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I'm out of catchy review titles!
Pros: The park has a large hillside and a levee for a large pond, and the course uses these elevation changes well. There is one nice uphill shot, and a couple of elevated tees. There is nice use of the pond, a creek, and paved paths to create some OB danger. On the "fun" side there are a few flat-out ace runs and a big open shot where you can let it rip. All in all the course makes good use of what the park has to offer. It makes for a nice recreational course.
Cons: The course is very new, so there is no kiosk with a map and no tee signs. The tee areas are dirt and are marked with poles that have no distance markings. There is a map available in the community center if you think to go inside and look for one.
There are no directional signs to the next hole, and the hike between #1 and #2 is very long. There needs to be a marker there. There also could stand to be a directional sign between #5 and # 6. ***UPDATE - The basket and tee for # 2 have been moved. The new # 2 tee is up against the building around the corner from the tee for # 1. This forces you to backtrack across the footbridge after playing # 1 which is a bit of a flow problem but a major improvement over the original placement of that tee. The new hole # 3 plays from the old # 2 tee to the # 3 basket, which makes the hole longer but takes away the blow-by danger that the old # 2 placement had.***
There are a couple places where there needs to be a footbridge across the creek. You either have to jump in the creek or walk a long way around to get where you need to be. ***UPDATE - Two foot bridges have been installed. ***
# 4 plays very close to a playground. It is a longish uphill shot, but a dude with a cannon could hit the playground with a hyzer shot. I'd like to see a safety dogleg to force you to the right of the line of trees between the basket and the playground.
The baskets are Discatcher Sports, which are really temp baskets. They don't have the number marked on them, don't catch great and are already rusty.
Most of these things will be addressed and/or improved as funds become available. I'm expecting to change this review several times in the next few months as these things are addressed.
Other Thoughts: The best on this course is saved for last. Hole #9 is a really fun shot where you want to be right to have a look at the basket, but the pond is to your right. If you play it safe and end up left, you get no look at the basket. The basket itself is tucked up between some pine trees, so the placement of your approach is key. It's a nice ending to a nice course.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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A good start
Pros: Every drive is interesting; a good use of the terrain and the trees. Variety of holes forces many different types of approaches. Course flows well and slowly builds up to more challenging holes.
Cons: Still needs tee pads and signage. Temporary tee markers are kind of annoying.
Other Thoughts: Maps are readily available at the Centre front desk.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Start in Rolla
Pros: A very nice short course. Good variety of uphill/downhill and a few flat land shots. Used the trees, creeks and lake on several holes...maximized the terrain. Really liked the pin placement both on 8 and 9.
Cons: Still new...no signs yet (they are supposed to be up soon)...no tee-pads (natural not a big deal, but only reds are marked right now)...some pedestrian traffic on a couple of holes (sidewalk runs through the park and comes into play a couple of times).
Other Thoughts: Most of the cons I'm assuming will be addressed with time. Overall, one of the nicer 9 hole courses I've played. I am glad I no longer have to drive an hour and a half just to play a round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Quick and Fun
Pros: The course flows nicely and makes good use of the varied terrain available. Strong finish to the course. I really enjoyed 7, 8, and 9 to finish up. Great course for any level of player.
Cons: There is very little signage right now and the baskets are temp baskets. Multiple places (1 and 7) where a bridge of some kind would be helpful over the creeks. Not a whole lot of length to the course if you like to air it out.
Other Thoughts: For the land they had to work with, I felt like it was maximized. As the course is developed and more funding becomes available, I can definitely see my rating going up. I am just thrilled to have a course to play at all.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Temporary tee markers are now placed. They are intended to mark the back side of a future tee pad. Flags point in the direction of the target (if you hold them out). Maps coming to the Centre in a few days.
Cons: Permanent tee markers and pads are still a few months away. Tee 2 is the most difficult to find if you are not familiar with the course. You must walk around the SE corner of the splash zone and find tee 2 near where the concrete paths meet.
Other Thoughts: Most targets are clearly visible from their tees. Exceptions: Target 4 is up the hill a few hundred feet and to the right about 40 feet. Target 8 is up on the dam.
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