3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course has a good mix of open and wooded holes and many of the open holes use OB or terrain to make them more difficult which I appreciate.
The wooded holes, for the most part, had clear fairways with attainable lines.
It is a shorter course that would be good for beginner players to learn how to play woods golf.
Nice tee-signs which goes for all the BG courses I played
Cons: No benches which seemed to be a Theme in BG
The rough was extremely rough to the point that the lost disc potential is very high.(maybe not as much in the winter)
Other Thoughts: This course really didn't stand out to me as having many flaws but it didn't really seem special either. It is a solid course with many ace runs and birdies to be had and would be good for a short or mid/putter round.
I would play it again if I was in the area but it is not a destination course that I would go out of my way to play.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Preston Miller is a short but fun little course that's about 2/3 wooded and 1/3 open. The course has concrete tees and tee signs. There's a practice basket and bulletin board with a course map by hole 1 and the parking lot. There are some nice elevation changes on some of the holes which add to the fun and challenge of the course. There's a great shot variety here and the course might favor LHBH players slightly over RHBH players which is great to see. The wooded holes are all pretty technical, hit your line and you should have a birdie putt, miss it and struggle for your three. The course starts and ends with open holes and has a few in the back nine also. The open holes provide a nice change of pace from the wooded holes.
Cons: The course has little variety when it comes to hole length. There's only one hole over 300 and the rest of the course is between 170ft and 260ft. This makes the wooded holes start to feel a bit repetitive but the shot variety mentioned above helps to combat this.
Navigation is an issue in a couple places, mostly when trying to find hole 13's tee which is hidden in the edge of the rough.
With the exception of hole 12, the open holes are basically wide open and bland.
The diagram on the tee signs isn't incredibly accurate or helpful on some of the holes.
A couple of the holes have too many trees in the fairway and thus rely too heavily on luck.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course isn't much of a challenge to more advanced players but that doesn't stop it from being a fun course. The abundance of short, technical shots will really help teach newer players to hit their lines and punish them until they do.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun pitch and putt course
Pros: The course has high quality tee pads, good signs similar to others in the Bowling Green area, and a nice course map you can view before starting. Also there's a nice pavilion area where you can relax before or after a round with restrooms and a water fountain available. The course has good baskets in good condition and good walking paths from one basket to the next tee pad for the holes in the woods. The wooded holes require being very accurate with your drives or look at just laying up. None of the wooded holes are long enough that if you go off the fairway, you're going to be fighting for a three. That can also be a con, depending on your point of view. The open holes add a nice mix to the open holes and can allow for some different shots to reach the basket.
Cons: The wooded holes do not provide much of a fairway and will probably deter less skilled players from playing here. Errant shots will be punished though the rough isn't thick enough to leave you searching endlessly. Wooded fairways do not allow for multiple routes to the basket. Most of the wooded holes are approximately the same length. The creek along the course can add plenty of bugs so be prepared. Also, poison ivy can be an issue so be warned.
Other Thoughts: Not much to this course in my opinion. I use this course to practice my mid range shots and really focus on putting. During nice weather this course gets moderate use but not really with any big backups. Also other areas of the park get used quite regularly which may affect some holes.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun putter course
Pros: The course plays through a heavily wooded park with some open field areas. Most of the course plays in the woods, with tight lines and heavy punishment if you miss the fairways. A few holes play into and out of the edge of the woods, and a few more are pretty open. Though short, the wooded holes challenge you to hit your line, and play pretty balanced for right or left handed players. The open holes are scattered throughout the course and are nice breaks to help keep the course from getting too repetitive.
There are nice concrete tees that are plenty large enough for the length of the holes. The signs are basic, but informative with distance and layout of the hole. There is the typical Bowling Green course map by the parking lot, which helps with a couple navigation issues on the course.
Cons: The wooded holes are all around the same length, and don't do a great job of taking advantage of the available elevation so they all end up feeling pretty similar. The first couple holes really just feel like filler, the rest of the open holes are pretty interesting but these two have no obstacles at all. There are a couple spots where navigation is a little rough if you didn't pay attention to the course map. The walking path comes into play on a couple holes, making for some potential safety issues and some waiting for a clear shot.
Other Thoughts: This is a course you can play with just a putter, and have a pretty good time doing it. There isn't enough variety or challenge to make it a must play course, but it's fun nonetheless. Beginners will find the length approachable, but the woods might be a little tight and punishing for newer players. More experienced players won't find the course all that challenging, and it can be a little repetitive, but it's a good course to work on your short game in the woods.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Preston Miller has 18 holes, all with concrete tees, good baskets, and the very nice signs typical of all the Bowling Green courses. Along with providing the basics of signs, tees, and baskets are all the standard amenities that make a course complete: a large course map at kiosk, nice restrooms and a picnic pavilion that are close to hole 1/18, ample parking, and a practice basket.
The course design offers a good mix of 2/3 technical, wooded style and about 1/3 open field. I do appreciate how the open holes are mixed in with the wooded holes providing for some variety as you play the course. (Holes #1 and #2 are open, then into the woods for several, back out for a couple more open, back to woods again for several more, and then #18 is open.)
The woods holes are relatively short by today's standards (all around 200'), but they do present well-defined but narrow fairways with a mix of straight, left, and right with a little elevation and many blind tee shots thrown in. The narrow fairways are lined with moderately thick rough to add some challenge. (In the summer keep an eye on where your disc lands, and a couple of holes may require spotters.) The open holes provide a nice contrast to the wooded holes (though most of them have very little in the way of obstacles or major length.)
Cons: The course does begin to become monotonous- even though there are both wooded and open holes, all the wooded holes seem to be the same length and all the open holes are have no obstacles. Navigation is pretty simple, but there are 2 places that could use a sign pointing to the next tee as you move in and out of the woods because the first couple of obvious paths you see take you to other holes. (Tip- After hole #12, cross the little bridge and follow the path right to find tee #13 which is hidden. Do not cross the big bridge on the walking trail.) And speaking of the walking trail, be aware of walkers/runners as the trail does come close to a few of the holes, which seems to be the case for many of the BG courses.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the weaker of the all the Bowling Green 18 hole courses, but it still has relevance and is a fun play. I would rate the course about 2.75 if I could, but I feel it is not quite worthy of a 3.0.
Because most of the holes are pretty short and the open holes are not super long either and have few obstacles this course may appeal more to the beginner-intermediate level player, however, there are still some fun and challenging holes to be enjoyed by all.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
-Baskets: Mach3 (single placement/hole), baskets in good shape.
-Tee Pads: Level concrete tees of adequate length (single tee/hole)
-Tee Signs: Basic signs on all 18 holes which show general layout and distance.
GENERAL COURSE DESIGN/LAYOUT:
-4083ft/226avg per hole.
-5 >199ft, 10: 200-250ft, 2: 250-300ft, 1: 300+ft
-12 technical holes/6 open holes, good mix throughout the course.
-Fairway Variety: Good mix of straight, right and left fairways.
-Elevation: Minimal throughout the course, but used effectively in course design.
Preston Miller Park is a short layout that provides a single 18-hole loop from start to finish and varies between wide open and technical style holes as progress through the course. The course flows reasonably well with no crossing fairways, but there are a couple of potential danger points on the course that will be discussed in the cons section. Course navigation is relatively simple, but could use markers in a few areas to help locate the next hole/tee. Fairways are clean and well-defined, but miss the fairways, and there is plenty of brush to deal with. The course gives away a lot of birdies when you can hit the narrow lines, but the technical holes are short enough that missing the lines still leaves a relatively simple up and down for par. There is a creek that runs through the lower section of the course which can come into play on a few holes.
COURSE MAINTENANCE & AMMENITIES:
The course seems to be well-maintained. There is some thick brush outside of the fairways, but not really a maintenance issue, more of a consequence for an errant drive. The trash receptacles were all pretty much over-flowing, and could stand to be checked/emptied more often, but otherwise the course was in good shape.
-Trash receptacles throughout the course (5Gal buckets)
-Large course map near first tee
-Plenty of parking
-Tee Markers: several areas on the course could use some additional markers to help guide you to the next tee/hole. A first timer at this course will most likely have difficulty finding a few of the tees.
-Danger area: The path from 9s basket to 10s tee requires you to enter 10s fairway and walk down to the tee. Use caution in this area to make sure no one is teeing off before approaching the tee.
-Pedestrian Traffic: There is a walking trail near a couple of the holes, no real danger here but always good to be aware of others who may be in the general area.
-Fairway Definition: Good on most all holes, but there are a couple of fairways that are super tight and seem to require a bit of luck to get the disc through the trees and to the basket.
-Similar holes: Although there is a good mix of open/technical holes, there is a run of 8 straight technical style holes (4-11) that are somewhat similar in style and can become somewhat monotonous.
-Open Holes: The open holes are truly open with basically no obstacles and they are all relatively short, not much challenge through these areas.
-Tee Sign: Hole 12 has 200ft marked on the sign, but the hole is actually around 375ft.
Other Thoughts: All in all, Preston Miller is a decent course that will provide ample challenge to the rec/intermediate players. More advanced players with good control will shoot some pretty low scores here. If you live in/near the area, this course provides a different type of challenge as compared to the other Bowling Green courses and is reasonably fun to play, but if you are traveling to Bowling Green to play DG, this one would not make the top of the list.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Short and Technical
Pros: Preston Miller is a course that I did not play often, but it is a nice change of pace from the other Bowling Green courses. This course is most like Hobson Grove, but even shorter.
This course is great for recreational players, or people wanting to work on their accuracy. Every hole on this course is deucable, but you will need to thread the needle on a few of them to have a look at the basket.
Cons: Not long enough or hard enough to challenge advanced players. The narrow fairways can frustrate good players, but the holes are so short that is not too difficult to save par on even the hardest shots.
Some of the teepads and baskets were not in very good shape when I played this course (over 2 years ago).
Other Thoughts: The first shot is wide open, and then you will be throwing downhill into the woods. The next 6 holes play through dense woods. The holes are short and it is easy to rack up deuces, be sure to bring your midrange/putter game. This part of the course really favors players that have a forehand or overhand shot. The remainder of the holes at this course are relatively open.
This is a fun course. I would recommend it to locals who are looking for a change of pace. If you are in town and have some time to kill, this is a great warmup course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Trees, trees and more trees...
Pros: Mostly tricky course that requires your best placed mid-range drives. Good opportunity to work on shorter anhyzer/forehand shots.Virtually every hole is a duece opportunity if you are lucky enough not to hit any of the many trees. The wind typically makes even the open holes more interesting than they would otherwise be.
Cons: Like a previous poster noted, there is not a lot of variety and the redundancy factor can take some of the fun out of it. Real easy to lose multiple discs, especially when the little creek is swollen with mud. Did I mention snakes, ticks and thistle?
Other Thoughts: While this is not a "must play" course if you are in BG, it still offers a nice alternative when you've already played Kerieakes and Lover's for the "nth" time while visiting for the weekend.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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