10 Helpful / 1 Not
Buckhorn: A Course for Greenhorns
Pros: -Nearly impossible to lose a disc. No water hazards (a rarity in area courses) and just a few fences you might throw over. Luckily, you can walk easily around the fences to retrieve your disc.
-Good beginner course to learn the game without getting too frustrated with lost discs or thick woods.
-Good "pitch and putt" course for the more experienced players.
Cons: -Course shares a park with a playground, basketball court, volleyball court, and walking path, all of which are in play on various holes. On crowded days, several shots might be dangerous to other park goers. Unfortunately, the park is too small to fix this problem with a redesign.
-A few of the fairways cross each other. Again, busy days may cause problems.
-A couple holes have nothing going on. Just wide open shots with absolutely no obstacle or hazard. I'm all for having beginner courses, but I've always felt that every hole should have at least one obstacle, taking out one side of the fairway or the other, or punishing long shots, etc.
Other Thoughts: Buckhorn is a small, flat, city park with a kids playground, basketball court, volleyball court, small soccer field, and walking path, in addition to the 9-hole disc golf course. The couple of times I've been there, the grass has been freshly cut, and I just played a round shortly after heavy rain and had no problems with flooding or soggy areas.
The holes are all really short and won't give any trouble to experienced players. The main obstacles in the park are a handful of mature trees, but unfortunately, the playground and other park equipment come into play on a few holes. This, along with the lack of imagination on a couple of other holes is the reason for the low rating.
Though the course isn't hard, it is the best course in the area to take first time players, since all the other ones nearby seem to have numerous water hazards. It can also be a fun course for advance players to have a relatively stress free round with lots of ace runs (okay, 9 ace runs), and plenty of upshot and putting practice (I always play this course with a single midrange disc).
My guess is that most seasoned players won't find a reason to play more than once, and it probably isn't worth the trip if you aren't already in the area.
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