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Unexpected Surprise, in many ways
Pros: Concrete pads, installed this year, are all level, decent sized, and facing the right direction. The baskets are in good shape. In general this course seems to be very lightly used, maybe because nobody knows about it (that just changed).
When I heard there was a course at the high school, from relatives (non-DGers) who spotted baskets there, I thought, ya high school course, probably short and unimaginative. Boy was I wrong.
The first thing that struck me was how long all the holes are. With the exception of hole 2, every hole on this course is a long three, 2 drives and a putt-type of hole. Some are real stretches just to get threes on, requiring distance, luck, and some good shot placement.
This course starts in the woods, then moves into the open hillsides of the high school property. It uses the available obstacles well, including existing fences on the first two holes
The course starts off with a downhill tunnel (tennis fence on left, trees on right) that kinks left around a spring that bubbles out of the ground there. Ya, its pretty cool. The basket is protected by 2-3 saplings that will be beastly in a few more years.
Fun hole, requires some shot placement off the tee.
Hole 2 is a shot out in the open, with woods on the right, and a batting cage blocking the nice open annie line. Forces you to choose between shooting the gap or going over the top of the cage, with a downhill putting green for rollaway fun.
Hole 3 and 4 are just beastly. Both fairways play along a service road tunnel through the trees behind the football? practice field, but on both holes, the basket is stashed blind off to the side of the fairway, through trees.
On hole 3, it is to the right of the fairway, over a creek and up a tiered hillside planted with rows of mature pine trees. There is no one clear line through the pines once you cross the creek, its a tough shot.
Hole 4 is a long tunnel shot down the path, with creek to the right, before a 90 degree turn left to exit into open field where basket is. Tough hole, but the easy line is to cheat and cut left through the trees early, into the field, and hope you make it.
Holes 5 - 9 play back and forth along the hillsides, and all bring some kind of terrain into play. There are mostly crosshill, some uphill and a little downhill slope coming into play, with a shed as an obstacle thrown in for good measure.
All the holes here require a long drive or two to get close to, but fortunately they are mostly open, so you have choices about what line to play.
The holes in the woods are not extremely technical, but risk/reward can pay off, if you figure out a good line to shave off strokes on any of the holes, especially 1 - 4.
Hard to tell how much is permanent, because of all the rain we've had lately, but water was in play on many of the holes, usually in the drainage ditches that run between sports fields.
The signs (which are incidental, and not related to the course) throughout which talk about the different areas like the marshes and spring and interesting, and shed some light on scenic aspects of this course. It actually is a pretty course, in a nice setting, with a variety of terrain
This course is conveniently located, because there's really not another course in the area, and the closest ones are down back roads and out of the way and/or private, so its nice to have a "home course" when I go up north.
Cons: The first con is signage. There are no signs anywhere, not at the holes or tees, or even at the start of the course. The only numbers are on the baskets, so its up to you to figure out which tee throws to which basket. Despite that, once you find the first tee, its fairly easy to follow from there, and figure out which basket to aim at.
I'm making an assumption here, but this course must've been designed by someone with a big arm, because there is not much variety of length here. I used mainly drivers and putters on the course, which frustrated me because i feel my midrange game is my strongest suit. Because the course is not terribly technical, you are usually either ripping it for D, or sinking a putt in the wind. That, combined with the elevation changes, means it takes a long time to play for a 9 hole course, even with nobody playing.
This course starts with tree tunnels and plinko shots, and ends with 5 straight holes of max D drives and putts on a windy open area. This can make for a frustrating round, especially if you came in like me not expecting such a beastly course.
While the terrain and available obstacles are used well, some holes (3 & 4) seem like they just threw in plinko for fun. 3 has no fairway close to the basket, and the position of the teepad really restricts the line. I get that its supposed to be a tough hole, but especially the end seems like a bit too much luck and not enough skill.
Likewise for 4. This tunnel reminds me of Justin Trails, in that its long and elevated, so you have to keep your drive on the straight and narrow for the entire flight. However, the sharp curve at the end, presumably the fairway as it is the only clear line to the basket, is a little silly. Its almost harder to get out of the woods that way than to cut into the field early, which again rewards luck a bit too much.
Some of the field holes seem a little too much like, Hey, lets put the basket as far back as we can, and the next one too, and the next. Why all holes over 300?
This course rewards distance a lot more than accuracy, unless you have both, but distance is king. Considering that this is the only course around, and at a high school, it seems like the long holes could scare the students and locals from picking up the sport, so it causes me to wonder who the course was built for. Its in a sparsely populated region, at a high school, but designed for big arms? I wish I knew more about who built this course, but I
The long open holes got a little repetitive for me, and some of the lines are a little too plinko, but this is a challenging course with nice teepads, in an area with no alternatives. It has all three elements that I look for in a course: elevation, trees and water, but it doesnt really wow you, other than, dang thats a long hole.
This course is reasonable. Nonexistant signage and excessive length count against this course, and detract from the playing experience by the end of the round. However, it is NOT a bad course, and has interesting and challenging holes, and good flow.
This course's best feature is its location. Gotta love that. Go play here if you are in the area, but don't drive too far out of your way for it. I think this course will improve as it is played more and broken in a bit.
Other Thoughts: On the hillside basket 3 sits on, there looks like room for 2 more holes, both tunnel shots through the pines. This high school sits on a large piece of property, with several kinds of marshes and forest areas, so if this course became popular, expansion could be a possibility. This course would benefit from some short technical holes thrown in amongst the long ones that are here now. It would give more variety and give your arm a chance to rest. Now, this course is a little too tiring but not as fun.
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