Play While You Can
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Located in an enormous city park, the course is for the most part sectioned off from other activities. A lot of parking space, water fountain, and porta-potties are available and the course conveniently loops to start and end near the parking lot. There is a great disc golf scene here with an active club and a man (Joe) who is often here selling discs with a huge variety of companies, molds, and plastics.
I really enjoyed the tee signs which give the actual picture of the hole and the clear route to the basket. The yellow Mach 5 baskets with hole numbers at the top of them are easy to spot and in good shape. The tee and pin positions are alternated from time to time, adding variety to the course.
Despite the course's serious lack of elevation and trees, the designer did a nice job incorporating O.B. using the walking paths and the water that is present on about one-third of the holes. The water holes are very well designed in that they offer great risk/reward type shots if shooting for birdie, but allow the player the choice to play it safe. This is the first course that I have played with multiple large water carries throughout the course, and while I felt it changed my shots a little and added to the excitement, it didn't impede on my enjoyment. Hole 1 - for example - can be played directly over the pond or thrown on a RHBH hyzer around it. My favorite water hole was 11 because it was the scariest in that you had the throw over the water with a pin positioned closely to its edge; however, it isn't a very difficult shot or length to make. The fact that the water got in my head at first, but wasn't a huge risk, made this hole fun.
Another aspect that I enjoyed about this course that is fairly unique to other courses I have played is the challenge of hitting drives under low ceilings. Holes 1, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, and 17 offered challenges in this regard, so it is present throughout the course without seeming redundant.
The course offers a good mix of hyzers, annys, and straight shots. The most enjoyable holes to me were the ones with multiple lanes to the basket, such as 13, 15, 17, and 18. 15 was unique in that it required you to hit a small horizontal window between two long tree limbs, I really enjoyed that and that was a unique aspect. I think the course is well designed in that the quality of holes generally improve as you play through the round.
Cons: -Since the course will be moved in the not so distant future, some of the upkeep is not as good as what I heard it was previously. This is apparent mostly just on holes 2-4, which had some tall grass when I was there. Hole 3 was especially bad since it is a straight shot in an open field. Still, not worth taking points away because of this since most of the course was very well-mowed.
-There were hardly challenges or opportunities to choose different routes off the tee, since most holes only had one or two trees to contend with. This was the biggest detractor of the course to me. Even the holes that were more challenging were so because of the initial drive. The positioning of your upshots, however, rarely had any obstacles involved and were generally open shots. A few holes were completely open to the basket and either required a simple, wide open hyzer and anny to get to the pin.
-While the course is mostly set away from the other park activities, it does play close to the road and walking path sometimes, and hole 13 could get crowded from fans watching a baseball game.
-The designers did a great job making the course challenging given the land area that they used, but a course can only be so fun with minimal trees, zero elevation change, and a small variety of distances. Only hole 18 really gives you an opportunity to make two consecutive long shots.
Other Thoughts: City Park is a course worth checking out if you are in New Orleans and is a relatively quick play. The old trees and water carries make for a picturesque round, though I'll be curious to see what the new course has to offer!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Open course in public park
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Open fairways and beautiful trees make it a nice walk.
Cons: Park events can create parking lots in the middle of fairways. Not much interest and many holes are. Repetitive typical grassy park holes dotted with the occasional tree.
Other Thoughts: Better things to do in New Orleans
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
fun, not tough
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Great surroundings, even if a bit messed up from Isaac.
Cons: Others have written most of my concerns, except for tee signs not reflecting what is there. Apparently a couple holes have been moved recently, and while the pins arent' too far away, it helps to show what is where.
Other Thoughts: hoping this doesn't get moved!
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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