6 Helpful / 0 Not
Effingham is short.
Pros: This is a very nice small town park. It's located only a few minutes off the interstate and is pretty quiet. There are some nice rolling hills and large trees. A creek comes into play on several holes.There is very little rough on this course.
Elevation comes into play on quite a few holes. There are 3 really fun downhill holes.
There are 2 sets of tees that add some variety.
There was good flow to the course and it wasn't that hard to navigate.
Good beginner course.
Cons: This course is very short par 54 golf. There is a section of super flat and super short holes that are boring.
When I played it the tee pads were gravel and in bad shape. It may now have cement tee pads?
Other park activites and walkers can be an issue. Be careful!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but fun
Pros: The course plays through a large hilly park with grassy fairways and lots of large scattered trees. Many of the holes play up, down, or across the hills, and this adds a nice dimension to the course. The trees are used well to define some of the fairways, and punish poor tee shots on certain holes. There is a creek in play on a couple holes, and it makes a nice obstacle.
The course is well laid out through the park, without crossing fairways or places where holes felt like they played right on top of one another. There is a nice mix of holes where you can go right at it, and holes where a left/right curve is the best option.
The course has good flow, and is easy to follow. There is enough signage that we didn't have to spend time wandering around to find our way around. Most of the holes are short enough that the basket is easy to see off the tee, so there's rarely a question of where to throw off the tee.
Cons: The tees are awful here. They are gravel, and are rutted and uneven. Very few of them provide good footing, especially on the couple longer holes. The holes for the most part are very short, and nearly all are reachable by players of all skill levels. It seemed like there was enough room in the park to play some longer holes, so this aspect of the design was pretty disappointing.
The course shares the park with a number of other uses, and this caused some problems. Holes played over and near walking paths and playgrounds, and the people using these seemed oblivious. You'll end up waiting for fairways to clear or yelling fore a lot if it's a busy day at the park.
Other Thoughts: For a short course full of ace run holes, this course is still a fun play. There are some holes that are unique and fun, and the park is beautiful and well-maintained. It's a great place to take beginning players, as only a few holes have any kind of rough where lost discs are a possibility. More experienced players won't find the course very challenging, but the course provides lots of good approach and putting practice.
If you're passing through, this course is definitely worth playing. I wouldn't drive too far out of your way to play here, but it's a fun little course that's playable for any skill level.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course plays through a nice little city park with rolling holes and mature trees.
It makes good use of both. Lots of OB, several holes play near the creek, and a park road plays through the course. Makes it more challenging. The club guys have made some changes to some of the holes and they play much longer.
It is otherwise a good course to work on your short game.
Cons: A lot of holes under 250 feet, not a lot of variation in these hole types.
Tee pads are crushed limestone, and are almost always rutted.
HEAVILY used by nondiscers. They have no idea what you are doing so be CAREFUL my buddy nailed a woman off a skip after we yelled four! 5 times. Lots of playground equipment in play. Be careful for kids
Other Thoughts: If the club gets together with the park and makes the changes to holes 3 and 15 , I'd bump this course up half a point. 15 was probably one of the most picturesque holes I've played. 400' downhill hyzer, with a really nicely terraced hillside on the right side.
Many good changes happening here.The effingham guys have done some great work up at the course. Played it yesterday...15/18 (I think) holes have concrete. multiple tees (only 1 of each concrete) on 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15. Plus many just play longer. Highlights include a lengthened 3, 5, and of course that sweet 400' downhill hyzer on 15 with the terraced plants on the right. I'm guessing a change in total course length for long (concrete except for across the creek on 6) tees of 600'-800' (250' for 3, 200' for 15, 100' for 5, plus many just lengthened)
Looks like hole 11 (the one after the shed hole) is going to need to be changed as there is a new building where the tee used to be.
Will keep updating as changes are made...will rerate when changes are done.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course is fun. If you enjoy aceable holes then this is your course. Also you get to throw putters and midranges which is kind of nice. I am a power player, but I love this course.
Cons: Tee pads are gravel/dirt and get a little lopsided at times.
Other Thoughts: My homecourse is superlong so it is a nice break from that. If your looking for a challenge then it may not be your course. But if your looking for a fun relaxed time and some possible aces then this is your course.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
An Enjoyable Course
Pros: This course offers a good blend of features and should please almost any level of disc golfer. It is forgiving enough for developing players, but just challenging enough to keep more experienced players happy. Good elevation changes throughout the course, and a few holes which run along a creek bring a bit of water into the mix.
Cons: Some of the holes run way too close to other park amenities such as playgrounds, ball parks, and pavilions. This just seems like a horrible accident waiting to happen. A few of the holes also seem to be unnecessarily short, and could certainly be lengthened to add a bit more challenge in the open areas.
Other Thoughts: While certainly not the most challenging course around, this course is certainly worth a visit if you find yourself in the Effingham area.
Note: The marked pars for the holes seem to be WAY off. There is no possible way that some of the holes which they have marked as Par 5s actually are Par 5s. Forget what the signs say, and consider everything a par 3.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 6 Not
A Really Effing Short Course
Pros: The first time I EVER played this course I shot a 14 down on 18 holes. There are multiple tee pads on a few holes and some great elevation on some others. An old graveyard behind one of the pins is some what cool and errie at the same time. There is a good mixture of elevation and that is the aspect of this course that was the most fun and sticks with me the most.
Cons: Way to short and easy. Only two or three holes that you can't EASILY reach in one shot. The course has really wide fairways (when not completly open) and really short pin placements. There is not a lot trouble making shots when you have so much room to work with. A few holes were under 200' and completly wide open, straight out in front of the tee. Other than the elevation this course was forgetable and boring at best.
Other Thoughts: It's worth playing once if you're passing through but don't make a special trip to go check it out.
4 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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