4 Helpful / 0 Not
Freedom to lie in the fairway
The early holes have some interesting lines with the trees drooping and stretching, creating tunnels and over-the-top approaches. The later holes are more open. The holes generally were in the 250-375 range, so there are some good birdie opportunities that are not gimmes.
Navigation is okay if you use the map on here; without it you'll probably have a tough time finding your way around since the tee pads are so small and not very visible.
Cons: The tees are 3x3 squares of concrete that aren't very useful unless you are throwing with no run up. I've never seen pads like this. There are no tee signs.
The biggest con is that most of the holes had people lying (living?) underneath the trees in the shade, so they were the biggest obstacles. There were only two holes where I could throw with absolutely no worry of hitting someone; on the others I had to throw hyzers to lay up well short of the hole to avoid the people.
If you came early in the day when no one is here, you could have a nice round with a couple fun shots. With people here it's just not a very carefree round.
This course is in the worst part of town (by far) of any of the Vegas courses. I don't mind courses in bad parts of town. In many places this is where the best courses are (because regular park users don't want to spend time there). Freedom Park is not unsafe, though, with the police station across the street. I did see a cop car or two coming through the parking lot.
If you're from out of town, this isn't really a course you need to hit, and there isn't much here you haven't seen elsewhere. If you live in Vegas, it's worth hitting to give a little variety and to play around some types of trees you won't find elsewhere.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Bad Flow Results from Freedom of Design
- A Few Good Holes. Most of the shots at Freedom Park are pretty decent. They used the limited number of trees to the max and designed a few good looking golf holes. Holes 1 and 3 were the highlight. On most of the holes you had options off the tee that required you to make a decision... so in that respect it was a decent course.
- Flow. Two times you have to play a Hole and then backtrack all the way back up the fairway you just played to find the next Holes tee-pad that plays in the opposite direction.
- Navigation. Way-finding was a little bit rough in a few spots. Because the tee-pads are small (3'x3'), and there were no tee-signs, and the tees aren't always within a reasonable distance or direction from the pins, the tees were sometimes hard to find. Definitely print the map in the links section and bring it with you (I forgot mine).
- Overall. Freedom is decent enough, but has some major flaws - bad flow, lack of navigational aids, lack of tee-signs, 3x3 tee-pads - that keep it from being pretty cool. Also, the course is in "what Las Vegas would call" a bad neighborhood, although there is a police station across the street.
- My Score: -2
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Freedom is a gamble
Pros: * Park / Course clean and well maintained by the City of Las Vegas.
* Flat, sparsely wooded terrain works great to practice a variety of shots.
* Good Parking / Restroom
* Not far from the Vegas Strip
* Many park amenities - Skate park, playground equipment, ball fields, basketball courts & more.
Cons: * Busy park. You will have to deal with many other park users.
* Design is fair at best. Flow is erratic and doesn't make much sense at times. Some holes don't have much of a flight path. A couple tees have trees not far in front of tee.
* No signage
* Tee pads - 4 ft X 4 ft concrete makes for a difficult run up. Some are tough to find due to so many concrete slabs on property for drains and water valves.
* Baskets are Mach I & II. Some are a bit beat up or missing chains.
* More advanced/pro players will not find this course a challenge.
Other Thoughts: This is a quaint little park packed with amenities. So there are usually a good amount of other folks using the park. We played early on a Tuesday afternoon and still had to play around other park users. It was pretty easy to get to and find just a small distance off Rt. 95. I'm sure once you know the layout finding tee pads is easy. But for our 1st time, we spent a good amount of time looking for the next tee. The pads are small and are about the size of other concrete ground level structures like drains and water valve areas. No signs to help locate tees or to give any hole information. The design lacks a natural flow and I found it was my biggest frustration with the course. This website lists 5 designers for this little course. In this instance it might be a case of too many cooks spoil the soup. There were a couple holes of good length but they are mostly field type holes with not much to challenge the player. If you are new to the game, this course would be a fair place to get started. If you're an experience player, you might play this course to boost your course resume. One of the best things about Freedom Park is that it is better than not having a course at all.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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