Two Sides to Clover Dell
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: There is a cours in a small town in Missouri. The front nine has decent teepads and teesigns. Dual teepads on 1,2,4. The entire course has nice baskets with a flag on top. I like flags on top for wind help. The course in a high use park (dog park, rc track, youth soccer fields, fishing pond, cross country track) this helps expose the sport to others. Restrooms on site. Nice pavilion near hole 1. On the front 9 there a couple of good golf holes. Hole 1 from the long teepad creates a good hole. Hole 8 is a nice long straight shot. The back 9 is where the action is. Hole 10 is a 720ft par 4. In the wet season this hole is amazing. Hole 11 short but a very slippery green. Hole 12 plays along the fishing lake and beautiful scenery with a framed green by water and ob sidewalk. 13 runs parallel to shore line with a mogul green that long drives reach the second ob pond. 14 COOL 260 across the lake. 16 is a nice long par 3 that requires smart shot selection. Hole 18 is a 650ft par that forces a drive to turn away from ob road that runs length of hole. The slightly uphill approach plays tough if you dont account for it.
Cons: Holes 2-7 lots of cedars cater to an overhand game even those who dont have that will resort to it. I dont mind having a hole like this but when a string of holes like this drop course rating. Also, the greens on the front 9 are cedar packed so a greenside putt could be a leaning nightmare.
Other Thoughts: I like this course, I have heard that another nine will go in to match the back 9 for a championship 18 and practice 9. If and when they do lots of potential for this plot of land. I know they cant but the peninsula on the lake would create a sweet hole of any length.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Clover Dell is a large multi-use park with the usual ball fields and such plus stuff like walking trails, an archery range, a radio control car race track and a dog park. Clean, well maintained throughout - a place for the whole fam dambly.
The course itself is a work in progress. All 18 pins are in (DGAs with large numbered flags on top), signs and teepads are in on the front 9 and marked on the back. Benches evrey now & then, bag hooks ditto, but I didn't notice any trash cans. As this course develops and gets more popular, they'll be needed fer sher.
The signs also have numbers on the back, so no matter which way you approach - and sometimes you have to hunt - you know when you've got the right tee.
Edit: Oh yeah, there's also a practice basket with a putting circle made up of bricks, each one tagged with the distance to the pin. Starts with 5 feet (!) and goes out to 50 in 5-foot increments. Since this practice basket has plenty of room in all directions, it's also great for practicing putting in the breeze, which can kick up a bit.
Cons: The front nine plays in a maze of ten-foot-high pine trees. Most pins cannot be seen from the tee despite short hole lengths. Signage, while pretty, does not always show the correct tee-to-pin distance nor the correct layout of the hole. Maybe the signs were made and then the course redesigned?
The back nine circles the lake and is way more interesting even though it's yet to be finished. Lots of shot variety using landforms, water and vegetation to provide a good variety of play.
Hole #10, though, doesn't seem to fit with the character of the rest of the course. You play nine holes in the pines, none longer than 310 feet, and then explode into what must be a 750-foot expedition that skirts the lake, crosses a line of barrier trees, and then forces you to avoid a small pond (muddy with the drought, but probably a real disc-eater in normal weather) and then shoot to a pin on a ridge. See below for more comments on this hole.
Other Thoughts: All in all I could tell that this course has a lot of potential. The front nine needs some rethinking, imo. The holes seem repetitive and don't present anything new, one to the next, that you haven't seen before. Don't know how feasible this would be but it would be nice to just do away with three or four of these, open up some lanes to give the rest some character, and then take #10 and split it into two or three holes to make up eighteen again.
Edit: Since I'm gonna be a local here how, I'll be playing this course regularly and will update my review as progress is made.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Extremely short, but scratches the itch.
Pros: First, thanks to the Sedalia Parks and Rec for putting up a disc golf course. It's a forward-thinking move in a town with a history of doing otherwise at times. In a town with people who are largely unaware of the sport, this little 9-hole course is a great way to introduce people to the game and develop skills. Clover Dell has the best signage I've seen, (I play mostly in Kansas City). I love the way each sign points you to the next hole from the previous basket. Nice concrete tees.
Cons: Course is extremely short. You can reach most tees with your mid-range discs. Pine trees are so tightly packed that on some holes it is hard to find a line to throw.
Other Thoughts: I would consider myself a beginning-to-intermediate player and easily shot par, something I rarely do. This can be a good thing for beginners, or potentially boring for advanced players.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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