Nice Course, not well county-maintained
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - course laid out very well, with a mixture of open and technical holes.
- each hole is challenging, and there are no unfair holes.
- no long walks between holes.
- map shows four possible basket locations for each hole, giving a good variety in distances and shot-shaping, keeping the course fresh.
- course not heavily trafficked, even on a beautiful Spring day.
- grass was mowed, trash was cleaned up.
- plenty of benches, even some tables at certain points.
- course is relatively flat with good footing on the paths and bridges over the creeks.
- tee boxes are concrete and in very good repair.
- this is an excellent course for first-timers to learn disc golf.
Cons: - signage. Missing signs on several tee boxes, others vandalized or spray-painted. Virtually no sings pointing to the next tee box. A map is an absolute necessity when navigating this course.
- baskets often are not visible from the tee, and there is no indicator of which of the four positions the basket is actually at.
- although in good shape, the tee boxes are narrow, and are raised above the surrounding ground. Folks using an "x-step" to throw may have difficulty.
- the mandatory on Hole #2 needs to be marked better.
- course and park are not in the best of neighborhoods.
Other Thoughts: The layout is very nice. The first tee is intimidating with a tunnel shot through foliage and a creek below, but once on the other side, it's all open through Hole #5, warming the player up nicely. Then it's into the woods for the technical lanes. All the lanes are fair with room to throw and shape shots.
The lack of signage is a major problem. Print out a map and bring it,. While the holes are in reasonable proximity, there are a few places where one can end up going to the wrong hole without knowing where the next hole is via a map.
When I went with my group on a weekend, we did not experience any security or safety concerns, and the park has youth leagues that are playing various sports. However, a friend went on a weekday, and was concerned about certain characters loitering in the parking lot and seemingly watching him. One should be aware of one's surroundings while in the neighborhood.
It might be a good idea to contact Dekalb County's Recreation Department and ask that some money be spent repairing signs and installing signs to mark the path to the next tee. Added to my own letter to them, it might cause them to take action to improve the course, which would be a really great thing.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Great mix of trees and open shots. Challenging.
Cons: Not very well maintained... Dekalb County just doesn't seem to care about it. The signage is old and outdated. The course is not well marked.
Other Thoughts: This is the very first course I played in Georgia, so it will always be special to me. Great group of players frequent the course. However, keep your valuable out of sight in your car... this is Dekalb, after all! ;-)
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: An extremely fun little course.
A very nice blend of shots, a true par 3 course that is neither extremely easy or overly challenging. It's fairly simple to shoot under par out here as long as you can throw your putters and midranges well.
Cons: Lots of vandalism as a result of not being in the best part of town.
The baskets are old and beat up.
Other Thoughts: This course is one of those courses for me where pro's & con's don't really jump out, but I can write in this section for a bit.
This is an old course, some of the pars for course par are listed as 4's and 5's but I think there's only a singular hole that may be a four when the pin is in its absolute longest position, and even then it may be a 3.
Although this isn't in the best area, I never felt unsafe. Previous reviewers have mentioned making sure to keep your doors locked and things of that nature, but I hope to god you do that no matter where you park your car. The area has improved since my first visit to the course with some newer construction popping up nearby.
The course has an extremely pleasant blend of shots. Some really cool holes out here. Hole #5 immediately comes to mind as one that starts out in the open and shoots into the woods with a pin placement that can definitely make you strategize off the tee on weather to gun for it or just play it smart.
The beginning of the course starts off more open until you shoot into the woods for the remainder. Due to it's short, wooded, and fun nature, this is the course I would recommend if you are in the area on a hot summer day.
Other Other Thought: There is a tee sign that has "Race War" written on it. How can you not play this course?
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Home is where you hang your hat
Pros: - Multiple pin placements that a regularly shifted by course managers. It's refreshing to walk onto the course and wonder where the pin placements are this week.
- Great mix of shot requirements which change both from hole-to-hole and on the same hole depending on pin placements (long, short, open, tightly wooded, hyzer, anny, etc.)
- Course design. One of the main things I've always liked about this course is how it starts mostly open (1-5) before going into the woods on 6. It gives the player some time to get loose before escalating the challenge.
- Picnic tables and benches throughout the course.
- Bathrooms in the fields above the course and in the boyscout building near the tennis courts entrance.
- Football field above 4 is rarely in use, so it can be used for fieldwork.
Cons: - Trash cans are almost always full/overflowing of beer cans
- Local residents sometimes randomly wandering the course
- County grounds crew destroying pin positions on early holes with the lawnmowers
- Basket visibility. You do have to walk down some of the fairways to determine where the pin is this week.
- Signage and some amenities in need of repair
- there is no disc line on the last 50ft of 12 when it is in the longest position. Great deal of luck required to get a good score in that configuration. Even thumber/tommy's are iffy.
Other Thoughts: - This course will always be home to me. I play here weekly(minimum) and never get tired of it.
- I keep finding myself comparing other courses to it, and think it's the most balanced course in Atlanta.
- It's an older course, so it may be considered short. The longest hole is ~500ft when 15 is in the long.
- Water is in play on the side of the fairway on 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 16. Also across the fairway when 5 is in the long position, however the hazard level is low in all cases. The creek is pretty small.
- Hole 1 has changed significantly in the past year since the county cleared out all the shule. The tight tunnel for the first drive is now much more open, and I think it improved the quality of the course layout.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Ole Redan
Pros: This place while not very close to much is a hidden gem in the middle of the hood!
*Great mix of elevation and hole placement
*Nice use of property, open and wooded areas
*Multiple lines on almost every hole for a good chance to try out different shots
*They have a somewhat functioning picnic area near the entrance/exit of the wooded section of the course.
Cons: In kind of a bad area, I have heard of multiple cars being broken into but have not had it happen to me
The hole maps located next to the tee pads need to be replaced as it looks like they have taken on some massive water damage
Course is somewhat difficult to follow if you have never been there before as the first time we played we thought we had played a whole 18 when it was only 10 holes.
No water access
Other Thoughts: Great place to play and if you want to get your grill on bring some food because the picnic area is a nice change of pace. You can actually pull your car down there and set up shop so you don't have to lug everything back and forth
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Sketchy Neighborhood, Great Course
Pros: I really like this course, most likely one of my favorite courses closest to downtown ATL.
1) A good mix of open and treed holes.
2) Great sceanery around the park.
3) Hole 15 has to be the signature hole and is a wonderful long hole with a nice bit of shade.
4) Hole 18 is somewhat short. Everytime I've been there I've had a decent shot at birdie (although I've never made it... yet). I enjoy the last hole of this course for that reason. A fun short hole that you can honestly attempt a hole in one on.
Cons: 1) Not to be mean but the neighborhood looks somewhat bad albiet I've never had a bad thing happen there.
2) They're either relandscaping some parts or they've put in new drainage or pipe or something because there is a decent amount of dug up ground which leaves shoes dirty
Other Thoughts: Covington Hwy during the week (and really on the weekends too but not as bad) is pretty miserable driving on to get here. I've been impressed with Redan Rd which I take immediately after I get on Covington from Memorial. My GPS took me this way and the bridge was out about 4 miles down three weeks ago. The bridge is now back up which gives you a striaght shot that is better than convington. Just my personal opinion.
Found out that they changed pin placements. First Tee shoots left now. Hole 3 shoots longer now and is next to the tree further back. Hole 13 shoots left (shoe leg right still but pin is left of the old placement in the woods). Those are the ones that stood out the most, but I would say that nearly half the course has new pin placements.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Enjoyed it a lot.
Pros: Concrete pad are always a plus in my book. A few open holes but must are in the woods with some being really tight and others opening up in the woods. A nice mixture of hyzer and anhyzer holes. Multiple pin placement looks to change the course with each placement. There are some small hills that come into play on multiple holes.
Cons: Some of the signs are beat up others are missing. While there are multiple pin placements there is nothing to let you know which one the pin is in. There were some areas that were still holding water from the rains the week before I played though it was not too bad and a towel will be needed.
Other Thoughts: This course looks like it has seen better days. Though because of that there are many holes that will test your skills and allow for some risk vs reward shots. With the years this course has under it belt you can see there has been many years of additions which make this course a must play if you are in the area with time to kill.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Great mix of open and wooded holes
-Multiple shot required
-Wood holes can be tough but are all "fair"
-Nice use of land and elevation
-Multiple Pin locations (rare they change it though)
-Concrete tees on all holes
-A few very pretty holes!
Cons: -Not the best area, don't feel safe
-Not the cleanest -trash -beer cans -graffiti
-Deep in woods feeling, bring bug spray, and watch out for spider webs
-Looks like the course is used for other activities besides disc golf
-Generally under keep
Other Thoughts: A very fun Course that demands a variety of shots over many different types of holes. While the course is great that is all that is there for golfers, few benches and no water fountains. While I almost always see other disc golfers playing I don't really feel safe leaving my car in the parking lot.
Great course but park is not there for disc golfers and course and park are under Keep.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 2 Not
A really nice mix
Pros: Note: This is a complete re-write based on new scoring system I created.
Great park maintenance, beautifully mowed lawns even in the woods where applicable.
Very little trash, people were emptying the garbage as we played.
Lots of benches and makeshift seating to give you a chance to rest.
It has a pretty good mix of distances considering its age especially. With the pin location variety it can provide an even greater mix.
Course is very easy to follow, we did have one instance where we were lead astray but easily got back on course. Most holes have Nex-T signs if you look.
Multiple pin locations can change difficulty of course.
Cons: Bad neighborhood. Have heard bad things but never experienced them so take it with a grain of salt.
Single tee location so the only adjustment between pro and rec. players is for par.
No way to tell what position the basket is in without looking first.
Did not see any accessible bathrooms.
Some graffiti on course, hopefully this has since been cleaned up.
Other Thoughts: The first tee is pretty daunting, but very cool. It was really fun walking around and discovering each hole. Some really memorable holes and our daughter really loved playing by the creeks.
Note, while this place has gotten a bad rep online we saw nothing that made us concerned in the least. In fact, we had not read about any of this stuff prior and the place gave us no reason to feel worried...YMMV.
Using my new scoring system, this park rates a 70 out of 100. It is a beautifully maintained park but the lack of tee variety and adjustment for ability cost it a chance at 4 stars.
Really well worth visiting.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
B+ = You Be Feelin' Positive After Playing This
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- B+
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- B
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- A-
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- B
5) Multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- NA
Other Thoughts: I ranked this course subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor...more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they chose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I say adds anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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