7 Helpful / 1 Not
Somewhat boring, but still good
Pros: There's a good variety of distances for the holes, ranging from 210 to about 450 if I remember correctly. Park is fairly open and well-maintained; some nice scenery in the summer. Water does present a challenge on a few holes. On hole #9, the disc will most likely stay over water the whole time until landing on the shore (hopefully!) next to the basket, as there is water all to the right. Also a good course for winter disc, due to its relatively easy to navigate terrain.
Cons: The course is somewhat plain, and gets tiring after several times. I find myself using the same driver for many of the holes. There are only a couple holes through some woods--otherwise, all open field shots. Holes 10-13 are all almost the same thing, and that same area has a tendency to flood quite a bit when it rains. There are also HUGE flocks of geese walking around from time to time--if you're worried about hitting geese and whatnot. Also, the tee-pads are just kind of dirt/mud skids in the ground/grass. I have to avoid a few of them for fear of twisting my ankle!
Other Thoughts: The course is relatively accessible, and has become a "boring but beautiful" standard for me. Still, I sometimes find myself trying to avoid this course due to its relatively uninteresting nature.
And the wind can wreak havoc on your drives.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The park is a very long flat with very few trees. It has a small pond on the north side of it. There is no parking lot so you have to park on the street.
It is long and plays over 6000 feet. You get an opportunity to rip some drives. There are 11 holes over 300 feet with 9 of them being 340 feet or longer.
Baskets are newer Innova Discatchers.
The course is entirely mowed so looking for discs is not a problem. The only place to lose a disc is in the pond.
Navigation is fairly easy.
Several holes play near the water add challenge.
Cons: Tee pads are natural grass/dirt/mud.
There are very few onbstacles that add challenge on this course.
It's just repetitive shot after shot.
If you are looking to go for a long walk and throw some discs this might be course for you.It's great for bringing a dog out to disc with you. I found it to be very boring though.
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8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Into the Great Wide Open
Pros: Great place to practice distance driving because there are a bunch of long wide-open holes.
About 5-6 unique holes with a couple tee shots that shoot way down or uphill.
A couple tees over water, but pretty safe.
A couple shots through or into the woods (holes 15-16). Those baskets had been missing but new baskets have been installed as of 10/12/09.
A nice park with some areas of mature trees.
Hole #5 is fun! You tee off on top of a large (for the area) hill and you are shooting into a wooded alcove. If you park one on this hole you will be very satisfied.
Cons: Tee pads are natural and some are rutted.
A little over half the course has very small trees as only obstacles (great in 15 yrs!).
Other Thoughts: Great for working on distance.
Bad course for working on accuracy.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Mix of decent and boring
Pros: A few interesting holes over and around water. Hole 8 plays across water with willy trees waiting on the other side to smack your disc to the ground.
There are a few holes that make decent use spare trees avaiable. Hole 3 shoots out of a small gap in the trees with the basket located a good ways to the left.
The course has some decent elevation change for the area. Nothing drastic, but some holes slope up or downhill.
The good signage makes it easy to navigate.
Cons: A few of the grass/dirt tees are very rutted and almost unusable. The grass is clearly thinning where people have used the area next to them to tee.
Two of the baskets that were in the trees (hole 15 and 16) appeared to have been stolen last time I was there which is very sad as they were some of the better holes.
The back 9 tends to be very boring as quite a few holes just goes back and forth across the open park with only saplings as obstacles.
Other Thoughts: Not worth going out of your way to play, but if you are in the area it is decent.
There are a lot of geese and their droppings around the pond area. Bring a towel.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Very easy to navigate.
Won't lose very many discs on this course.
Not crowded when I played.
Cons: Crappy grass tees.
Some signs are damaged.
Other Thoughts: This course has some potential. It is definitely lacking some challenge on the back side. If tees were added, I would give it a 3.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Becomes Tedious Quickly
Pros: A pretty large area. Minus the 3 water holes, it's pretty hard to lose a disc.
Cons: Poor course design. Some trees need about 20 more years before they become obstacles.
Other Thoughts: After playing the course 10+ times, I'm now to the point where I pick and choose which holes I want to play. The course just seems too open. Some holes are challenging, but not in a way that makes it exciting to play. However, the holes that I do play are fun enough to keep me coming back to at least play a collective 9 holes.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tees are marked with direction and distance. A fair variety of shots, distance and challenge. Large park with plenty of opportunity to rip out some long shots.
Cons: Tee boxes are rutted and get muddy after rain. A few holes get pretty soggy with fair amount of rain. Can sometimes get crowded with park goers. Local high schools uses the park for cross country meets. First half of the back nine are too bland until the trees planted there mature.
Other Thoughts: All around this course give you a little taste of everything (this is subjective). Pond in play on three holes can easily take your disc. The course map/score card pdf in the files section has hole #16 marked incorrectly (aerial map is correct). Favorite holes are #3, #9 and #16. I'm more than happy this park is so close to where I live.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Will get better over time
Pros: Good mix of long holes and short. Maintenance is excellent, almost always mowed up and nice. Signs marking tee and footage for each hole. A few elevation changes add some interest to an otherwise flat back 9.
Cons: Back half of the course is flat and open. Several holes are back and forth play with no challenge or obstacle other than distance. If it rains, several of the holes can become wet to the point of unplayable.
Other Thoughts: This course is already a good course that will only become better as the numerous trees that have been planted start to grow and mature. Well worth the trip to play.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 11 Not
C = As average as the come
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward -- C-
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities -- C-
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography -- C
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion -- C+
5) Multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them -- C-
Other Thoughts: I ranked this course subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor…more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (115 18-hole, 50 9-hole as of early 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they chose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage…if what I say adds anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
2 of 13 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 1 Not
Needs some work
Pros: The holes have some distance. Not huge distance, just good old fashioned long par 3 distance that makes most of us pull a driver out of the bag. Given all the pitch and putt courses in the area, someplace where you can open up and throw a driver is a welcome change.
Cons: From the tee for # 1 you can see three baskets and it's not abundantly clear which one you should throw at. From the tee for # 2 you can see two baskets pretty close together. On hole # 7 you can see two baskets on either side of a pond, both about 500 ft away with no help on the tee sign to tell you which one you are shooting at. You just have to guess (I guessed wrong!) A lot of the tees are too close to a nearby basket for safety, and there is plenty of room to avoid these conflicts.
On a number of holes you have to backtrack back toward the last tee to get to the next tee. This can cause backups when the group behind you waits for you to get out of the way, and safety concerns when they don't.
There are a number of young trees planted on the course. In 20 years they may add some challenge if they survive. Right now the course is wide open. There is some slight elevation that the course uses, but some of the holes are flat as a pancake. Flat and wide open does not make for great golf.
The tees are dirt and a rutted out. The tee signs are vandalized and hard to read. Even if they were not vandalized, they just list the hole, par and distance...no picture to help you figure out which of the two or three baskets you are looking at you should throw to.
Other Thoughts: There is no parking lot for this park. I don't consider this a con, but it should be mentioned in the course directions. I wasted a lot of time driving around looking for a parking lot.
Between the geese and the neighborhood dogs, I have never before experienced so much fecal material in one place before. Nobody can really do anything about that, so I can't call it a con. That doesn't keep it from being gross. You should bring an extra towel.
One day when the trees mature, this might be a pretty good course. However, mature trees won't fix the bad signage, bad tees, and poor flow of this course. For it to be anything more than an OK course, this course will need a redesign to eliminate the switchbacks and put some space between the tees and the baskets.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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