9 Helpful / 2 Not
Great place to splurge
Pros: -GOLF CARTS!
-The best manicured grass tees imaginable
-Mostly long, wide open shots. Bring the thunder.
-Alcohol-friendly. Pick up some beers to stock the carts at the snack shack (the beer cart is being refurbished).
-Snack shack has great, cheap home-made sandwiches and tacos (though don't order anything hot if you're in a rush...took about 20 minutes for one of our guys to get his burger. I swear I heard the cow they were slaughtering baying in the back of the kitchen.:).
-Club-toting peanut galleries to stroke your ego. Every bolfer we talked to were so stoked on seeing some discers throw far. Defiantly sewed some seeds. The course manager said we were the best he has seen and had the course record (shot a -3 on 22 holes). A very friendly, positive vibe from them.
-Bring your roller discs. The short grass on the fairways and the long, open nature of most of the shots make this course perfect for rolling.
-Friendly pro shop staff and a few discs (like 15 or 20 visible) for sale if you forgot one of yours.
Cons: -Tee signs are in yardage
-Danger of being hit by golf balls, both from other beginners that frequent the course and from the big dogs crushing them on the driving range. The retaining net has many a hole and there are golf balls all over the fairway on 10/20. A guy on our card threw a roller on 10 and it rolled into the driving range. This course would benefit greatly from repairing that safety net.
-Pricey. $18 per person per 22 holes, which includes carts. $12 if you choose to walk (weekend prices). It's defiantly walkable (longest holes are in the mid 400's), but the golf carts are just so much more fun!
-Weird, deep, home-made (not PDGA-approved) baskets that don't make the right noise when you hit the chains. The plus side is that your discs can't end up resting atop the baskets. They will drop through the open top, into the chains.
-No maps make determining the correct pin to aim at a chore. Some blind baskets compound the problem. My biggest pet peeve of the course.
Other Thoughts: This place is a work in progress that has MAD potential. There are 18 holes for bolf and 22 for frolf. Each of the 11 tees used for disc golf has 2 baskets. Tons of land on the other side of the tunnel beg for more legit holes. Why they didn't put baskets on that side of the course is beyond me.:
Apparently the local DGers are embracing the place. Every staff member we spoke with tried to get us to sign up for their new DG league (pushing REALLY hard...maybe just put up a flier and mention it when you pay to play. You don't need to send out the DG rep to come bug the people who are playing. We get it. You have a league. You want people to join. Please leave us alone.)
Hole maps, footage indicators and legit holes on all of the 18 tees would make Van Buren feel much more homey for the DG community, but, overall, they're doing a great job. Incredibly friendly and enthusiastic staff who seem intent on making the DGers who check the place out feel welcome.
If you have a few bucks to drop, I recommend taking a cart for a spin as you crush em on this big-gun friendly course.
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