Like a zen garden, well balanced
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Aesthetic-- this course, on the outskirts of Battle Creek and very near to the ANG base is multipurpose and is centered around a indoor farm market. the disc golf areas are relatively isolated from the other activities. there is a shallow stream running through the course.
Teepads--BIG level and in great repair. 8/17 share a teepad at the top of the hill. 8 shoots to the basket on the right across the path, 17 shoots to the left across the path. either way, cross the stream (ray) after you throw from this pad.
Baskets-- baskets are in decent repair but they are rusted in a few places. there is a practice basket near the first tee.
Varity/Challenge-- This course starts you out with a mammoth sized 600' hole followed by a 500+ footer. the front half is mostly open and the back half is mostly tight woods holes. all in all a very well balanced course.
Signs-- Nice, big, accurate distances. Present and accounted for on all holes.
Uniqueness-- I think this is a big plus here. #3 throwing onto a tiny island in the stream (that is what we are), #13 perched inches from the stream after a downhill putter throw. #8/17 sharing a teepad and on and on. Very Very Unique course.
Bridges-- Three bridges come into play here and are all in nice repair, this place wouldn't be what it is without the convenience of the bridges..
Cons: Navigation-- Tricky at times to be sure. I will post a map to aide in navigation.
Safety-- Throws across numerous paths, roadways and near apartment buildings. Also, many fairways are relatively close together, the chances of hitting someone are relatively decent if you don't watch.
Other Thoughts: Thoroughly enjoyed my round here. this course is a true gem. the farmers market has bathrooms if they are open, along with food.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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The Course That Hooked Me
Pros: -Something For Everyone: Begg is a great course that offers a little bit of everything. Several holes feature long bombs where distance and power is key, other holes feature very carefully placed shots through trees and narrow openings, while still others are just interesting and memorable holes.
-Great Place to Start: This isn't to say that this course is easy by any means, it's actually far from it. Getting a good score at Begg can be a challenge. However, the course is laid out in a manner which is approachable for a beginner to get a taste of what Disc Golf is all about. Long holes with wide fairways which transition to holes which incorporate the river, then into tight wooded holes that are intimidating enough to warrant respect, while still being approachable.
-Unique Holes: Begg has several holes that will always stick out to me as either favorites, or holes that i dispise. Holes that can incorporate elevation changes, a dogleg, heavy brush and a river are hard to find and dispite their difficulty they always make for a good laugh. There's never a dull moment at Begg.
Cons: -Less than Scenic: This course is located deep within the town of Springfield, so as you might expect, the background is mostly older appartment complexes and other random buildings. Although they don't necessarily interfere with the course itself, they do detract from the course considerably in my oppinion.
-Foot Traffic: Due to the fact that there is a park and somewhat of a community center located at Begg, there can be a considerable amount of people walking around on the fairways and other outlying areas. Although not always a concern, some people lack common courtisey and may take some time to move...
-Difficult Course Flow: The course is somewhat difficult to navigate. Some baskets may be misleading in their placement, making it difficult to differentiate which hole you're going for on your first time through. Although not impossible to navigate for first timers, i've been asked several times while playing: "Where's the next tee?".
Other Thoughts: As mentioned in the title, Begg is the course where i was first introduced to the sport. It's a great course for beginners and experts alike; a course everyone can enjoy.
As far as my rating is concerned, the only reason i didn't rate this any higher is because of the foot traffic which tends to frequent Begg Park. Most of them are decent, but the majority don't respect the disc golfers or the park. The course design is excellent, and is only held back by the people who use the park.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Begging to be a little better
Pros: City park course that has a lot more to offer than meets the eye.
Front 9 plays like a typical city park course. Stand-out holes are a nice bomber to start out your round and #3 has a nice peninsula shot betwixt two branches of the small river that runs through the middle of Begg.
Back 9 is where this course starts to shine: first two holes along the bank of the river force you to throw RHFH or risk lost plastic (we had a few go in but fished 'em out) then out and over to the main street with a nice tunnel shot and an open-fielder, then a wicked downhill with the pin sitting inches from the brook.
Concrete tees for all holes are a plus, and there is considerable shade for a hot summer day. Basket bottoms were angled in a funnel shape so your disc fell to the bottom and out of the way for the other players in your group. Also made for easy plucking when moving on.
Cons: Front 9 is S O G G Y when wet. A few fairways under water. Not much variation on the first half; mostly throwing open with a few aged trunks as obstacles. Back-and forth design to the front 9 makes you feel like you've been there before.
80% of tee signs have been obliterated, which does not help on the front 9, as there are several chainstars in a single field.
Park clientele less than desirable.
Other Thoughts: Jekyll and Hyde feel to this one, folks. They made the best out of what they had; good use of the different parts of the park. I had some fun here, and came away impressed once I hit the back nine. Challenging without being daunting. I'd give it another whirl once the rain subsides.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Not the Greatest, But it will do.
Pros: Cement Tees, Well Marked, Good Variation of Holes, Easy to find, Didnt deal with any bugs, Every hole was in okay condition.
Cons: Not Maintained the greatest, Gets flooded easily, A few holes need some redesigning, Other people are walking around in the park so you may have to yell "Fore!" alot.
Other Thoughts: A pretty easy course, wouldnt be bad if it was in your back yard, but i wouldnt drive far to play it. Also on hole three, be careful, or be prepared to take a swim in the creek. :)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice tee pads .
wasn't very busy when I played there.
some water holes .
hole 4 (i think )was a cool island hole
liked the short wooded technical holes
some long holes to really let it rip
Cons: course plays mostly open and has little tree are obstacles on most of the holes .
To easy score well despite some long hole lengths .
The trash cans were over flowing and thrash was all over the place on the wooded holes .
some wooded holes were above others and a bad drive could easily hit other in a different fairway
Other Thoughts: really enjoyed playing here .
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Cement Tees, Nice views, open fairways, easy to find discs, Nice scenery with large trees and nice clean streams running along the fairways, some tight wooded holes too a little mix of everything, lots of holes to really open it up on.
Cons: The signs need to be replaced most are unreadable, hard to navigate without the signs pretty easy to figure out still,
Other Thoughts: The water is very shallow easy to get your disc out of if you go in. #3 is cool with the basket on a little island and nice backstop so you can go after it. Great course worth the play I will definitely be back.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Clean and upkeep, enough parking, cement tee boxes, not to busy, good elevation changes, hard to lose a disc
Cons: kind of light on the variety, not well marked, lots of water so you might end up wet
Other Thoughts: this course tends to be windy but you get use to it.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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--This is a fun city park with most disc golf amenities. Concrete tees along with nice signs is always a huge plus. I respect the upkeep at this park very much. For how many people play here and use the park, it isn't even close to being "dirty".
--The layout here is pretty nice as well. It definitely has a handful of your typical city park type holes (wide open, slightly hilly, and somewhat repetitive.), but it does also have some unique holes. Hole #3 is what you could call a signature hole, with the basket on a peninsula surrounded by two little creeks. Hole #13 is another cool hole that sticks out in my mind.
--Even with nice tee signs, there are still surprisingly a couple holes where you may be unsure which basket to throw to. Theres a few times where multiple baskets are in sight from tee pads, and the descriptions on the signs look like they could be either one.
--The con I listed above also leads to another con. Some of those baskets and tees that are close together can make it possible to hit people with stray discs on busier days.
--Like I said before, a few of the holes are a little repetitive, and don't have too much challenge besides distance itself.
--Overall this was a pretty fun course. Not exactly what I expected from a city park, I really like how the wooded area was utilized to add variety. If the course wasn't so cluttered in the field area, and they had a few navigation signs, I could give this course a better rating.
--I have played here a couple times and it was busy both times. But one thing that was very smartly made in the design of this course was a big hole #1 (630 ft.). The first hole on the course being so long definitely helps in spreading the traffic out. After the first couple holes there was no more waiting because of the hole spacing.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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A river runs through it
Pros: A nice variety of long and open holes mixed with challenging short, tight and technical holes makes this park great for seasoned players as well as rookies. No real rough to lose discs in, the river is barely three feet deep in most places. Nice cement tees, garbage cans at most holes. Uses elevation nicely. Some uphill shots and quite few downhill ace runs.
Cons: Its in a very busy city/apartment complex park. Every time we have been here volleyball games were being played on one of the fairways. Yell 'fore' and rip away. Be aware of people on the bike path. It is a no-alcohol allowed park that shares its parking with a Fraternal Order of Police hall. Hard to follow at times. Hole four has you throwing over the road, uphill and at the apartments and almost always towards people watching volleyball. Hole six has you throwing downhill, right at the volleyball players. The tee to hole eight is at the top of the hill. You must then cross the bridge after hole eight, then back over it again to get to eighteen.
Other Thoughts: Without all of the locals running around the park, this place would rate higher. Not many other players though. Clean and very well maintained. It goes perfect after a round at Coldbrook. Gas station with a Subway and beer right across main road.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Springfield - Begg Park
Pros: Good for the "big aremed" golfers. A lot of long open holes with a few wooded to mix it up a bit. A good course for beginners as there are not a lot of places to lose your disc.
Cons: If you are into throwing in the trees, try heading over to Kimball Pines just down the road, much more challenging.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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