2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: *Nice usage of OB and water hazards were a little intimidating at first)
*Good combination of long and short shots
*Nice park setting
*Liked the tee box markers and signage with the hole layout
Cons: *Can see where traffic could get heavy
*Some holes could have used arrows pointing to next tee box
*No signage in park indicating where to go to park (finally found the 1st tee after about 20 minutes)
Other Thoughts: Played City Park this afternoon and really enjoyed the round. I had tried to play it yesterday, but after walking the 1st 2 holes, it was too wet (not to mention the families set up on #1 tee box and partially down #1 fairway).
#1 hole was somewhat intimidating, especially with the wind blowing the way it was.
The next few holes proved to have no surprises, being open throws, with the occasional tree hazard. I like the 3rd hole and the elevated basket (watch your approach shot to the basket as the slightest overthrow could lead to another uphill putt if your disc happens to roll off the hill). Holes 6, 7, and 8, play in and out of the large oak trees. Holes 9 and 10 open back up. I thought for a few minutes about #11 and whether to play it or not. At just 165', it's not a long hole, but plays through a small opening in the brush, over the water, to the basket not too far from the water's edge. Wound up making the throw, and landed just about 7' from the basket. #12 plays over the water, and 13 plays parallel with the water. #14, plays through a small passage in the trees, to a blind basket, located to the left toward the baseball field. 15, 16, and 17 open up again, leading to #18, which plays parallel to the road (OB). While the course map shows it playing over the water, I don't recall seeing a basket across the water, but instead, it wasn't too far from the foot of the bridge (directly across from #11 tee box).
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
My Original Home Course
Pros: Signage. Scenery. Risk/Reward.
Cons: Non golfers get in the way sometimes. Whole course taken over sometimes for special events.
Other Thoughts: I learned to play at City Park, so I will always love it. It's a course where you can really fling it on most holes. If you can gently shape a shot, then the big oaks are beautiful obstacles. Lagoons will eat your discs, so take some of those old ones you found in the woods.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Driving on the City of New Orleans
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: In 1810, the governors of the US-wooed West Florida parrishes [that's right, Texas---once upon a time you were destined to be Alabama!] petitioned to secede from Mexico. Much as Mississippi gamblers did in those days, the budding US bluffed rube, showed hard and pretty much took what they want. Just as the Louisiana Purchase was Thomas Jefferson's gem, so this course is New Orlean's.
Its a beautiful 18, with giant oaks, palmettos, pines, Spanish moss and very little undergrowth. The drives are mostly open, and many can be approached with debonair, swashbuckling aplomb. But obstacles are grouped either as a lane near the tee, an obstruction in the fairway preventing certain shots, or one or two fort-like defenses near the basket. Mostly the obstacles are 300-400 year-old oaks, with spreading, drooping branches ready to knock your disc in the dirt. Heh heh. Hmm...
There is a continuous-loop lagoon that provides great risk, as it drops off quickly to ribcage-deep and is tepidly murky. On hole #1 it lies 20 ft. left of the basket, debauching many a RHBHer, leaving them demoralized and adrift. #3 also flirts with the lake left of the fairway, and about 30 ft. behind the basket.
A small creek backs the baskets of #s 4 and 6: discs should be easily recoverable from this, but watch out for the random surly water moccasin.
#s 11-12 throw over the water, #11 being an obscenely short ace shot with a tight window [and tragic consequences for an errant throw], and #12 being a peninsula with some fortunate backing vegetation.
#18's basket is also backed closely by the lagoon, with some ground-effect shrubbery strewn about like neglected Mardi Gras beads that might keep your disc from scooting into the drink.
Tees are natural with added, packed gravel, tee signs are absolutely gorgeous, a scattering of trash cans and benches.
Cons: There are a few "throwaway" holes: #9 is an open field hole, and # 2 is fairly tame.
#s 11 and 18 parallel the road, adding a safety/confrontational risk. # 13's basket has the road 30 ft. behind it. Fortunately, there are few pedestrian paths to interact with, but people also just seem to wander at random through the fields on occasion, especially during festival events.
The DGC seems to have been relegated to the "shaggier" section of the park. The trees look slightly beat[not by discs---these are enormous trees] and the landscaping isn't quite up to the park standard.
May-August 10 AM to 8 PM is brutal humidity/temp/bug-wise.
Other Thoughts: Take the whole family, granny too. There's a Museum of Modern Art, a library, sculpture garden, arboretum, giant kids' playground, "Storyland", a mile-long kiddie train, ballfields, and by 2013 a waterpark. You could play 3 rounds and still have to hunt down the family...
COURSE UPDATE: It appears that the dgc is to be moved to an entirely new location in the park by spring 2014. Alas, it also appears from the aerial photo that all water hazards will be eliminated.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
DG in the city
Pros: Great course in the heart of one of the best cities in the country. Very spread out with a viriety of distances, hazards and scenery. perfect for an afternoon in the park. And after a good round there is a perfect eating spot just down the street called cafe navarre. cant think of a better way to spend the afternoon with some friends
Cons: there are some very long holes and some deep water hazards. this may just be a personal problem but if there is deep water i am destined to throw a disc in it...
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Being my only course through this point in my discgolf adventure,this course seems like a very good beginners course. I think the layout works well with no jams or players in the way.I would think the course is difficult enough for all levels to have a good and fun day.
Cons: The only cons ive experienced on this course are sometimes you have "scavengers" trying to retrieve disc from the water that get in the way and just plain ruin the peacefulness of it.The other is hole 11 is always slushy...its pretty much played over a mud bog.
Other Thoughts: Like i said this is my first and only course thus far. Im very happy to be introduced to the game on this course and to have it as my home course.I plan to enjoy it for many more years!
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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