10 Helpful / 0 Not
Itís like trespassing, only with Frisbees
Pros: Molex is a cool little course if you are open-minded about what it is. Set on company property, it appears to be an employee enhancement-type idea to provide a little extra for people to do on their lunch break. For that, it would be awesome. The course has no signs but the flow is pretty obvious once you get past #1. The site has a nice rolling hillside that provides some good elevation changes. The site is lightly wooded but the course manages to put the few trees to good use. The shared #3/#9 basket has a branch hanging down that forces you to take a low-line putt, # 5 is set amongst some decorative bushes and #7 forces you to pick a line. There is some variety in the distances, and matched with the elevation in play it keeps the course from feeling repetitive. The grounds were in incredible shape, the site itself was very pretty. The overall effect was really quite pleasant.
Cons: There really does not appear to be tees for holes 1-3. You just sorta make it up as you go. If you are the competitive-type, that will drive you insane. The tees that I did find were small and built up into a box, which made them awkward for me to throw off of. I was afraid I'd fall off the end. There are no tee signs, so I'm not sure how long the shots were. #4 (?) maybe was the longest and it was probably 300'-ish (?, I'm terrible at judging distances.) There are no real "let 'er rip" drives, as the whole course was set on a very small piece of land. I was there on a holiday, but if the company was open I can imagine that parking and conflicts with employees using the area would make it a "no play." The area wasn't marked "employes only" or anything, but it really felt like I was trespassing. I'm not 100% sure I was supposed to be there.
Other Thoughts: I went to Molex expecting not much. I left wishing I had a course like that in my backyard. It was a really nice use of the land available. In terms of rating it, I used the same criteria I'd use for a public park. That's not really fair since this isn't a public park, but it's all I can think to do. Because of that, it doesn't rate very well. You couldn't put a course with no tee signs, no tees for the first three holes and a shared basket in a public park and not have it be a joke. This course in this setting manages to pull it off. Play it with an open mind and you will have a good time.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The biggest draw here is the actual land itself. The course is located in a hilly, lightly wooded park-type area, so there is some elevation and line shaping to contend with due to the landscape.
I can't imagine this ever being crowded unless the people at Molex come out and play skins at lunch time or something.
The baskets are better than I've seen on some 4-star courses. Awesome customized DisCatchers with a red Molex stripe on top of the basket.
Cons: Let's call this place what it is... it's 8 baskets around some hills next to a parking lot at something called Molex. It's awesome they put a course in here for the employees, and you can probably play a nice safari round here, but courses aren't rated based on their safari potential.
There are no tee pads, and if you throw from basket to basket you're going to be throwing on sloped ground most of the time. There's no signage and it's somewhat unclear where to start, refer to the course info to help out on this.
Other Thoughts: Unless you live within a couple miles of this place, work at Molex, or are a hard core bagger, this is one to skip.
With that said, props to Molex for installing a course for their employees. If every company did this, the world would be a better place.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Great lunch break course
Pros: The course plays through a hilly area of the Molex campus with scattered trees and some nice elevation changes. Most of the holes utilize the rolling hills to add difficulty and variety without having too long of holes. Nearly all of the holes have some trees in play, the ones that don't have trees on the fairway have some woods on one or both sides to punish errant shots.
The property is nicely maintained, and the baskets are nice discatchers with custom red Molex top bands that have the hole number. Once you find the first basket the course is pretty easy to follow. I would love having a course like this at work that's short enough to fit in a round on a lunch break but still has some interesting challenges, it's perfect for one or two disc rounds.
Cons: There are no tees, and no signs. I'm still not entirely sure how the first hole is designed to be played, I played from basket 2 to basket 1 as the first hole. Holes 3 and 9 share a basket, not a huge deal as long as there aren't multiple groups on the course. There are some crossing and overlapping fairways, again not a big deal if it's just a couple people playing but it could be a safety issue if people aren't paying attention. A couple holes play pretty close to the parking lot as well.
Other Thoughts: There are some nice holes here, enough to keep it interesting. There are also some nice safari options, so without any marked tees you could be a little creative. Beginners won't find it too long or too tough, so it's a good course for employees looking to try out the sport. More experienced players won't find it a real test, but there's enough variety to make you try some different lines, and enough challenge to make putter rounds interesting.
I'm not sure what the parking/playing situation is during business hours, it was no problem with an empty parking lot and nobody around to mind us using the course. There weren't any signs that indicated that it was closed to the public, but I would be respectful of the property if it's going to stay that way.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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