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A Tale of Two Courses
Pros: Brand new course located in the OKC metro area. The course has a somewhat schizo feeling as the first 9 holes are moderately wooded and the back nine is almost treeless. Front nine plays through the pines west of Mustang Road in the NE corner of the park property. To the south is the water park, to the west is a playground, restrooms, water fountains, and a military memorial. A running/walking track winds around the park, but is only in play on the back nine to a limited extent. The hole design on the front nine favors psuedo fairways through the pines and then tucking the pin just behind a single larger tree or patch of trees. Plenty of overhead room on almost all the holes and the lengths are all in the 250'-300' range on the first half of the course. A short walk past the pavilion and memorial gets you to tee 10 which has the first real elevation change on the course as you have to shoot over a hill and below some oaks to the pin. The 11th tee has you looking out over the NW portion of the park down toward the pond. You can see the next 5 holes from there as they're all in the same huge field. These holes are also the first appearance of the walking path mentioned above. While the Oklahoma wind was likely a minor concern on the front nine (unless you only throw hooks and thumbers) it's definitely a factor on the back nine. You throw all the cardinal directions over holes 11 through 16 so you'll have cross, tail, and headwinds for variety. Nose control and disc selection are especially important. You also see some slight uphill tosses on 13, 14, and 15. The last three holes work back toward the pavilion and the parking lot to its north. The design flavor of tucking the pin just behind isolated trees/groves is back in play on the final three holes. The park is well taken care of and the pavilions, water park, and walking path are well patronized. Tee pads are level, well-constructed and a good size. Baskets are new Innovas and are highly visible and clearly labeled. Signage is tee signs sponsored by Lowe's and each has a hole diagram and distance. There are a few garbage cans scattered in the front nine, but once you walk past the pavilion to the back 9, that's it until 18 brings you back toward the same area.
Cons: I'm not entirely sure that there can be any more variety on the front nine, but it feels repetitive as the obvious, low-risk lines tend to be thumbers or hyzer bombs. The tee on 2 points NOWHERE near the pin unless there is an unmarked mando (line shown on tee pad sign, but no verbiage to indicate a mandatory line) forcing the RH turn to the pin, otherwise another over-the-top line is easily applicable. A few of the pin/next tee placements on the front nine are a little crowded and moderate-to-extreme hyzers/anny's could go awry and come pretty close to the next tee. Lots of anthills on the front nine. Just as the front nine feels repetitive, 5 grip-and-rip holes in succession will fatigue most casual players as the likelihood of 8-10 good longish pulls in a row will not be realistic, so expect to add some strokes. You can see the walkers on the path coming from about a half mile away, but you should still be aware of them and show courtesy. A little bit of elevation change, but nothing extreme or even much of a factor on line/disc selection. No benches on the course proper and shade is few and far between on the back nine especially.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a decent addition to the OKC disc golf directory. The front nine has the feel of Will Rogers before most of the important trees were removed, but without the elevation changes. The back nine most closely resembles the open field feeling of most of Woodson Park. All in all, it's a newer, somewhat shorter and more varied Woodson. This course is a little out of the way for many of the metro golfers, but I'd rather play Wild Horse on a weekend where you know Dolese will be packed and don't have the time to get to Mitch Park in Edmond. I think the addition of some ropes and mandos at tournament time could add significant difficulty and excitement to this course.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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disappointed- needs input
Pros: this course has some major flaws, but its young so hopefully they will correct some things...
-great tee pads, perfect size and texture
-brand new discatchers
-front 9 short and tight, back 9 are mostly long and open
-requires nearly every shot in your bag throughout the 18..
-trees shape the course, no brush to speak of
-upshots and putting are essential for a good score
-course is away from other park goer's
-next tee signs were helpful tho numerous signs were uprooted
-majority of the holes offer numerous lines, the holes that dont are lacking for sure
Cons: course needs some work.
-hole 2 is a 90 degree throw from the box and is a very short hole, 3's tee is directly in the path of the implied line. no mando could even help
-hole 4's tee is a jump putt behind 3's basket, also a short hole, so is the case for several more holes.
-if this course ever gets backed up, people on tee boxes WILL get domed, no question.
-numbers on baskets dont face the tee, which caused for a lot more walking than should have
-long walk from 9-10, not a big deal, but a little confusing as youre walking past the road, a playground, and walking paths- seeing other baskets.
-no signs guided direction from tee to pins
-hole 12 throws 500' directly in between 2 baskets equal distance apart. goes to the right side basket. wouldve been easier had i brought binoculars..
-layout could have been more exciting had they utilized the adjacent pond instead of throwing in an open field for holes 12-14.
Other Thoughts: from the moment i pulled up i was confused. i started on number ten, as i walked around for ten minutes towards wrong baskets.
-i wont be treking from north of okc to play this course unless im randomly in the area. i would have rather gone to woodson in all honesty.
-hopefully someone with some disc sense will step up and make some changes to this young course.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Another course in the OKC area
Pros: -Brand New Innova DISCatcher Baskets
-Nice Concrete Tee Pads
-Easy to follow, well marked
-Very well maintained
-Front 9 allows for more technical short shots and Back 9 is more for bombing it
-Plenty of parking
-Restrooms are near holes 1 and 18
Cons: -Trees on the front 9 tend to catch your disc, I hope your a good climber or 9 feet tall
-The walk from 9 to 10 is kind of long
Other Thoughts: It is nice to have a another course to go to. So far it wasn't too crowed.
They are slowy adding to the course as far as new tee signs and benches. As well as trash cans. But that still doesn't fix the back 9. It's too wide open.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great new course in the OKC metro area
Pros: This course is well groomed - partly because it just opened and partly because the city of Mustang does a good job keeping this park maintained. The layout is intuitive and easy to follow and very well marked if the next pad is not easily noticeable from the previous pin.
Although this course is in a popular park, there is very little overlap between the course and the rest of the public - there is only two holes that are close to the walking trails. A few of the holes approach the outfield fences of the baseball fields, but your discs should be safe from going on the fields.
The concrete pads are of adequate length for the holes and the ground leading up the them is relatively flat if you need a longer run up.
The front 9 will challenge your touch shots and if you have a thumber in your bag it will get a work out. These aren't "woods" by any means, but the trees are utilized to their fullest. The back 9 lets you grip-it-and-rip-it.
There are maintained restrooms near the first tee along with plenty of parking.
Cons: The front 9 holes are in the trees and the low hanging branches could be trimmed a bit. Many of the pins are "hidden" behind trees and there aren't many clearly defined lines to some of the pins.
The tee pad on #2 is not aligned at ALL. If they added a mando then the layout would make a lot more sense, but as it stands, you are throwing at a 30 degree angle to the layout of the tee pad.
There could be some benches added at the tee boxes. The course is new, and maybe they haven't been added yet, but they would be desired.
I did not see a water fountain anywhere.
The transition from woods to wide open from 9 to 10 is honestly a bit jarring just because of the complete switch. That is what the land allowed, however.
The wind that is prevalent in OK will come into play on the back 9 longer holes and could really let your thumbers get out of control on the front half.
Other Thoughts: This is a great addition to the OKC metro area. Currently it is not full of people like you would see at, say, Dolese. But, once people start to discover this course it will become crowded.
There was a "dog disc" sitting at the first tee pad advertising for a "weed lawyer". This made me a bit upset at the "disc golf culture" and I hope that Mustang as well as the players can keep this course clean - there is a playground that is very popular with the kids immediately adjacent to #1.
**** UPDATE 2012-01-07 ****
There is new signage up at the course showing the (obvious) hole layout, but it is a really nice touch to spruce up the place. At least one trash can has been added around 5 or 6, but more could be added. The placement of a pin or two has been adjusted to have the baskets more protected than they were before. Holes with distances in the 300s or less are par 3, 400 are par 4, 500s are par 5 now and that takes the total for the course to an even 60.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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