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Old baskets, great layout

5+    10/8/2013   10/9/2013
Review By: euclidbr549
Played: 5  Reviewed: 4
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wonderful (varying) layout with a mix of tight wooded lines, open shots, short and long shots, and noticeable elevation changes wherever the terrain allows. Challenging OB on some holes, plenty of risk-reward opportunities for birdies.
Cons: Ancient baskets, interstate highway noise. Lack of anything except par-3's.
Other Thoughts: I love this course! If it had brand new baskets and a quiet setting it would be my favorite in the state.

My favorite thing about the course is the variety. Hole 1 is a tight wooded shot with multiple pin positons. Hole 2 is a shorter shot with three lines to the pin. Hole 3 is an approach shot with two lines, but the basket is protected enough to reward accuracy with a birdie and punish bad throws with a not-quite-gimme par save. Hole 4 is an absolute bomb with a creek OB to the right, woods trouble on the left, and some beautiful trees in the fairway making you pick your landing area carefully. Hole 5 has two tee pads. The one up at the top of the hill makes you throw about 400 feet or more to have a look at birdie, with OB on both sides and an OB creek crossing your path around 330' to the front, or you can play it safe, lay it in the middle short and look at a 250' upshot. Hole 6 is a tight uphill shot with mature trees and an OB fence in play. This sort of variety continues throughout the course. Pin placement changes frequently on about a third of the holes to keep things fresh.

A golfer can navigate the entire course without ever needing a shot more exotic than an occasional forehand drive. I am RHBH and I can play the whole course without a single flick, and I have played with RHFH and LHBH players that navigate the entire course without pulling anything out of their bag of tricks. That isn't to say the course isn't challenging, or doesn't provide opportunities for multiple shot types, especially if you stray from the fairway.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 

2-4    8/13/2011   8/13/2011
Review By: cream
Played: 9  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 9.1 Years
This review was updated on 8/14/2011
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course is very challenging; mix of open and wooded holes; mix of fade and draw drives; long.
Cons: you can throw your disc over a fence on a few holes; baskets are hard to see sometimes and it's easy to throw at the wrong basket on a couple of holes; hard to navigate.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Much better than the Red Course...

2-4    5/18/2011   5/19/2011
Review By: rflahive
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 15.1 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: great distance shots mixed with obstacles, OB, and vegetation--I prefer longer (more difficult) courses, and this fits the bill. Ditch the Red Course, Man-Up and throw the Blue...
Cons: way finding from 14 basket to 15 tee could be improved--as could 12 basket to 13 tee...otherwise...NONE!
Other Thoughts: check on the OB rules with whomever you play with...the rules vary and are not well explained...

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Work it, Work it, Own That Flight Path

2-4    5/10/2011   5/9/2011
Review By: Donovan
Played: 209  Reviewed: 184  Exp: 27.3 Years
This review was updated on 5/10/2011
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a combination open and wooded holes. It has a decent variety of long and short holes as well. There is a creek running through a part of it, but it also has a road and some OB to be dealt with. The wooded holes are either alley shots or the sparse, tall trunk style, which make you really know your flight paths to navigate the longer throws. The open holes are long enough to let you air a few drives out. They have concrete tee pads and the baskets are in fair condition. They do post a few arrows on some of the trees to help direct you to the next hole. Restrooms, water, and trashcans were available in a couple places on this course. Parking was easy and you can get maps at the park's welcome center. Plus, two courses on the same property is always a welcomed sight.
Cons: Navigation is poor. You really need a map and even then the little short posts that may or may not have the hole number on it will be needed to be checked for sure. There is no footage or map type signage here. You may have to walk ahead on each hole just a little to check and make sure you know which basket to throw at, if you don't have a guide.
Other Thoughts: The Fun Factor was pretty good here. The trees, well-designed fairways, and the use of the road and creek kept you under control. Some of these prevented you from just throwing for distance. Like the other course on this property, I wish it had easier navigation, but it was still fun just the same. I certainly would play this course again.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Blue Course

5+    2/26/2011   3/19/2011
Review By: LookIhitAtREE
Played: 39  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 3.9 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very fun course with some nice open drives along with some long tree-filled drives. Some fencing and water to keep you on your toes and lots of trees on the back 9-15 across the street.
Cons: Very easy to chucnk your disc over the fence toward the interstate on a few of the holes. Interstate is quite loud at times. Very confusing if you are first-timer without a guide, you must print the map if you want to not get frustrated. Lots and lots of grounded leaves to dissapear into. Both of these courses can be crowded on nice days.
Other Thoughts: A must play in the area. A great foil to the short, uber technical red course.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Awesome Discin'

5+    10/6/2010   10/7/2010
Review By: Hjmitchell
Played: 4  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 5.4 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This is a great course, easy to learn on but also challenging for the experienced. I play this course more than any other and learn something new every time I play it. Highly recommended.

Cons: They recently moved the fence on Hole 5 out farther, so it's now easier to lose your disc to the thick brush.


0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 blue blues

5+    9/13/2010   9/13/2010
Review By: dirty8224
Played: 13  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 5 Years
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: My home course. Great course. Nice mix of long and short holes. Prolly only about 5 or 6 birdie opportunities if you don't throw it 350ft or further. Plenty of picnic tables and or benches at the tee boxes. Water available at the various bathrooms and pavilions located around the course.
Cons: Long. Big arms needed.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 ebonsdad

5+    8/18/2010   9/7/2010
Review By: ebonsdad
Played: 7  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 21.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great variety of holes: wooded vs. open, a few short vs. quite a few fairly long (400+), wide boundaries vs. tight w/ OB on either side.
Cons: weaves in/out of pavilions or other activities, quite a few holes use the street as OB, OB over fence by interstate difficult to retrieve discs.
Other Thoughts: well maintained, tee boxes are nice, not as hilly as red. Most boxes have benches or tables. Both courses can get busy on weekends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  Blue Course

5+    6/5/2010   6/17/2010
Review By: JCPaige
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Local Pro's use this course over the red, for it's degree of difficulty. There's long holes and short. Some nice birdie chances. It's a change of pace from the red course.
Cons: Some holes can be a hassle with the volume of people using other parts of the parks i.e. basketball, pavillions, etc. Some hole can punish you if you make a mistake, mostly holes 5 and 7. If you are new and have a problem with your throws going left, you should be careful as discs are easily lost in some of the brush on the other side of fence.
Other Thoughts: Overall a good course and can be a nice alternative when traffic on the red course is heavy!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Great Course

5+    11/7/2009   11/13/2009
Review By: jongoff09
Played: 32  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 5.1 Years
This review was updated on 5/10/2012
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great mix of holes, some long, some not so long; some right to left, some left to right; and some wooded, some open. Every hole has a concrete teepad. A great course and there is another course that uses the same parking area. A few small creeks are well used to add to your thoughts about where you need to throw your disc.

I think longer throwers will appreciate this course more than anyone. If you can throw 380'-400', every hole is deucable. Sure, you will have to sink a 50+' putt on #4 though if that is your absolute max, but that is not impossible. Because of this and the shot shapes and lines that are required, this course takes your best to score well, but really low scores can be seen.

Risk vs Reward is high on this course. OB fences, creeks, and pavement can make you think twice about where you want to run at that chance for 2. Also, several of the tight wooded holes have more than one path to the basket so you have to make a choice before your throw and stick with it. Make sure you are mentally prepared.

There are water faucets behind the pavilion near hole 1 of the Red course and near the pavilion after hole 10. There are bathrooms near hole 15.
Cons: -Lacking good tee signs. These would be needed to let people know about the OB, island holes (3 and short 8), and distance to each basket position. They could also be used to aid in navigation. Right now, they only show the best path to each basket, and one distance.

-Difficult to navigate. Remember to cross the road after holes 8 and 15. I had to have someone that knew the course well to show me where to go the first 3-4 times I played it.

-Some of the baskets are beat a bit, but most catch really well. The first basket has a place where a disc can go through it if it hits at just the right angle, I have never seen this happen during a round though.

-When wet, the older teepads (the straight rectangle ones that are small in width) are extremely slippery. The newer ones are usually fine in any condition.

-There were Christmas lights all over the 16th and 17th holes and it is early November. On 16, there are reigndeer lights right in front of the tee box and in line with the fairway. I did manage to get over them and make a good throw, but it took a bit of effort. On 17, the tee is elevated a bit and the lights are all over the fairway. I took a natural throw and didn't have a problem with the lights, but if you can't throw 250 feet with some height, you won't get past them. I aimed right over the "E" in the giant "NOEL" lights and let my disc go over it and the creek behind it and fade to the basket.

Any other time of year, there is no problem.
*Update* Winter 2010/11, the baskets were pulled on the holes where the Christmas lights came into play because of people breaking or stealing the lights and equipment. The rest of the course was also technically closed during that time.
Other Thoughts: -This would be a 4.5 or 5 rating to me if navigation was easier, the baskets were replaced, and it wasn't all par 3. I feel that the course could be so much better with some true multi-shot holes, but with the area that it was put in, it is probably the best that it could be. It is definitely worth playing if you are anywhere near the Little Rock area.

-There is a hole in the fence to the left of the 5th tee so you can go get your disc if you throw it over, but there is plenty of room to the right of the fairway so there shouldn't be a problem with throwing over the fence. There is also a hole in the fence past the tee on the 7th hole if you throw over.

-The creeks are about 2-5 feet wide when they are full and are not deep enough to eat your plastic for good. You can retrieve your disc from just about anywhere without getting your feet wet. The creek to the right of 4 is used as OB in or across it. On 5 it is used as OB if thrown into it. The long creek on 5 is casual as is the water on 8. On 16 and 17, the creek to the right (the same creek as on 4) is OB if you are in it or across it. On 18, the creek and everything to the left is OB, you have to throw over the creek on your tee shot.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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