Tons of potential, but it's not good out there now.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course lies in a beautifully scenic park near Dallas, GA. The rolling hills, massive elevation changes, great use of water and woods are amazing.
The baskets that are still undamaged are Pro 4 Disccatchers and catch fine, though two are badly damaged and two are missing.
This park is beautifull, I wish the course was at all maintained.
Cons: It looked like no one give a crap about this place.
No tee signs, no indicators of where the first hole might be.
The teepads are planks in the ground with the number and rental direction of the next hole written in sharpie.
The 13 and 14 baskets are gone, and 6 and 10 are badly damaged.
This course could easily be a 3.5 at least, but I've had to give it a 2.5 becuase of all of its warts.
Other Thoughts: All in all this could be an amazing park.
It really should be a 1.5 or a 2 but the amazing terrain makes it too good to give it the rating it probably deserves.
With the scenery and signature penninaula hole on 17 I wish someone cared.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
16 fun holes, but needs work!
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Scenic,hilly, moderately open course allows you to break out the distance drivers on a few holes (a rarity at the GA courses I've played). Only a few holes (7 & 15, maybe 10) seem like fillers, everything else has its charms.
It kills me to only give this **1/2, because with a bit of work it could be a **** course. With holes 12 & 13 put back in play (and I think the land exists to do that and keep them away from the property line) and some proper signage, I think I'd actually prefer this to Oregon Park, and perhaps it would relieve some of the congestion there. I wish I didn't live three hours away, because this course is worthy of "adoption" by someone willing to put in some hard work and minimal $$$ outlay to fix the problems. Come on, someone step up a be a hero!
Cons: Worst signage ever! If you don't have a map, you'll be wandering around scratchin' your head at least half the time you're out here. A number of the baskets are not visible from the tees (which in itself is not a problem) but without any signs, it's very confusing.
Natural "teepads" (which are nothing more than a piece of landscape timber flush with the ground fronting a patch of dirt) are VERY difficult to find! Some have the hole numbers written in sharpie on them, some (#8 most notably) don't. The good news: I don't really remember any rocks or roots in the tee areas, so they've got that going for them.
Holes 13 and 14 no longer exist, and I never could find the tee for 16.
This site has multiple tees listed for a few holes, but I think we're down to one per hole.
#10's basket bottom is being held in place by electrical tape. Can't imagine that'll hold up too much longer.
Other Thoughts: Once you're in the park, go to the very back and park near the pavilion with the playground near it. Go to the playground and you'll see a wooden stake in the ground half way up the hill near #1's tee; the basket is to the right.
I like detailed hole by hole reviews, so in an effort to drum up interest in this course, I'll do just that:
#1. A fun shot down a gently sloping hill (this site says 355 ft - didn't seem that long to me, more like 275-300.) Better keep this one low or it could easily drift 100 feet OB! The hole has changed since the picture, as the basket is now in a more open position.
#2. From the basket of #1, look downhill and to the left for a lonely piece of landscape timber - that's #2's tee. This hole is 600+ feet and what seems like 300 feet of elevation changes - two fairly steep hills to climb. You'll probably spend 15 minutes trying to find the basket before you shoot. There are a few trees to contend with here, but only truly errant shots are punished. I like this hole - kinda epic and satisfying when you finally putt it in.
#3. After #2, go back and to you left for the #3 teepad (I believe there's a bench there). You can see the basket from the tee, which after #2 is a relief.
#4. Careful on this one - I didn't realize the steepness of the hill beyond 4's basket (well illustrated in the picture here), and had the pleasure of my errant 50 foot putt rolling downhill into the next county.
#5. Short but steeply uphill shot with a few trees in the way.
#6. Very scenic downhill shot. Nothing technical, just a matter of whether or not you can keep your drive under control. As a player of dubious skill, I found it quite satisfying to par this one as it's a 500 ft. par 3.
#7. Definitely a filler hole
#8. Took me awhile to convince myself where the tee was, as the landscape timber has nothing marking it as 8. To get to the basket (which I don't think is visible from the tee) you have to shoot over some 60 ft. tall trees, but you're already up probably 40 ft. So it's not too difficult, but you definitely need to factor in your disc's fade (I think the basket is slightly to the right).
#9. I don't remember this one at all! Sorry.
#10. The course has changed since the pictures were posted. What's pictured here as #10 is now #11, and the picture of 12's tee is now near where #12's basket actually is. #10 is pretty much a straight shot into a bowl like formation as I recall.
#11. IIRC, after 10, you need to walk to your left and maybe even a little downhill to find the tee for #11. This is the tightest tunnel shot I've played yet, and directly up a steep hill. I was concentrating so hard on keeping it straight, I drove it into the ground twice owing to the steepness of the hill, yet still eeked out a par. This is a neat hole, but tough.
#12. You're shooting down a steep, heavily wooded hill and across a creek towards a basket with little in the way of a green, so there's a fair bit of strategy here. I just aimed for the bottom on the hill, but still caught a few trees on the way down. Another hole I enjoyed.
#13 & 14. R.I.P.
#15 Walk the entire length of the field as you'll be shooting back towards 15. This is definitely the easiest shot on the course.
#16. The basket is near (25 feet or so) the water's edge, but I couldn't find the teepad. The map shows it up on the hill, but I walked that hill and I never saw it. I guess just walk to the top of the hill and shoot it down.
#17 Good risk/reward type of hole. You'll need to shoot it over the water, but the narrowest path is probably only 225 feet, so it's within most players' range. If you want to land it close to the basket, though, you'll need about 325-350 of distance.
#18. Nice straight, relatively short shot in comparison. This is almost like the last hole on a miniature golf course, where if you shoot it into the clown's mouth you get a free game.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Good mix open and wooded holes
Cons: Natural teepads needs some work
Needs tee signs
Needs next tee signs to show where to go
New updated map to show where to go
Need to put holes 13&14 back in play
Other Thoughts: This course is very challenging. If most of the cons are corrected this could be a four disc course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Bring your climbings shoes
Cons: -Missing holes (12 & 13)
-Almost no signage
-Map is confusing and outdated
-Hole 9's basket is broken
-Natural tee pads
Other Thoughts: Despite my low rating of this course, I did really enjoy playing here. Despite being fairly open on the front nine, the distances and pin placements made for a good challenge. If the missing/broken baskets are fixed and replaced, signs added, map re-done, and tee pads upgraded, this will be a solid 4 disc course.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
- one of the best pieces of public park land used for a disc golf course
- great course layout taking advantage of the terrain
- throws up, down, along and across the rolling terrain
- water in play on the closing three holes
- one of the best opening holes I have played
- shiny new DisCatcher baskets
- no crowds or interference
- natural tee pads with gravel are rutted and unsafe
- hard to find tee pads and blind baskets
- no tee signs or other navigation aids; very hard to navigate
- most of the original PVC tee markers are gone
- beware: the bridges across the creek near hole #12 are not very sturdy
- beware: the stacks of 4x4 used as a bridge on #17 are wobbly and fell over when I walked on them
Other Thoughts: I guess it is about time I write a review for White Oak since it has been almost two years since I first played there in 2009 right after the course first opened. Back then I remembered thinking how much potential the course had, but two years later that is still the case. The piece of land is incredible and the course layout takes perfect advantage of it. The opening hole has you throwing along a ridge line with the basket on the downhill point--a great way to start. The rest of the front nine plays up, down and across these hills with just enough trees to make you think. The middle section is wooded with extreme elevation, and the final three holes play along and across a pond. The fairways are grassy and always well maintained, although the low lying areas can flood during rains. The big drawback is the lack of tee signs and navigational aids and the poor tee pads. I recently played White Oak for the third time and gave up on hole 13 when I could not find the basket even after scouting over two hills. Nearly all of the temporary tee posts from two years ago are gone, making it nearly impossible to find the gravel tee pads that are well hidden amongst the hilly terrain. The tee pads are rutted and covered with pea gravel, and a 4x4 across the front edge is a serious tripping hazard if your run-up goes long. I agree with other reviewers that ding this course points because there are zero amenities (tee pads, benches, signs, etc.) and navigation is confusing. Despite the negatives, this is a beautiful course that just needs some additional development to fulfill its potential.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Could be so much better
Pros: This wasn't one of those courses where you just throw your driver as far as you can. This course actually required imagination. One hole might have you throw it a little to the right or left. Another had you throwing over water. On some courses I throw a driver and a putter and that's it. But this one was a tad longer than most and required a little imagination, with me using almost all of my discs for one reason or another
Water fountain near No. 1 worked well (and the water was good and cold)
Cons: Entrance to the park had a bunch of signs, but not one directed us to hole No. 1
We had LOTS of trouble figuring out in which direction to throw our discs. Is it so difficult to post a map of the hole somewhere on the tee pad?
We had no idea which way to walk to get to the next tee. Again, is it so difficult to include on the tee basket a sign, with an arrow, that shows the way to the next tee?
Other Thoughts: Course could potentially be one of the best in the area. But I won't play it again until hole-specific maps AND "next tee" arrows are added. I just don't want to waste any more time trying to figure things out. On a few holes, we actually threw to the wrong basket. After this happened a second time I simply picked up my disc and refused to play another hole until we found matching tee boxes and holes.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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