Itís a shame, really
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Pros: This high school course is the only thing going for miles around, and was very well designed and installed about five years ago. Brick paved teepads, signs showing hole distance, a bench on a couple of holes, and quality discatcher baskets show that they took some care in the infrastructure.
Hole one is a downhill, open shot just over 360 feet, suggesting the course might be just right for recreational to intermediate players. Hole two hyzers (rhbh) 320'+ around the tree line below the soccer field, then the third hole is just under 200', in the woods, and across a small ravine and bridge. Hole four comes out a gap, and then annies just under 200' tightly to the right and well downhill (with rollaways possible for tricky downhill putts!). Hole five is a long (365') valley-crosser which finishes at least 20-30' higher than the tee, with dangerous woods rough on the right. After crossing the practice field, hole 6 constitutes a 257 foot ace run with the hazard being fading down the hill to the left. The seventh is similar, but very short, at 149'. Hole 8 (413') is the memorable one, where your risk/reward decision is whether to bomb over the pond 50' below you, but requiring 350' to cross, or to play to the right, and risk those nasty trees. Hole nine comes back to the corner of the parking lot 321' along the hillside.
In all, the course offers a LOT of elevation change, tight woods, long bombs, shots that go left and right, and distances ranging from 149-413'. An admirable accomplishment for a school course with only nine holes. Well done!
Cons: Now the BAD news. I first played here late in the summer of 2012, and wanted to get back out to see if it was better maintained during the school year. The unfortunate answer is, I'm not sure anyone comes out here at all except the (appreciated) maintenance guy who mows one strip down the center of each fairway. There is no maintenance on the woods holes, and the rough will eat discs. Weeds are growing through all the baskets now, and obscuring the brick tees (which are increasingly hard to spot). If it hadn't been for the 10' path down the fairways being reasonably cut, this visit would've been excruciating.
There is no discernible path into the woods from hole 2 to 3. The tree down just in front of the #3 tee has been laying there for at least 13 months. The gap you need to hit to get out on hole 4 is now overgrown to the point you pretty much can't.
Other Thoughts: I want to give this course a nice rating because of the excellent design and original installation, and for the fact that it is the only course for miles and miles around there. It's kind of a shame that someone local hasn't gotten an after school club going to keep it played and maintained.
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Pros: The pros of this course are that it has nearly every type of challenge you can think of, all wrapped into a 9 hole highschool course. The holes that are in the woods are a blast to play, just enough of a challenge to make you think about it. A water hazard on hole 8 makes you really think about going around it instead of over it. The potential for this course to be very much worth the drive to play it is enormous, but....
Cons: While playing it about 2 weeks before school starts, if you do not hit the fairways, you and your friends are going to be on a search party. The weeds are over 5 foot tall just off of the freshly mowed fairways, and as of July 31 2010, a lot of the baskets have weeds growing through them, possibly deflecting your disc out of the basket. One hole in the woods requires you to throw about 30 feet, then it is a severe 90+ degree right dogleg, down a severe grade about 200 feet down the hill. It is the only hole that makes you really wonder what the course designer was thinking.
While having brick Tee pads, they are overgrown with weeds/grass and some very uneven, and course map is a must the first time out.
Other Thoughts: I live in the next city over from Owenton, where this course is located, and while it is on Owen county HS property, the course is designed decently enough, but without any upkeep of the course, it takes away from what it could be. I am not sure if the HS team or whoever actually keeps up with this course throughout the school year, but I would not recommend it during the summer, due to severely overgrown fairways and very high chance of losing maybe more than 1 disc. If i play this course in the fall or winter and the conditions are better, Ill be sure to update this from a 1.5 to something better, but until then, this course gets 1 and a half discs!
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didnt expect this
Pros: this course has a little bit of everything...first time ive ever played a par 2...two times...very fun and pretty hard ...at points
Cons: on the first hole especially if the fairway was opened like 4 more feet then it would change the whole course...if you lose sight of the frisbee then consider it gone
Other Thoughts: was thinking that if they put up posts with different colors on top after throwing you can be like well at least i know im by the blue marker.....great course though, just needs to be a little more open...pretty serial place..also lost 2 frisbee's one valkrie and one gazel
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A Challenging Nine at the High School
Pros: Variety. This course has elevation changes, woods, open shots, doglegs, and water hazards all packed into 9 holes.
Challenge. One hole dares you to throw it over the lake for a birdie or go to the right of the lake for par.
Risk and Reward. This course rewards good shots and severely punishes bad shots. Bad shots can end up in the water or very high rough.
Bridges. Not all the bridges on this course are complete, but will really help in the navigation of this course when completed.
Cons: Rough. Because of the thick rough and water hazard, it is easy to lose a disc on this course. I lost a driver myself. The fairways were mowed, but the rough was tall.
Only 9 Holes. If nine more holes of the same quality were added, this course would be tournament worthy.
Distance from other Courses. This course is a long drive from any other courses to just play nine holes.
Flow from #2 to #3. I had to walk back to the #2 tee and enter the woods to find the tee for #3.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by this course. When I first saw that it was on a school's property, I expected some randomly placed baskets with short fairways. Quite the contrary, the course flowed very well and required many different types of shots. Because of the challenge and the rough, novice disc golfers may not enjoy the course as much as someone with a year or two's experience. Owen County High School's disc golf course could serve as a model for future courses located at other high schools around the state. I recommend playing this course if you are in the area.
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