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Uploaded By: judson Hole #1 (Taken 5/2009)
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 A Labor of Love

1    6/20/2009   6/20/2009
Review By: shawn_l
Played: 29  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 5.4 Years
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The guy that built this course, Jud, has a review on here. Go read it.

It's a big list of pros! This is a thoughtful, well planned, well maintained course.

Parking is plentiful, at the Catholic church and at the YMCA. You can park by #9 or #1, and they are not far from each other. There's a water hose on the side of the building close to #1, which is always nice.

The teepads are a work in progress, but currently dirt with flags bearing the hole number on them. They are in very good shape. They are lined with landscape timbers, and cone shaped so you know where to throw.

The baskets were crappy baskets, but Jud took out the thumbscrews and welded them back together himself. Personal touches like that are plentiful.

Signage is evolving, and #1 has a custom concrete and tile cast sign by the tee (see picture). Really nice!

There are stone lined borders to the course, and stone lined walkways from hole to hole! It's really nice to see and tough to describe. Just a wonderful amount of work put into this course.

Hand made benches he put in the ground with concrete are at almost (or maybe every?) hole. There is a dumpster on the premises as well.

The fairways are well mowed, and each hole has its own challenge. Over hills, under trees, through small windows, and always, always with cactus patches in strategic places.

The terrain is mostly level, with very large oaks throughout. He has trimmed a lot of branches, but built the course without taking a single tree. Cedars and oaks will dictate your shots, so don't be deceived by the 'short' distances of the holes. You need to be very proficient with your shot selection and execution or you'll be in trouble. Just like the big A tier and B tier courses, here if you throw well you're rewarded, and if you throw a mistake you'll pay dearly.

I'm not sure if #5 or #8 is the signature hole here. #5 starts out wide open and ends in a cedar lined alcove with cactus patches guarding the approach. #8 is the only very long hole on the course, and the view is nice and the fairway challenging.
Cons: The rough is ROUGH. It's actually so thick it keeps discs from getting into in most places, unless you're so dumb you throw thumber after thumber like I did. This is not really a con though, as the fairways are fair and tough.
Other Thoughts: The map is useful, but it's really easy to walk from hole to hole. From 6 to 7 is a 'long' walk, but it's a very clear path.

Jud was out there with his wife playing with a group ahead of us, and stopped to talk to us and make sure we could find the baskets and were enjoying ourselves. The planned developments he has are very exciting.

I cannot say enough how nice a guy Jud is, and the touches he's put into this course that are so personal and so nice. The rewelding of the baskets, the layout of the course, the water spigot he installed by the volleyball court, the hand made tile tee signs, the benches, the mowing, the rock walls and paths, and most of all just how nice he is make this a must play course. He told me he used to kayak a lot in Shoal Creek, and while hand mapping it used to come home with dozens of discs before he even started playing. He estimates he's returned over 1000 discs over the years, and I believe him. He spent 20 minutes helping us find my errant #2 shot on hole 8, and then offered to play through 9 with us, along with his wife. Just a super nice guy and very passionate about this course.

This course is already scenic, a good challenge, and one of the best 9 holers I've seen. It will soon be a jewel filled with short, technical holes and artistic touches built by a guy who's been playing disc golf since 1993.

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