10 Helpful / 2 Not
Wanted to Love it
Pros: This course was immaculate. The signs, baskets, tee pads, and fairways were all very well maintained and in great condition. This course is on a nice piece of land a secluded away in a beautiful setting.
Hole 11 was definitely one of my favorite holes I've ever seen. The jig in the woods made for a really interesting shot. It would have to be seen to be believed.
Cons: Lack of variety. Probably about 50% of the holes are right hand dog legs into the hole tucked back into a little break of the trees. It gets pretty boring after awhile and they just keep getting longer and longer making it more and more frustrating.
Awkward difficulty is the only way I can really think to explain what I want to say about this. I've played long courses, and I've played technical courses. This course tries to do both and honestly is just a bit to difficult for my taste. Maybe if I lived in the area and played it more often I would get used to it. Hole 1, 7, 10 and 18 are all short and straight forward then you get to a hole like 13 where is is 591 foot dog leg right and you don't see the basket until at least your second shot.
Admittedly I have been away from very wooded courses for awhile so I was a bit off my game on that end. But other courses I've played if you hit the brush you didn't pay with your blood. The thorns out there were awful. Wear shoes and long pants if you're playing here. I've seen some of the biggest thorns I've ever seen in my life out here.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to love this course, I did. It was in a great setting, well maintained and in just amazing. A lot of effort is put into the course and it shows. And maybe its just me but the uber long technical holes that were all sitting with the same over 90 degree dog leg just got old, boring, and not worth the effort.
Okay so after only one trip out there I'm hesitant to even bring this up and I did not actually talk to them but there was a large group of course rats out there and they pulled their truck up by the basket of 19 and were just sitting around drinking so after I played 18 we just left. I didn't want to deal with it, and this wasn't like they just pulled off the parking lot to get their truck there, this was going out of your way to break a few laws and wreck the park.
THIS IS A TECHNICAL COURSE, don't let the distance numbers fool you. I was warned it was hard before I traveled there but looked at the map and thought I would be just fine, well 5 holes in I knew my mistake.
Bring bright discs, I spent 20 minutes on the second hole looking for an errant drive. I wish I had bagged more bright plastic.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large park, which is pretty much an even mix of dense forest and open fields. Doesn't seem to be any other activities that go on in the DG side, soccer fields and such are far away.
- Almost every hole, from start to finish, has some difficult line or window that needs to be hit. The forest is very thick, the lanes are very tight, and the holes in the open are riddled with obstacles. Any trouble here is big trouble, and is harshly punished. Most of the fairways hazards and general rough is borderline impenetrable by any shot. Thorns and brambles are ever present, which can take away anything from a reach back to a follow through on a recovery shot. Goes without saying that there are well protected baskets.
- Almost every single line can be found here. General RHBH ones include: Sharp hyzer (#2), gentle hyzer (#21), straight (#17), gentle anny (#13), and sharp anny (#6). I also like a RHFH flex shot on #3. #11, is a bit trickier, with a S-curve that follows a LHBH anny route or similar. Shooting out of, around, and into the forest provides lots of tight windows that can be do-or-die.
- This course scoffs at the idea of tight/short and long/open hole design. Narrowing fairways on a 660' and 591' hole, shooting out of and into the forest on a 399' hole, these will test almost every aspect of your game. Distance, accuracy, shot placement, approach, and putting all come into play in big big ways, without sacrificing one for the other.
- A couple of easier holes mixed in here and there are great to give a little balance to the course. A few simple hyzers and annys, including a 238' ace run and a 213' tunnel shot, are still satisfying to play and put the pressure on to get some strokes back. Overall great variety in hole length.
- Tee signs and baskets are great, tee pads are in great shape but might seem a bit small to some people. Map in front should be enough to get around, the flow is pretty straightforward.
Cons: - Course suffers from being on nearly dead flat ground. There are a few spots here and there with elevation changes, but even then it is minor.
- Not a drop of water on the course, the only hazards here are trees, bushes, forest, woods, and grass.
- The course plays in a large field, circling the inside of the forest. This results in a ton of holes with forest on the right side, and other bad stuff on the left. While this doesn't mean every shot is a RHBH anny, a lot of it has the same feel throughout.
Other Thoughts: - This course doesn't have anything fancy; with no elevation, no water, and no insanely (unfairly) tight fairways. The lines are there, the windows are there, but they are very very particular and really test both distance and accuracy. Laying up alone can result in some high scores, due to long hole lengths or multi-shot paths to the basket. To score well, you must, must have both good aim and good distance. Many legitimate pro par 4's here, without question.
- Some holes that really stuck out were #3 (I saw my RHFH line, that's step one), #6 (558' right u-turn with a tree filled fairway), #11 (336' double dog leg), and #13 (591', early kink to the right, to get into the tunnel).
- Spotters are helpful. Beginner's nightmare, especially with an overabundance of nasty thorns. Absolute clinic in forest technique, except for pinball holes.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Really tough on newbies/singles
Pros: Very scenic with real nice paver style tee boxes. Extra holes if 18 just aren't enough. Light traffic on a Saturday afternoon. Extremely well maintained by BREC.
Cons: Some very difficult holes for newbies or singles. Lot's of spider webs and ants! No water or facilities. Layouts not to scale on tee signage.
Other Thoughts: If it's really hot and humid consider early am or bring lots of water. Toss some gloves in your bag and wear at least ankle socks because the thorny brush is brutally painful and you WILL visit some of it before your day is over.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Tightly wooded and secluded
Pros: 2 tees options, concreate tee boxes for the pro tees, very challenging - especially from the pro tees, signs at each hole showing yardage and basket location, and best of all - it's secluded and makes for a nice day out in nature.
Cons: Once you throw a disc into the bushes (and you will) there are GIANT thorns to contend with, so be careful. This is a tight course, so there aren't a ton of holes (from the orange tees that is) where you can just bomb it.
Other Thoughts: If you're in the area this course is a must play. There are 21 holes with 2 tees boxes, from the back tees it looks to be a very challenging course. I only played it from the shorter tees and it was difficult, but fun from there.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Awesome new course for SE Louisiana
Pros: Great mix of open/wooded, left/right turns, and length/ace runs. I think the flow of the course is really nice, you get frustrated by a couple of technical holes, then they give you a long, open one to bomb out your frustration. The course looks beautiful. Overall just a ton of fun to play, and definitely top 5, maybe even in the top 3 courses in the state.
Cons: The most thorny course I have played. Be very careful if your disc gets in the woods. It took me 30 minutes to get a disc that was in plain sight on Hole 10. The course is flat and low-lying so the ground can get soggy after rains, be prepared.
Other Thoughts: If you play in the summer bring water and insect repellant, the mosquito is the Louisiana state bird.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Flanacher is a brand new course north of Baton Rouge on former grass and hardwood land that is really pretty and sylvan. I am an old, average RHBH player and I really, really enjoyed the course. Its a good mix of shots with two tees on each hole except a couple where the tees are the same. 1, 7, 8, 10, 17, 18, and 20 are pretty straight. Some are woods tunnels, some are relatively open. 2 is a perfect Drone hole that is basically a wooded 45 degree angle. 3 is tight at the end of the fairway to get to an annie hole. 4, 5 and 6 are good Meteor or other understable holes on the drives.9, 12, 13, 15 16 involve some tricky tip-toeing through the trees. This course has 21 holes and 19 and 21 have tree -protected baskets. There are many annie holes because BREC had the DG'ers design a course that used the edges of the trees, etc. so BREC could have easy future expansion of the master plan. About half the holes have some form of annie on them. I just had a blast.
Lots of good parking. You do have to walk about 200 yards to the first hole. A great map is available from www.brec.org
(click on sports -disc golf). Bring your own water. Plenty of benches, and trash cans that are being used so far. Tees have good signage. AM tees are marked with horizontal, half-tiles painted orange. Orange flags show you where they are. No hills.
Cons: The new center isn't open until 3PM so rest rooms are not convenient to the course right now. You need to bring your water. The course is out in a rural setting. There is a Shell station with everything a mile south on HWY 964.
Other Thoughts: As this course matures it will really become a fine course. The pro tees seem to be very, very challenging, although I played the AMS. There has already been one big tournament there. I feel this course will be the showplace for BR, after BREC finishes remodeling Highland. Bring a variety of discs. Its worth the drive!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Wish they would fix the 90 degree turns
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is very secluded if you enjoy golfing in peace and quiet. Beautiful piece of property with much potential. Tee signs are fine---only a couple holes had incorrect distances. The long tees are much better than the short tees. If you like a challenge, the gold tees are quite tough. The long tees demand accuracy and the course will punish those who aren't sharp and skilled.
Cons: Three very poorly designed holes---3, 9, and 11.
Hole 9 pro tee features the dreaded 90 degree turn that is just dumb. You are forced to throw a midrange or putter off the tee and you are aiming for about a 15-foot wide circle about 90 feet off the box. It's more luck than skill.
Hole 3 is another dumb hole with the dreaded 90 degree turn in the fairway and a miniscule landing area off the tee if you try to lay up for a three. Or you can get really lucky and have a long putt for a two, but even a world champ will only hit the small gap maybe 10% of the time.
Hole 11 has a two-turn fairway that is even more impossible to navigate, or there is a forest to the left of the tee that is "throw and hope."
These three holes are so awful I had previously rated this course as low as 3 stars, but over time I've learned to appreciate the rest of the course enough to look past these three completely imbecile holes.
The short tees are mostly left-handed and repetitive.
Other Thoughts: The par 4s on the long tees are the best holes. The concrete paver tee boxes have held up well.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Nice new course
Pros: Real secluded piece of land. Some huge oaks make for a scenic round of golf. Navigates fairly well. Each hole has DGA tee signs and tiled concrete tees.
Cons: Lots of walking to and from car. To many blind baskets
Other Thoughts: This course will improve with age for sure. Would like to have seen some baskets (11?) tucked back into the oak limbs to make for some interesting putts
Could have been laid out better
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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