CLOSED...Law showed up!!!
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I'm new to discing...Been LOTS at Tatum..
I surfed and found Ashe...I HAD to go...I parked in front of the CLOSED DUE TO NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING...Oh well, I started. WOW...This place looked like a real golf coarse, so far. Grass was a bit tall, but oh well. Threw my first disc...Second shot was kinda close. Missed putt. Made a bogey...Then, 2 drive...right down the middle...I walked past to look for the basket...I had a long way to go...As I walked back to my disc, the Ashe Police pulled up...The Cop said..."You parked RIGHT in front of the sign that said CLOSED" Apparently, the Government shutdown ALSO closed the Disc Golf Coarse at Ashe.....This place looked pretty cool....Well, as far as the second fairway...
Cons: CLOSED due to NO Government funding...
Looks like our current Administration has effected MOST of our fun as well....
Other Thoughts: I wanna go play...Tatum is cool, but a little short until number 18...Just wanted to play somewhere different. I love this Disc Golf thing...I'm looking to put a few baskets in the yard.......
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice layout,mix of long and itermediate holes lengths ,most holes have 2 tee pads,signage, trash cans on several holes (took pics of each tee marker we played but missed hole 11 so I wont post distances until next time I play it) Also some elevation makes for added fun.
Great in and out.
Cons: Water in play on hole 11& 12.(watch the trees on these holes because a riccochet can put u in the drink)
Other Thoughts: Absolutely loved playing the course and worth the drive and if time allows theres Foxes Den @ Paul B Johnson park,Ducan Lake plus Tatum Trails (all 3 in Hattiesburg)
So if you got time you'll have lots of fun.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Long But Fun
Pros: Great course design. Most tee boxes well set up. Challenging but not impossible. Easy t get to from highway.
Cons: 5 dollar entry fee. Almost all the holes are really long. A few more short holes would be nice.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
I'll be back...
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Two tees on most holes
-Clean and fairly well kept
-Good use of available terrain
Cons: -No benches
-Few trash cans
-More work needs to be done with tee signs
-$5 entry fee
Other Thoughts: With a little work this could be a very nice DGC. Nothing really stood out but I really want to play this one again.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Course was not well kept up as of last spring but alot of work was put into it this summer. Ive played 7 courses now and this is by far the best. It is sucluded and has a nice layout in middle of woods. Some tough wooded fairways but not impossible to manuever through.
Cons: The $5 fee is only con I find. I play alone alot and this can get expensive if I play multable times.
Other Thoughts: Not far off 49. A must play for anyone passing through.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a hilly, wooded area across the lake from the little 9 hole course. Most holes play through enough trees that you have to hit some lines, and thick brush and tall grass are often in play, especially on errant shots. There is a decent mix of hole lengths, with several ace runs and a few longer shots with most in the 250-300' range.
A few holes play near the lake, with a couple cool shots that actually use the water as a hazard to add a little risk/reward element. All the baskets other than one are in nice shape, a little rust but they catch well (one was crushed by a fallen tree, not sure how long that's been the case so I won't count it as a con against the course).
Cons: It's a little hard to find the course in the first place, you have to drive up a little dirt track off the main road, and park in the dirt area off to one side. There are no signs or course maps, so navigation is a struggle in several places, especially with several baskets in view from a few tees. The tees themselves are in pretty bad shape, most are carpet or gravel, and they aren't very smooth or level at this point.
The holes get a little repetitive in spots, it's just not all that creative of a design. I would have liked to see better use of the elevation changes and the water hazard, so it was a little disappointing. The maintenance was a little lacking, with tall grass on several of the fairways. I'm not a big fan of long grasses as rough, and I'm even less a fan of long grass that hides discs covering whole fairways. If it's like that in the winter, I'm guessing it gets pretty gnarly in the late spring and summer.
Other Thoughts: There are a few nice challenges here, but overall it's not all that exciting a place to play. I do like the idea of having a beginner friendly 9 and a tougher 18 in the park together, with a little work and a few changes this could be a cool complex. Beginners might find the rough a little punishing, but there's a nice beginner friendly course across the lake. More experienced players will find some challenges here, but not enough variety to make it worth repeated trips.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
not bad~not great
Pros: 18 holes. There are some nice long shots. A couple of the holes are short enough for a newer player to possibly ace. Some nice elevation changes with some up and downhill shots. Its out of the way so its not crowded.
Cons: No big sign showing the course layout. Its pretty well overgrown. No benches, trash cans or restrooms. No signs at the tee pads showing the distance or anything. They have white pvc pipes sticking up next to the pads with the hole number on there and thats it. The briar patches abound here and there are a few piles of dead trees to watch out for.
Other Thoughts: Its a nice course as far as the layout. Once you start playing its fairly easy to figure out where the next hole is but some of the baskets are hard to find. On hole 6 there is a hard left you need to make. Throw at the basket you see (#9) to the tree line and when you look left you'll see the 6 basket. Its one of those that could certainly be a par 4. The basket for 10 is left of where you will see a basket down by the water which is the 11 hole. A tree has fallen on the 13 basket and smashed it unplayable. With just a little work this could easily be a course worthy of a 4 rating. If you play it once, it'd be worth a trip back since you'd know where the holes are but its a tad confusing at first. Most of the holes you can throw down the fairway and figure it out but mehh dont we all just like to know where we really want to throw the first shot? :)
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a little rough
Pros: nice wooded setting with lots of different shots. good mix of holes with some water in play along with heavily wooded holes and some more open shots. beautiful setting and no one else was on the course.
Cons: hard to navigate. The tees have numbers but no description of the holes or even yardage. On 2 holes we all threw at a basket that was straight ahead of us only to find out when we got to it that it was the wrong basket. The tee pads are big but in bad shape. They are made of crushed gravel with a type of pad over it but the padding is coming apart and it makes the footing uneven. No amenities right there but you can go back across the lake to the other course for restrooms and water fountains (short drive)
Other Thoughts: This is a long and challenging wooded course. There are some pro pads that make it even harder. This could be a really excellent course with a few changes and additions.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good variety of shots and great use of terrain and foliage. The fairways were a little high (mid calf) but not overly noticeable. Water is only in play in one or two instances on the full 18 hole course. Tees were good to average depending on the wear and tear, but none were unusable. Each tee is marked with a numbered PVC pipe marker and all were in good shape except for hole 3. All of the baskets were in great shape except for 18 which was a little crooked.
The 9 hole handicapped course was a blast as well. Played it with an approach and a putter as a Par 2 course and had fun. It would be an ideal warm-up before tackling the 18 hole course across the lake. Great spot for a picnic and a round of 9 with smaller kids or novices. Peaceful park and serene surroundings.
Cons: The gravel/carpet tee boxes are kind of a mixed bag. Some are in OK shape and others are pretty rotted. Scraping off the carpet and a couple of inches of gravel and replacing with concrete would vastly improve the play of several holes.
It was a little tricky to navigate at times for a first time visitor, but the baskets are numbered so a little bit of scouting if you have any doubts would allay any confusion. Underbrush is controlled for the most part and only had thick brush on a couple of holes.
No signage on the road to indicate a parking lot for the course or even the existence of the 18-hole course. If this site didn't list this course, you'd never know it was there.
You have to pay the $5 park fee to play (if you're honest) and for a solo thrower that may be a bit much, but for a car load of guys, it's pennies. Not a big "con" for me personally.
Other Thoughts: This course is a diamond in the rough. Just a little bit more maintenance, an online map (or other improved navigation), and some promotion by the local community and this course would easily be rated a 4 or higher.
As a visitor, I can't really stress how much a little bit of maintenance by the park service or the local DG community would go a long way. There wasn't any trash or anything like that, just an overgrown parking lot, some fairways that need attended to, and perhaps a re-thinking of the gravel/carpet tees. The forms are there (around the gravel) for concrete boxes so an upgrade wouldn't be difficult and would add a half rating in my mind. Navigation is the biggest issue after maintanence and a posted map in the parking lot (similar to the excellent maps on the 9 hole course across the lake) would be awesome. I intend to play this course every time I visit the Hattiesburg area and I enjoyed it more than Paul B. Johnson even with it's warts.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
My own Private Course in the area
Pros: Opening thoughts: The first time I was here, I was not a disc golfer, but I made note of the fact that there were baskets, in my mind. So when I returned to the area, because it's a great place to camp not far outside of New Orleans, and it's on the way to Minnesota, I knew I had to play a round. So I stepped up to the first tee and was like, wtf? 110 feet, wide open. Hole two was the same, as was hole three. The whole time I was complaining, I just didn't understand this course at all, the tee boxes are proportionate to the length of the holes, extremely small. At some point, my disc golf companion said something like "I think this is a course for the blind." Now that makes a lot of sense! Awesome, that's why there's bells! They were not to let the group behind you know that the hole is clear, as if you can't see me from 100 feet away, well, unless you couldn't see me period, that would mean you couldn't see the basket either and would need somebody to ring the bell for you to throw towards the sound. Awesome! So that shattered my hopes of playing an incredible new disc golf course, until I noticed a Discatcher across the lake, there's a real basket over there, there must be more of them! Upon inspection, there was an entire 18 hole course, incredible.
Now, I really like this course, especially because it's like my own private course when I'm in the area (free to play with a national parks pass!). The rest of this review is regarding the full 18 hole course.
Remote. This is a course that I feel like I have my own private course, I have never run into anybody else on it in the handful of times I've played, only occasionally fisherman, and they usually stick to the opposite side of the lake. This also means that with no people playing it, there's no trash, so it looks very natural.
Beautiful. Tucked away in the woods, I found myself constantly oohing and ahhing about the scenery, and wild flowers, and with the lack of people, I could easily take my time to smell the flowers.
Multiple Tee's. There were a handful of tee boxes (the longer holes) that had multiple options for tee boxes.
Variety of holes. Most of the holes are relatively short, mid 300's or less, but within this frame there is a great variety, some open, some short and technical, some long accuracy shots. Water comes into play on a few holes, though wasn't really a concern, as long as you have decent control, you should be able to keep it out of the water, that being said, I nearly lost a disc as it hit the very edge of the lake, was able to retrieve it rather easily (after getting a soaking wet foot).
Cons: Hard to find. I stumbled upon this course without knowing it existed. The course itself isn't terribly hard to find, but you have to be paying attention to find the parking lot.
Pay to play. Now, I usually post this as a pro, as paying a course to play there, the proceeds usually go directly to improving a course, or at least towards a department that upkeeps the course. Thus pay to play courses are often leaps ahead of any other courses as they have steady funding. Now, this is a National Forest Recreation area, so you have to pay the $5 day pass to get in, or face a $625 fine (or some ridiculous number). I'm fairly confident that none of this money goes towards this course, it goes to the National Forest service, which is a huge government organization and from what I can tell, there is no upkeep from them on this course so why should I pay them to play! That being said, I always carry an Annual Federal Recreation pass ($80 from a national park, good for all national parks and recreation areas), so if you have one of those, it's free, just leave the card face down on your dash.
Poor Tees. Now, I've accepted gravel teepads as a decent form of tee, not ideal, but workable most of the time. So if you take a gravel tee pad and put a sheet of carpet on it, it should be even better right? Maybe for the first few months, it could have been great! But several years of sitting in the elements doesn't treat carpet well, rotten lumpy carpet is rather difficult to tee off from. Most of them it was fine, but on a few holes I ripped off some of the carpet and laid it on the side to expose the level gravel.
Not Maintained. From what I can tell there is little maintenance done on this course, the fairways are overgrown and the underbrush is quite thick. Lack of play adds to this I'm sure - it does look like a local league is going to be using it, so maybe they will improve this (not that it should be on them to!!) Stupid Forest Service.
Rape Grounds? I know that doesn't sound pleasant at all, but I can think of no other way to explain the large variety of undergarments strewn across the course. (no trash besides this) It looked like somebody had cleaned it up since the last time I was there, but still - there were a couple pairs of undies laying around. I don't know, but it's kind of disturbing.
Hole 7 was disappointing. I only say this, because I approached the tee and saw what I thought was the fairway - a long slight dogleg right, it looked like an awesome hole with a beautiful fairway, in search of the basket, it was not the fairway, the actual basket was in the trees, 'sigh' another 'luck shot', I don't know why they didn't use the obvious fairway that ends directly at the next hole's tee box (maybe it's an alternate basket, I didn't look that closely).
Navigation. There is no signage besides PVC pipes at the beginning of each hole, these may have a rough map, yardage, and a number, or just a number. There are no other hints on navigating the course, no map or any arrows. For the most part it's laid out logically, but the first time I missed 3 holes, threw from the 6th tee to the 9th basket and didn't feel like figuring out how I messed that up so I finished the round from there. The second time through I realized that 6 was a sharp dogleg left, not straight ahead to the basket that is visible.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoy this course, as it's rather challenging and nearly like having my own private course in the area. Worth the stop, especially if you have a national parks pass. I probably wouldn't go out of the way for it if you have to pay the 5 bucks though.
Favorite Hole. Hole 2. I walked up to the teebox and thought I remembered a slight dogleg right (was correct) Threw a beautiful Anhyser maybe close to 300 feet. A nice, simple dogleg right, landed about 2 feet from the basket.
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