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Uploaded By: Martin Dewgarita Hole #4 (Taken 1/2011)
3 / 320ft.   -- / --   -- / --   -- / -- Par / Distance:
Hole #4 Basket



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1    3/24/2010   4/5/2010
Review By: tallpaul
Played: 685  Reviewed: 133  Exp: 25.9 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Nice, new trapezoidal tees.
Good signage with correct footage displayed.
Large yellow number plates on top of bucket allow for easy spotting and hole discernment.
Course nicely secluded with walks between holes in wooded areas; making you feel the course was created just for you.
A little water in play on two holes.
Original nine hole course just up the gravel road (gate was closed when we went; but the walk was not that far; and I assume park will unlock gate in the very near future, for season opening play). Effectively makes this a 27 hole course (though one basket missing on original nine).
Decent use of elevation.
Course flows easily.
Right and left handed shots seemed balanced.
Cons: Hole #1 has access to bucket from one side only (directly in front). Otherwise, you can be within a few feet of basket; but, due to wooded area around green; unable to putt. I am a supporter of protected greens; and I somewhat understand attempting to follow ball golf in forcing players to play to a certain area to have an actual shot at deuce; but in this case, this hole seems like there's just more cutting work to be done; rather than an intentional, forced lay up.
Baskets....homemade; and you gotta give the local person responsible; props....homemades are the norm in the area and have all been designed by the same fellow (except for perhaps the buckets at Bancroft #1). I noted the large, yellow number plates in the pros section....however, the number plates and the baskets themselves, are disc SLICERS!!!
ALL of the metal on these buckets is sharp! Instead of rounded metal; these baskets are made using sections that come to a sharp point. If you hit the front of the baskets, if you hit the top or bottom nubs , if you hit the sharp edged number plate; even if you make a perfect putt that bounces off the center pole and hits the basket on the inside, before coming to rest; you will putt a slice or ding in your disc.
I will say again, that the effort of the basket maker is to be applauded; but, why would anyone make baskets that slice discs? If you played here regularly, I would assume you would need to have a bag of discs just for this course; expecting them to get deformed more each time you played.
In addition to this; discs fall out the side of baskets here; as the spacing between support rods is too wide. Two of us played and each had one fall out the side of the basket. Unacceptable....this needs to be addressed.
Course is rather plain; and had it not been extremely windy the day we played; I would see many of these holes playing as fairly wide open deuce holes.
Other Thoughts: Was nice to visit the area; and see the work put in by the local crew. This park has nice scenery as far as visuals goes. From the old course, it's obvious that there is a group who has been playing here for some time. They are attempting to enlarge their local scene, and are doing o.k. with this. However, I liked the original course, Bancroft #1, the best of the three courses in area. I would not come back to play this one again; though, I may stop in for the original if in the area; which, would ,of course, lead to playing this 18 as well.

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