Well Designed 9 Holer
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This compact 9 hole course plays around a city park. Typical mowed turf and trimmed up mature trees with no underbrush. Creek is in play on several holes. Water level varies widely with rainfall.
While there are no tunnel shots or tight drives, there are enough trees on some holes to require line shaping. Both hyzer and anhyzer shots come in handy.
Large concrete teepads are great. Most holes offer two tees (red and blue). Holes 3, 6, and 8 have a single tee. Excellent signs at start of course and at each tee position.
Discatcher baskets in good shape, though the basket at Hole 8 was leaning due to catching debris in a recent flood.
Hole 3 requires a shot onto a raised "island" green and Hole 4 drives across the creek to a hidden basket at the tip of a peninsula created by a bend in the creek. The Hole 6 drive requires a carry across the creek. While short, these holes are among the more interesting on the course.
A few baskets are set at the edge of the creek, so some risk/reward comes into play. If you run a putt and miss you may end up wet or at the bottom of the creek bank. On some holes it is 10' - 15' down to the creek.
Cons: Several of the holes (1, 2, 7, & 8) offer wide open drives and little challenge in the way of obstacles.
On two different occasions recent rainfall has made parts of the course difficult to play. The course crosses back and forth over a creek several times, and when water is high the crossings can be tricky. For instance, crossing from Hole 7 to 8, and then back from Hole 8 to 9 may require walking up to 2nd street which adds several hundred feet each time.
Little elevation change available at the course. Hole 6 is a downhill drive across water, but that is about it.
Other Thoughts: Large parking lot and adjacent restrooms are a plus.
While none of the holes play particularly close to the playground or picnic tables, there could be some delays or pedestrian issues on a busy weekend.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth a play, if you're in the area
Pros: The course utilizes some of the unique topography and trees in the park to provide an experience that is varied in look and challenge. The course tests distance, accuracy, and provides several strategic decision-making shots.
The signage, tee pads, and ease of navigation get high marks. The two sets of tees compliment each other well in accomodating players of a fairly wide range of skill levels and variety for the locals.
Cons: As a previous reviewer noted, some of the water crossings are a little precarious. It greatly surprised me to see two creek crossings on elevated logs in a public park. Locals told me that a friend of theirs had fallen and blew up her knee from one of the crossings.
From hole 3's basket, the walk to hole 4's tee crosses immediately next to hole 2's basket.
Hole 1 offers a left to right shot and a right to left shot. The right to left shot has a stand-up bbq grill in the middle of the shot, which is only 20 ft. away from a picnic table.
Hole 8, unfortunately had several trees die which had provided the only challenge on the hole and now it's a wide-open dinker.
The creeks are disc-eaters :(
Other Thoughts: Be a kind disc golfer: leave the course cleaner than the way you found it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Diverse 9 Holer with some distance
Pros: -concrete tees with separate red and blue tees on many holes.
-Best signage I've ever seen with a sign for both red and blue tee boxes as well as an overall map at the beginning and a sign that tells you the rules of disc golf.
-Good mix of long and short holes. 3 par 4's.
-The shorter holes offer a technical challenge like avoiding water, hitting small gaps or tight turning fairways.
-Many of the pins are in challenging locations. Some are on the sides of hills or near the creek's edge or both.
-Wood steps, rock steps, utility poles used as creek crossings.
-Some very large, beautiful oaks that make for some nice disc golf obstacles
-Trash cans, restrooms, water fountain, playground.
Cons: -The park is next to some kind of rock quarry/rock processing plant and holes 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9 play next to or near it. Pretty much ruins the ambiance of what is otherwise a really nice park.
-You have to partially walk back down the fairway to get to the next tee on 2 occasions due to the location of the creek crossings.
-A lot of the tee pads are not flush with the ground so you need to be extra careful with where you plant and where you follow through.
-Hole 6 is really just ridiculous. I'm all for a challenge, but not when that challenge has a high probability of losing my disc. You go up this hill to the tee box only to have to make this tight right turning touch shot with a low ceiling and some seriously nasty water right in front of the pin. Basically, if you hit a tree you lose your disc and the likelihood of doing that is increased by creating a low ceiling due to throwing off the hill.
Other Thoughts: I really like the fact that this 9 hole course has some par 4's where you can really rip into it. Then add in the multiple tees and technical aspects of some of the shorter holes and you've got yourself a nice little 9 holer.
The creek comes into play on a lot holes, and overall, probably a little too much. Hole 7 is nearly 600' and the entire fairway runs right next to the creek and then the pin is guarded by a couple trees that will swat your disc into the water on the approach shot, but I guess that's why it's a par 4 and there is a shorter/safer tee to throw from on this hole.
An interesting aspect about the dual tees is that the difficulty seems to be dramatically reduced from the shorter tees. This is great for this particular course because it is the first and only course in the city so most of the locals will be beginners. However, it somewhat makes the dual tees pointless for a more experienced player. When I play two rounds out here I play them both from the long tees because the short tees are not nearly as challenging and actually take away the appeal of many of the holes.
Not only is the course diverse in distance and shot type, but it is extremely well tended. The city has truly devoted some resources to make (and keep) this course looking and playing great. After the recent flood, there were city workers out here every day fixing up the park and putting in the baskets that had been washed away, making new paths across the creek and what not. They have got the course looking as good as ever and the grass is always mowed. Every time I go out there it seems that there are city workers maintaining or improving the park and/or DGC.
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