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Pros: Very challenging and fun. Superb signs. Nice tees and decent baskets. Good course flow and design. Decent variety. Nice restrooms. Plenty of trash cans and benches. Multiple pin locations.
Cons: Mainly wooded, not many open holes. Less challenge than the east.
Other Thoughts: It's a nice course that's heavily wooded. The west side does have a few more open holes which are a good break. It also has a few more ace runs. Even though it's very wooded, there is still lots of variety within the woods. There is lots of elevation, blind baskets, bends to the right, bends to the left, etc. Find the pavilion and there will be a very intricate, large course map. Plan to play both courses.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
holy technical trees, batman
Pros: I'm used to playing the Red course at
Burns Park in Little Rock. For those of you familiar, this is like that... on steroids. The course is well laid out, and once i got started, it was very intuitive to find the next hole (the one exception is noted above about going behind the 9th hole to find 10). Check out the entire course layout on the big board by the bathroom. Someone put a lot of work into this, and if you have a decent memory, it can really help you as you walk the course through all the trees. This is a very tight, short course with loads of trees. I think the front 9 have pretty good lanes that lend themselves well to beginners and gripandrippers. There are also some alternate lanes for those that are looking to throw more finesse shots with some good placement. I felt like there was a good balance of left-to-right and right-to-left shots with a couple of dead-on shots for good measure. EVERY SINGLE HOLE was well marked for pin placement and distance (even on holes that had multiple pin placements).
Cons: Holes10-14 are a little more wooded/rustic than I like, with little to no lane and more of spray and pray mentality involved.
Some of the signs depict multiple pin placements and yardage.,,, but having never played the course before, i usually had no idea which place the pin was in, therefore negating the yardage info the sign gave me. (i know that this is ridiculous to bitch about, since there were signs on EVERY SINGLE HOLE)
Other Thoughts: If you love technical (albeit a little shorter) courses, then this is a must-play in the area. The fact that it has an 18 sister course that ties in is reason enough to stop by. I really enjoyed myself today on this course (despite a couple of doubles) and definitely plan to play it again next time i'm in town.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is the shorter, but tighter course in Shelby Forest. It generally plays easier for most pro level players, but if you can not hit the many small gaps, then this course can play tougher than the East course. Most holes have good concrete tee pads and benches, the rest have carpet tee pads.
Design wise, this course is challenging but straight forward: you simply have to hit your gaps. If you can hit your gaps, then you will shoot well here. Although mostly short, this course contains a lot of variety in shot selection, with good elevation changes, and plenty of trees. There are multiple pin placements on a lot of the holes.
At the start of the course is a pavilion and bathrooms. The park has cabins and also allows camping. The also wooded East course is right next door.
Cons: Strangely, several holes have good tee signs, while some other holes seem to be missing signs, which can make navigation difficult for first timers. There are no next tee markers, but there is usually a worn path leading to the next tee pad. The reason this is a major con, is there can be a lot of worn paths being it is an old course, and several holes were part of the original 18. After hole 9, you will go back behind the basket for holes 10-14, before returning back to hole 15.
Also, remember to bring bug spray and cover yourself with it, and even then, I wish you luck.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course is fun to play for players of all skill levels. There are a lot of unique and challenging shots. Both courses in this park are heavily wooded, so if you like wooded course, then you will really enjoy your visit to Shelby Forest State Park. The general store down the road has food, drinks, sells discs, and loves disc golfers.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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