What A Perfect Course To Introduce A New Player To Disc Golf On!
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The disc golf course at Gordon Moore Park was designed and built as an Eagle Scout project by Stephen Turner in 2010. The course is clearly designed for youth and beginners in mind. The holes are short, open and not difficult.
The course sits in an nice little bowl area of this lovely park which seems to be mostly left alone by other park users. The park's terrain has a nice roll to it and some scattered trees. The course is easy to find, just park the bell tower and the rose gardens. The first tee, not so easy. There is no course sign. I eventually found the # 1 tee marking faintly painted on the far upper corner of the parking lot, up near the bell tower. The other tee markers are little metals plaques flush to the ground which give the hole #, distance (In yards) and a Par (in elementary school difficulty). These are usually within about five feet from the previous basket. The baskets are new and come in three patriotic colors, red, white and blue, three of each. Okay, that's a little strange.
The distances are short with three holes playing under 200' and just two playing over 300'. With few obstacles and no underbrush, this makes for a great little course to bring that beginner or young player to. This course shouldn't frustrate anyone.
Another bonus here is the bell tower plays a lovely song on every half an hour. It has a very melodious sound, very soothing. Makes you forget that you missed that last putt for an Eagle!
Cons: The distances are short. The difficulty level is minimal. The pars listed are for elementary age kids. The tee pads are natural and sometimes difficult to find.
Does anyone really think that this course will ever attract enough players that the design/safety flaws will become an issue? I think if you come out here and play, you'll almost always have this course to yourself.
Other Thoughts: I believe Eagle Scout, Stephen Turner, did a commendable job on this course. I've played a number of these Eagle Scout courses and this one is probably the best of them. Would it have been nice if he had sought out advice from someone in the Disc Golf community? Well yes, but instead of complaining about the course's flaws and trying to make it into something it isn't, I say embrace it for what it is. That is, a great beginner/teaching course. A course where younger, more inexperienced golfers can come and learn to play without experiencing the frustration of hunting for discs in thick underbrush or holes that are way too long and difficult for them. The course is fine the way it is. I suspect it gets a fair amount of play.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
For the Beginners
Pros: Set in Gordon Moore Park which is one of the most nicely maintained parks in the area. Course is at a part of the park that is rarely used. The grass is always very well maintained.
Cons: Natural grass tee pads are literally 5 feet behind the previous basket. Hole 4 is far too short to actually be a disc golf hole. Basket placement could be more challenging.
Other Thoughts: Much has been said about how short this course is but I have to say...there is potential here to do something on a bigger scale. There is lots of unused land, hills...I predict in the future this course is redesigned to be more challenging. For instance...
Hole 2: Basket could be moved to the left back further behind the tree for a more challenging shot, also moving it away from Hole 3 tee.
Hole 4: just put it down further in the field, off to the right. It's far too short of a shot.
Hole 6: Move it further back up the hill, at least by 40 feet.
Hole 9: Move the basket further to the right for a harder, low ceiling shot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Way too short
Pros: A very well kept park with nice brick work for the natural tees. Baskets had nice pattern, tops rotated between red, white, and blue. Holes do flow well with teeboxes for next hole within 20 ft.
Cons: This is a very short course, the longest hole is just over 300 ft., most are in the 175 to 200 ft. range. Also it has just the nine holes. There are no signs as well, making it very confusing to find the starting point.
Other Thoughts: This course plays an opposite theme to nearby Roxana. This course focus mainly elevation change than obstacles. There is plenty of room at this park to stretch out this course. Other guys there did have a way of stretching out the course, they played from one tee to the next hole. So from tee 1 to hole 2, tee 3 to hole 4 and so on. This seem to really lengthen the course and mix up the shots needed.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Beginner Course
Pros: This course was obviously designed with beginners in mind. It is in a nice open field with very few obstructions.
There is virtually no way to lose a disc with the current layout
It is in the back end of the park, so the area, including parking and the pavilion to the right of the 1st tee, are only utilized by disc golfers and those walking the wooded nature trail.
All tees are very close to the previous hole, so it makes for a quick 9 if you don't have a lot of time.
Cons: No trash cans or benches anywhere on the course to rest or discard trash.
The tee boxes are only marked by small plaques in the ground, and there is no sign directing you to the first tee (it's right by the basket for 9)
Not challenging at all for the experienced player, due to the high par scores. Dumb down each par by 1 to make it fairly challenging. It seems the pars are more related to the distances than any other factor.
Other Thoughts: Something I am doing in all of my reviews is a description of each particular hole. Here is Gordon Moore park as of 8/20/2010:
Hole 1: 75 yards, open field with one tree to the left of the basket (par 4)
Hole 2: 80 yards, across a short valley with no obstructions (par 4)
Hole 3: 77 yards, pin between two trees about 10 yards from the basket (par 4)
Hole 4: 40 yards, slightly downhill with no obstructions (par 3)
Hole 5: 110 yards, open field with 1 tree just to the left of the pin (par 5)
Hole 6: 65 yards, uphill with 2 trees to the right of the pin at the top of the hill (par 4)
Hole 7: 68 yards, 1 tree to go around directly between the tee and pin (par 4)
Hole 8: 50 yards, 1 tree halfway between tee and pin directly in the path (par 3)
Hole 9: 100 yards, par 5, straight shot with 2 trees on the left border of the path (par 5)
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