Nice for a camera, not for a disc golfer
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Picturesque! Beautiful park!
Cons: Short course with no elevation changes. Poorly designed in my opinion. A lot of holes had a tree in front of the pad. This is not bad for a couple of holes working with a low ceiling, but not to the extent this course had this hole set up. There were a couple holes near the lake that were very pretty, but again could have been designed with more risk/reward. This course also needs permanent tee pads and better signs would be nice as well to show the next hole location. Such a large piece of land with the DG course crammed in to a small area.
Other Thoughts: I love New Orleans! I just hope that the local DG community asks for more land from the park to lengthen the course and redesigns the layout.
I did walk to see a concert in the park and found baskets bunched up in a small area. No idea what that was about..... a putter course with no signs?
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
My Original Home Course
1 Helpful / 5 Not
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.
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.
NOLA's Home Course
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Variety of lines: right-turning holes (5,6), left-turning (1,11,14), multiple possibilities (2,7, and 13), tunnel shots (8). This keeps drives from becoming repetitive.
Good job of creating some unique and memorable lines off the tee. Not a lot of throwaway holes out here.
Water hazards add an extra layer of difficulty, and are utilized extremely well (with the exception of 18 in its long-pin form, which IMHO is a bit much as a par 3).
Design is about as good as it could be given the location.
Layout is relatively easy to follow, and both bathrooms (portapotties) and parking are close by. Course is about as isolated as can be, meaning conflicts with non-disc golfers are minimized.
Cons: The consistency of distance (220'-320', with most between 250' and 290') becomes repetitive. It'd be great to have at least one or two longer holes, and as others have said, these could be possible. Even one or two more longer holes would be a nice change of pace.
The general lack of challenging upshots limits the experience: a disproportional amount of significance is placed on how you drive. Even a crappy drive often gets you clear of the obstacle(s) which define a hole, leaving you a relatively direct and uncontested approach to the basket. Great for beginners, but limits the replay value and challenge.
Dirt tees become swampish regularly, given NOLA's wet climate. This can lead to some awkward drives from improvised positions.
As somebody else stated, the fire ants really are a concern, in the summer months, at least. I've had some nasty bites, and witnessed others deal with them regularly enough to give me pause.
Not sure if it's actually a con, but the openness of the course coupled with the weather means the wind can be especially unforgiving.
The road comes into play in a few shots in a negative way.
Other Thoughts: The local community, which is represented almost daily in one fashion or another, is fantastic and welcoming. Good people.
There's a football field nearby which allows you to accurately tabulate your throwing distances, which is nice for a number-cruncher/stat-keeper like myself.
Be prepared to throw discs you wouldn't mind losing if you don't plan on skipping any holes; I've lost a bunch myself, and gotten my feet wet going in after discs more than a few times. 11 isn't as bad as it looks, 12 is probably worse than it seems, especially if you shoot for birdie.
I'd put the difficulty on the easier side of the scale, although there are enough challenging shots (8, 13) to keep it interesting for everyone.
8 of 8 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.
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 ace shot with a tight window or a strong hyzer, #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, # 2 fairly tame, and #11 obscenely short, but with tragic consequences for an errant throw.
#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.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I really like this course, it offered a great challenge of a beautiful bit of the park.Lots of great water shot, good technical bends lots of low canopies. And tons of shade i was very impressed. Great signage no problem navigating the course with the exception of the 12 its a bit tricky if you didn't look at a map before hand. We also fond a mobile pro-shop on site that was nice.
Cons: At time the course was a bit noisy,and i would have preferred some real tees,rather than gravel but this is a minor gripe at best. The gravel is well packed so it does allow for good footing. This park is rather crowded so be careful of people. And last but not least this is not a beginners course,water hazards are deep and unforgiving so bring extra discs.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Play it while you can
Pros: Very technical course with all kinds of challenges for any level player. Water hazards, mandos, ancient giant oak trees, pro and am tees on all holes.
Hole #1 - The pro tees here are possibly the hardest ones on the course. It's either a straight shot over 300+ feet of water or you have to take a distance shot to the right and go through some very big oak trees and still have to stay out of the water with a dog leg to the left. Am tees are a heisser through some big oak trees with a dog leg to the left with the danger of a large water hazard on the inside of the leg.
Hole #2 - Pro tees are thrown from inside a very old brick building. Anheisser it out the building of water and fade it around or near a large oak then a straight shot to the basket. Am tees are a fairly straight shot 317' to the basket with water all the way to the basket on the left side of the hole and a large oak about halfway down the hole. You can either anheisser it to the left of the tree over the water or just try to rip it hard to the right of the oak and land elevated.
Hole #3 - Pro and am tees are the same shots just longer distance on the pro tees. It's a staright shot 289' (am tees) the the basket with mounds of rocks and dirt to the right of the basket and large oak trees to the left. Basket is surrounded on the right and backside by very tall vegetation.
Hole #4 - AM tee starts with a shot through a path of palms then the basket sits to the left of a large oak with very low hanging branches. Best bet here is to probably try to rip it to the right of the oak and fade it in towards the basket.
Hole #5 - A 256' shot through some heavy vegetation to the right with a low hanging branch above and a small tree to the left. Basket is elevated and sits near the back edge of the hill.
Hole #6 - A 310' shot. Basket is a good bit to the right of where the teebox faces, but trees are to the right at the box so a good anheisser here is a MUST. Basket is low and under some trees with a very large drainage ditch behind it so be careful on the approach.
Hole #7 - In my opinion this is the hardest hole . It's only 268' to the basket, but the shot off the tee box is obstructed by a very large oak tree. If you throw to the right of the tree you have to miss the tree and the low hanging branches then come back in bounds because the OB is immediately to the right of the tree all the way down to the basket. Now if you want to go to the left of the tree you will need a good anheisser. Right after you pass the tree there is a bunch of palms to the left, a gazebo area at #6 teebox and then 2 giant oaks to the left with branches touching the ground all around. Basket sits to the back right of the 2 oaks.
Hole #8 - A 270' shot to the basket. Two large oaks sit in the center with the basket behind the last tree and slightly to the right. You can either zig-zag it through the 2 oaks and lay it up or try to make it through the low lying limbs to the right of the tee box and rip it good to clear the low lying branches from the other 2 oaks. Either way the name of the game on this hole is "keep it low".
Hole #9 - A great ace opportunity here. It is a straight shot with no real obstacles and only 220' to the basket. OB is the sidewalk, but you have to really have some serious griplock to go out.
Hole #10 - A 338' foot shot with the only real obstacle being a very large oak tree about 40' in front of the tee box with fairly low lying branches. Basket sits under another large oak to the left of the trunk with low hanging branches. It is OB about 40' behind the basket so watch your drive distance.
Hole #11 - This is my favorite hole and it is a great ACE opportunity. Basket is only 164' from tee box, BUT (that is a VERY big but) the basket is surrounded by OB to the right and behind with water hazard to the left and front side. You have to tee off from the other side of the water with a bridge in front of you and too many trees to the right so it is very risky to go that route. Most will give it a hard heisser over the bridge and try to just land it in bounds and pray that you don't roll into the water as well.
Hole #12 - The signature hole on the course. A 226' shot through some low hanging branches off the tee box. The basket sits on a lagoon that is nearly surrounded by water except for to the right of the lagoon area. Another very fun hole I say.
Hole #13 - One of the harder holes on the course. A 321' shot with plenty of routes to take. Right off the tee is a large elevation with plenty of large oaks right afetr and further down as well with another large elevation in between and to the right. You can take this route if you can keep it low enough to clear the trees, but high enough to get over the elevations. There is a large body of water most of the way down on the left side. You can try to either go over the water with a really good anheisser or go the same route, but try to roll it instead. Basket is perched between two large oaks with an OB about 20' behind it so watch that approach.
Hole #14 - Another favorite of mine. A short 197' shot but there is a dense wooded area with large cargo tanks blocking any view of the basket which is behind it all and to the left. Most shoot a very hard heisser shot here to the right of the wooded area and just cross your fingers. Basket sits in the middle of plenty of oaks, but branches aren't too low.
Hole #15 - A 236' shot with 2 very large oaks trees in the way with very low hanging branches. Try to shoot it straight through and avoid the trees or try to give it a hard heisser to the right of the trees and put some power behind it. Basket lies behind the 2 oaks.
Hole #16 - A distant 365' shot that is fairly straight, but there are plenty of large oaks with low lying branches near the basket.
Hole #17 - A 255' shot that is fairly stright forward, but has some palms and large oaks off the tee box.
Hole #18 - The basket on this hole changes positions fairly often from long to short. Short shot is still about 400' from tee box. Three palms are directly in front of the tee box with a mando about 200' down on the right side. So you can either throw it to the right and try to clear the mando, throw a strong anheisser to the left or throw a roller in either direction. About halfway down you will be met with a handful of large oaks and a handful of palms as well. the basket is elevated and sits right near water behind it and the left side of this hole is an OB with a street and walkway all the way down. The long position basket sits across the water (about 70' past the short position) and is blocked by a large oak with low lying branches that sits right on the water's edge.. It is a very dangerous shot and claims many discs.
Cons: I'd say that only real cons of this course are that It is in a popular park so non-playing citizens are bound to be in the way here and there and the city workers do not do a very good job of keeping the grass cut often and for some insane reason they recently had a BBQ cook-off and they let people park and do everything on the front 11. there are many ruts and people poured out used oil, ashes, and food on the course. Park officials say they are going to fix it all up, but it makes no sense why they did all of this stuff on the course when this park is GARGANTUAN and has plenty of empty spaces elsewhere.
Other Thoughts: If you want to play this course as it is now, then I suggest you do it in the next year or so. A water park has been planned to be built over where many of the holes are and the NOTEAM that runs the course (Lafrenniere and soon to be pelican park as well) is probably going to be moving the course elsewhere.
7 of 7 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.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
City Park: The Challenges
Pros: Beautiful lagoons, the large overgrown oak trees provide for difficult tee offs and make for a challenging, but enjoyable playing experience. The holes offer an innovative approach, leaving options on tee off.
Cons: Some holes play very close to the street. Some players might find themselves sticking the disc into oncoming traffic. Also some of the tees are confusing and placed in close proximity to one another, possibly leaving room for collision.
Other Thoughts: All in all this was a very enjoyable course for a player who has just started or been playing on the intermediate level for some time. I do think that a professional would find this course a little easy though, some of the holes are very short and there are no 500+ holes.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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