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The Monty at Deer Ridge
Pros: The Monty Disc Golf Course in Monticello, GA offers a very fun and challenging round. It's "an intriguing course" (TM) that's slowly but surely being improved and transformed to a great course. It's a true labor of love from Luke and crew and their hard work is sure to be appreciated by all. I really enjoyed the solitude the course provided with just a touch of a nostalgic feel. Overall I felt like the course had a real disc golf "vibe" to it and I loved the atmosphere. Random items decorated a couple of the holes and gave a nice personal feel to the course too. The hole of the lost towels and the picnic table hole that's peppered with bizarre items including a skull and a sewing machine were quaint features as well.
The course itself has plenty of good golf too. You'll find a predominantly wooded layout with plenty of technical shots. While on paper the course may sound slightly on the average or even shorter side, don't be fooled into thinking it's an easy course. This course makes you work! The demanding holes will absolutely not reward any halfhearted shots. You have to have accurate drives, controlled approaches, and of course make your putts if you're going to play well/compete. Though at times the holes are tight and wooded, not once did I play a hole that I'd consider "unfair". This is a good example of a well thought out wooded course design.
Though there's not a lot of elevation changes, the designer did manage to pull in some slight up and down shots in the design. There's also a pretty decent mix of left and right turning shots. I liked the fact that there were a few short must make birdie shots along some longer shots including some 300'+ and a longer wooded par four.
Currently, making your way through the course is pretty easy with the makeshift tee box signs and next tee signs. The tee pads, except for number 1 and 2 being concrete, are natural but do the job. They are nice and wide and for the most part, compared to some other natural pad courses I've played, are in pretty good shape. There seems to be a mixed models of baskets but overall they are in good shape and catch well. Most are painted blue and added another touch of something you don't see every day on other courses.
Cons: Though the natural pads were in good shape and roomy, they were pretty slick after a good dose of rain. I also thought there is some punishing rough if you get off the fairways on a lot of the holes. This makes errant drives or bad tree kicks difficult to locate. I think the pictures here on DGCR (which are pretty outdated) hint that there is much less underbrush than in reality. With that said, I imagine in the winter it's much better.
I felt like a few of the holes got a little repetitive. A steady diet of tightly wooded holes are the meat of the course and for some, especially those who don't like technical wooded courses, they may find themselves growing weary of some "same shot blues". Also, unless the temp holes near the parking lot are being played, there's not a lot of opportunity for the big guns to indiscriminately crush drives (and I know that's a deal breaker for some).
Other Thoughts: This was my kind of course! I had a great time and wished I lived closer as I'd play it all the time. It's too bad my first time playing here was in some steady rain. I'm looking forward to coming back soon and playing it dry.
Remember that the course is still a work in progress. In some folk's opinion a course slowly coming together is like sausage making. They love sausage but hate watching it being made. But I was able to overlook the perceived cons of a slowly developing course by imagining the overall potential. Luke mentioned that the county may be annexing the course. If that happens, hopefully one day there could be regular maintenance, concrete tees, professional signs, etc. At that point this would be a highly rated course and certainly well worth a lengthy trip to come and play.
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Cool Homegrown Course
Pros: Biggest pro is the fact that this course is privately maintained by one or two people. An unbelieveable amount of work has been done here. Good mix of wooded (1-13) and open holes (14-18). I really liked the first 13 wooded holes. You are isolated from the rest of the park, and the holes are good, fair, and challenging, requiring all kinds of shots. Clear fairways, both visually, and in terms of ground cover - its well cleared out here. Good signage, and next tee markers, all home made.. Paths on the wooded holes are well marked. Two sets of tees, mostly grass. This course shows what only a couple of people can accomplish with some hard work, imagination, and a love of the game. Attention to detail, and sense of humor abound here....like the mural on the trailer on 15, and "the hole of lost towels" (5??).
Cons: Any cons are minimal, given all the hard work and TLC, but here goes... Mostly grass tees, but in decent shape, and well marked. A couple long walks on the front nine between 5-6, and 6-7. 16-18 open and not as interesting as rest of course.
Other Thoughts: It's been a year since I played The Monty, and they have done a ton of work. Newly painted baskets with new numbers. Excellent home made signage everywhere. I think there are now two new wooded holes. This course appears to be constantly evolving. It always feels like an adventure here. Big time kudos to Luke for all his hard work here.
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