9 Helpful / 2 Not
C = My rating messed up the 2.42 average!
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 18 hole courses (over 180 played):
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == B-
(Between narrow fairways in the woods and disc-eating water lurking on some looong holes there is plenty of risk…especially the water for RHBH players. This course does not have much of the route-choosing type of risk/reward, but rather the "should I go big for the glory?" type.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I'm a Blue level player (950ish skill) who throws 300' accurately, 360' max. == B
(Only 5 holes are out of my range rendering them as boring (but this course felt quite long to me), and about 10-11 are right in the wheelhouse of what is rewarding.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == C
(This course is very flat, but you can tell the designer(s) was very intentional about mixing it up. No extreme shot shaping is required, but you do need to work your disc right and left both early and late.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B
(The beauty is nothing too special, but it is very unique for a disc golf course: I have played nowhere else that you play into the woods, across a corn field through a prairie and around a pond. The beauty will not put a smile on your face, but this unique experience will….as it did to me! Seclusion from the hustle-bustle is outstanding, but you cannot forget you are around civilization with the cornfields and man-made ponds (vegetable holding ponds is what TallPaul told me - interesting).)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == 2 bonus points for this
(Hole 11 is almost 600' along a narrow and straight grassy "road" with dense woods falling off on the right side and a reedy pond on the left. The width of where you want to land cannot be more than 12-15' wide, so hucking a 330-360' drive to set yourself up for an easier approach to the basket is highly risky! The reason you want a good approach is that the basket sits on the bank of the square shaped pond just around the corner. Simple concept….but marvelous in its nasty intentions!)
Other Thoughts: This is the course I always wanted to see that I was not sure if I ever would! I always thought some rural folks would put in a course in the middle of no-where (but in a public setting) just for themselves to unwind at. When I visualize a group of farm hands lugging a case or two around after a hard day's work, sitting on the banks of the ponds and just having a ball, it puts a smile on my face. But, for whatever reason, even though the individual grades add up to B or B-, I had to insert this course amid those with a C grade on my list. Somehow this course just does not "hold together" for me…..but it still makes me smile!
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Not a bad course for a small town!
Pros: 1) Nice variety of shot selection. There are some tight although slight turns in the woods, There are more wide open ripper holes. There are tighter shots with water on one side and woods on the other. There is even a shot of ultimate risk/reward for those 300' + throwers.
2) This property has just about everything. There are some wooded tunnel shots, there is some water in play on the left side of many holes. There is even a water carry if you have the guts to try and throw 300-325'.
3) Chainstar baskets in great shape with # plates on top.
4) Signs have hole #, distance, and a minimalist line diagram of the hole layout. Minimal in description of th ehole, but the line tells the general direction of the hole.
5) Mulch path through the woods is nice (although also somewhat lumpy) because it defines a true fairway. It also takes all stumps out of play for those first 4 holes.
6) Big overhead map of the property at the first hole. It is a little faded and tough to really see detail but the effort is there to give people an overview of the overall layout.
7) Blue boards buried in the ground to mark the front of the tee are helpful in knowing where you are headed. They are tough to find on some holes as the grass is overgrowing them, but it is somewhat helpful at the very least.
8) Nice challenge overall through this course. Some of the difficulty is the thought you might lose one of your drives to the left on holes #8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15. It made me turn 3 or 4 of them over too much in fear of losing a disc in the water to the left. I did throw one in the water but was able to retrieve it and make par anyways!
9) Practice basket available to the south of the first hole as well as a picnic table and a clearing where I assume the locals mut congregate for minis and such. I didn't even see the practice basket outside of those woods until after I finished my round.
Cons: 1) Relatively flat on the whole course. Elevation change isn't 100% needed but it is appreciated from me. I like how elevation can alter shot selection and this course there isn't more than 4-5' of change on any given hole.
2) Water holes #8, 9, 10, 11, 14, and 15 are fairly repetetive. Avoid the water on the left. At least a couple of the baskets are actually tucked to the opposite side of the fairway.
3) Hole #18 . . . not sure how it is intended to be played but there is an opening in the woods on s imple little hyzer line. Perhaps it is played as a mando but it wasn't visible. The reason i figure it might be a mando is that in the middle of the season the corn has to be higher than the basket. The board also lines up for a layup shot about 125' to the left to an opening in the woods. I was able to just throw right at the basket and make my 2, whether that was the intended design or not.
4) The mulch is very uneven in the woods. I would think with 8-12" of mulch in the woods they could at the very least pack them down and smooth them out. One of the tees is also tough to throw from because it is so uneven.
5) The wooded holes are very punishing if you get off the fairway. This is a positive and a negative however.
6) I wouldnt say this course is beginner friendly because of the tight fairways on 1-4 and #12, and also the fact that 6 or 7 holes have water (really) in play. There is the ultimate risk reward for a beginner who could easily toss 1 or 2 in the water especially those beginners who only throw RHBH or LHFH. The water is on the am side of the fairway!
Other Thoughts: This is not a bad course overall. It has a decent vvariety in distances, decent shot shaping is required, water comes into play on 7 holes. The holes around the water get a little repeteive but throwing the basket up in the woods on #11, the tight right turning fairway on #12 and a nice short little ace run on #13 break up the repetetiveness a bit.
I had a good time and was happy to get out to play this weekend as it wasn't 100% expected especially considering how much rain was predicted. I was able to hit 4 courses including the 3 Clintonville courses. This was by far the most balanced and funnest course of the bunch. It has potential too, because I really felt like the wooded part of the course could have a few more holes added. Perhaps alter some of those holes around the water and the 3 or 4 wide open holes and add a couple more wooded holes and I would have enjoyed the course even more. If I lived in the area this would be my course of choice out of the ones I have played.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 5 open holes. a few wooded holes to start out that are all straight tunnel shots. If you like to air out your disc, then this is a good course. 4 holes that are around 400 or bigger, one thats 588 i believe. shots around the pond are tough because of narrow fairways. Best part about here is that there doesnt seem to be a lot of frolfers in pulaski so you wont run into a lot of people.
Cons: no pads. not a lot of variety. no elevation. not very scenic (you play in a corn field for two of the holes). My biggest con is when your done playing hole 5 you walk up to a field were you see 4 pins just in the field, nothing else but the posts to tell you were to shoot and the pins you shoot at, and its a flat field, probably once used for agriculture.
Also i guess it can be fairly easy to lose a disc in the drink, but you don't throw over any water just next to water, which is another con i would say. the designer should of added at least one hole where you go over the pond, if they utilized that in the course I would probably rate this course higher.
Other Thoughts: Well is it worth it. If your like me who loves to throw almost anywhere, its worth it. There is no gimmis but a lot of easy throws. .
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great course sign at 1st hole
Starts out wooded and really opens up to wide open shots, and then a few woods again before opening up again
Well maintained open land
Unique places to play around: retention ponds and the pin for 18 in actually IN the corn field
Cons: Favors LHBH or RHFH almost exclusively
Bugs, both in the woods and around the ponds
Open land is unprotected from the wind, and discs and easily be caught and carried away (into the ponds)
Open holes are pretty straight and get a little repetative
Long walk back to parking lot after 18th hole
Other Thoughts: With all the space around, there is a true option to make it 27, or a tight 36 for tournaments. I liked how quiet it was. Maybe because there was not one there but a few people walking their dogs, and Pulaski isn't that large.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a challenging and interesting course. It has nice metal tee signs and dirt tee pads.
There are some tough but fair wooded holes to start out the round that force you to hit your line to get a birdie. Venture off the fairway and struggle to get your par. After that are a couple open holes, then about 6 holes near water and the course finishes up with some open holes.
When I played here around Thanksgiving the rough was all dead, but I can see how it could be bad on the first 4 holes in the summer.
With the exception of the 4 open holes, this course requires a lot of accuracy to score well and is quite challenging.
Hole 11 is hands down the signature hole here. It's 588ft long with a roughly 50ft wide fairway, trees on the right and water on the left. After going about 400ft you're past the lake and the pin is tucked into some woods down a tree lined fairway, excellent hole!
Cons: I don't even know where to start talking about this course. First off it has dirt tees marked by a small piece of painted wood and the tee sign is not always near the tee pad marker. The worst part is there's no set relation between them, meaning sometimes the tee pad is 20ft ahead and to the right of the sign, other times it's behind and it makes them difficult and annoying to find.
Hole 5 is a few feet away from a field and you have to throw over the corner of the field. Hole 18 is in the middle of a field. These two holes seem extremely strange to me. It was late in the year when I played here so nothing was planted, but what happens in the growing season, do you walk into a farmers field and throw? I ran into someone out walking who claimed there was corn growing in the field where 18's basket was earlier this year, although there were no signs of it when I was there.
There are 4 holes in a completely wide open field.
There are about 7 holes around two shallow, man made lakes. The lakes are on the left of every shot and most of these holes feel identical.
Not very good shot variety here. The wooded holes are straight shots except one that's a turnover. The water holes require a straight shot basically, one is a turnover. There's one anhyzer shot in the back 9.
There's along walk from hole 7 to 8 and an extremely long walk from hole 18 back to the parking lot. On the way back to my car I found the practice basket.
When I played here 11/25/11 I couldn't find about half of the tee markers so I threw from close to the sign. Also the open field on holes 6, 7, 16 and 17 was completely overgrown with grass and brush between knee and waist high.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a challenging course that I would not recommend to newer players or those without much accuracy. Losing a disc in water or cat tails is easy to do. The first four wooded holes are the highlight of the course, but the wide open holes and repetitive lake shots really hurt the rating.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Intimidating course for its location
Pros: -Good baskets
-big course sign at beginning
Cons: -Where do you tee off? Oh there it is...
Other Thoughts: It's a surprisingly intimidating course for where it is. Pulaski is a bit in the middle of nowhere, disc golf-wise, so I was surprised at the level of skill required just to keep from losing discs on the course, plus the absence of shorter tees for recreational players.
While I appreciate the signage, the actual tees could be improved over the 2x4 boards set in the ground.
Holes 1-4 are a bit tight for opening holes. Dense underbrush makes for a long search for discs.
When there is a soybean field in play, make sure you hit the fairway (#5).
Not a fan of the wide-open, flat field holes, of which there are several.
The pond holes... very difficult early in the morning when you haven't properly warmed up. Dense trees on one side and tall cattails and water on the other, with 25' of fairway to hit. Plus, the fairway is the top of a dike, sloping to either side, to make things even more difficult.
Final hole plays to the middle of a corn field.
Then there's the long walk back to the parking lot.
In summary, I appreciate some of the holes but the bulk of the course was just not very fun to play.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
decent course/tough water
Pros: Nice tee signs now in. Fairways mowed and in good shape. Lots of water requires straight drives from tee. First four holes tight wooded fairways; again, requiring precise drives from tee.
Wild life on course; have seen geese and turkeys wandering fairways. Bear sighted very near course in recent years.
Cons: Course is rather plain. I've been there four times now and always come away feeling like, "This is a tough course to score on and if I've kept plastic out of the ponds, I feel good about that. But, there is nothing special to remember other than that."
Other Thoughts: Park's department had the course looking good; which was not always the case in the past. This will be a good tournement course, especially if a few "gold" tees are added; which there is room for. Intermediate players may be frustrated here due to losing plastic. I would suggest always bringing a couple of discs that you don't mind losing to throw on a few of the water holes. Most trips here are going to involve losing plastic if you're not throwing perfectly.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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