3 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, But Not On Fun
Pros: While a true beginner course in many senses, the Yellow Course retains a surprising amount of technicality relative to that fact. Elevation is in play on all the holes in one form or another, creating an array of interesting conditions. Pins are well-positioned, near drop offs, OB, or approach-thwarting trees. Tees are often similarly well-placed. Plentiful out of bounds lead to the biggest challenges, creating tight, tenuous landing zones and forcing cautious shots off the tee. Throwing lanes can tighten, even to the point on hole 8 where a roller is the safest shot. The incredibly short hole lengths here (all but one less than 200') certainly cap the challenge, but within those confines the Yellow Course offers a surprising amount of nuance. I was pleasantly surprised with how much shot variety and emphasis on precision there was.
For beginners, there are a lot of true golf shots in miniature, exposing them to principles such as line shaping and risk/reward management long before they have the arm to engage those concepts on most courses. Given that they're the target audience here, the design could not be better. Experienced players will challenge their approach and putt game in trying to 2 each hole. Looking for your first ace? You'll find it here if you try to.
Tees are well-signed and well-marked. Parking is plentiful. Bathroom right off hole 1, which is easy to find. The Black Course on site offers the total antithesis to the Yellow - a looooong course of immense challenge - which helps justify the Yellow's relatively narrow target audience.
Cons: The course is super short, no two ways about it. You'll be throwing standstill shots with slow discs off the tee even if you have a weak arm. The real problem with this is that all the holes feel like they start with the approach. Some of these are rather jazzy approaches, but still. Challenge is therefore very limited if you have some experience, and only engages an unusually narrow portion of your game (approaching and putting), though again, within that there's a nice amount of nuance.
While the OB adds a lot to the course's technicality, I'm uncomfortable with having so much road in play. You're throwing alongside it a ton, with elevation risking a roll into the street at several points, and there's even a shot across it. The roads are mostly for the park itself so they're far from busy, but I saw enough traffic on my Thursday early afternoon round to be uncomfortable and have to wait at points.
Navigation got a bit dodgy at the end for me. 16-18 were tough to sort out: I could see all the baskets and all the tees, but determining what went to where and in what order was harder than I think it needed to be.
Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by the Yellow Course. It's short, no doubt, and won't be making even my top 50, but it's very well-done for a beginner-focused course. The technicality is significantly richer than I anticipated, as the design is very thoughtful. Don't knock it, as it does the job of beginner course better than I've ever seen. Want to make life harder? Play the Black Course, dummy, which is why you're there anyway.
A park official told me in conversation that a proposed third course has recently been approved. The intent is to build something in between the Black and the Yellow in terms of difficulty. I think that once that course is in, Moundsville will have itself one heck of a disc golf destination.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Good for Warming up for Black Course and for Beginners
Pros: -Innova DISCatcher baskets
-Beautiful park in a beautiful setting
-Great for practicing upshots and putting
-Great for warming up for the Black Course
-Solid ace opportunities on every hole
- Despite the short length of holes, there is some good variety with a downhill shot on 10 and a few other slight elevation changes
-Great amenities nearby: camping, plenty of park staff, clean bathrooms, snack bar, and discs for sale
-Very well maintained
-Designers did a very good job of placing the holes on the land they used for this
-Can play in 30-45 min
-Good for children, girlfriends, wives, and beginners
-Use of OB on the road adds to the challenge
Cons: -Simple tee signs with just the hole number and hole length, although you don't need anything more for this course. Therefore, is not really a con here, just pointing this out because it may lower some people's ratings for this course.
-No tees to indicate where exactly to throw from
-Plays right next to road on about half of the holes
-Most holes are very short, or short at best. Don't bring a driver here (but bring it to the park; you'll need it more than ever on the Black Course!). Hole 1 is as throw-away of a hole as there can be. However, I'm sure they set up the first hole to be that easy to give the beginners a very easy first hole.
-As I noted, there are some changes in elevation and a few trees here and there, but there is hardly anything I felt that was changing my throwing or disc choice throughout the course.
-Course is located in a pretty remote/rundown area. Not too close to anything no matter which direction you come from.
Other Thoughts: It's hard for me to give a course such a low rating, especially a course in such a beautifully maintained park with very good course located right next to it. Also, I understand that this course is not designed to challenge someone who has played more than a few courses. I get that it is strictly and obviously a course designed for beginners. However, I rate courses strictly based upon my enjoyment while playing the course, and didn't factor in that this course is located right next to the Black Course. It is a wonderful course for beginners. But, if I am using the same scale as all my other ratings, a 1.5 is an accurate rating to me because it is not a complete course at all. This course isn't extremely easy, but it gets repetitive and boring. However, I do want to give credit to the wonderful park that it is located in. Very nice and very well-maintained park, with very nice staff. I recommend treating this only as a course for warming up for the Black Course, unless you bring a newbie to play with you.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
+Beautiful park with many activities available
+Amenities: benches, garbage cans, restroom at hole 1.
-Not a lot of variety
-Plays close to road
-Tee signs only show distance, not a big con on the yellow course considering the baskets are pretty much straight ahead, but it would still be nice to show the layout for the hole on the tee sign. Hopefully these will get updated eventually.
The Yellow Course is a great course for warm up (I only used a putter), ace runs, and to introduce new players and especially young players to the sport. It is very easy to navigate and plays pretty quick. I have small gripes about it playing along the road, but unless the park is really busy, it shouldn't be a problem to just wait for any cars to pass. Other than that it's pretty much just one straight, flat ace run after another. There are a couple of holes that offer some elevation change, like 10, 14 and 15, but that's about it.
I had a pretty fun time playing the Yellow Course, but really can't give it more than 2 discs. It is just too short to be considered a "typical" DG course. I think it has it's purpose and I will return to play it with my wife, but I'll be looking forward to taking on the Black Course next time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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