out on the wooded holes.
Other Thoughts: This was originally suposed to be Bowling Greens great pro course, but it came up very short of that goal. It will get better in time as some of the planted trees grow and the wooded holes get cleared out more. But it will always be doomed by flooding. It will take at least 10 years of improvements for this to be the good course it was supposed to be (that is if the river doesn't overflow and complete destroy it ever 4 years). If you want to play a great long open pro still course go south 20 minutes and play Frankln.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Average at Best
Pros: Not too many "Pros" to speak of here except there are some holes that are okay.
Cons: Way too long and not very much fun throwing and throwing over and over! The creek shots are not the best and it doesn't seem like it was thought out too well. Play the other courses like Kereiakes and Lover's Lane while in Bowling Green.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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