Sorry, Course Didn't Wow Me!
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Camp Taloli is a camp for hearing impaired youth. The disc golf is set in an area away from the camp and seems to be pretty much disc golf exclusive. They ask for a $5 donation and there is a small red donation box at the start. A sign at the front gate entrance to the camp told that "Disc Golf Is Open."
This is a flat, heavily wooded course. There are new concrete tee pads. The signs are laminated giving the hole #, par and distance. Each hole has two basket positions but there is no way of telling which position the basket is current in. I often had to walk ahead and locate the basket. Many of the holes have deep roughs/hidden baskets and tight technical lines to the basket.
Nothing about this course really impressed me until I got to # 14 and found the basket sunken and hidden in a small gully. It was the first time today that I had thought to myself, "Now, that's a clever place or what a pretty hole." And I'm usual get impressed easily on disc golf courses.
Cons: Like cefire, I found myself thinking that many of the holes were similar, straight, tight, guard tree at the end, etc.
# 17 basket is currently in a really treacherous position with nasty water kind of hiding on the left side.
No wow factor for me.
Other Thoughts: The day I played, there was some kind of festival going on called "Brigadoon." There were probably 100 cars parked in the parking area. As I was driving through the camp part looking for the course, off in the distance, I saw two blonde people in camp barbecuing. I said to myself, "Self, they don't have no shirts on!" So I backed up for a closer inspection. Person # 1 was a big blonde guy but person # 2 was a indeed a blonde lady. Unfortunately she was a overweight 50 year old lady who looked like she had two stacks of pancakes on her chest. Bitterly Disappointed!
And as I was driving out, I asked someone, what this Brigadoon is all about??? Pirates! These folks are really into Pirates.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is in a nice setting of some large growth timber.
Cons: The tee signs need to be updated to reflect the new basket locations and distances.
Other Thoughts: The idea of "pay to play" is not new to me; however, when I am paying some amount of money to play, I expect the following items to be part of the experience:
#1 - Interesting layout and/or challenging holes, including elevation changes;
#2 - Good amenities (benches, concrete tee pads, good signage);
#3 - Fewer and/or more respectful players;
#4 - Something unique about the situation.
On a scale of 1 to 10 on each of these (10 being good), here is how this course would rate:
#1 - 4; The course is relatively flat and not too exciting; The fairways are reasonably well-defined, but keep your eye on your disc if you go off your line.
#2 - 3; The tee pads need the most work (most appear to be formed, ready for concrete, but not poured; there are a few benches (sort of); the signs need to be updated.
#3 - 9; I practically had the course to myself on a beautiful sunny day! I could play at my own pace and in peace.
#4 - 4; The landscape is quite nice with the large trees and ferns.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Perfect for Beginners
Pros: The disc golf course at Camp Taloali consists mainly of short putter and midrange holes which have been cut out of forest underbrush. The holes themselves look very finished for such a young course and the fairways are clear of brush right down to the grass. Most are straightforward and are likely designed for the beginner disc golfers and kids who utilize the camp. That said, it is a very well designed course for beginners, although the thickness of the rough in some places could make for a long first round or two.
Although not very challenging, there are quite a few fun holes and opportunities to practice basic hyzer and turnover midrange shots off the tee. Ace runs abound so get ready to hear some metal off the tee!
Navigation - It is very easy to find your way around this course because of the signage and arrows which are spray painted on the trees. In our first time through, we never lost the trail over 18 holes. From the tee, most holes are straightforward with one or two where sending a spotter ahead would be advised.
Cons: On a couple of the holes out here, I found myself thinking 'Didn't we already play this one?' There are many holes which are dead straight, similar length, and only vary by the location of a guard tree or something equally minimal. I threw a KC Aviar on 12 or more of the tee shots with a few drivers mixed in for the couple holes with harder left or right fades.
Other Thoughts: The staff here was very friendly, several cars driving past waved hi as we were getting ready to play our round and someone stopped by just to make sure we knew which direction to head. They were also very responsive to our email when we were inquiring whether the course was indeed open for the weekend.
Open/Closed: On the front gate, there is a sign which indicates whether the disc golf course is open for outside play or if there is a camp in session - course is not playable.
TIPS - Make sure to drop a dollar or two into the small yellow collection box on the way to the first tee. It's a small price to pay to keep courses open for fellow golfers!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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