Decent 9-hole course
Pros: Distances varry from mid 200s to lower 400s, so you have some control shots and some that let you air it out a little bit. There is a beautiful water view on No. 6.The chance of losing a disc is just about nil.
Cons: Signs are minimal. Some paper signs are lying near the tee pads, but some tee pads have just a number handwritten on a post, and some tee pads don't have that much. Some baskets are difficult to find. I threw at the No. 3 basket when I played No. 1, for example. You have to be careful to avoid people on the walking path that winds through the course.
Other Thoughts: Water that could have come into play on No. 6 wasn't brought into play. With some slight adjustments, water could come into play here and provide a signature hole for the course.
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Best 9-Holer I've Come Across
Pros: Under the Oaks DGC is located in a park that is really close to the ocean. In fact, I think it backs up to part of the coastline. In any case, there is salt-water visible from the course which I think is pretty cool. Even with this location, there are concrete tee pads which seem to be in decent condition. Baskets are also in good condition.
For a 9-hole course, this is a tough place to play. There are some birdie opportunities available, but there are also some definite bogey holes. Though I would classify the course as open, there are a significant number of mature trees to provide obstacles. The shade is amazing given the location. I have yet to find another place, just off the coast that provides the canopy found at this course. I understand that this park could only contain a 9-hole course, but I wish there were 18.
Open courses typically allow the player to have options off the tee, which I like. However, I also like it when each player is almost forced into executing a similar shot every now and then. Under the Oaks does a great job of providing this aspect. Most holes give you the option of finding your own line, while others clearly indicate the designed line.
Cons: My only con is that the course is only 9-holes. I want more. Since I travel and play a lot, I design my ratings based on whether or not someone should go out of their way for a course. It is so hard to recommend that someone go out of their way for 9-hole course…no matter how good it is.
Other Thoughts: The design here is really, really good…especially for most 9-hole courses that you come across. As a general rule of thumb, I begin the rating for a 9-hole course at half of the standard scale. The reason is that I generally believe that most 9-hole courses are a waste of time. They typically fall into 2 categories: courses to introduce new players to the game, or old courses that were never popular enough to be expanded to 18 holes. Neither type is typically attractive to me. Under the Oaks breaks the mold in that it is 9 holes because of geographic limitations.
If this were an 18-hole course with similar design on the back, I would give it a 4.0. I think it is that good. As is, it is currently the best 9-hole course I have ever played, which is not too shabby. If you are vacationing in PCB, then definitely give this course a shot. It is a little bit of a drive from the tourist beaches, but worth the trip from there. As I stated earlier, I simply have a difficult time encouraging other users of this great site to go out of their way for a 9-hole course. But if you want to give it a shot, then great. It is a nice little spot for a course.
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Solid Small Park 9-Holer
Nice concrete tees of sufficient size allow players to throw to new DGA Mach-5 baskets. For a small park 9-hole course most of the holes are surprisingly challenging, though not necessarily in the best way. There's a course overview map at the start and individual hole maps at each hole. All the teeboxes are visible from the basket (although #9 requires a bit of backtracking) so navigation isn't a problem even for first timers. Great view of the bay out the back of the park when you get to hole #7. Nice to see the Panama City area pick up a second course.
The walking/jogging path is in direct conflict with many of the holes and may require waiting on pedestrians before throwing. The individual hole maps are a direct cutout from the overview map and thus not always in the appropriate perspective when you're standing on the box, it'd be better if some of them were rotated. Above, I mentioned the challenge of the holes... quite a few of them don't seem to have an intended fairway: there's just a bunch of random trees between the tee and the basket. A couple of the holes (#2 & #9) where there are very early trees off the teebox that make the view of the basket look cool, but don't really add anything to the hole. Posted distances are somewhat off of the laser measurements.
This is a nice family park with a large playground for kids, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Parking might get a bit tight on busy days. There are small plastic posts all over the park to identify plant types, I suspect many of these posts will fall victim to unintentional disc damage. I liked the course when we played, but we only had to contend with two pedestrians; I can see that being a big problem on nice/busy days. You can tell the course was installed by someone with some knowledge of course design, but moving a few tees or baskets could have made this course really good.
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