5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A beginner niner that pretty much achieves what it is meant to do. It is part of a premier complex that takes pride in its presentation and Owl does not disappoint in that regard. They have constructed a nice chain of player development. This course appeals to true beginners. Red-level players will love Hawk and graduates of that course will move on to Eagle. It's a really well thought-out complex and the whole experienced is enhanced by amenities such as the basket fountain and the impressively-stocked clubhouse. Really a great place to begin playing the sport for those of any age and athletic ability.
The course pretty much hits its marks. The holes are short, but they provide a good illustration of what the sport is like on a smaller scale. There are some elevation changes. The fairways are clearly defined and cut through woods. They are more than generous in their width, so new players shouldn't become frustrated. At the same time, they feature some shape to the hole design. It's fairly simple: most holes require a straight-ish shot with a fade in a given direction at the end. It will require hyzers and players will have to pick up an anny or a forehand to master the course.
And oh, yeah, it's lit. That's a really nice touch for a small course like this. I can imagine playing Eagle as the sun is going down, and as the lights come on, there is suddenly time for another nine easy holes. Even experienced players could enjoy the course in that situation as it feel like a bonus. After that experience, it has to be fun to kick back and run aces and a short course with some solid variety in terms of directions, not just right and left but up and down, as well.
But I think I'd appreciate the course more if there weren't already two relatively easy courses on site. Playing it under the lights would be fun, especially for relief after Eagle. But playing it after Hawk, it's an overload of easy tosses.
There are also a couple places where baskets aren't quite safe from the tosses of other holes. But the course is mostly well-done. It's just not striving for much.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
One and Done
On same site with two 18=hole courses and well-stocked clubhouse. Nicely groomed.
Some fairways fairly near each other. Lack of replay appeal.
The distances on this course are very suitable for beginners, there is minimal chance to lose a disc, and the course is easy to navigate. Additionally, instead of being a mere, straight-throw wide-open pitch-n-putt, there are challenging lines through the collection of mid-sized trees to each basket, so experienced players can work on their touch shots, both left or right sharp turns needed near the basket to have any chance at an ace or have a decent birdy opportunity.
However, after playing this course once or twice, using only a mid/putter or two, and merely throwing from a standstill at the end of the teepad, players beyond the novice-level will (probably) quickly grow bored, only bothering to play this course when introducing people to the game.
This course is very difficult to rate. It serves its target audience well (beginners) while also providing some challenging practice to experienced players - but is likely not to be (re)played by visitors to Sabattus.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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